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Ransom Everglades math team places fifth overall in regional competition

Ransom Everglades School’s math team won fifth place at the Florida Association of Mu Alpha Theta’s Region 5 Competition at Florida Atlantic University in Davie.
Ransom Everglades School’s math team won fifth place at the Florida Association of Mu Alpha Theta’s Region 5 Competition at Florida Atlantic University in Davie. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Ransom Everglades School’s math team placed fifth overall at the Florida Association of Mu Alpha Theta’s Region 5 Competition at Florida Atlantic University’s Davie campus, where 62 teams competed.

Three of the school’s teams finished in the top 10 for calculus, statistics, and pre-calculus. Participants included Anna Mistele, Jacob Tie-Shue, Ryan Tie-Shue and Dylan Tie-Shue with third place in calculus; Valeria Vela, Donna Zheng, Antonio Tsialas and Makenzie Love with sixth place in statistics; and Jen Lin, Charith Reddy, Zach Buttrick and Sophie Leibowitz with seventh place in pre-calculus.

The geometry team placed 16th out of 28, and included Yuhan Liu and Joan Joseph.

Middle-school students Ryan Berkshire and Alex Van Lidth scored in the top five percent nationwide in the American Mathematics Competition 8. The math teams were coached by Karen Key and Ginny Onorati.

Cutler Bay High School

Jason Chohonis, a social studies teacher at Cutler Bay High School, was selected to participate in a program that aims to immerse Chinese culture into social studies curriculum in high schools.

Jason Chohonis
Jason Chohonis, a social studies teacher at Cutler Bay High School, was selected to work with faculty at Towson University to design a social studies curriculum that includes Chinese heritage and culture. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad program, Towson University in Maryland will host the immersion experience on June 24 to July 27. Chohonis will work with the university’s faculty to design a curriculum that reflects Chinese heritage and culture.

Scheck Hillel Community School

Several Scheck Hillel Community School students received top honors during their solo performances at the 2017 District 20 Solo and Ensemble Adjudication.

For 20 years, Scheck Hillel has hosted the competition to allow student-musicians to participate in the adjudication and observe Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath.

Eight Scheck Hillel students earned an “excellent” rating, and eight received a “superior” rating for their performances. Students who excellent ratings included Jonathan Abbo, Michael Berenstein, Raquel Dimitri, Eli Gelb, Emily Rodman, Joshua Schmutter, Elliot Shiro and Danielle Waijman. The superior-rated students included Joi Alon, Daniel Bloom, Alexandra Fincheltub, Eitan Garzon, Zachary Lemmer, Jeremy Nichols, Jonathan Nichols and Jayme Podgorowiez.

Also, Joi and Jayme qualified to compete in the State Solo and Ensemble in March 2018, and Jonathan earned special recognition for performing at the highest level of music.

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The Civic Engagement Academy of Bob Graham Education Center placed first in Miami-Dade County Public School’s ‘We the People’ district competition. The team will compete in the state competition on Friday, Feb. 2, in Orlando. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Bob Graham Education Center

Bob Graham Education Center’s Civic Engagement Academy won first place in Miami-Dade County Public School’s “We the People” district competition earlier this month. This win marks the fourth consecutive win for the team.

The competition is an instructional program that aims to enhance students’ comprehension of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. In the end, students have to demonstrate their understanding of the constitution’s principles by testifying before a panel of judges.

On Friday, Feb. 2, the team will compete in the “We the People” state competition in Orlando.

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