Where it all started: Members of the school's Jazz Band traveled to New Orleans the first weekend of spring break for some face and ear time with some of NOLA's finest jazz musicians. During their visit to the Birthplace of Jazz, students toured the area with stops at Jackson Square (shown here with tour guide Roland Newell) and Alligator Bayou (in nearby Prairieville), where freshman Naomi Robinson made friends with a baby gator. A highlight was a private performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who performed and interacted with the Lakewood students. Brandon Sweat, junior, BB correspondent
ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGIATE
Twinkle twinkle little . . . prom? Just in time for the reboot of Cosmos, the St. Petersburg Collegiate prom unfolded in a "Starry Night" themed venue. The celestial prom took place at The Sage in Clearwater March 22, with colored drinks, a unique candy bar and violet and blue up-lighting. The Sage botanical gardens gave seniors a more terrestrial opportunity for photos (at right). Highlights of the night included the cupid shuffle, a crowd-surfing senior, and the fact that no one fell into the venue's fountain while dancing. Lillian Skye Noble, senior, tb-two* staffer
Around the town (hall meeting): High school journalists from tb-two* and other students participated in WEDU's annual "Florida's Kids & Alcohol" town meeting last month at St. Petersburg College. The event focused on the dangers of alcohol and drugs, particularly the use of them by teenagers. On the expert panel were tb-two* staffers Lena Schwallenberg, Palm Harbor University High senior and Brandon Sweat, Lakewood High junior. Questions from the audience were lead by tb-two* staffers Louie Castillo, Clearwater Central Catholic senior; Hannah Elliott, Robinson High senior; Lillian Skye Noble, St. Petersburg Collegiate senior; and Liz Tsourakis, Hillsborough High senior. Missed our dazzling performance in person? The event will be televised on WEDU at 9 p.m. April 17, and will also be archived on wedu.org. tb-two* staff
Trading spaces: Shorecrest's new football coach, Steve Dudley, now finds himself 10 minutes from the school he used to call home, St. Petersburg Catholic. Dudley was signed as Shorecrest's coach last week. Dudley spent three seasons at St. Petersburg Catholic with a final record of 14-18. He led the Barons to the playoffs in 2013's 8-4 campaign. A low number of players has prompted Shorecrest to drop out of district play and become an independent in the fall and likely for the next three seasons. However, Dudley enjoys a reputation of helping turn around losing programs, and plans to start a weight-lifting routine immediately. "There's just something about being the dark horse and the grind it takes," Dudley said. "It's not complicated. It's about being tough and reliable. We can't control the talent we have. But what we can control is our attitude." Rodney Page, Times correspondent
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