Martin County High students lend a hand at annual coastal cleanup

  • Sy O'Neill
  • Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 Local
Pitching in at 22nd annual International Coastal Cleanup were members of the Martin County High School Green Team (from left) Nick Ranieri, Madi Forbes, Bryan Weiksnar, Akshat Kikeui, Jacob Blechman, Nick Cannella, Rachel Maunus, Tori Hill, Emily Popson and Mckenna Cashman. More than 1,000 volunteers converged on beaches across Martin County s coastline, from Bathtub Beach to Jensen Beach, to pick up litter.



An open house is scheduled 9-11 a.m. Oct. 26 for parents of prospective students for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration and refreshments in Coleman Hall will be followed by the program and tours of the school. Applications are being accepted for all grades, PK2 through eight. The school is at 3395 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Register online at For more information, contact Cindy Sexton, director of enrollment, at 561-623-2624 or


Book Fair Family Night takes place Oct. 18. The book fair opens at 5 p.m. A ziti dinner will be available for purchase 5:30-7 p.m. A magic show with Gary Midnight begins at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The book fair also runs Oct. 16-20 during the school day for students. Call the school at 561-803-7200 for more information.


The school’s Social Studies Center of Excellence will present civil rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland at 6 p.m. Oct. 18. The free event is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, and space is limited. RSVP to to attend. The school is at 4176 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens.

An open house begins at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 20. To attend, RSVP to Pam Tripp at 561-209-2474.


The Palm Beach Poetry Festival has launched its annual high school poetry contest. Palm Beach County students can submit one original poem, 30 lines maximum, for consideration by Dec. 1. The winning poet will receive $200. Four runners-up will each receive $100. For details, visit



The school kicked off its Annual Giving Campaign, raising funds to support the cost of academic and extracurricular programs, provide tuition assistance for students, attract and retain excellent teachers, fulfill the wish lists of the faculty and staff, and help balance the operating budget. Donations can be made online at or by completing a donor form. Questions can be directed to Jennifer M. Trefelner at 772-464-5200, ext. 116 or by emailing


The Education Foundation of Martin County is asking for the community’s help in naming its Martin County Teacher of the Year. Candidates have been selected by their peers at each school site. This selection is in recognition for these teachers’ commitment to their students, their profession and community. Nominees are: Casey Swift, Bessey Creek Elementary; Curt Seeley, Citrus Grove Elementary; Patrick Farley, Crystal Lake Elementary; Kristen Register, Dr. David L. Anderson Middle; Colleen Dougherty, Felix A. Williams Elementary; Natalie Walters, Hidden Oaks Middle; Julia Altman, Hobe Sound Elementary; Jessica Hathaway, Hope Center for Autism; Matthew Mesorana, Indiantown Middle; Jackie Brownie, J.D. Parker School of Science, Math & Technology; Lauren Chesrown, Jensen Beach Elementary; Adam Day, Jensen Beach High; Dawnelle Bartges, Martin County High; Shameeka White, Murray Middle; Rita Diapoules, Palm City Elementary; Arielle Bickley, Pinewood Elementary; Mallory McKnight, Port Salerno Elementary; Tiffany Hughes, SeaWind Elementary; Command Sgt. Maj. Efrem Evans, South Fork High; Kelly Dawedeit, Stuart Middle; Amanda Leigh, Warfield Elementary; and Lani Bartsch, Willoughby Learning Center. To vote, visit or