EDU News EDU News Honor Marine Biology Students Tag Sharks On Friday, the HS Honors Marine Biology class will spend an amazing day shark tagging with the University of Miami's RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation program. Last year's class also had this amazing opportunity. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:19:51 EDT 383779 Trip to Washington Changed My Perspective by Luis Aviles, WCS Sophomore At the end of freshman year, I was invited to the nation’s capital to be inducted into the National Society for High School Scholars (NSHSS). It was an honor to be inducted along with hundreds of other scholars from around the world. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:48:25 EDT 383591 Eighth Grade Students Join Efforts to Help Animals Three 8th grade students came together this summer to make a positive impact on animals and those that care for them. Emilee Waltz and Carolina Gonzalez began to help Born Free Pet Shelter, a local no-kill, non-profit shelter, by gathering canned food and money. Within the first month they had donated over 500 cans, 15 jugs of bleach and many blankets and towels. Then their friend and fellow 8th grader Sophia Mendez decided to raise money in her family’s paint store to replace 25 buckets needed by the shelter. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:50:15 EDT 383587 Volleyball Players Team Up to Support a Local Cause Sophomore Varsity volleyball players Connor Crotty, Gaby Miller, Sophia Poveda and Quinn Blanco founded 4 Girls Digging For a Cause (4GDFAC) in an effort to combine their love of the sport and their passion for helping others. In August, 4GDFAC hosted a doubles sand volleyball tournament at Coral Reef Park and raised nearly $1,400 for HIS HOUSE Children's Home, a non-profit that provides residential care for abused, abandoned and neglected children. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:45:31 EDT 383571 Honors Girls' Ensemble Builds Bonds at Retreat The HS Honors Girls’ Ensemble enjoyed their 13th annual music and spiritual retreat in Islamorada in August. At the retreat, the girls set common goals for the year and reflect on areas such as teamwork, unity, attitude, work ethic, personal responsibility, and character, as leading musicians at the school. They also spent several hours rehearsing for their ambitious concert schedule. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:42:44 EDT 383560 On Stage in Carnegie Hall by WCS Senior Gigi Figueroa I never thought I would be able to say I sang in one of the most well known concert halls in the country. In September of last year, however, my choir director, Mrs. Jamie Sutta of the Miami Children's Voice Chorus, told us that we would be singing in Carnegie Hall that June with a group of other young choruses across the nation. We were all ecstatic, and once we started working on the music that we would sing in New York, we were terrified. The music was the hardest thing we had ever seen. Our director did mention though that there was a solo open to all chorus members that would be attending the concert. Seeing that the solo was comfortably in my range, I began to practice it at home almost everyday. Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:44:22 EDT 383555 Students Attend Duke TIP Summer Studies Program Junior Jonathan Lee, and sophomores Abigail Raffalski and Valentina Saavedra, attended the Duke TIP Summer Studies Program. Located at various sites throughout the U.S. and abroad, this three-week long program allows students to pursue their studies in a specific area of interest, from forensic science, to engineering or literature. Abigail and Valentina attended Duke University, and Jonathan attended Georgia Tech. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:18:38 EDT 383258