Archimedean Middle & Upper Conservatories Return to Miami from the South Florida Regional Science Olympiad with a Whopping Number of Trophies & Medals in Hand Ahead of this Saturday’s State-Level Competition

After facing 58 other middle and high school teams in the South Florida Regional Science Olympiad, Archimedean competitors once again defended their legacies as South Florida Science Olympiad powerhouses by bringing home an impressive three team trophies and a whopping 122 individual medals from the Regional Science Olympiad tournament last February, four of the six Archimedean teams now getting in their last few days of practice and preparations before representing Miami at the state-level competition in Central Florida this Saturday. 

Miami, FL – A mind deep in concentration guides a pencil through quick calculations to determine the fall speed of a three-centimeter-wide hailstone. A sharp exhale of suspense follows a wooden tower finally collapsing under the weight of an attached sand-filled bucket. Eyes dash focusedly back-and-forth carefully double-checking that the code is logically grouped as time ticks away. Adrenaline-induced hand tremors are quieted with a few controlled inhalations before grasping the robotic arm joystick in the hopes of master manipulating pennies onto a bullseye. Brains sweat as they collaboratively ponder an experimental design to test an as-of-two-minutes-ago unknown hypothesis. Delicate rubber band-powered, wooden helicopters gently float upward like the parachute seeds of dandelions carrying the hopes of winning a medal into the air. No matter your particular interest, attending any Science Olympiad tournament means suspenseful encounters with preteen- and teen-induced inspiration strewn amidst creative innovation, the knowledge amassed by passionate young competitors in the months, weeks, and days leading up to competition never failing to impress, this year’s 2017 South Florida Regional tournament, which took place in Palm Beach county on February 18, meeting expectations once again. 

On that Saturday morning, Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, welcomed 19 middle and 45 high school teams from around South Florida, the students competing all day in the B [middle school] or C [high school] division events of this tournament. In the end, two of Archimedean Middle Conservatory’s three teams, team Argo and team Paralos, walked away with first-and second-place overall finishes, their third team, Omega, ranking 13th. At the same time, team Alpha of Archimedean Upper Conservatory finished in second place right behind longstanding archrival Boca Raton Community High School, teams Beta and Gamma ranking a highly respectable 7th and 25th, respectively. The three team trophies earned by the Middle [A.M.C.] and Upper Conservatories [A.U.C.], however, were not the only exciting hardware students retuned to Miami sporting later that evening, a total of 73 top-six medals for outstanding performance in 36 events adorning the necks of numerous Archimedean sixth-through-twelfth-grade competitors, the high schools teams, amidst formidable competition, managing to earn a total of 44 top-twenty event finishes by the end of the evening, etching still deeper Archimedean’s ongoing overall reputation as one of the top one-to-two leading schools in the South Florida Science Olympiad scene. These results also guarantee that both Archimedean Middle and Upper Conservatories once more will get to compete at the state-level competition taking place this Saturday in Orlando.

Over the past 33 years, Science Olympiad has come to be regarded nationally as one of the most prestigious science-based competitions for middle and high school students, it welcoming the participation of well over seven thousand teams from all 50 U.S. states [www.soinc.org]. Teams of up to 15 students each spend months, even years, studying, practicing, designing, and building, readying themselves, in general, to compete in 23 different events covering a myriad of fields in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics], including Research Methodology, Earth & Space Science, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Physics, Chemistry, Ecology, Anatomy & Physiology, Mathematics, Forensics, Microbiology, Geology, Astronomy, Programming, Prototype Designing, Meteorology, and more, competition preparation offering students a myriad of outlets for the development of greater collaborative, problem solving, critical thinking, and creative design skills, while simultaneously also augmenting students’ scientific literacy, an essential need in today’s world so filled with continually advancing technology. Though individual medals can be earned by students in each of the events, the teams that show the strongest overall finishes at the Regional-level competitions across the country, go on to compete at the state-level tournaments, the top one to two state-winning teams earning the right to represent their home states at the coveted National Science Olympiad tournament, this year’s final competition taking place at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, later this May. Once again, teams from both Archimedean Middle and Upper Conservatories will now be traveling to Orlando in just a few days to set up for this Saturday’s exciting Florida state-level Olympiad, their goal being to recreate past performances that have resulted in repeated team wins and trips to the Nationals. 

A true team event, Science Olympiad teams cannot rank highly without every member pulling their weight in the individual events he or she may compete in. Congratulations are in order for those students who walked away with medals and who thus are a big part of the reason for Archimedean’s outstanding overall successes in last month’s Regional competition. Gold medals in Division C were earned by A.U.C.’s Sergio Diaz and Anvith Krishnan in Anatomy & Physiology, Riya Gandhi and Daniel Torrejon in Astronomy, Anvith Krishnan and Julio Trujillo in Electric Vehicle, Neel Gandhi and Riya Gandhi in Game On, Arian Mansur and Reva Dixit in Microbe Mission, Neel Gandhi and Dmitri Morales in Robot Arm, Arian Mansur and Angela Diaz in Rocks and Minerals, Angela Diaz and Jacqueline Chin in Towers, Georgia De Loza and Joseph Luis in Forensics, and Ioannis Georgoulakis and Sanjana Surana in Helicopters, Silver medals were earned by A.U.C.’s  Anvith Krishnan, Julio Trujillo, and Dmitri Morales  in Experimental Design, Reva Dixit and Jacqueline Chin in Forensics, Alaekya Shetty and Jorge Suarez in Helicopters, Kleis Val and Jorge Suarez in Remote Sensing, and Neel Gandhi and Dmitri Morales in Wind Power. Bronze medals were earned by A.U.C.’s Gabriela Ulloa and Sanjana Surana in Electric Vehicle, and Anthony Mansur and Evelyn Garcia in Robot Arm. Finally, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-place medals went to Daniel Torrejon and Sergio Diaz in Dynamic Planet [4th], Daniel Torrejon and Alaekya Shetty in Invasive Species [4th], Daniel Montaño and Evelyn Garcia in Ecology [4th], Golnoosh Goltapeh and Martina Valle in Forensics [4th], Evelyn Garcia and Daniel Montaño in Invasive Species [5th], Gabriela Ulloa and Alejandro Paneque in Material Sciences [6th], and Joseph Luis & Yolanda Romero in Rocks & Minerals [6th].  

In Division B, gold medals were earned by A.M.C.’s Camila Cordero and Patricia Diaz in Fast Facts, Invasive Species, Road Scholar, and Towers, Aryan Gala and Kelly Benitez in Food Science, Giuliana Cabrera and Kendrick Cua in Meteorology, Claudia Viton and Sai Lasya Munamarty in Anatomy, Nicholas Hartog and Elys Anaya in Optics, Nicholas Hartog and Ethan Yu in Wind Power, Nicholas Hartog, Krithika Bharadwaj, and Hellen Rabelo in Reach for the Stars, Sophia Diaz and Emilio Canales in Bottle Rocket, Elys Anaya and Alain Fornes in Dynamic Planet, and Sophia Diaz and Alain Fornes in Rocks & Minerals. Silver medals were earned by A.M.C.’s Camila Cordero and Kendrick Cua in Dynamic Planet, Patricia Diaz, Giuliana Cabrera, and Kendrick Cua in Experimental Design, Aryan Gala and Kendrick Cua in Wind power, Kelly Benitez and Sai Lasya Munamarty in Bottle Rocket, Nicholas Hartog and Emilio Canales in Road Scholar, Nicholas Hartog and Ethan Yu in Wright Stuff, Elys Anaya and Hellen Rabelo in Anatomy, Sophia Diaz and Emilio Canales in Fast Facts, Hellen Rabelo and Krithika Bharadwaj Write It Do It, and Juan Londono in Wright Stuff. Bronze medals were earned by A.M.C.’s Aryan Gala and Alexis Hartog in Disease Detectives, Giuliana Cabrera and Claudia Viton in Rocks & Minerals, Alexis Hartog and Jeffrey Jiang in Optics, and Aditi Kumar and Juan Londono in Anatomy. Last, but certainly not least, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-place medals went to Giuliana Cabrera and Sai Lasya Munamarty in Microbe Mission [4th], Claudia Viton and Giulissa Cabrera in Ecology [4th], Kelly Benitez and Jeffrey Jiang in Write It Do It [4th], Daniela Alfonso and Frances Lopez in Invasive Species [5th], Aditi Kumar and Juan Londono in Dynamic Planet [5th], Aditi Kumar and Angel Peña in Wind power [5th], Alex Eng and Aryan Lund in Rocks & Minerals [5th], Aryan Gala and Alexis Hartog in Reach for the Stars [6th], Sebastian Sanchez in Invasive Species [6th], and Thomas Arango in Scrambler [6th].

The Archimedean Schools wish all Florida competitors heading to compete this Saturday in this year’s Florida Science Olympiad, hosted by the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the best of luck and hope the memories and knowledge built will result in a lifetime of joy, awe, and inspiration! 

 

 
 
 
 

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While Refining Leadership & Rhetorical Skills, Archimedean Middle Conservatory Students Impress at this Year’s Miami-Dade Model United Nations Conference

Participating for a second year in the MDC MUN Conference, the twenty-five-student-strong Archimedean Middle Conservatory Model United Nations Debate Team receives five recognitions for excellence.

Miami, FL – The Archimedean Schools may officially be described as “Conservatories of Mathematics and the Greek Language,” yet, upon closer inspection, it soon becomes evident that the educational curriculum and opportunities for experiential learning offered here are much more comprehensive and balanced than the schools’ tagline alone implies. The Middle Conservatory, for instance, offers, in addition to Archimedean’s standard intensive advanced mathematics and yearly Greek language coursework, an enhanced science curriculum starting in the 7th grade as a means of ensuring a rich and vigorous STEM education is received while simultaneously providing more classical philosophy courses starting in the 6th grade, augmenting in students the development of strong critical thinking as well as oral and written communication skills. Keenly aware though that highly interdisciplinary and broad-reaching solutions will be necessary to solve the complex problems humans face in our increasingly interconnected world, Archimedean also readily supports additional opportunities for student learning such as through the formation and nurturing of competitive Model United Nations [MUN] debate teams, Archimedean Middle School [AMC] in specific having recently returned from the Miami-Dade County Middle School MUN Conference with five official recognitions for excellence and leadership, including a Best Delegation and two Best Position Paper awards, based on the AMC students’ oral and written statements, these youngsters displaying wonderful research and collaborative skills along the way.

Model UN or MUN is a highly interactive debate competition, which requires students take on the same roles as the professionals in the United Nations who through intense debate and study craft resolutions to solve worldwide crises. As such, students spend significant time researching countries-their histories, economies, public health conditions, international relationships, and more, developing leadership and public speaking talents as well as teamwork and writing skills as they represent the various nations in committee meetings and policy papers. This year’s Miami-Dade Middle School MUN Conference, which took place on February 25 and was hosted by Miami-Dade College’s North Campus, brought together 325 middle school students from a total of 12 schools, including 25 students from Archimedean Middle School, who together made up 163 delegations participating in a total of six committees: the UN General Assembly, United Nationals Children’s Fund [UNICEF], Human Rights Council, UN Population Fund [UNFPA], Food & Agriculture Organization [FAO], and UN Security Council, topics under discussion including “Sustainable Tourism,” “Children with Disabilities,” the “Human Rights of Migrants,” “Child Marriage,” “Genetically Modified Foods,” and the “Situation in the Ukraine.”

Congratulations to the Archimedean Middle School’s MUN Debate Team winners, which included an impressive Best Delegation award in the UNICEF committee, where delegates Karen Laurent [8th grade] and Nicole Richani [7th grade] represented the United States of America, two Best Position Paper awards, one in the UN Security Council, where Rohan Dixit and Edward Wallace [8th grade] represented the United States of America, and another in the UN Population Fund, where Krithika Bharadwaj and Kendrick Cua [8th grade] represented the United States of America, and two Honorable Mentions, one in the Food and Agriculture Organization, where Alexis Hartog and Aryan Gala [7th grade] represented Thailand, and another in the UN General Assembly, where Elys Anaya [8th grade] and Nicholas Hartog [7th grade] represented the Czech Republic. “We are very proud of our young, hungry, hard working MUN team,” stated Archimedean Middle’s Debate Coach, Mr. Dario Prepelitchi.

Amazingly too, the resolutions passed in every one of the six committees were all co-sponsored by at least one of the Archimedean Middle student delegations, highlighting the entire team’s outstanding preparation and overall collaborative skills. The General Assembly included additional delegates Joshua Walsworth and Victor San Martin-Diaz [8th grade], representing Argentina, Alejandro Figueredo [8th grade], representing Burundi, Alejandro Giraldo and Alexei Vinas [8th grade], representing Thailand, and Giuliana Cabrera [8th grade] and Jin Chung [7th grade], representing the United States. UNICEF and Human Rights Council delegates also included Rohan Simon [8th grade] and Sebastian Sanchez [7th grade] as well as Gabriela Munoz [8th grade] and Giulissa Cabrera [7th grade], respectively, both groups representing Burundi. Last, but not least, the Food and Agriculture Organization delegates included Sophia Escobar and Frances Lopez [7th grade], representing Argentina, and Grace Nares [7th grade] and Sai Lasya Munamarty [6th grade], representing the United States of America. Without a doubt, the Archimedean Middle Conservatory debaters are already carving out bright futures for themselves as they continue training for their next conference and, in doing so, continue their evolution into the great and essential leaders of tomorrow!

 
 
 
 

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A.U.C. Students Compete at M.I.T. as Preparation for Saturday's Science Olympiad Regional Tournament in Florida

After a Successful Warm Up at the M.I.T. Invitational Tournament, Archimedean Students Hope To Again Make Miami Proud at this Weekend’s Regional Science Olympiad Competition in Boca Raton, Florida.

Archimedean Upper Conservatory Science Olympiad Team Alpha & Beta students in pose in Boston the day after competition. Photo by Lisa Ibarra-Rivera.

Great Dome at M.I.T.

Ray & Maria Stata Center at M.I.T.

 

Miami, FL – Training for any Olympic tournament requires nothing less than serious dedication, ambition, and commitment, all qualities that Miami’s own Archimedean Upper Conservatory students have come to embody through years of competing in various competitions from the athletic to the academic, including Science Olympiad, one of the most respected science-based competitions for middle and high school students in the nation.Returning home just three and a half weeks ago from the prestigious 2017 M.I.T. Science Olympiad Invitational in Boston that resulted in 14 top-twenty finishes, including two event medals, the nationally-competing Archimedean Upper Conservatory students look to repeat past successes yet again this Saturday at the South Florida Regional Competition at Florida Atlantic University.

 

 

As the old adage states, “practice makes perfect.” Indeed, preparations start well ahead of competition day, these focused and goal-oriented students, determined to master knowledge in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), spending months, even years, studying theory at well beyond the high school level and honing their technical and creative prototype designing and building skills in preparation for competition day when they are asked to prove their mastery and talents in 23 distinct events covering a range of topics in physics, biology, mathematics, research methods, engineering design, robotics, and more. Competition is fierce, even at the local and state levels, invitational tournaments offering a welcomed and exciting chance to put the students’ amassed skills and knowledge to the test, participants being able to compete against some of the nation’s finest teams, without affecting official rankings, in order to get a feel for the difficulty of theory and lab events while testing the readiness and performance of contraptions ahead of the real high-stakes competition later in the school year.

 

 

For the third year in a row, therefore, Archimedean Upper Conservatory set aside several thousand to help send its top two teams, a total of 29 students alongside coaches and chaperones, to one of the premier homes of technology, research, innovation, and education, the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, MA, better known around the world as M.I.T., to compete in their annual Science Olympiad Invitational tournament, an event that this past January brought together 75 of arguably some of the best and most talented Science Olympiad high school teams from around the United States. As the only team from Miami, Archimedean’s aim was to represent their home with honor, the students also of course enjoying every moment of the weekend’s competitive jitters and memorable moments, the last minute design tweaks, late night review sessions, and moments of intense concentration amidst competitive pressure being mixed with little sleep, lots of laughter, a campus tour by several Archimedean Alumni currently attending M.I.T., amusing attempts at learning to ice skate, and a serious dose of inspiration, many of these high school students themselves dreaming of pursuing careers one day in areas of STEM and studying at a world-renown institution with the caliber and influence like that of M.I.T..

 

 

Focus and diligence resulted in success for siblings Riya and Neel Gandhi, who together brought home the 4th-place medal in Optics as well as Neel Gandhi and Dmitri Morales for their 2nd-place medal in Robot Arm. Other impressive achievements go to Riya Gandhi and Daniel Torrejon for their 8th place in Astronomy, Joseph Luis and Georgia DeLoza for their 9th place in Forensics, Anthony Mansur and Sanjana Surana for their 12th place in Robot Arm, Riya Gandhi and Julio Trujillo for their 13th place in We’ve Got Your Number, Arian Mansur and Angela Diaz for their 14th place in Picture This, Daniel Torrejon and Andrea Hands for their 15th place in Quantum Quandaries, Sergio Diaz and Anvith Krishnan for their 16th place in Anatomy and Physiology, Anvith Krishnan and Sergio Diaz for their 17th place in Write It Do It, Neel Gandhi and Dmitri Morales for their 17th and 18th places in Wind Power and Game On, Shria Bucha and Georgia DeLoza for their 19th place in Anatomy and Physiology, and, last but not least, Kleis Val and Daniel Torrejon for their 20th place in Dynamic Planet.

 

 

Now, the final touches are underway again as three Archimedean Upper Conservatory teams ready for this Saturday’s South Florida Regional Science Olympiad in Boca Raton, Archimedean once again looking to bring home medals and honorable mentions as they have every year for the past eight years. Using the experience gained last month as a warm up and dry run ahead of this weekend’s official championship that will welcome 45 local area teams, Archimedean Upper Conservatory hopes its three teams will be among the top eight to twelve who will qualify to move on the Florida state-level competition in March where students will attempt to qualify to compete in the National Science Olympiad, Archimedean’s Team Alpha consistently now for the past six years oscillating between being Florida’s silver- and bronze-medal state winners, having competed at the Nationals four times so far. This week though, all the students at Archimedean can do is feel confident that, in the end, hard work always has a way of paying off. In the words of Dr. Kalaiselvi Panneerselvam, A.U.C.’s Science Olympiad Head Coach, “no matter what happens, the students grow tremendously from the preparations and every competitive experience, and this alone already makes them winners!”

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Are YOU smarter than an Archimedean fifth grader?” Archimedean Academy Students Qualify to Compete in the Final Round of the Pi Math Contest in California

 

Miami, FL – Though labor demands vary across the nation, there have been warnings of shortages of American-grown and educated professionals entering certain essential STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - sectors needed to maintain the U.S.’ status as a competitive, global leader in innovation and to provide for adequate national security (Larson & Xue, 2015). As such, Miami’s own Archimedean Schools, conservatories of mathematics and Greek language, are doing their part to help remedy this trend by providing students with a rigorous, advanced curriculum, students completing, in addition to their studies in language, social studies, humanities, sciences, arts, and more, double the mathematics coursework yearly from kindergarten on, the goal being to build in students the strong mathematics foundations necessary to guarantee future college success in all areas of study, including the often intimidating, yet fascinating and innovative STEM fields. In an effort to augment natural math talents further and make math fun, Archimedean students with a passion for numbers and problem solving also regularly engage in extracurricular competitions and activities. In an effort to nurture a love of mathematics from early on, the Archimedean Academy even offers its young math team members additional mathematics training through their ArchiMath club, which meets every day after school but Wednesdays from 3-3:45PM. When an invitation came in from the Bay Area Mathematics Coordination at Star League, Dr. Ali Gurel, to participate in this year’s Pi Math Contest, Archimedean, as expected, welcomed this new and exciting challenge. And so, last January, 21 Archimedean Academy students set out to test their math prowess by competing in the preliminary round of the Pi Math Contest, 11 students scoring high enough to qualify to compete against other talented young minds from around the country in the final round of competitions later this spring. 

The Pi Math Contest, now in its third year of existence, is open to elementary students in first through fifth grade. The first round of competition consists of an individual forty-minute, 25-question test, covering topics related to numbers, counting, geometry, and word problems, the best 250 students from across the nation being invited to compete in the final round later in the spring. Congratulations to fifth graders Nicole Achi, Genti Aliaj, Sofie Balmelli, Rajat Bidarkota, Jason Bustos, Isabela Calderin, Luke Hands, Benjamin Partain, Enzo Sampaio, John Tebou, and Samantha Ynclan for qualifying to compete on April 29 in Santa Clara, California, in this final round among other finalists from California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Florida. 

This being the first year that Archimedean students participate in the Pi Math Contest, the results have been more than fulfilling already. As the Academy’s ArchiMath Coach and Mathematics Coordinator, Ms. Alexandra Georgiou, shares, “my passion is to inspire and challenge children to love learning,” her favorite guiding words being those by the famous Albert Einstein, who once said that “the value of education is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think.” These students are certainly lucky to be guided by a teacher like Ms. Georgiou given that her passion for educating and preparing students for the future is unmistakable!

 

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2017-2018 High School Application Period Now Open

Archimedean Upper Conservatory Continues Planting the Seeds of Wisdom, Opportunity, & Success ... since 2008

 

Dear Prospective Students & Families, 

Archimedean Upper Conservatory's application period for enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is open from Tuesday, November 1st, through Sunday, January 15th. All parents interested in enrolling their child(ren) in the school should fill in and submit an application.

Applications should be filled online and can be found HERE (scroll at the bottom of the page).

There are three OPEN HOUSE PRESENTATIONS for all applicants and their families, on Wednesday, November 30th, at 7:00PM, on Saturday, December 17th, at 10:00AM, and again on Wednesday, January 11th, at 7:00PM at Archimedean. Attendance in one of the three offered Open House presentations is mandatory for the parents/guardians of each applicant.

Archimedean Upper Conservatory is a college preparatory high school with an advanced core curriculum and top ranked academic teams. Archimedean Upper Conservatory holds the BEST college placement record among all public (magnet, traditional, and charter) schools in Miami-Dade and is the ONLY high school in the district that is nationally recognized by all three major rankings (The Washington Post, U.S. News, Newsweek).

We are incredibly excited to see your interest in joining our family of schools and look forward to an amazing future of building wisdom and opening doors together.

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