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Every school year, local businesses in our community invest in the mission of WA with their financial support. We are grateful they choose to support Westminster Academy in our endeavors. We are also proud to call them Community Partners. Therefore this Valentine’s Day, we want to thank those who have given us the gift of their generous support: All American Windows and Doors, Benedetti Orthodontics, BBI, Collision Care Xpress, Journey Kids Dental, Lighthouse Point Yacht Club, and Sage Dental & Steven Short Orthodontics. May they know how much we love and appreciate them!

If you would like your business added to this elite list, please contact April Masterson to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Thursday, February 7
  • Varsity Ladies’ Water Polo: Won vs. American Heritage‐Delray 10–6
Friday, February 8
  • Varsity Ladies’ Basketball District Finals: Won 48–46 vs. The Benjamin School
Tuesday, February 12
  • Middle School Track and Field Home Open #1:
    • First Place Finishes: Taylor Wild–High Jump, Mia Barcus–Hurdles
    • Second Place Finishes: Jacob Aguiar–High Jump, Elle Austin–High Jump and Hurdles, Lily Clemens–Long Jump, David Harvin II–Long Jump, Ryan Mickow–Shot Put and Discus, Jada Watson–Discus
    • Third Place Finishes: Ivy Schittano–Hurdles
  • Varsity Ladies’ Tennis: Won 8–0 vs. Calvary Christian
  • Varsity Men’s Basketball District Semifinals: Won 84–22 vs. Yeshiva

Scores from all events are available on our website under Athletics. Click on the sport’s schedule to see the latest scores. 

 

Middle school art teacher, Mrs. Sonja Timmer, took a step and entered her first ever art show at Artserve. Artserve is an institution in Broward County that fosters artistic growth to maximize the cultural footprint in our community. Every year they host a juried art show, ArtBravo, to feature South Florida’s top artists who have achieved acclaim in a range of mediums.

This year, Artserve had 164 artists enter, and the judges chose 96 pieces for the exhibition. One of those artists was Mrs. Timmer!  Her piece, “The Cup,” is on display until Friday, February 22, at Artserve.

We are proud of our teacher for contributing to the artistic landscape of the community. Our students enjoy her many talents every day, and now others outside of WA get to experience it too!

Dear WA Community,

During our recent upper school principal search, our committee faced the challenging task of selecting finalists from a very competitive group of applicants. The first question we asked was, “What is it about this position that interests you?” Ironically, at the end of each of our three finalists interview, they asked a similar question, “What makes Westminster Academy special?”

The fact that both sides sought answers to a similar question should not be a surprise. After all, those are the very questions that we ourselves ask. Certainly part of the answer lies with our various programs, our rich history, and our commitment to pursue excellence in both faith and learning. Yet, at the end of the day, both our finalists and our committee offered the same response—community. They were attracted to the sense of community here as much as we desire that for ourselves.

This was the focus of One Cup this morning. Why do we all seem to long for belonging and community? What is it about us that desires purpose and meaning? These are fundamental worldview questions, that lens through which we view the world. These are the essential questions that frame how we understand the world. Recall that after pronouncing the creation “good,” God said that being alone was “not good.”

The challenge for us today is not the lack of community—lots of those exist. The rub is finding the ones that actually matter. Most of the places where we seek community are not communities at all; they are fake or facsimiles at best. It has been said that it takes a village, or a community, if you will. That’s not entirely true, a better statement is that the right village is necessary. Many have found that place to be right here at Westminster Academy.

In His Service,

Joel T. Satterly
Headmaster

Middle school robotics has been busy with two competitions in three weeks! The team, Shark‐A‐Tech, competed with other South Florida FTC teams first in a tournament, and then in the championship.
On Saturday, January 19, the team’s matches went well, and they consistently scored high. Even though they had two matches where alliance teammates were unable to contribute at all to the alliance endeavors—Shark-A-Tech was the only scoring robot on the alliance—they ultimately finished in sixth place out of 26 teams.
Then, on Saturday, February 2, our WA Shark‐A‐Tech team went to the South Florida League FTC Championship for the finals at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. This time, the competition was stiff since all of the teams improved their robots in anticipation of the championship. For this tournament, our team paired with better alliance partners, but still encountered issues. Troubleshooting included WiFi‐connection issues during a few of the matches. They ended the day ranked ninth out of 24 teams.
In both tournaments, WA is proud of our middle school team for their performance—especially since they competed against mostly high‐school students. “We praise God for leading our team through successes and challenges. It has been a joy working with the students so far this year, and I praise God for what we have accomplished,” said team instructor, Mrs. Sonja Timmer. “We have some things to learn yet, and we will tackle these things during the remainder of the year.”