Dance competition: The Tampa Catholic Crusaderettes dance team competed in the MA Dance Southeastern Regional Championships in Sanford this month. The twirlers placed first in Twirling Team. In the twirling solo division, senior Jodrenn Wagner won first runnerup, senior Michelle Colon won second runnerup, and senior Alex Butler won third runnerup.
The dance team won 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 a 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 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.
French competition: Jesuit High School students competed in the 61st annual French State Competition in Orlando 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 won first place; Molly Conrad, Sarah Wilt, Gillian Lever, Elizabeth Costanzo and Taylor Alexander won second place; and Julia Walsh, Emily Ferron, Samantha Berberich, Erin Chadwick, Guillermo Rivas-Rivera and Catherine Costanzo won third place.
In the group competitions, freshmen Bianca Siegenthaler, Taylor Alexander, Emily King, Theresa Roberts, Nic Mandel, Anne Marie Ferrron and Virginia Miller won second place for their skit. Nic Leon-Schetina, Emily Ferron, Erin Chadwick, Julia Walsh, Gillian Lever, Ryan Tamashiro, Samantha Berberich and Elaine Williams won 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 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" 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.
Holocaust lesson: Holocaust survivor Rena Finder spoke to students at Berkeley Preparatory School recently. She told the students 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 a 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, Finder shared lunch and more stories with a small group of students in the library.