Students win big across the board

Krop has had a strong start to 2023 with students bringing in a multitude of awards and achievements in various categories.  

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) placed in the top two at the District 24 competition. There were a total of 22 winners, 18 of them winning 1st place in categories ranging from Social Media Strategies, Political Science, Journalism and Graphic Design. These students will now move onto the FBLA State Competitions in Orlando this March. 

On Jan. 21 the chess team competed at the North Region Chess Championship, Chess2think.

The team won and passed to the County Championship and will be competing in the Dade-County championship with South and Central regions on April 15, and then move on to states in Orlando. The chess team has also been invited to play in Washington D.C. in March.

Krops’ Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) team placed in the top five out of 25 teams in the competition on Jan. 12. This now makes them one of the five schools in the county to compete in the SECME Mathematics Challenge on Saturday 2/4. 

On Jan. 21 Model UN attended the UF Model United Nations conference. Four Model UN members scored in the top five of their committees, bringing in three Honorable Mentions and one Verbal Acclamation. 

Theater Magnet students competed against several high schools across the district, receiving Superior and Top Honor ratings for their Ensemble Acting Performance. The students have now been selected by Thespian directors across Miami-Dade County to be District 8 Representatives for the Florida State Thespian Conference in Tampa.

In the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, students received multiple awards in both categories. One Gold Key, three Silver Keys and two Honorable mentions were awarded for student writing. Art students received 13 awards, including one Gold Key, three Silver Keys and nine Honorable Mentions for art submitted by seniors Juliette Brooks and Paulina Kushch, sophomores Leonna Anderson and Konstantina Papadaki, juniors Breanna Bonitto, Diana Duperon and Maya Gruenberg, and freshman Amber Lauriston.

At the Taste of the Tropics district competition, students showcased artwork of birds in their habitat. There were seven students who had their artwork accepted into the taste of the tropics: sophomore Ana Neirarosero, juniors Angel Linares-Soti, Kareen Bilani, Fernando Gonzalez, Grecia Moreno, and seniors Paulina Kushch and Angelika Brown.

Five Krop students’ photography pieces were accepted into the MIA Gallery: Reinventing Photography exhibition: seniors Satya Richard and Casey Critz, sophomores Amelie Sole-Lorenzo and Ailani Aguirre, and freshman Luna Vargas.

Juniors Catalina Hernandez and Diana Duperon both had their works selected for the 37th annual Impressions in Watercolor Exhibition. The district-wide exhibition had its opening reception on Feb. 2, where the artwork will be displayed for a month. 

Four students had their artwork selected for the district-wide Black History Month exhibition.  Some pieces included paintings by sophomores Dorielle Florvil and Raquelle Auguste. Florvil’s piece was inspired by one of Elizabeth Catlett’s sculptures of Elizabeth Catlett and Auguste’s piece was representing police brutality. These four students will have their artwork be part of a month-long exhibit in the School Board administration building.