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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    2015-2016 Accolades



    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

    Impromptu Speaking:
    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:
    Max Mickenberg
    Matthew Plonskier
    Jesse Hoyle
    Meghana Kethireddy
    Alex Loeb
    Jamie Shorr
    Jenna Skop
    Sam Essig
    Myles Culter
    Michael Light

    2nd place winnners:
    Emily Lehman
    Samantha Stofsky
    Nicole Tjin a Djie
    Sami Saniei
    Jake Samuelson

    3rd place winners:
    Samantha Steinberg
    Ariel Goldberg
    Hannah Cohen
    Shayna Cohen
    Taylor Mills
    Blane Silverman
    Emily Ehrlich
    Rohan Patel
    Ashley Lizzi
    Jose Penalver

    4th place winners:
    Landon Counts
    Hunter Harrington
    Katie Slinkosky

    5th place winners:
    Chris Perry
    Talia Slann
    Aiden Adams
    Sam Mickenberg
    Alex Katsotis

    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.
    Hannah Levine
    Amanda Wilson
    Raphael Maleh
    Ashira Casanova
    Caleb Neale
    Kayla Sutton

    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:
    Jared Finkel
    Gaston Gosselin
    Julianne Lee
    Christian Porras
    Dawson Worley

    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