SPHS IB Class of 2019 Honored in Special Diploma Ceremony

The SPHS IB Class of 2019 was honored for their achievements in the International Baccalaureate Program during a special ceremony hosted on campus December 16, 2019.  Former students reconnected over a catered breakfast and then were presented with their IB diplomas in a program-wide ceremony. Following the presentation, a panel of 2019 graduates answered questions from current students about life after high school, including tips on preparing for, succeeding in, and enjoying your first semester of college.  Congratulations again to our IB Class of 2019!

Photo courtesy of Dana Gwaltney





Photo courtesy of Dana Gwaltney

Class of 2019 IB Diploma Breakfast and Ceremony

The SPHS IB Class of 2019 is invited to campus Monday, December 16, 2019 for a special ceremony recognizing their achievements in the International Baccalaureate Program. 

At 8:00 am,  students from the Class of 2019 will have a chance to reconnect over a catered breakfast in the cafeteria.  At 9:15 am, the IB Diplomas will be presented in the auditorium during a program-wide ceremony. Parents are invited to attend the ceremony and join SPHS staff and students in honoring and celebrating our recent grads!

IB Students Win Kiwanis Awards

Caolifhinn McCormack, Jamia Washington (’17), and Maya Thompson

At a Kiwanis Club luncheon at Orange Blossom Catering in May 2018, seniors Caolifhinn McCormack and Maya Thompson received Al Muter Scholarship awards.   Jamia Washington (’17) was selected for this last year.  She attended the luncheon this year and spoke to the group and appears in the photo with Caolifhinn and Maya.  (more…)

Alumnus Amani Holder (’14) Heads for Doctoral Studies

Amani Holder (’14) share her graduate school plans and other exciting news in a note to IB Guidance Counselor Ms. La’Tina Johnson:

April 20, 2018

Hello Mrs. Johnson,

I know you may not remember me, but my name is Amani Holder, and I was a graduate of the IB program in 2014. As I get closer to graduating from Spelman College, I have been reflecting on people who have been instrumental in my success, and you are one of those individuals. I want to thank you for advocating for me when I was in high school, for pushing me to apply to as many places as I wanted and helping me get into Spelman. Without you, I would not have made it to college, and for that, I will be forever grateful. (more…)

Alumnus Dalton Nordquist (’17) – Scholarship Applications Pay Off

Dalton Nordquist (’17)

Dalton Nordquist (’17) attends the University of North Florida, Hicks Honors College.  Soon after he started the school year, his mother Erica Moulton wrote to IB Guidance Counselor Ms. La’Tina Johnson:

“Greetings!  Happy new school year!  Just wanted to take a moment to personally THANK YOU for all of the scholarship announcements!  It was a lot of additional writing and paperwork, but it paid off!

We have learned that with Dalton’s scholarships and Bright Futures – he will actually EARN about $200 per semester in refunds.  We are confident books and meal plans will devour that quickly, but our final bill for first semester arrived this week – what a joy to see $0 owed!”

Alumni Notes: Caitlin Becker (’17) and Joshua Heller (’14)

Caitlin Becker (’17) emailed IB Math teacher Ms. Ladd:   “Coming to the University of Florida was the single greatest decision I have ever made. I love everything about the University and I’m so glad I decided to come here. IB was fantastic preparation for coming here. I’m taking Calc 3 and Physics 1 and I’m way more prepared than many of my classmates with the material and with studying and problem solving. I’m so grateful that I took HL Math. Calc BC was great, but I feel like IB HL Math truly prepared me for college math.”

Joshua Heller (’14) was admitted to Harvard Dental School.  He credits his IB education as the springboard to his academic success.

Hannah Gerke shares info about Belleair Garden Club Scholarship Application – due Apr 15

Hannah Gerke (’13)

SPHS IB alumus Hannah Gerke (’13)  emailed Ms. Farias about a scholarship opportunity for SPHS students.  Hannah is a graduate student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.  She received a $1000 scholarship ($500 per semester) from the local Belleair Garden Club throughout all of her years as an undergraduate.

“This scholarship was tremendously helpful for lightening my financial burden, and the Garden Club has requested that I pass along this information to any students interested in a career in Biology/Botany, Horticulture, Environmental Studies, etc.,” Hannah said.  The application is due by April 15. (more…)