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School Scene: Pinecrest Academy South robotics team competes for world championship

ROBOTICS TEAM: Tristan Cangemi, Arjun Malkani, Mackenzie Kairalla, Matthew Huembes and River Ferrand of the Pinecrest Academy Robotics Team hold their medals after placing in the twelfth alliance.
ROBOTICS TEAM: Tristan Cangemi, Arjun Malkani, Mackenzie Kairalla, Matthew Huembes and River Ferrand of the Pinecrest Academy Robotics Team hold their medals after placing in the twelfth alliance.

The Robotics Team of West Kendall’s Pinecrest Academy South Elementary School competed in the VEX IQ World Championship, presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation and Northrop Grumman Foundation, in Louisville, Kentucky.

The competition provides participants with robotics and research project challenges to enhance their science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills through hands-on learning.

The Pinecrest Academy team participated in teamwork challenge matches, robot skills challenges, the programming challenge and STEM research project challenge. Students made the finals and placed in the 12th alliance.

Participants included Tristan Cangemi, River Ferrand, Matthew Huembes, Mackenzie Kairalla, Arjun Malkani, and Coaches Daruisz Kosiorek and Julian DeZulueta.

WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL

Ian Poveda and Sophia Poveda of Westminster Christian High School will be recognized by the United States Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a formal ceremony for being Award for Excellence program finalists.

The Award for Excellence highlights the achievements of student athletes. The award is open to sophomore, junior and senior student athletes in the United States. Finalists were chosen based on athletic, academic and civic achievements.

RIVIERA DAY SCHOOL

The fourth- and fifth-grade honors students of Riviera Day School have studied the Holocaust for six weeks. Holocaust survivor David Mermelstein visited the students to share his story.

Mermelstein and his family became Holocaust victims in 1944, when Germany occupied Hungary. As a teenager, he was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and separated from his family. Students were reminded of the importance of remembering the Holocaust through Mermelstein’s story.

DANTE B. FASCELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The students of Dante B. Fascell Elementary School and employees of Publix in West Kendall teamed up to raise awareness about Earth Day. Students represented the theme ‘Think Globally, Act Locally" by creating pictures and writing Earth awareness messages on more than 450 grocery bags. Some of the messages: Clean up the Beaches, Don’t be a Drip – Fix Leaky Faucets, Plant Trees and Recycle, Reuse and Reduce.

MONSIGNOR EDWARD PACE HIGH SCHOOL

Monsignor Edward Pace High School Principal Ana Garcia was presented with the National Catholic Educational Association’s Secondary Schools Department Educational Excellence Award during the National Association’s 2015 conference in Orlando.

Garcia was one of seven to receive the award for exhibiting stellar performance in her field and devotion to Catholic education.

CENTER FOR INITIATIVES IN JEWISH EDUCATION

The first Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education Young Engineers Conference will be held 9:30 a.m. April 28 at David Posnack Jewish Day School, 5890 S. Pine Island Rd., in Davie.

The conference will include students from South Florida Jewish high schools and will feature teamwork, problem solving, and electronic engineering skills. For information, visit thecije.org.

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