Once again, our school participated in “The Fairchild Challenge” – an award-winning, interdisciplinary, environmental science competition designed to engage students of diverse interests, abilities, talents, and backgrounds to explore the natural world, and become stewards of the Earth. The program has been recognized as a benchmark for exceptional STEM education and for empowering educated voters, policy makers, and environmentally-minded citizens.
Our students demonstrated their different talents in support of environmental stewardship by participating in all the different challenges presented by The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. There were over 300 schools from South Florida and beyond participating in The Fairchild Challenge this year.
In the High School category, we were recognized as one of the top scoring schools overall and were presented with the Silver Award and a cash prize of $750 to support and enhance environmental activities in our school. They also received a certificate for their outstanding participation and a family gift pass. We also received a special recognition for being one of the only two schools from South Florida to participate at the NASA’s HUNCH (High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware) Program. Furthermore, Julia Sariol ’20 was congratulated as one of the Fairchild Summer Internship Recipients.
In the Middle School category, we received the Bronze Award which included a $500 cash prize and our Primary school won a special framed certificate in the Overall Challenge Award for participating in all of the Elementary School Challenges.
Below is a list of all the challenges and recognitions we received:
Educator Challenge - Mr. Guido Mena, with his rendition of the flower from the cannonball tree was awarded 2nd place.
Challenge 1: Fairchild’s New Planting - Students from Visual Arts class, Bettina Legorburu ’22 and Mia Fernandez de Castro ’22.
Challenge 2: The Everglades Policy Proposal – Students from Debate Class, Olga Sofia Solares ’22, Lillian Cullen ’22, Cherie Laroche ’22, Victoria Estefani ’22, Emily Lawrence ’22 and Carola Mato ‘22
Challenge 3: South Florida’s Natural Habitats – Students from Biology class, Sofia Eraña ’22 and Lillian Cullen ’22
Challenge 4: Environmental Debate Tournament – Students from Debate team, Natalie Giustini ’20, Caroline Culmo ’20, Camille Deschapelles ’22 and Dorothy Darden ‘19
Challenge 5: Green Cuisine – A Stella Side Dish – Students from IB Design Technology, Jimena Arguimbau ’20, Sofia Chi ’20, Nina Gallinar ’20, Ana Jouvin ’20, Andreina Macedo ’19, Sabrina Mas ’20, Haley McCarthy-Levy ’20 and Daniela Rabbasa ’20
Challenge 7: Growing Beyond Earth – Students from Biology class, Mia Fernandez de Castro ’22, Sofia Mortensen ’22, Madison Forrest ’22, Sydney Toledo ’22 and Makayla Green ’22
Challenge 8: The Million Orchid Project – Students from IB Environmental Systems and Society class, Jimena Arguimbau ’20, Camille Cabrera-Ramon ’20, Alessandra Diamond ’20, and Ana Jouvin ‘20
Challenge 1: Fairchild’s New Plantings – Outstanding Narrative by Lauren Nieto ‘24
Challenge 4: Citizen Science: Growing Beyond Earth – Enthusiasm by Mia Deschapelles ‘24, Olivia Jose ‘24, and Esmeralda Swietelsky ‘24; Data Presentation by Grades 6 and 7
Challenge 6: Green Treasures: An Ethnobotanical Journey – Creativity by Sabrina Oliva ‘24, Cecilia Oses ‘24, Mia Rodriguez ‘21, Simrin Shah ‘24 and Daniela Vila ‘24
Challenge 7: Lizards on the Loose – Most Comprehensive by Grades 6 & 7
Environmental Role Models – 3rd grade students Monica Rodriguez ‘28 and Montessori teacher Barbara Clarke
Challenge 3: Eco-Atlas - Engaging Narrative by 3rd Grade
Overall Challenge Award