From victories on the field to achievements in the classroom, the 2015-2016 school year has been an eventful one. As the year is coming to a close, we look back to the numerous successes Columbus enjoyed throughout the school year. From academic achievements, clubs, sports, activities, and school improvements, there are many people proud to be in Columbus and contributing to its success.
Academically, Columbus is considered one of the best high schools in the state, and even in the nation. The school offers state of the art facilities for aspiring journalists, labs for those who enjoy science, and a modern library with all the resources needed to do well in the classroom. These facilities challenge students to be the best they can be, and the science department has done an excellent job, as one of the students represented Columbus in the International Science Fair and performed extremely well. “I think it’s been a great year regarding science, one of our students, Simon Tsaoussis, won 4th place in the international science fair and the schools also got many achievements in mathematics,” said Alina Sanchez, Head of the Science Department. Tsaoussis is an extremely bright student, as his 4th place finish was his invention of the TTT-RAM, which allows computers to function at a 5,000% faster rate.
Columbus has always been an academic powerhouse, but as of recent they have solidified that spot, bringing home four Silver Knight Awards and two honorable mentions. The Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards is one of the nation’s most highly regarded student Award programs. The purpose of this Awards program is to recognize outstanding students who have not only maintained good grades, but have also unselfishly applied their special knowledge and talents to contribute significant service to their schools and communities. Columbus brought home the Silver Knights in the categories of Athletics, Speech, Art, and Business. These awards boost Columbus into the Miami-Dade County record books. “This year has been historic for Christopher Columbus High school. With this year’s awards, Columbus has a total of sixteen Silver Knight awards making this the private school with most winners in Miami-Dade County history,” said Sylvie Galves Cuesta, Head of the Mas Scholars Program. With Columbus’ name in the record books, they look to hold their ground and continue to breed excellence for many more years to come.
Even though Columbus enjoys athletic and academic success, the school was able to implement school improvements by introducing new things to improve the student experience on and off the field. The majority of the improvements came from the fruits of Columbus’ most successful event, The Walkathon. The money that was raised from classroom games, teachers selling refreshments, and the walk itself brought the school a new field for the baseball team, 75′ Inch Clear Touch TVs in the classrooms, and an electronic bulletin board throughout the hallways so that students can always stay informed. “This year went great, we got our new touch TVs, which replaced the old projectors, a new synthetic baseball field and many academic awards as well. Overall, I think this year was a success,” said David Pugh, Principal at Columbus.
The improvements are not done yet, because the work this school year is also preparing for the 2016-17 school year. For example, the cafeteria will be completely renovated and students will have a more modern and sleek area to enjoy their lunch. The numerous upgrades and advancements regarding the school did wonders this year, and they foreshadow more success in the next school year. Being an Explorer is not just about the moment and hard work, but remembering the past, celebrating the successes, and building towards a better future.