1 AMERICAN HERITAGE AMERICAN ACADEMY Patriots UPDATE Newsletter for Heritage/Academy Parents March 2013 Have a Heart Food Drive The 2nd Annual Heritage Helping Hands Have a Heart Food Drive was again a great success! We collected a total of 2,532 pounds of food for Feeding South Florida (FSF), and we thank you for your amazing support and donations. All of the donated cans and boxes of food were sorted by the Lower School students with the help of our wonderful parent volunteers and teachers. The food was delivered to the FSF warehouse and will be given to those in need. Our goal this year was five cans/ boxes per student. The top three classes who brought in the most donations were: Mrs. Mikkelson s Class 8 cans per student, Mrs. Foreman s Class 5.47 cans per student, Mrs. Diamond s Class 5.05 cans per student. Congratulations! This was also a special year for us since we collaborated with the Upper School PTO, and we thank them for their amazing help and participation. We look forward to joining together again next year! We all play a fundamental role in creating awareness and teaching our children the gift of giving and helping others! It is this team effort that motivates our younger generation to continue these efforts, and we look forward to continuing to help end hunger in South Florida through the years. Again thank you to the AHS/AA administration, faculty, families and most importantly the students! (See Photos, Next Page) Model UN Team Competes at Chicago Best Team in State Heritage students met with much success when the Model UN group attended the recent competition/conference in Chicago. Advisor Mark Gruskin s team set all kinds of records, winning 29 awards, including nine first place Best Delegate awards. In all, 29 out of 42 students won awards, 18 of them were top honors (Best or Outstanding Delegate), eight of these first place awards. Last year, only one delegate (Morgan Baskin) received a first place award. It appears that experience is paying off! After their success in Chicago, the Heritage team will be ranked #1 in the state of Florida and in the top 10 nationally. The team dominated the competition. Almost 70% of Heritage students won awards, while across the board, less than 5% of all the students at the conference received awards. Over 200 schools were represented at the conference (2800 total delegates); many of the schools had 100 delegates. Heritage was certainly the top school present, and at this point, the school is likely one of the best Model UN squads in the nation. Mr. Gruskin states, We also garnered the attention of the national Model UN website, They wrote about us, took pictures of us for their website, and their director has already ed me congratulations, urging me to stay in touch. Model UN top winners at MUNUC XXV: Best Delegates (top award): Ashley Wood Logan Abbott Emily Rowe Emiliya Trakhtenberg Daniel Llanes Max Brenner Lindsay Abbott Sean McCready Eleven others won Honorable Mentions. Outstanding Delegates: Jared Sutton Paulo Nascimento, Jr. Daniel Notman Andrew Klauber Ethan Goldstein Jude Alawa Brendan Krimsky Kendall Finlay Lindsey Spring Josh Elkin
2 Have a Heart Food Drive Over a ton of food was donated to Feeding South Florida because of the generosity of Heritage families. Alumnus Adrian Aurrecoechea Follows His Dream at UCSF School of Medicine Heritage alumnus Adrian Aurrecoechea, Class of 2008, is currently attending the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine with plans to graduate with an M.D. in The Academic Ranking Of World Universities, published from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, recently named UCSF the #2 best medical school in the world after Harvard. Adrian received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with an Emphasis on Intercultural Communication from Pepperdine University in Adrian explains that his commitment to medicine began at Heritage with the classes he took and Pre-med club opportunities, such as the Christmas gift-giving to children with cancer at the pediatric oncology unit at Broward General. His senior year medical internship in emergency medicine at Broward General provided an interest in the interactional, emotional, and patient care side of medicine. At Pepperdine, he developed an interest in health disparities and underserved populations around the world and around the United States. Adrian informs us, Through my college years, I ve done medical work with underserved and impoverished populations in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, and Santo Domingo. In 2011, in Camden, New Jersey, I participated in clinical research pertaining to the prevention and prediction of outcomes related to sepsis in patients with infection, based on lab values and diagnostic tests performed in the emergency department. We worked to find correlation and causation between test results and clinical outcomes. Adrian states, In my Ethics of International Politics class at Pepperdine, I read a book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, about Paul Farmer, a doctor who works through the Harvard Medical system as well as in rural Haiti on tuberculosis and infectious disease care and prevention. This was one of the quintessential moments of my education and encouraged me to make medicine and caring for people with the intention of healing them holistically a lifestyle, and not just simply a profession. More Community Service... The Make a Wish Club participated in the annual Walk For Wishes at Markham Park on February 2. The club raised over $8,000. Congrats to the students and advisor Sherrie Roisman. He also credits the Heritage Pre-med Program for some of his success. The medical prep classes at AHS helped me excel in my clinical experiences in college, as well as classes in medical school and my current clinical hours. AHS Pre-med Club helped me develop my interest in the human aspect of medicine and the life- changing process of earnest and gracious communication with patients. The format of the challenging classes I took at AHS prepared me for the workload and mental exercises I would incur in college. The MCAT and my extracurriculars in college driven by my experiences at AHS got me into UCSF, a top medical school. In photo, Adrian works with children in the Dominican Republic.
3 Congratulations to... The girls soccer team for winning the State Championship! American Heritage Senior, Jennifer Baez, who has been selected as a 2013 Horatio Alger National Scholar! Jennifer will receive a $20,000 college scholarship and attend an all-expense paid trip to the 2013 Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference in Washington, D.C., April 2 through April 7, as a guest of the Association. She is one of only 106 high school seniors nationally recognized as a Horatio Alger National Scholar. Jose Rafael Bone-Giboyeaux who received an honorable mention in the category of Film & Animation for his animation Creation in the Scholastic Art Awards Competition. He was honored at the Alliance of Young Artists Scholastic Broward County Regional Awards Exhibition at Young At Art Museum on February 15. Key Club and Karing for Kids who participated in the WalkAbout Autism in late January. Together, they raised $700 for the Don Marino Foundation, which benefits local families affected by autism. Heritage Senior Raigyne Moncrief, who has been nominated to the McDonald s All American High School Basketball Team! McDonald s has announced its list of high school seniors who have been nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald s All American Games, taking place on April 3 at Chicago s United Center. The final team will be announced soon. Literary Fair winners and participants. The Fair was held at the end of January in the Upper School Library. First-place winners were Brianna Moreno (Personal Narrative), Meg Sharma (Informal Essay), Meher Saleem (Haiku), Alyssa Fantel (Point of View), Glenn Medina (ABC Darian), Ishan Outram (Literary Comic Strip), Di Wu (Manga), Jamie Freedman (Myth), Jake Beck (Fable), Eileen Bautista-Fay (Rhymed Poetry), Anthony Vargas (Tanka), Ital Carmel (Bilingual), Dahyun Kang (Parody), Leor Shuflita (Satiric Cartoon), Alec Arritola (Sonnet), Amanda Rivera (Concrete Poem), Morgan Rivera (Rap Poetry), Kirstie Walters (Setina), Ethan Shea (Children s Book), Danielle Taylor (Free Verse), and Bella Hendricks (Short Story). National History Day Winners at the school competition. Many will represent Heritage at the District Competition to be held on March 1. First- place winners: Caroline Cozzi (Individual Exhibit), Gabrielle Michaeli/Stephanie Katz (Group Exhibit), Nicole Kadosh (Individual Website), Isabela Mansour/Maria Yidi (Group Website), Nikki Mariutto (Individual Documentary), Gerrianna Cohen/Angelica Gouse (Group Documentary), Chris Ralph, Kaitlyn Samons, Daniel Levene, and Jessica Sottile (Group Performance), Elliott Riches (Individual Performance), Harshath Gupta (Paper). For more information on National History Day, visit The Competitive Math Teams for their recent victories in Tampa at the FMAT. Once again, American Heritage is the top private school in Florida and in the nation. Thirteen students won individual trophies, with nine finishing in the top ten of their respective math topics. Three students distinguished themselves by finishing in the top five. Matthew Robins finished 5th in Geometry, Bradley Snider finished 3rd in Calculus, and Catherine Ma finished 2nd in Statistics. Freshmen Glenn Medina (percussion) and Alejandro Lombo (flute), who made it to All-State level this year at the All-State Band Competition in Tampa. Both were named to First Chair in their categories! Science Fair Winners Go on to State Competition Congratulations to the following students for winning first prize at the County Science Fair on February 8. These students will now compete at the State Science Fair. Zara Joykutty Nicholas Mirchandani Diego Ramos Angelica Gousse Harshath Gupta Sameer Kailasa Miguel Paredes Rachel Shapiro Kristina Thoren Mayuri Viswanathan Zoe Zhu Congratulations to ALL the students who competed. Your projects were impressive and we are proud of you! Book Collection to Benefit North Miami School Letters for Better, founded by Ian (grade 10) and Lara (grade 7) Olsson, collected over 1000 children s books to promote literacy right here in South Florida. In January, the club held a book drive across campus. The Junior and Senior High club members partnered with Lower School s chapter of NEHS. Each division created posters, flyers, and decorated donation boxes, which were placed in classrooms everywhere from the 9000, 8000, and 7000 buildings to all of the Lower School classrooms. As well as overseeing the donation, Ian and Lara contacted many local elementary schools in low-income areas, and decided to donate the books to Kelsey L. Pharr Elementary School in North Miami. Ian and Lara reached out to the Office Depot Foundation, as well, which has offered to provide the club with the money needed to pay for the transport of the books. The club will provide the school a complete catalogued list of book titles (entered by hand), and club members plan to visit the school to read to the children.
4 Mock Trial Team Wins in County Competition Excepts from Examiner.com, the inside source for everything local. (2/5/13) The Broward County School Board and the Florida Law Related Education Association (F.L.R.E.A) announced the results of the Annual High School Mock Trial Competition held February 2 at the Broward County Courthouse. Beating out several other teams - including Fort Lauderdale High School and Pine Crest School American Heritage School faced stiff competition for the coveted prize. Students from each of the schools argued a simulated criminal case... This year s mock trial problem was an aggravated battery case, entitled the State of Florida vs. Regan Buschnell. Coached by Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich and well-known Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael E. Gilfarb, they are equally proud of the Heritage Mock Trial Team. As always, I am proud of our team, head coach Schwartzreich told Examiner. They excel and exceed all of our expectations, from winning the State competition in previous competitions to placing in the top 20 teams at the National Competition, to placing in the top five in the Empire Invitational, an international mock trial competition held every year in New York City. I have never seen a more tireless, determined, consistent, cohesive group of students, stated American Heritage program director Nikki Laurie... American Heritage prepares these students extremely well, concluded Schwartzreich, who has coached the team the past seven years. These are high school students who take classes in evidence, constitutional law and trial advocacy. By the time they get to law school they are incredibly prepared and are truly mock stars. National Signing Day The following student athletes signed letters of intent on National Signing Day at a ceremony held in the main theater. Daniel Spas - University of Florida - Swimming Jessica Randoph -Villanova - Swimming Raigyne Moncrief - LSU - Basketball Alyssa Enrique - Northern Kentucky - Softball Danny Zardon - LSU - Baseball Zach Collins - University of Miami - Baseball Shaun Anderson - University of Florida - Baseball Dean Pelman - University of Florida-Baseball Brandon Diaz - FIU - Baseball Connor Chatham - FAU - Baseball Robert Geibel - Univ. of Louisville - Golf Morgan Rivera - Barry University - Soccer Sarah Angulo - Auburn at Montgomery - Softball Dakota Villella - Nova Southeastern - Softball Darius Holiday - Bowling Green - Football Kiana Clarke - Auburn - Soccer Tyler Cogswell - Cincinnati - Football Tyler Carmona - Naval Academy - Football Alyssa Robinson - Soccer Michael Deeb - Notre Dame - Football Bryant Gross - Rutgers - Football Alec Montes De Oca - Bates College - Football Jamar Campion-Hinds - FIU - Soccer Donald Tomlinson - FIU - Soccer GO PATRIOTS! Athletic Recruiting Workshops Sophomores, are you interested in becoming a college athlete? Don t miss this series of events which will help you prepare for the athletic recruiting process. Student athletes and a parent should plan to attend ALL THREE workshops. The first evening will provide an overview of the process. The additional evenings will enable students to begin working on marketing themselves to colleges. TUESDAY, MARCH 12, from 6 8 PM in a Library Lab TUESDAY, APRIL 2, from 6 8 PM in a Library Lab Please contact Mr. Erik McLeod, College Advisor/Guidance Counselor with any questions. For Your Information Late Pick-Up Classes may end at 3:00, but the campus is busy with active students for many hours after that. Please remember that the library and after school supervised quad time end at 6:00 promptly. Students MUST be picked up by 6:00 PM. Late Bus Just a reminder that late bus now leaves campus at 6:15 PM (instead of 6:30 PM). All coaches and teachers have been informed and have altered meeting and practice times accordingly.
5 The Rise of Heritage s Novice Debaters Over the past couple of months, Heritage s novice debaters have leapt into the spotlight at local and national debate tournaments. In early January, at the Myers Park national debate tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina, four novice public forum teams from Heritage advanced into elimination rounds. Michael Hunschofsky and Ashwin Mahendra made it to octofinals, Max Gazeroglu and Connor Martin made it to quarterfinals, Connor Kickhoefer and Jonathan Fernandez made it to semifinals, and brothers Jake and Brandon Becker made it to finals, taking home second place for our team. Max Gazeroglu and Connor Martin were the top ranked speakers of the tournament. Our novice debaters argued for and against corporate spending in federal elections, and their arguments ranged from the loss or gain of democratic necessities like equality and the voice of the people, to statistical election data and Supreme Court rulings. Hunschofsky, Mahendra, and Gazeroglu have all also had first place wins in Congressional Debate at Florida tournaments earlier this year. Congress newcomer Zachariah Chou also fared well in Charlotte, making it to finals and taking home eighth place in Congressional Debate. Chou also won first place in Congressional Debate at a Palm Beach tournament last month, as did Carlos Vazquez Gomez. Freshman Farrah Sklar won her first first place trophy at the same tournament, competing in dramatic interpretation. Freshman Asha Rampertaap has also won first place trophies at Florida tournaments, competing in dramatic interpretation and extemporaneous duo. Later in January, our teams of Michael Hunschofsky and Ashwin Mahendra, and Max Gazeroglu and Connor Martin, advanced all the way into finals at the national Sunvitational debate tournament held in Davie, Florida. The four took home the title of co-champions. After that, Hunschofsky also made it to semifinals in Congressional Debate at Emory University s prestigious Barkley Forum, one of the toughest tournaments in the nation. Congratulations to all of our novice debaters for their recent successes! Next on the calendar for our debaters are the national qualifier tournaments, which determine which debaters make it to debate nationals. Wish our debaters luck! For more information on the Heritage debate program, coach David Childree at Students Must Register for AP Exams All students who are taking an Advanced Placement Course (AP) are required to take the AP Exam in that subject in May of this year. Students must REGISTER in order to take the exam or an exam will not be ordered for them. Failure to take an exam, will lead to loss of AP weighting. Registration forms will be distributed to students through their AP classes starting next week. College Board has a list of AP test dates posted on their website. (Above) Freshman Farrah Sklar wins her first First Place trophy for Dramatic Interpretation at a South Florida debate tournament in Palm Beach! (Left) Debate Team Captain Jared Sutton enjoys Heritage wins, with novice congress winners at Palm Beach in January: Zach Chou and Carlos Vazquez Gomez won First Place, and Michael Hunschofsky won Second Place.
6 PTO Upper School As busy as we all are, we hope you were able to take time out and join us for our final PARENT UNIVERSITY national speaker of the year. Bena Kallick is co-author of Habits of Mind, an identified set of 16 problem-solving, life-related skills, necessary to effectively operate in a society and promote strategic reasoning, insightfulness, perseverance, creativity and craftsmanship. We were happy to have approx. 100 parents participate and experience the value of active listening and how it empowers our children. We learned firsthand that we all feel valued as a result of truly being listened to, and it is even more important for our children. Junior Thespians Successful at State Competition Last month, the Junior Thespian Troupe attended the state festival in Melbourne. Heritage students participated with 3,000 other Junior Thespians from all over the state. The troupe s one act play Cagebirds received a superior rating. The small group number Get a Load of Toad featuring Dylan Kaplan, Fiona Baquerizo, Kyle Dawson, Kaitlyn Dawson and Brandon Dawson was rated Critic s Choice for Best in Show. Superiors were earned by Sydney Lennon and Gabi Coutinho for Monologue, Brandon Dawson for Solo Music and Abby Lichterman and Fharid LaTorre for Costume Design. Excellents were earned by Tianna Davis and Sydnie Rathe for their monologues; Rebekah Umanksy and Sydnie Rathe, and Tianna Davis and Dylan Kaplan for duet musical; Ryan Cannon & Paula Da Silva for duet acting; and Hilleah Caputo, Sydnie Rathe and Dustin Stabinski for small group musical. Our Coffee Talk sessions also continue to be very popular. Following our February meeting, Luciana Mandal and Kelly Bennett shared with us Great Summer Programs. In March, our Coffee Talk presentation will be about Test Scores and How Colleges Use Them. Coffee Talk sessions follow our regular PTO business meeting and, in addition to providing great information, offer a more informal setting where questions are encouraged. Although there is still quite a bit of school remaining this year, the PTO Board is already engaged in planning for next year. We are ALWAYS seeking volunteers to step up and lead committees, as well as to take on leadership roles in the PTO. If you are interested, I encourage you to contact our Nominations Committee Chair, Sherra Payne. Our March meeting will be Thursday, March 14. We begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Please join us! Fharid LaTorre and Lara Olsson Fiona Baquerizo and Dustin Stabinski Fiona Baquerizo, Rebekah Umanski and Maggie Oriol
7 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 4 Lasagna Garlic Bread Tossed Salad Tuna Salad 5 Angus Beef Hamburger Baked Chips Pickle Chicken Salad 6 Macaroni & Cheese Corn Bread Baby Peas Egg Salad 7 Fresh Baked Pizza Homemade Vegetable Soup Ham & Cheese 8 Chicken Nuggets Buttered Noodles Corn Turkey 11 Pasta w/meat Sauce Garlic Bread Tossed Salad Tuna Salad 12 Grilled Cheese Tater Tots Chicken Salad 13 Taco Bake Yellow Rice Corn Egg Salad 14 Fresh Baked Pizza Homemade Vegetable Soup Ham & Cheese 15 Chicken Wings Yellow Rice Turkey 18 Chicken Pasta Alfredo Garlic Bread Tossed Salad Tuna Salad 19 Chicken Tenderloins Tater Tots Chicken Salad 20 Grilled Angus 100% Beef Hamburger Baked Chips Egg Salad 21 Fresh Baked Pizza Homemade Vegetable Soup Ham & Cheese 22 Baked Chicken White Rice Black Beans Turkey March Menu Help Us Help Our School Did you know there s an easy way to help raise money for our school for books, band uniforms, reading programs and anything else that can use extra funding? It s called Take Charge of Education, and it s helping the school right now. Here s how it works: Visit Target.com/tcoe or call to designate Heritage, then use your REDcard whenever you shop. When you use your REDcard (Target CreditCard, TargetDebitCard or Target Visa CreditCard),Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to the eligible K 12 school of your choice. Money donated to American Heritage School will go directly to the Upper School and Lower School PTO, so they can determine how best to spend the funds. Learn more at Target.com/redcard or stop in a Target store to apply. Grandparents, alumni, friends and neighbors are all welcome to participate in the program. The more people we involve, the harder the program works for our PTO. If you re already participating, thank you! Check out our school s progress anytime at Target.com/tcoe.
8 LOWER SCHOOL PTO NEWS Time does fly when we are having fun. We are down to three more months in this school year and still have many wonderful activities lined up for the children. February brought us a successful food drive. The Heritage Helping Hands committee, along with Feeding South Florida, organized a food drive for the less fortunate folks in our community. Thanks to Julie DiLeo, our committee chairperson and YOU for the many canned and dry goods you contributed towards this great cause. We look forward to continuing this charitable event with our students for years to come. This month brings us to one of our most treasured events, Spring Fling. Thanks to Rhonda Lewis and Hillary Joffe for organizing the energized silent auction. Every year our Room Parents surprise us with a gorgeous array of themed baskets and our students create magnificent art pieces all to be sold at our silent auction on Saturday, March 9. This year, we will be auctioning fantastic items such as: summer camp vouchers, tuition and text book vouchers, Principal for the Day (Lower School students only), mini vacation to the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale and autographed sports memorabilia. Some of our basket themes will include Beach Day, Sports, Travel, Wine & Cheese, Crayola, Music and Game Night. The Spring Fling event coincides with The Fine Arts Festival. Please stay after your child s performance, and enjoy the day with us. There will be carnival style rides, food and music for everyone s enjoyment. Silent bids begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m. We will also be selling raffle tickets for over 75 wonderful items. Raffle tickets will be sold starting on Tuesday, March 5, in car line through the day of Spring Fling. Please look for the flyer in your child s backpack with detailed information regarding this event. If you would like to help or have any questions, please call Rhonda Lewis at Please join us at our next PTO General Meeting in the gymnasium on Thursday, March 7th. The Lower School PTO will be nominating new members to our board for the 2013/2014 school year. We have several positions opening up and would love to have you be part of this wonderful experience. You are welcome to nominate any parent you feel would be a great contribution to our cause. The board and I wish you and your family a wonderful Spring Break, and we look forward to seeing you around campus. Gratefuly, Lucy Goldin Lower School PTO President All Kinds of Fun! Summer Camp 2013 New this summer... American Heritage Robotics Camp For campers of every skill level, ages 8-14 Three week sessions take place in the Heritage Pre-Engineering Lab supervised by engineering educators who will customize projects to camper s age and abilities.