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Columbus High’s ‘Team Tier’ wins first place in Conrad Innovation Challenge

David Perez, Hans Rueckschnat, Jesus Capo, Chris Perez, and Alexander Cordero of Christopher Columbus High School placed first in the Cybertechnology and Security category during the Conrad Innovation Challenge April 29 at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville. The students, also named Team Tier, competed against high school teams from around the world, including China, Australia and India.
David Perez, Hans Rueckschnat, Jesus Capo, Chris Perez, and Alexander Cordero of Christopher Columbus High School placed first in the Cybertechnology and Security category during the Conrad Innovation Challenge April 29 at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville. The students, also named Team Tier, competed against high school teams from around the world, including China, Australia and India. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Club members of Christopher Columbus High School placed first in the Cybertechnology and Security category during the Conrad Innovation Challenge, an entrepreneurial competition that aims to develop solutions to benefit the world, held April 29 at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville.

Students Jesus Capo, David Perez, Chris Perez, Alexander Cordero and Hans Rueckschnat, also called Team Tier, competed against high school teams from around the world and earned first place for their Mini BlackBox product, a case for high-performance computers, supercomputers, and servers that have a flexible design.

Their journey to first place included a business plan and video submission, which ranked highest in the competition and helped the team to become finalists. Hans and Alexander also gave a six-minute Power Pitch for their product and won against 40 teams worldwide, including China, Australia, and India. Also, all of the team members were named Pete Conrad Scholars, the highest honor given in the competition, and was awarded gold medals, $5,000 for a patent, free business consulting from the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center, and free membership into Sigma XI, a research society.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools will participate in Fathers in Education Day, an event to honor male role models who have supported children’s education. The breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday at Kelsey L. Pharr Elementary School, 2000 NW 46th St., in Miami, and is part of Fathers in Action and Advocacy Week.

Fathers in Action and Advocacy Week is an initiative organized by the Miami-Dade County Office of Community Engagement and the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida. The week will include free workshops for fathers, male role models, families, and community members at various locations throughout Miami-Dade.

Also, Principal Maritza Jimenez of Hialeah Gardens Middle School was awarded a new Toyota Corolla from Craig Zinn’s Toyota of Hollywood for being named Miami-Dade County’s Principal of the Year.

Jimenez has been principal of Hialeah Gardens Middle since 2008 and has helped to boost test scores, attendance rates, as well as initiating a Cambridge Program and several academies.

Ransom Everglades School

The middle school robotics team at Ransom Everglades School placed in the top 15 percent in the skills competition at VEX Worlds 2017, a middle-school world robotics championship held in Kentucky. Jonah Bennett, Bradley Karmin, and Nikhil Seshadri placed 39 out of 77 teams in the math division and 43 out of 274 teams in skills. The team was led by Coach Gustavo Placios and was invited to compete after displaying their driver and programming skills last school year.

Also, the school’s physics and chemistry teams earned top honors in the 16th annual Chemistry and Physics Tournament at Barry University on April 7.

Tony Albini, Sean Becker, Benji Freeman, Scott Kim, Cristina Otero and Jorge Zreik of the school’s physics team placed first overall and second in the lab and oral competitions. Members Jorge and Benji finished first and second in the individual test.

Evan Azari, Carlos Esber, Olivia Perdigon, Ines Pinilla, Ben Rosenthal and Jordan Wong of the school’s chemistry team placed third in the lab competition; Evan finished third on the individual chemistry test.

School For Advanced Studies

School for Advanced Studies students Debora Gonzalez, Wolfson campus, and Alyson Diaz, Kendall campus, were each awarded the Kathryn Menke Miller Community Service Award and Scholarship during a luncheon hosted by the Junior League of Miami.

Kathryn Menke Miller, a former member of the Junior League of Miami, was devoted to the public education system and to helping children in the community. The $3,000 scholarship is awarded, in her honor, to two female high school seniors that participate in community service throughout their high school career while maintaining high academic achievement.

Debora and Kathryn are also Silver Knight Award nominees.

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