Palm Beach Central student heads to NYC for Shakespeare contest


Brandon Schloss was recognized by the National Speech and Debate Association as the recipient of its 2018 Exemplary Student Service Award. Schloss is a regional, state and national anti-bullying spokesman. He has accumulated in excess of 400 community service hours speaking to students at schools, after-care programs, camps and mall events the past three years. He also has been active with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Gang Prevention Unit, where he coordinates and speaks to elementary school and after-care programs about youth violence.


After winning the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee, eighth-grader Joseph Coates took a written test to qualify to attend the state-level competition. He will advance to the Florida State Bee on April 6 at Jacksonville University. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 20-23.


Varsity and JV football cheerleader tryouts are 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. April 4-5 in the cafeteria. Participants should pick up a tryout packet in the front office and bring the completed packet to a tryout session. For more information, contact

Students of the Week for March 4-9: Alexus Brooks, Joanelly Velez, Sean Wilkerson and Nicholas Healton.


Three Science Olympiad teams recently participated in the regional competition at the University of Miami, coming home with three first-place medals, eight second place and seven third. Additionally, one teamed earned a first-place win overall and has qualified for the state competition at the University of Central Florida.

The Mock Trial Team earned second place in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. Denise Brown, director of the school’s Pre-Law Program, started the team this fall. Members included Tyler Chin-Lenn, lead counsel for plaintiff; Julia Lubitz, counsel for plaintiff and witness for defendant; Jack Du, counsel for plaintiff; Angela Lares, lead counsel for defendant; Logan Othmer, counsel for defendant; Amy Heaton, counsel for defendant and witness for plaintiff; Madison Evasius, expert witness for plaintiff and defendant; and Gavan Keen, witness for plaintiff and defendant.


The school’s second annual golf tournament will be April 24 at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus, The Bear’s Club founder and course designer, will kick off the tournament by hosting a golf clinic with PGA Tour professionals and the Oxbridge Academy Golf Team. Registration is limited to the first 24 foursomes and includes lunch, a post-tournament cocktail party, awards and prizes. Registration is open at Sponsorships are available by contacting Lola Thelin at


Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA awarded wellness grants to five local organizations for their programs in the schools: S.D. Spady Elementary PTA, Operation Green; Rolling Green Elementary PTA, STEM Garden; Tradewinds Middle PTSA, Health Wellness & Safety Fair; Loggers Run Middle PTSA, Step Dance Team; and Christa McAuliffe Middle PTSA, Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.

The district’s Office of Diversity in Business Practices is hosting its Inaugural Women’s Empowerment Summit 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center, 3300 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach. Women from both the public and private sectors will discuss the bias and challenges that women-owned small businesses continue to face, and provide solution-driven advice on how to overcome them. To register for the event, call 561-681-2410.

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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