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School Scene: Students earn 19 awards at Miami-Dade STEM Expo

SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS: Alex Castaneira, Sofia Gonzalez, Wendy Rodriguez, Marcelo Lopez, Lilybell Fernandez, Gabriella Perez-Lago, Kyara Cabarcas, Amy Camacho and Jocelyn Ferguson stand with their coach, Sara Saborido, after winning the State Finalist Award in the Miami-Dade County STEM Expo.
SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS: Alex Castaneira, Sofia Gonzalez, Wendy Rodriguez, Marcelo Lopez, Lilybell Fernandez, Gabriella Perez-Lago, Kyara Cabarcas, Amy Camacho and Jocelyn Ferguson stand with their coach, Sara Saborido, after winning the State Finalist Award in the Miami-Dade County STEM Expo.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools held its 61st annual STEM Expo and Awards Ceremony where students from Miami-Dade County competed in a Regional Science Fair.

Fifteen students from W.R. Thomas Middle School, and their coach Sara Saborido, entered the competition and won first, second and third place. They also received a State Finalist Award and were named the top middle school for having won 19 awards.

Student participants included: Sofia Gonzalez, Alex Castaneira, Kyara Cabarcas, Richard Valdez, Wendy Rodriguez, Gabriella Perez Lago, Daniela Rodriguez, Lilybell Fernandez, Gianina Montenegro, Jocelyn Ferguson, Amy Camacho, Amanda Sardinas, Marcelo Lopez, Tiffany Guzman, and Mary Chin.

MAST ACADEMY

David Denmark, Michelle Mestres, Alek Mouly, John Nieves and Ryan Winslow of Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) Academy won the Manatee Bowl, a regional ocean science academic competition that tests students’ knowledge of ocean science through multiple choice, open-ended and team challenge questions.

The team and their coach, Christina Walker, will compete against 22 regional champion teams in the 18th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl, hosted by the University of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab on April 23-26.

MIAMI DADE COLLEGE

Miami Dade College’s Beta Pi Theta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society earned high recognition at the Florida Phi Theta Kappa Regional Leadership Conference in St. Petersburg Beach.

The chapter officers earned the Regional Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award, which recognizes officers who show teamwork, leadership, engagement in the society and show enthusiasm for hallmarks of the society. The hallmarks are: leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service.

The chapter officers are: Alicia Ciliezar, Kathleen Cuellar, Jennifer Rivera, Kelly Kennedy, Alejandro Leyva and Jorge Gonzalez.

The Beta Pi Chapter will make a leadership presentation at the next Florida Regional Conference.

SAINT STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL DAY SCHOOL

The fifth-grade students of Kathleen Basáñez's class, at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Day School in Coconut Grove, recently held a speech contest. The judges for the contest were Michael Baiamonte, the voice of the Miami Heat, Patrick Roberts of Palmer Trinity School, and Penny Townsend, the head of School at Ransom Everglades School. There were two first-, second- and third-place winners along with three honorable mentions.

The winning students were: Andres Defortuna and Lauren Zanarini for first place; Alessandra Lanz and Madeline Leano for second place; Fernando Mendoza and Nicole Rodriguez for third place; Sophia Capote, Isabella Palacio and Mark Tabet as honorable mentions.

WESLEY MATTHEWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Community education classes will soon be available at Wesley Matthews Elementary School, in Miami, and open to the public. The classes include ballet, cheerleading and Zumba; each session will end with a show.

For information, call 305-222-8150.

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