Announcing New Advocate Editors!

Hilary Stockdon and Emily Green

With our just-graduated IB daughter Meara O’Connor soon heading away to college, we will take off our Editor hats after publishing this most recent set of Advocate articles.  One of the rewards of four years of editing The Advocate has been learning about SPHS’ rich environment and traditions, especially its venerable IB program. We enjoyed working with many staff, faculty, and parents, and appreciate their news and photographs which help us all feel more connected with the school.  We are glad to have created the Advocate website and managed the transition to the Advocate‘s online format. It has greatly simplified the production efforts and newsletter costs, and allows us to share more and exciting pictures of our students and their activities. (more…)

Pre-IB English 2 Summer Assignment

1. Read The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang (ISBN: 978-0-14-312320- 0)

2. Write a one-page personal response to the text. Your response might include the answer to one or more of the following questions:

  • Which character in the novel are you most like? Why?
  • Were there any parts of the novel that surprised you? Explain.
  • Did the novel remind you of any other book(s) you have read? Which one(s)? Explain.
  • The acacia tree is important to Sprout. What do you think it represents? Explain.

3. Turn in your response on the first day of your freshmen English class.

IB Boosters New Online Store: Order Tees, Hoodies, and Mugs

IB parent volunteer Surya Sajnani and IB Booster Membership Chair Beth Forys teamed up to create a fabulous online IB Boosters shop offering t-shirts, hoodies, and mugs.  The store features Surya’s fun original designs and makes it easier for you to support the IB Boosters while getting your students the clothes they need and want.

The store is hosted by Threadless and can be found at https://ibboosterssphs.threadless.com/  Please note:  When accessing the store on a mobile device, click on “menu” when you get to the landing page. (more…)

IB Done With Exams: 2019 Version (gallery)

The Pinellas Technical College once again provided a convenient and perfect venue for the IB exams in May.  This year’s IB exam schedule included some grueling days for many students who had to take several exams in different subject areas on the same day.  As noted by the clock time in some of the photos below, such days might start with a 6 am arrival for the proctors, a 7 am exam start time for the students, with the day not ending until about 5 pm for many of those students. (more…)

Senior Celebration: Recap and Awards (gallery)

The annual IB Senior Celebration banquet at the Coliseum on May 20 was a success with 499 guests attending. The celebration committee went all out to make this a special night for the seniors.  SPHS Jazz Band entertained guests as they arrived.  The event’s photographer took family and individual photos, and guests perused IB memorabilia such as program scrapbooks and photos of seniors’ alumni family members. (more…)

Graduation Congratulations to the Newest SPHS Alumni (gallery)

Commencement exercises were held on Friday May 24th at 1:00 pm at Tropicana Field. The program included performances by the Pitchforks, and valedictory addresses by Catherine Lee and Taylor Redington. Principal Lebo provided welcoming comments and highlighted Class of 2019’s many accomplishments.

A recorded video of the event is available on YouTube.   Specific timing links are provided below. (more…)

Class of 2019 College Destinations (gallery)

Congratulations and safe journeys to our 102 graduating IB seniors as they expect to enroll in 29 different colleges!!

College Enrollment Counts

There are six colleges with expected enrollment counts of two or more:

University of Florida 39
Florida State University 18
University of South Florida, Tampa 15
University of Central Florida 3
Boston University 2
Florida Atlantic University 2

Twenty-three colleges and universities have an expected enrollment of one each.

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Farewell to Ms. Gianna Zengel

IB Math teacher Gianna Zengel will be leaving us!   She shared a note that explains her departure.

“After 13 years of teaching IB math at St. Pete High, I have decided to take a position teaching IB math at Palm Harbor HS. With three little kids under the age of 5, it has become really important that I am at a school closer to home. This is one of the most life changing decisions I have made in my adult life, and I am so sad to say goodbye to my St. Pete High family. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside the most talented staff and some of the best students in Pinellas County. Thank you for the love, support, and inspiration you have all provided me over the first half of my career. St. Pete High will always have a special place in my heart!”

Thank you Ms. Zengel for your dedicated and positive teaching. We will miss you!

Welcome Ms. Vickie Sweeney, Newest SPHS IB Faculty

Ms. Vickie Sweeney has joined the IB Math faculty and is very excited to be a part of the IB team. She is a former Green Devil, graduated from USF and has been teaching at Gibbs High School the past two years. This year she will be teaching Geometry/Trigonometry and SL Math at SPHS.

Outside of school, she loves paddleboarding around Treasure Island and trips to Disney World.

Ms. Sweeney, welcome back to St. Petersburg High School and we look forward to getting to know you!

Ethics Bowl Team Places 3rd in National Competition

In April, the St. Petersburg High School Varsity Ethics Bowl team traveled to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill to compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl. There were 24 schools and 22 states represented.

Our team fought valiantly and won 3rd place in the national competition, bringing home $2,500!! Congratulations to our National Ethics Bowl winners, all IB students: Camille Luong, Arielle Noah, Jack McKyton, Victor Xie and Kasha Tyranski.

Tennis Teams Finish Great Season

Girls and Boys Tennis Teams

The Boys and Girls Tennis Teams worked really hard this year and had a great season.  The Boys Tennis Team won the Pinellas County Athletic Conference, and IB freshman Roger Wang was undefeated in the regular season at #2 Singles and #1 Doubles. On the Girls Team, Anslee Long won #1 Singles at Districts and advanced to States.  The teams were coached by IB Math teacher Ms. Joan Simmons.   (more…)

Angeline Friel named 2018-19 SPHS Female Athlete of the Year

Angeline Friel with Lincoln Yates, SPHS AVP and Rui Farias, Head Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer

After returning from a serious knee injury that sidelined her last year, IB senior Angeline Friel co-captained the varsity girls’ soccer team during their 2018-19 season. The Lady Green Devils won a District Championship, Regional Championship and a spot in the State Final Four.  Angeline’s leadership played a critical role in turning the team into a cohesive squad and she received the SPHS Female Athlete of the Year

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SPHS Student Ambassadors Selected for Takamatsu, Japan

Layla Sumilang and Eleanor Anderson (prom pic)

Three St. Petersburg students will represent the city of St. Petersburg as student ambassadors to Takamatsu, Japan, during a cultural exchange visit July 1-11. SPHS IB juniors Layla Sumilang and Eleanor Anderson (pictured) and Taylor Johnson of St. Petersburg Collegiate High School were chosen by St. Petersburg’s Sister Cities Committee in April 2019. (more…)

Class of 2023 Freshman Boot Camp (gallery)

Photos from the freshman boot camp session held in early June.  The camp is designed to verify that incoming IB freshman have a solid mathematical foundation when they enter this rigorous program. The camp begins to introduce incoming IB freshmen to one another and to form connections that will help them in the transition from middle school to high school.

The IB Boosters  Hospitality Committee supported the boot camp by providing lots of delicious snacks, drinks and even pizza!

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