Saint Juliana Catholic School math students score high in competition

Feb 21, 2018
  • By Sy O'Neill
  • Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Middle school math teacher Nicole Hodges (far left) and Principal Katie Kervi (far right) congratulate the Saint Juliana Catholic School students who participated in the Perennial Math Tournament hosted by The Weiss School. This was the first time the Saint Juliana middle-schoolers competed in the academic event.


Students recently participated in the Perennial Math Tournament hosted by The Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens. Sixth-grader Michael O’Donnell placed third in his age group. Eighth-grader Maxson Hernandez-Trujillo placed second and eighth-grader Christopher Tarafa placed first in their age group. In the team division, one Shamrocks sixth-grade team placed third, the seventh-grade team placed second and the eighth-grade team placed first.


“Rock of Ages” will be staged at 7 p.m. March 1-2 and March 9-10. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens, $12.50 for all others. Audience members who come dressed in ’80s attire will be seated in the front row, and there will be prizes for the best dressed at every show.

Students in the Future Business Leaders of America chapter took part in district competition recently. Heading to state competition in March are these winners and their competition categories: Amanda Alvarez, third place, Business Law; Maia Anderson, fourth, Advertising; Brianna Gregoire, first, Organizational Leadership; Jeffrey Danison, first, Cybersecurity; Kael Fertil, sixth, Computer Problem Solving; Ikalia Maldonado, third, Journalism; Gena Rai, second, Impromptu Speaking; and Preshus Ramdass, fifth, Business Calculations. Additional district competition winners included Melina Lopez, third, Client Service; and Sebastien Bien Aime and Joshua Gregoire, fifth, Entrepreneurship.

Following their silver performance last month as Florida High School Athletic Association regional runners-up, the Hawk Competition Cheerleaders took the bronze at a recent statewide competition with a score just 3.2 points out of first place. The coach is Tammy Licavoli.

Students of the Week for Feb. 5–9: Hearst Carrington, Andrew Hardaway, Austin McCreath and Milly Mendoza.

Students in the Spanish National Honor Society will offer tutoring to ESOL students in all subjects, including math, English, history, science, reading and SAT prep, from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays in upstairs Building 4. The sessions will continue through the end of April.


Ruschelle Valbert won first place in the Catholic Schools Week essay contest, which asked the question “How Does Catholic Education Benefit Me?” Josefina Corripio and Annamarie Palumbo won honorable mentions.

In the Florida Bandmaster’s Association competition, the Jazz Band received straight “Excellents.” The Woodwind Choir and Brass Choir were both ranked “Superior.” Band members receiving “Superiors” on their solos: Ian Byrne, Anthony Velardo, Hannah Garrett, Nicole Olmos, Kirsten Hayes, Darnell Fils, Allison Turner and Louis Marull. Members who received “Excellents” on their solos: Deanna Radcliff, Riley Carraciolo, Gabriela Rivera and Alexander Milker. Turner and Marull wil represent the school at the State Solor and Ensemble evaluation later this year.

The Senior Fashion Show and Luncheon will take place April 12.


Open house programs take place 10 a.m. to noon March 3 for families interested in learning more about the tuition-free, marine science-enriched charter school. The elementary school is at 1518 W. Lantana Road, Lantana and the middle/high school campus is at 600 S. East Coast Ave., Lantana. Refreshments will be served.


The Palm Beach County Youth Services Department is accepting applications through April 13 for summer camp scholarships. The scholarship program offers eligible children ages 5-14, and a special population up to age 17, a full scholarship to day camp for the entire summer. The scholarship covers all tuition and fees for children residing in families with income at or below 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. To access the application form and view a list of outreach events, visit For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 561-242-5713 or email

The Palm Beach County Council of PTA/PTSA will host a presentation on Human Trafficking, Danges of Technology and Keeping Children Safe at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Christa McAuliffe Middle School, 6500 Le Chalet Blvd., Boynton Beach.

An exhibition of artwork in the 2018 Regional Scholastic Arts Awards takes place Saturday at the Armory Art Center, 811 Park Place, West Palm Beach. An award ceremony honoring all winners begins at 1 p.m., followed by the exhibition from 2 to 4 p.m. Gold and Silver Key work — about 438 pieces — will be on display. Students who receive a Gold Key will proceed to national competition for additional awards and opportunities.

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.