Master’s Academy students excel in Fairchild Challenge

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Eighth grade students from Master’s Academy excelled in the 2018 Fairchild Challenge. The challenge is an annual event sponsored by the Environmental Learning Center in Wabasso. This year, the focus of the challenge was the effects of the environment on health and wellbeing.

Sarah Ward won first place in the writing category with her essay about the calming effect of water. Aliah Cotton, Mackenzie Williams, Victoria Vendryes, and Sarah Ward placed first in art with their 3-D paper art project, which depicted a unique plant and pollinator.

First place in the video skit competition was awarded to Mackenzie Williams, Savannah Jeremy, Charlie Marks, Ensof Monrreal, Trevor Cross, Michael McFarlane, and Merrick Cashatt for their “Get Real Real-estate” skit, which explained the impact of pollution on the local economy.

Master’s Academy students Sarah Ward, Sarah Davis, Jake Mason, Micah Sutter, Josh Medina, Owen Viersma, and Logan Gibson placed second in the video skit category with their video entitled “Paul’s Pompano Shack,” which depicted the negative effects of water pollution on health and local businesses.

Mr. Jerry Cutshall (STEM), Mr. Gerry Geary (Art), and Mrs. Diane Hawkins (Science) were the collaborating teachers for the competition.

Overall, Master’s Academy placed second and earned $250 toward a “greening” project. The students would like to add landscaping to further beautify the school campus, which recently added modular buildings.

Master’s Academy offers a biblical worldview education to students in PreK-3 through 12th grade.

Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year is now open. To learn more about Master’s Academy, visit, contact the school office at 772-794-4655, or email

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