Band auction: The Bloomingdale High Rajun Band holds its annual live auction Saturday. Dozens of items will be up for bid. The preview will begin at 2 p.m. and the auction will be held at 3 p.m. For information, call (813) 744-8018.
Space experiments. McLane Middle School advanced science students will send a small package to the edge of space with the help of JP Aerospace. The launch is set for April 6 from New Mexico, but students loaded their "MiniCube" with four science experiments for shipping to JP Aerospace on Friday. JP Aerospace provides opportunities for students to send science experiments in flight to an altitude of 100,000 feet (nearly 20 miles) on high altitude balloons. MiniCubes are 5-centimeter plastic square cubes that collect pictures of space and report on the flight. The McLane MiniCube will contain the following four experiments:
1. Will popcorn pop in a vacuum?
2. Will a marshmallow boil in a vacuum?
3. Will seeds germinate after being exposed to the cold, vacuum and radiation in the stratosphere?
4. Will a thumb drive keep data intact after being exposed to ultraviolet radiation in the stratosphere?
Students will design and choose the science experiments, conduct research once the projects are in the stratosphere and write a report about the flight.
Water safety: First-grade students at Corr Elementary School learned about water safety from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75. Public affairs Officer Ray Stewart taught the students about how to stay safe on a boat or in the water. Auxiliarist Pat Stone showed the students how to properly wear a life jacket. The students received "Inky the Whale" coloring books and crayons, "Wear It" life jacket stickers and Coast Guard auxiliary beads.
Holocaust lesson: Holocaust survivor Rena Finder spoke to students at Berkeley Preparatory School earlier this month. She told the students about what it was like living in the ghettos of Poland during the German occupation during World War II, where her father was arrested and she and her mother were sent to work in the factory owned by Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party who saved the lives of Jewish workers in his factory. Finder and her mother moved the United States after the war ended. After her talk at Berkeley Prep, Finder shared lunch and more stories with a small group of students in the library.
French competition: Jesuit High School students competed in the 61st annual Congres French State Competition in Orlando earlier this month. Gary Rabenold, senior, earned a superieur in extemporaneous speaking. Nathan Miller, sophomore, earned an excellent for extemporaneous speaking. Sean Anderson, senior, Ryan Bianco, junior, Dart Hutson, sophomore, Jad Azar, freshman, and Chris Yatsula, freshman, each earned an excellent for reading comprehension. Nahum Hill, senior, and Evan Rabenold, freshman, were awarded bon ribbons for reading comprehension and extemporaneous speaking. The freshman skit performance, led by Calvin Scott, received an excellent award.
Students from Tampa Catholic High School also competed. In individual competitions, Emily King took first place; Molly Conrad, Sarah Wilt, Gillian Lever, Elizabeth Costanzo and Taylor Alexander earned second place; and Julia Walsh, Emily Ferron, Samantha Berberich, Erin Chadwick, Guillermo Rivas-Rivera and Catherine Costanzo were awarded third place.
In group competitions, freshmen Bianca Siegenthaler, Taylor Alexander, Emily King, Theresa Roberts, Nic Mandel, Anne Marie Ferrron and Virginia Miller took second place for their skit. Nic Leon-Schetina, Emily Ferron, Erin Chadwick, Julia Walsh, Gillian Lever, Ryan Tamashiro, Samantha Berberich and Elaine Williams earned second place for their play.
Students honored: Four Jesuit students were honored for their work on the 2012 Mayor's Youth Corps and Mayor's Leadership Council. Sophomores Cole Fisher and Eduardo Sotomayor, and juniors Jay Benjamin and Greg Cox were part of the group that participated in community service projects in Tampa and worked with Mayor Bob Buckhorn and city government to talk about their concerns for their generation. Fisher was also chosen to participate in the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference.
Fundraisers: The Academy of the Holy Names Dads Club raised $25,000 for the school's Link Scholarship program with its annual golf tournament held at Cheval Golf & Country Club. The Holy Names golf team raised $700. More than 100 golfers and volunteers attended the tournament.
Berkeley Preparatory School held the 14th annual Chicago Blue "Shades of Blue" earlier this month. More than 580 parents, alumni and faculty attended the event, which raised more than $300,000. The money raised will fund Parents' Club need-based scholarships and special school projects.
Dance competition: The Tampa Catholic Crusaderettes dance team competed in the MA Dance Southeast Regional Championships in Sanford earlier this month. The twirlers placed first in Twirling Team. In the twirling solo division, senior Jodrenn Wagner was first runner-up, senior Michelle Colon was second runner-up, and senior Alex Butler was third runner-up.
The dance team took first place for its Michael Jackson Show Routine, a Super Sweepstakes trophy for receiving a score of 90 or above from all judges, a choreography award for its hip-hop number, a High Point award for kick and hip-hop, Best in Class in the private school division, and a Winner's Circle trophy based on total cumulative points.
The Academy of the Holy Names Jaguarettes dance team, above, also competed. The team won a Super Sweepstakes trophy, a choreography plaque in jazz and hip-hop awarded to teams for creativity and innovation, and the High Point award in jazz and pom.