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Celebrating Excellence! Brings Student Talent Frontstage

Westminster High School (WHS) was filled with student talent on Jan. 16 for the inaugural Celebrating Excellence! showcase that replaced the Celebrating Academic Excellence competition which previously took place on a Saturday. The day started with the second annual Career & Technical Education (CTE) competition, Westy’s Got Skills. High school students used this competition as a way to present their CTE projects to community judges as preparation for regional, state and national competitions. You can view the full list of first place winners below. 

Superintendent Pamela Swanson welcomed students and families to Celebrating Excellence! and kicked off the elementary school spelling bee in the Joanna Ramsey Theatre. STEM displays were spread through the WHS café, visual arts were exhibited in the foyer, the district elementary orchestra performed in the Black Box Theatre and the math counts crunched numbers in one of Westy’s classrooms. As the evening went on, middle school students took the stage for the spelling bee, followed by creative arts performances including dance routines and musical acts.

To see all the photos and download your favorites from the event, visit the Google photo album online here.

The elementary and middle school Spelling Bee competitions had everyone on the edge of their seat as Westminster Academy for International Studies student, Cristobal Aguirre spelled “Peasantry” as the elementary championship word and Scott Carpenter Middle School student, Jose Kristian Perez spelled “Garbanzo” as the middle school championship word. First and second place winners in the elementary school Spelling Bee will move on to the state championship, while first, second and third place winners in the middle school completion will move on to state.

Below is the list of winners and links to the videos of the elementary and middle school Spelling Bee competitions on Youtube:

Elementary Spelling Bee Winners (This competition lasted 12 rounds)

  • 1st Place: Cristobal Aguirre (Westminster Academy for International Studies)
  • 2nd Place: MacKenzie Goodson: (F.M. Day Elementary)
  • 3rd Place: Alexa Mijares: (Sherrelwood Elementary)

Elementary School Spelling Bee video on Youtube.

Middle School Spelling Bee Winners (This competition lasted 10 rounds)

  • 1st Place: Jose Kristian Perez (Scott Carpenter Middle School)
  • 2nd Place: Alexander DiRezza (Colorado STEM Academy)
  • 3rd Place: Jacey Krause (Westminster Academy for International Studies)

Middle School Spelling Bee video on Youtube.

Westy's Got Skills First Place Winners

GDIM Art Exhibit and Portfolio Review Kiara Garcia Felix
Shark Tank Alany Rodriguez Ramos, Cesar Holguin
Business Ethics Karen Bonilla Chaparro, Julia Shires, Dominick Lor
Business Plan Kristy Herr, Severo Moreno, Jr.
Client Service Brisa Gutierrez Ramirez
Emerging Business Issues Kyle Vang, Javier Avila
Impromptu Speaking Sebastian Godina
Publication Design Yuliana De Lira Pinedo, Ivy Martinez-Madrid, Alany Rodriguez Ramos
Sales Presentation Oscar Falcon Barrios
E-Business Noelia Alvarez Reyes, Enrique Hernandez, Theresa Tran
Graphic Design Chastity Cespedes, Jennifer Rosales Acosta, George Ruiz Oseguera
Public Service Announcement Adrian Guillen Saucedo, Tony Morales, Alexander Zambrano Rosales
Career Investigation Jose Celaya
Focus on Children Amy Lor, Yamileth Salinas Del Val and Janeth Villalobos
Culinary Competition Asia Pierce, Irisa Cervantes, Devin Castro, Devin Gries, Andy Moua
Ag Tech and Mech Cydney McLean
Veterinary Science Jasmine Barboza
Employment Skills Jasmine Sherlock
Nursery Landscape Jazmin Ponce Escoto
Floriculture Makayla Fitzwater, Jasmyne Alexander
Health Career Poster Jamilette Badena Deliany Ramos Apodaca
Millwork Installation Anthony Avalos, Daniel Castaneda, Eddie Vang, Emmanuel Lopez
Digital Cinema Production (On Demand Video) Jesus Silva Ruiz and Jaime Trevizo Escobedo
Television Video Production Jesus Silva Ruiz and Jaime Trevizo Escobedo
Interactive Media / Video Game Design Gryphon Evans & Brandon Bieske
3D/Additive Manufacturing Jason Valencia
Information Technology Services Jaiden Searle
Robotics (CTF) Anne Nguyen, Patrick Bonner, Victor Quintanar Roman
Cyber Security Iomy Gumaro and Logan Thaler
Structural Design and Engineering Paola Benitez Perez and Aroon Enriquez
Architectural Design Paola Benitez Perez and Aroon Enriquez
Engineering Design and Development Anne Nguyen
Catapult Design Team 4 - Moises Fernandez, Ezaul Bautista Lopez, Byron Saengsavath, Nestor Guadarrama De La Rosa
Biotechnology Paola Benitez Perez and Karina Garcia
Environmental Science Innovation Alyssa Gonzales and Lizbeth Marquez
Empathy and Engineering Oanh Vu, Brissa Moreno, Andrea Maldonado, Herlinda Cabral-Ramirez