Save the Date: Goldfever January 18, 2019

Goldfever is scheduled for January 18, 2019 at 7 pm in the Auditorium.  The theme this year is Goldfever Goes Gen-Z! Tickets are $8 in advance during school and lunch hours. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Goldfever is a high-energy dance and lip sync contest and is the annual fundraiser for the Theatre Department.  Many campus clubs and organizations participate and it has been a great success for over twenty years.

Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Best Overall
  • Best Organization
  • Best Service Club
  • Critic’s Choice
  • Fan Favorite where the audience is the judge!

Save the Date: Prom April 12, 2019

The Prom, for juniors and seniors only, will be on April 12, 2019 at the Coliseum.

Guests must be juniors, seniors, and under 20 years old as of April 12, 2019.

Tickets will go on sale March 18 through April 12 at school. No tickets are sold at the door.  More information will be available closer to the date.

IB Snapshot: Santa Parade (with video)

Several dozen SPHS students led by the Green Devil Marching Band and the band’s Winter Guard participated in the City of St. Petersburg’s annual Santa Parade on Saturday November 24.

The IB program and the marching band have participated in past parades but this year Curt Miller, VP of the IB Boosters, put out a call to have service clubs and other SPHS groups join the parade too.  (more…)

National Honor Society Inducts 138 New Members

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The Sunshine Chapter of the National Honor Society at St. Petersburg High School inducted 138 initiates at a Candlelight Ceremony on October 29, 2018 in the Auditorium.

The ceremony included welcoming comments, a candlelight procession, induction of Honorary Faculty Ms. Laura Domanski (IB program) and Mrs. Jenny Trewin (Ttraditional program), induction of the initiates, and investiture of typical initiates. (more…)

Nico Hernandez Serves Puerto Rican Community in CAS Project

For his IB CAS project, senior Nico Hernandez fundraised almost $900 to assist bedridden patients in the town of Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, affected by Hurricane Maria.

He made all purchases in Puerto Rico to assist the economy after the hurricane and worked with the Las Piedras Mayor’s Office to distribute them.  He, along with the Mayor’s wife and part of her staff, visited several patient homes and delivered the items purchased.

At the end of the event, the Mayor of Las Piedras presented Nico with a plaque in gratitude for his community service project.

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Students Work on Next Moves for Gun Reform

IB junior Sydney Soskin and IB sophomore Nina Greenberg attended the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C. in March 2018. They and the teens who helped organize local March for Our Lives events were invited to a roundtable discussion with Senator Bill Nelson, Representative Kathy Castor, and several Hillsborough County School Board members and superintendent Jeff Eakins.

After the conference, they participated in a social action forum focused on gun reform at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg.  (more…)

Richard Kast Takes 4th Place in National Triathlon; Invited to World Championships

Senior Richard Kast took 4th place in the 16-19 age group in the USAT Long Distance Triathlon National Championship this month at the Miami Man triathlon.  The Long Course Triathlon entailed 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run.  Those are half-Ironman distances.

Richard’s success was especially noteworthy given the top three finishers were all 19 years old and there was no one else age 18 or 16 in the race.

He also qualified for Team USA!  He received an invitation to go to Spain to participate in the world championship in May 2019.

 

 

 

 

Marching Band Completes a Strong Competition Season

Seth Yeager*, Lauren Dickhaus, Meara O’Connor*, Victoria Zamitalo*, Rayaan Ali*, Justin Barlas* `and (front) Miles Monroe. (* IB students)

The Green Devil Marching Band and Color Guard won numerous first place and other awards in four regional competitions this Fall season as described below.

This year the band was directed by Ms. Katie Aucremann, and the performance show was “1001 Nights,” the music of Scheherazade intended to evoke images from the Arabian Nights stories.   You can enjoy their performance one more time (without the marching) at the band program’s Winter Concert in the school auditorium, Thursday December 13 at 7 p.m. (more…)

Cheerleader Honors & Teams

Senior Natalie Stiles, junior Layla Sumilang, and freshman Amber Aronson received All American Honors during the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) camp.  “It is the highest honor a cheerleader can be given in high school,” said Varsity Cheerleading Coach Andrea Anderson.

Coach Anderson explained that All American candidates “are nominated by coaches and staff during camps for things like outstanding leadership and skills. They then ‘try out’ in front of the entire camp, and the UCA instructors judge their skills and abilities. If they make the cutoff score, they are named All American.” (more…)

IB Snapshot: JV Football in Action

These photos capture just a few moments of the huge commitment that JV football players make to the football program.  IB freshmen Steele Shouppe (#85) and Reid Mouser (#83) are pictured during the September 13, 2018 game against Northeast High School.

Football practices start during the summer continue every weekday after school until 6:00 pm.  JV games are scheduled on Thursday evenings from 7 pm until about 9:30 pm.

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Seeking The Next Advocate Editor(s) – Helping IB Families Stay Informed

The SPHS IB Booster Board is seeking volunteers who are interested in learning more about Advocate editor duties and eventually taking on the role.  When our daughter graduates at the end of this school year, we will retire as co-editors of The Advocate.

It is a rewarding experience for those who like to edit, like to be involved, like to communicate, and who appreciate the benefits of sharing information. There also is a fun creative element of selecting pictures or clip art to highlight each article. It would be good for an editor(s) to be organized, detail-oriented, and able to meet deadlines that they set for themselves. (more…)

IB Guidance – Foot Locker Scholar Athletes – deadline 12/14

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program awards $20,000 to 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms, and in their communities. The college scholarship, sponsored by the Foot Locker Foundation, is intended to help phenomenal student-athletes pursue their dreams of attending and excelling at a four-year college/university.

Applications are due on December 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

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IB Guidance – A New Feature on The Advocate

A new feature has been added to The Advocate:  IB Guidance notices and announcements provided by Mrs. La’Tina Johnson, IB Guidance Counselor.  Because many of these announcements are timely and affect all four grades–not just seniors–, you might start seeing more frequent Advocate snippets in your mailbox to keep you better informed.

The headline of each post will be tagged to identify which are from IB guidance, and the title will indicate if a post pertains to a subset of students.  If a deadline exists, it will be mentioned in the title.  Also, “IB Guidance” is a new menu item to make it easier to find and browse all of these posts at once. (more…)