Save the Date: Band Program’s Winter Concert Thursday, December 13

The Band program’s Winter Concert will be Thursday, December 13 at 7 pm in the Auditorium.

It will feature the Wind Symphony, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and String Ensemble. The Jazz and String ensembles are new this year, and the newly formed Winter Guard might participate also.   (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

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Swimmer Madison Pyhel Achieves Personal Bests

IB senior Madison Pyhel completed her 4-year high school varsity swim career with personal best times at the FHSAA Regional Championship Meet.

Both her 100 butterfly time (57.98)–which broke the old school record of (58.7)–and her 500 freestyle time (5:04.09) qualified her to represent SPHS at the State Championship Meet!   (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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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SPHS Fall Play Performance Scheduled November 8th-10th

The SPHS Fall Play, Lauren Gunderson’s  Silent Sky, will be performed Thursday through Saturday, November 8-10 at 7pm, Auditorium Theater.  Silent Sky, much like the movie “Hidden Figures,” shines a light on the women who made critical, groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of space with both warmth and humor.

Tickets are $8 for students, $12 for adults, I.T.S. Honored.  Disabled and preferred seating are available. (more…)

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IB Pinning Ceremony Recognizes IB Juniors

The September 6, 2018 Pinning Ceremony commemorated the transition of IB juniors from the pre-diploma program to their official entry into the IB Diploma Program at the start of their junior year. It took a lot of perseverance and dedication by the Class of 2020 to reach this important milestone.  The ceremony also recognized new IB faculty and staff by awarding them with pins too. 

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Two Named National Merit Semifinalists

Catherine Lee and Alexandra Debure with IB Coordinator Kieonna Lane and SPHS Principal Darlene Lebo

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.   We are proud to announce that two St. Petersburg High School students were named as National Merit Semifinalists.  Congratulations to Catherine Lee and Alexandra Debure. Both are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program. They will be eligible to compete for some 7500 scholarships valued at $32 million that will be offered next spring. (more…)

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Vivienne Dumas Wins Scholastic Art Award

Vivienne Dumas and AP art teacher Brianne Gates

Vivienne Dumas (IB Junior) traveled to New York City to participate in the Art and Writing Scholastic Competition awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 6, 2018.  Vivienne submitted 5 pieces, and all 5 where recognized. However, her pen drawing titled “Florida Girls” (pictured below) was a gold medal winner!  (more…)

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Recruiting Musicians for Wind Symphony and Jazz Band

Ms. Katie Aucremann, the new SPHS Director of Bands, wants students to
know that if their schedules don’t allow them to take Band class, they
are still eligible to participate in Wind Symphony.   Wind Symphony
practice will start no later than November, and there will be on-campus
performances and off-campus performances at the MPA (Music Performance Assessment).

She also has announced the formation of a Jazz Band with expected practice start
no later than November.

Both bands will rehearse after school.

Any students who might be interested in either band should contact Ms.
Aucremannn at aucremannnk@pcsb.org.

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