- Sy O'Neill Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
PALM BEACH CENTRAL HIGH
The Debate Team competed with 23 high schools recently at Royal Palm Beach High. Bronco winners were: Tyler Hutchinson and Elian Dones, third place, Two-Person Acting; Evett Rodriguez, third, Storytelling; Tyler Hoffman, third, One-Man Debate; Garrett Gouveia, second, Original Oratory; Analy Arteaga and Medjie Norbrun, fourth, Two-Person Acting; Arman Naim, fifth, Dramatic Reading; Isabella Pineda, fifth, Storytelling; and Jason Wadsworth, sixth, Dramatic Reading.
WESTERN ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
As part of its Go Green initiatives, the school participated in a candy wrapper collection this fall as part of a school contest sponsored by Loggerhead Marine Center. WACS collected 34.6 pounds of candy wrappers and was among the top three schools in the contest. The marine center partnered with TerraCycle and sent all candy wrappers and packaging collected to be re-purposed into new supplies.
Students in grades four through seven who have been recognized as Duke University Talent Identification Program Scholars: Sabrina Bernstein, Thomas Coates, Stephen Hall, MJ Hanlon, Mia Pariseleti, Victoria Reynolds, Natalie Acosta, Alexandra Beauchamp, Ariane Holton, Quinlyn Janson, Molly Lanahan, Lulu Lang, Daniele Mischke, Brewer Rehm, Layna Steele, Andrew Vargas, Tucker Yavinsky, Emeline Chopin, Teddy Duncker, Cate Frerichs, Risa Hernandez, Georgina Keogh, Sophia Machado, Madeline McCarthy, Chloe McGann, Joseph Modenos, Parker Pressly, Logan Ray, Marissa Sanchez, Camden Sevald, Katherine Teubner, Edward Bauer, Emily Ding, Charlotte Jordan, Ella Ross Lang, Asher Levitt, Nicholas Lombardi, William Stetson, Kenneth Wagner, Katherine Ward. These students scored in the top 5 percent on their grade-level standardized test.
Theatre Department Director Kimberly Patterson has been honored by the Southeastern Theatre Conference for “innovation in teaching play writing.” The award is presented annually in recognition of quality of instruction, philosophy behind the use of play-writing instruction in the classroom, and successful realization of student work. Patterson has been teaching at Oxbridge Academy since 2011. Her specialties are stagecraft, Shakespeare and writing for performance.
SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH
Students of the Week for Dec. 11–15: Tristen Onofry, Frances Pinckney, Nelson Sutton and Caterina Guerra.
CARDINAL NEWMAN HIGH
As a service project, the Fashion Club will be collecting gently used prom dresses until the end of February to donate to Becca’s Closet. Donations can be dropped off at the school’s front office.