2016 Academic Profile, Awards and Accolades
2016 Academic Profile, Awards and Accolades
Great things happen all the time at CCHS!
Cooper City High School is an outstanding institution of higher learning. We are very proud of the many accomplishments attained by students and staff and present to you the following well-deserved recognition that has been attained this year that leads to our “Continuing 'A' Tradition of EXCELLENCE”.
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Congratulations to DECA President Max Mickenberg on placing 2nd in the world in the Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling event at DECA International Competition. Also, please congratulate our co-president Matthew Plonskier on his award for top test score in the Restaurant and Food Service Event and Samanatha Steinberg on her award for top presentation score for the Fashion Promotion Plan Event. Over 18,000 students from the US, Canada, as well as multiple other countries competed at DECA Internationals in Nashville, TN over the last 4 days. We are very proud of our winners and all 31 students who qualified and competed!
Lauren Mandel, Academy of Finance/DECA Advisor
I would like to take the time to congratulate the following young men for moving on to the April 27th Regional Track Meet:
Eric Winder in the Pole Vault 1st Place
Jose Penalver in the 800 meters 1st Place
Isaac Murillo in the 1600 meters 4th Place
Our Boys 4 x 800 Meter Relay 4th Place (Gyovanny Capota, Keith Millovan, Gilberto Viguie, and Holden Miles)
Way to Go!,
Anita D. Flores, Girls and Boys Track Coach
Our very own National Honor Society attended their annual NHS Convention in which they were tasked with presenting their project and fundraising achievements for the year. This year, Cooper City High had an impressive showing, receiving awards and recognition in multiple categories:
Fundraising – 1st place for the Art Gala project
Citizen Development – 1st place for our January Mock Election
Scrapbook – 3rd place
For the fifth (5) year in a row we are a county Gold Chapter.
Our officers also won their county election for President of the Broward County Chapter of NHS
Debate National Qualifiers Sacramento Bound!! Congratulations to our 4 amazing national qualifiers who dominated in today's tournament at St. Thomas Aquinas. They are now in the running for the title of CFL National Champion at the national tournament in Sacramento, California.
Max Mickenberg - Extemporaneous Speaking
Emma Sheridan - Original Oratory
Parth Ahya - Lincoln Douglas
Karina Blodnieks - Lincoln Douglas
Congratulations go to Hannah Levine for moving on to the semi-final round of the Biology Olympiad. She finished in the top 10% nationwide.
CTV traveled to Atlanta, GA to compete in our annual National Television convention, STN.
We are proud to say that CTV placed 2nd as the best news show in the nation, but due to another schools mishaps, they where disqualified as the first place winner and CTV Became #1.
We also took 2nd place in news scriptwriting by Seren Marchovich
And took Honorable mention in action sports editing by Kalli Rogers.
Congratulation to all my students.
Alfredo Pichardo, CTV Advisor
FSPA District 7 Director
Cooper City High School
Congratulations to Max Mickenberg, our debate and DECA president, for qualifying to NSDA Nationals in Salt Lake City! He is our first qualifier since 2007 and worked tirelessly during the 25 grueling hours of debate for his title.
Our students did an outstanding job at District World Languages Competition. If you know any of these kids, please tell them "felicidades"! Debbie Mensinger, World Languages Department Chair
Spanish 2: Gretchen Overton: 1st
Spanish 3: Annie Parayadipura: 2nd
Spanish 4: Sarah Molina: 1st
AP Spanish Language and Culture: Francesca Dupuy: 1st, Alvaro Navarro: 1st, Max Torres Maggio: 1st
French 1: Hailee Graul: 1st, Katharine Smith: 2nd
French 2: Marissa Stotts: 2nd
Spanish 4: Sarah Molina: 2nd
AP Spanish Language: Francesca Dupuy: 1st, Max Torres Maggio: 2nd, Alvarro Navarro: 3rd
French 1: Hailee Graul: 1st, Katharine Smith: 3rd
French 2: Marissa Stotts: 3rd
Talent: Isabel Hidalgo: 1st
Projects: Rachel Seng: 1st, Ryan Sullivan: 1st, Atiya Pitaktrakul: 1st
Posters: Alyson Perullo: 1st, Bailey Kraus: 1st, Yesteffany Meier: 2nd
Congratulations to the following DECA members who qualified for International Competition. These 33 students will be traveling to Nashville, TN in April! Lauren Mandel, Academy of Finance/DECA Advisor.
1st place winners:
2nd place winnners:
Nicole Tjin a Djie
3rd place winners:
4th place winners:
5th place winners:
Please join us in congratulating our Advanced Placement Art students who were recognized at the 2016 Superintendent's Advanced Placement Studio Art exhibition. This exhibition showcases original artwork of high school Advanced Placement students and took place from January 4th to February 1st. Congratulations to Karina Blodnieks, Gabriella Jaspar, and Juliana Nicholls
We congratulate the winner of the Poetry Out Loud school wide competition:DAVID POLE
He will be going to States at USF on March 12th. Great job by everyone who partook.
Ms. Shannon Brandt-Asciolla Literacy Department: 12th Grade/Theatre Arts
Wrestling Team placed 4th out 28 teams at the BCAA Championship this past week end. Congratulations to all!!!
We are pleased congratulate our awesome debaters for qualifying to Varsity States March 2016!
Parth Ahya and Karina Blodnieks qualified in Lincoln Douglas debate and will debate next month at Varsity State in Orlando.
Logan Silverman qualified as our first alternate in Oral Interpretation, and Jared Ally was a finalist in Lincoln Douglas debate.
Please join us in congratulating our Cooper City High School student-athletes who signed to play college sports with the following schools on Wednesday, February 3rd, Academic Signing Day. We wish you the very best of luck on your next journey. Thank you for all you have done for the Cooper City High sports program throughout your four years at CCHS--- Cowboy Pride!!!!!
Water Polo- Danny Rafael-Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
Baseball- Angel Almonte- Hillsborough College, Tampa, Florida
Rich Silva- North Carolina
Softball- Summer Grzybek- Columbia University, NY
Grace Gonzalez- Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA
Karina Cardona- Wesley College- Dover, Delaware
Sabrina Hebding- Webber International, Babson, Florida
Leanna Hernandez- South Florida state- Avon Park , Florida
Football- Rashad Weaver- University of Pittsburgh, PA
Congratulations to the follow DECA members who placed in the top 3 in Broward County in their respective categories. They were recognized at the District Award Ceremony on January 25th at Nova Southeastern.
Our first place winners were Blane Silverman in Food Services Marketing, Jose Penalver in the Start Up Business Plan event, the team of Sami Saniei and Jake Samuelson in the Financial Service Team Decision Making event and the team of Landon Counts and Hunter Harrington in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making event.
Our second place winners were the team of Aaron Slann and Thomas John in the Financial Service Team Decision Making event, Megan Tompkins and Erin Donovan in the Hospitality and Tourism Team Decision Making event, Ariel Vorona and Daniel Tila-Cohen for their Advertising Campaign and Benjamin Milgram in Business Services Marketing.
Our third place winners were the team of Lucia Tsai and Christine Kim in the Business Law and Ethics Team Decision Making event, Timothy Krause and Yassen Mubarak in Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making, Ariel Marcus in the Principles of Marketing event, Ariel Goldberg in the Advertising Campaign event, Samantha Steinberg and Andy Meyers in the Fashion Promotion Plan event, and Megan Pitt in the category of Personal Financial Literacy.
We had 105 students that qualified for state competition March 3-6 in Orlando in both testing and written events!
The Miami Herald has announced their all-county players. We are very proud to say that Carly Smitherman made the second team honors, and Zoe Hobson, Erin Silverman, Ashley Lizzi, and Sabrina Cajuste have made honorable mention honors.
These honors accompany the SunSentinel All County second team honors for Carly Smitherman and Zoe Hobson. These volleyball players have stepped up their game and have represented Cooper City very well. Congratulations to all
Congratulations to Kelly Gahagan for representing Cooper City High School and the State of Florida at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts over the summer. What an incredible opportunity!!!. Way to go Kelly!!!
Congratulations to our up and coming award winning Debate program---as the Cooper City chapter achieved 200 or more degrees last year and is now ranked among the top 7.5% of schools nationwide and earned membership in the National Speech and Debate Association's prestigious 200 Club. Congratulations to club sponsor Wendy Schauben, and all of our Debate students!!!!!
And at the Crestian Tradition National Tournament at Cypress Bay:
- Junior (and president) Max Mickenberg won FIRST PLACE in Impromptu and sixth place in Extemporaneous Speaking!
- Freshman Collin Schwantes won sixth place in Impromptu and top novice in Impromptu, receiving a $450 scholarship to Champion Briefs Institute.
- Freshman Alina Pereyra won top novice in Original Oratory, receiving a $450 scholarship to Champion Briefs Institute.
- Junior Karina Blodnieks was an Octofinalist in Lincoln Douglas Debate.
As this was a National tournament, Max received a bid to the Tournament of Champions, a very esteemed tournament that you can only qualify for by placing at a national tournament.
Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country team for winning Districts. We wish them the very best of luck as they move on to State competition on November 6th. Also, congratulations to Jose Penalver for qualifying for States from the boys team.
Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Swim teams for their 2nd place finish at Districts. A special thanks goes out to Coach Ankey. Thank you for all you do. You all had an awesome season! Many accomplishments!
Congratulations to the Girls Volleyball team for winning Districts! A special thanks goes out to Coach Jill Smitherman. Thanks for being an inspiring leader! You all were great fun to watch throughout the season! Go Cowboys!
Congratulations to the following students for being accepted to perform as members of the USF Festival of the Winds Honor Band.
Congratulations to the following seniors for their outstanding performance on the PSAT:
Hannah Levine & Joseph Torres - Recognized as National Merit Semifinalists
Alexander Diraviam, Isabella Garza, Shayna Goldrich, Gabriella Oropesa, Syed Rahmain, Harrison Riggott, Lea Russo, Sami Saniei, Adam Shlomi, Blane Silverman, & Christine Turk recognized as Commended Scholars
We congratulate the following students for their District wins at FSPA Competition this October at NSU.
1st place OTS selfie -Jaycee Albury
1st place Feature Package- Jessica Johnson, Emily Ehrlich, Felipe Lopez
1st place Deadline Package- Yarden Ben-David, Isabella Tocci, Krzysza Korytkowski
1st place Sports Play-By-Play Coverage- Trace Austin, Karina Suarez, Samantha Towle
3rd place OTS Live to Tape- Yarden Ben-David, Kalli Rogers
3rd place OTS Commentary- Jemma Miller, Michael Lynn, Lyndsey Kleiman
3rd place Sports Play-By-Play Coverage- Samantha Fowler, Anna Villalonga
Congratulations to the following students for being selected to participate in the 2015 Florida State University Tri-State Band Festival:
Congratulations to Cooper City High School's Sound of Pride!!! The Mayor of Westminister stopped by to request the CCHS Sound of Pride to perform at the New Year's Day Parade in London on January 1st of 2018. Congratulations Cooper City High School Band Students!!!
The following students were selected as part of the 2015- 2016 All-County Concert Band:
Julianne Lee- Flute
Angela Kermeur- Flute
Gaston Gosselin- Clarinet
Jared Finkel- Clarinet
Benjamin Santana- Trumpet
Caleb Neale- French Horn
Congratulations goes out to Irma Barr, Art Teacher at CCHS and three of her students for their participation in Broward College's 1st Annual High School All Star Competition Exhibit.
There were 200 pieces submitted county wide, 62 pieces of art were chosen for the exhibition, 3 of the 62 pieces were from CCHS!!!
Congratulation to Madison Gailboord for Mixed Media, Ariel Ziton for Painting and Juliana Nicholls for Photography.
Bravo to Madison, Ariel and Juliana for their outstanding artistic talent recognized at the ALL- STAR Competition Exhibit!!!
Congratulations to the Cooper City High School Debate students for another great showing this weekend at Flanagan. Please join me in congratulating the following students:
Logan Silverman took home 5th place in both Oral Interpretation and Humorous Interpretation
Frank Insignia took home 6th place in Novice Lincoln Douglas
Team of Brett Bartel and Aiden Adams took home 2nd place in Novice Public Forum
Team of Alec Shears and Emma Sheridan took home 6th place in Duo Interpretation
Please join me in congratulating our debate students for their recent successes:
At the Everglades High School Tournament this past weekend:
Zachary Perrotta and Bruce Glasserman took home first place in Varsity Student Congress
Kia Del Solar-Patino took home second place in Varsity Student Congress
Ariana Milian took home sixth place in Varsity Oral Interpretation
At the tournament last night at Flanagan High School:
Team of Brett Bartel and Aiden Adams had an undefeated record in Public Forum Debate and earned medals
Sabrine Brismeur had an undefeated record in Lincoln Douglas Debate and earned a medal
Our congratulations goes out to Shannon Brandt-Asciolla, Thespian Sponsor and the following Thespian students for their recognition at the Excellent and Superior level during District competition 12/2015. All students receiving a Superior are now eligible to compete at the STATE level in March 2016.
Francesca Maurer - Solo, Melany Rivera and Sergio Owen- Duet, Julissa Orozco, Lea Russo, and Samantha Cohen -Pantomime, Samantha Cohen and Lea Russo- Duet Scene, Jennifer Lopez- Monologue, Megan Chesney- Monologue,
Large group performance, Marisa Schloneger and Jacob Rones-Duet Scene, Marisa Schloneger, Megan Chesney, Doni Rotunno, Jacob Rones and Sergio Owen- Small Group, Doni Rotunno and Margaret McVay- Duet,
Julissa Orozco and Jennifer Lopez- Duet Scene, Brittany Del Pino and Katia Garib- Duet Scene, Lea Russo - Monologue, Lily Hirschman- Monologue, Lily Hirschman- Pantomime, Pedro Garcia - Solo, Issabella Tocci- Solo, Melany Rivera- Solo