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Two senior dance students placed in the Youth Grand Prix 2018 held recently in Tampa. Dylan Amsterdam placed third in the Classical Category and the Contemporary Category. Evan Gorbell placed second in the Contemporary Category for men. Gorbell also received automatic acceptance into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


Newman Night 2018 — Crusaders Set Sail — takes place March 3 at the Kravis Center’s Cohen Pavilion. Cocktails, hors d’ouevres and a silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Dinner, dancing and live auction start at 8 p.m. Entertainment is by Kenny Mondo DJ Productions. Tickets are $225 per person. RSVP by Feb. 17. For more information, visit or email


Forty-six Bronco debaters recently competed at Seminole Ridge High against students from 20 schools. Bringing home awards were: Anson Lau, sixth place, Student Congress; Charlie Richstone, fifth, Novice Original Oratory; Tyler Hoffman, third, Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Garrett Gouveia, second, Novice Original Oratory; Dominc LaFlame and Vanessa Phan, third, Duo Interpretation of Literature; Gillian Gouveia and Brianna Garcon, second, Duo Interpretation of Literature; Joevante Jean and Marlana Lawrence, first, Duo Interpretation of Literature; John Jennings, second, Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Analy Arteaga and Medjie Norbrun, sixth, Duo Interpretation of Literature. The team’s coach is Daryl Hall.


Robert Stirm, a senior, has been selected as the only high school student to present his research at the 41st annual Herpetology Conference hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville next month. Stirm has been working on his science research project since his freshman year. It focuses on quantification of the Cuban tree frog vs. native frogs in the Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach.


Students of the Week for Jan. 15–19: Shelby Hatcher, Edwdge Pierre Louis, Koi Jones and Jordan Stone.


The window to apply for a Choice program for the 2018-2019 school year has been extended through Friday. The district offers more than 300 Choice programs at 117 elementary, middle and high schools throughout the county. This extended deadline does not apply to the arts programs requiring auditions. For more information on the Choice programs available and application, visit

The school district’s annual Historically Black College-University and Hispanic Serving Institution Recruitment Tour held recently at the Palm Beach County Convention Center resulted in 1,570 college acceptances given and $9,275,500 in scholarships awarded. Representatives from more than 21 colleges met with students from 24 district high schools during the two-day event. Thirty aspiring teachers also signed contracts with the district’s Recruitment and Retention Office, ensuring that once they receive their college degree and teaching certificate, they can come back to Palm Beach County to teach as part of the Grow Your Own initiative.

The district’s Choice and Career Options Department, in conjunction with the Business Development Board and CareerSource, is holding its annual Claim Your Future Event for high school students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Students will be bused to the site to attend two panel discussions on the topics of aviation, business, construction, education, finance, governmental relations, health care, hospitality, information technology, law, logistics and manufacturing.

The entry deadline for the Essay & Creative Arts Competition sponsored by the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews has been extended to March 12. The contest is open to all middle and high school students in public, private, parochial and charter schools in the county. Categories include essay writing, music, video and visual arts, with middle and high school divisions. The topic, “The Road Not Taken,” is inspired by the Robert Frost poem. Students can win cash prizes and other gifts. Supervising teachers are eligible to win gift cards for school supplies. Entry forms with guidelines are available at or by calling 561-833-6150.

Compiled by Sy O’Neill. Send school news to Dated items must be sent at least two weeks before the event.

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