Latin Club: The Plant High School Latin Club placed first for the second year in a row in the Catapult Competition at the 64th annual State Latin Forum earlier this month in Orlando. Team captain Harrison Potter built the catapult. Plant High competed against teams from schools across the state.
Band award: The Newsome High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble won the FFCC State Championships in Daytona Beach earlier this month. The team competed against 10 other Florida high schools. The Newsome High percussion ensemble also placed in the top three during every competition this season.
The ensemble is made up of 16 marching drum line/battery members and 17 front ensemble students. This year's show "Reanimation" featured robotic movements, technolike rhythms, and a dubstep dance sequence. This is the ensemble's second year.
Student honors: Two Middleton High School students were recognized by the National Center for Women and Informational Technology. Alicia Bishop, engineering magnet junior, and Jeanelle Baldwin, biomedical-biotechnology magnet sophomore, were among the 25 students recognized in Daytona Beach earlier this month as NCWIT North Central Florida Affiliate award winners. Bishop was also one of 35 students to win the 2013 National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Creative competition: The St. John's Episcopal Parish Day School fifth-grade division one team took second place at the state Odyssey of the Minds competition in Orlando earlier this month. They will go on to compete in the world competition at Michigan State University in May. The team is also one of four teams to win the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award. Members of the team are: Abby Burden, Trey Carlson, Mackey Jones, Greta Schmitzer, Jake Spencer, Joseph Strickland, and Aidan Willett. Parent Adam Burden and science teacher Mychael Fenlon were the coaches, and student Reid Ballard was the assistant coach.
Volunteer award: Jesuit High School junior Zack Aldridge received a 2013 YEA! Youth Excellence and Achievement Award for volunteer or community service. He has volunteered for more than 640 hours at Metropolitan Ministries, including 325 in his sophomore year. He is also a member of the Jesuit wrestling team, and performed in this year's Jesuit Masque's live theatrical production of Beetlejuice.
Photo awards: Three Plant City High School students have been named winners of the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center Photojournalism Contest. The students took a photograph and wrote a 300-600 word story about the photo's subject.
Jackson Hardee was awarded $100 for first place with a photo and story about the Bing Room House. Benjamin "Robby" Knox was awarded $75 for second place, and Sydney Johnson was awarded $50 for third place. The entries will be displayed at the Photo Archives and History Center, 106 S Evers St., Plant City.
Teacher award: Kelley Beall, DRT for Elementary Education, won a PBS 2012 Teacher Innovator Award. She is one of 30 educators from across the nation to receive the award.
Golf tournament: The Lake Magdalene Elementary Dads' Club is seeking corporate sponsors for its 22nd annual golf tournament fundraiser on May 4 at the Babe Zaharias Golf Course. Information on sponsorship packages is available at LMEdadsclubgolf.com. The group is also seeking donations of goods or services for the goodie bags, after-golf raffle and silent auction. Proceeds from the tournament will help secure a technology matching grant for the school, and Operation Helping Hand. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, email LMEdadsclub@gmail.com or call Mike Faraguna at (813) 936-8700.
Italian festival: Students from Jesuit High School participated in the 16th Festa Italiana at Centennial Park in Ybor City earlier this month. The festival included a mass at the Italian Club. Senior Max Chillura, freshmen Justin Sosa, Michael Sandborn, JJ Niekro and Michael Lee, and sophomores Guill Gomez, Alejandro Cartaya and Drew Obeck served as ushers. Jesuit's Father Patrick Hough and school president Father Richard Hermes co-celebrated the mass with Monsignor Laurence Higgins.
Guest speaker: Roberto Portales, a 2007 Jesuit High School graduate and West Point graduate who recently served in Afghanistan, spoke to Jesuit students last week.
Portales deployed to Afghanistan in May 2012, where he served as platoon leader for a multifunctional intelligence team. He returned from his tour of duty in February and now leads his platoon in Washington. While a student at Jesuit, he was an altar server, a member of the National Honor Society and a two-year football letter winner.
Author visit: Herman Parish, author of the Amelia Bedelia book series visited students in grades K-4 at the Academy of the Holy Names earlier this month. Parish spoke to the student about his aunt Peggy Parish, the original author of the series about the maid who misunderstands requests from her employer by taking idioms as literal tasks. Parish told the students about how his aunt came up with the idea for the book series.