- Sy O'Neill Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH
The Florida School Counselor Association has selected Melissa Garcia as its 2018 Florida School Counselor of the Year. Garcia, along with other state-level award recipients nationwide, will be honored at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C. in February.
Students of the Week for Nov. 13–17: Kayla Portugal, Sabrina Smith, Jerry Jerome and Jackeline Acosta.
The dance program will present Holiday Spectacular at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 with student ID. The event will also feature special appearances from the school step team and dance marathon committee.
A holiday donation drive is underway in support of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. The hospital’s wish list includes Barbie and Disney Princess dolls, toy and remote control cars, superhero action figures, Lego kits, stuffed animals and art kits for school-age children. For teens, the hospital would like jewelry, art and craft kits; journals and diaries; sport balls and over-the-door basketball hoops; K’nex and Lego kits; board games; playing cards (regular and Uno); lotions, body sprays, lip balm; and makeup. Items for teenagers can be given to any English teacher. Items for younger children can be dropped off at the school counseling office. Donation deadline is Dec. 12.
WESTERN ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
During a community cleanup, 80 participants removed almost 105 pounds of trash and 44 pounds of recyclable materials from the school, Camila Park, The Royal Inn and surrounding areas.
Coordinator of Scientific Research and Environmental Outreach Education Teresa Thornton has been honored with the Mary H. Marsh Medal by the American Water Resources Association, a national professional organization dedicated to the advancement of multidisciplinary water resources education, management and research. Thornton was presented with the award at the Association’s Annual Awards Conference this month in Portland, Oregon. Oxbridge students Robbie Linck, Kaitlyn Campbell, Lucas Coelho, Morgan McClure, Joseph Rubsamen, Zachary Bodnick, Martina Cavard, Max McGould and Faith Maniti accompanied Thornton. They were the only high school students to attend the conference and present their research findings, which include various projects on quantifying waste in local beaches, as well as bacteria and algae findings.
PALM BEACH MARITIME ACADEMY AND HIGH SCHOOL
Open house events for families interested in learning more about the school take place Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a raffle for an Amazon Echo Dot. The academy is a tuition-free, marine science-enriched charter school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The elementary school campus is at 1518 W. Lantana Road, Lantana. The middle-high school campus, 600 S. East Coast Ave., Lantana, will host a special presentation by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets at the open house.
CARDINAL NEWMAN HIGH
A blood drive takes place 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
A Christmas tree lot will open Saturday, with trees and wreaths available for purchase.
The Christmas Concert begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the gymnasium.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in the Hanley Foundation ArtiGras Youth Art Competition. Students can submit their artwork through their school’s art teacher until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Winners will be announced at noon on Feb. 17, the first day of Artigras. All finalists will have their works on display at the festival. Students and teachers can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-746-7111 for more information.
Applications are being accepted for the more than 300 Choice Programs and Career Academies at 117 district schools. Parents can complete the online application at www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms, or download a hard copy in English, Creole, Portuguese or Spanish at www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms/application/. The original application must be mailed or delivered to the Department of Choice and Career Options with a postmark no later than Jan. 26 for most Choice programs.
Performing arts programs, which require an audition score in addition to the eligibility criteria and have a Friday deadline application date, are: Bak Middle School of the Arts; The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach, Music-Band, Music-Orchestral Strings and Music-Vocal for grades six to eight; Boynton Beach High Arts Program; and Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts.
The Choice and Career Academy lottery will be held the week of March 6, and applicants will receive the status of their application on March 31.