Victory at the Great Debate…Yet Again! 5 Years in a Row.

Congratulations to the IB students who represented SPHS as both 1st Place Winners and 1st Runners Up at the April 25th Great Debate sponsored by the Clearwater Bar Association.   This event was a follow-up to the preliminary Great Debate that occurred in April 20 and reported here.

This is the fifth year in a row that SPHS has won the Fogle Trophy, which is like the Stanley Cup of Debate.  All the students won cash prizes and plaques. The winning team has a newly engraved plaque on the Fogle Trophy. (more…)

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Sophomores Connect with Spanish Pen Pals in Galicia, Spain (gallery)

Ms. Gisela Torres’ sophomores enjoyed a Pen Pal project this year.  After an HL Spanish student had been pen pals with someone in Ireland for CAS, she reached out to Ms. Torres to attempt to add someone from a Spanish-speaking school.  They tried for months without success to establish correspondence with various schools in Spain, Argentina, and Chile.  They finally found a school in Galicia, Spain that was willing to correspond. (more…)

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Two IB Students Nab State NHD Competition Awards

Sophia HIrst at the state contest.

Congratulations to IB sophomores Sophia Hirst and Sophia Vesely for winning awards in the very competitive state-level National History Day (NHD) event held in Tallahassee on May 8.  Sophia Hirst won 2nd place in the Research Paper division and Sophia Vesely placed 3rd in the Individual Website division.

 

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Angeline Friel Wins Mayor’s Youth Showcase Award

Angeline Friel

Angeline Friel was awarded first place in the 2018 Mayor’s Youth Showcase of Achievement held on May 17, 2018.  This annual event highlights Pinellas County’s most talented students at the Mahaffey Theater with performances, accolades, visuals, and awards given for eight different categories.  (more…)

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Band Banquet includes Awards, Announcements, and Farewells

Band Seniors & Mr. Vaadi at Band Banquet

The annual Band Banquet on May 4, 2018, commemorated this year’s marching band season and concert band performances.  At the banquet, Mr. Cameron Vaadi, Director of Bands, said farewell to the SPHS band community.  He is leaving SPHS and will start advanced graduate studies in French Horn performance at the University of Florida next Fall.

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Two McCormacks Win Two Emily Lester Awards

At the annual Awards Ceremony, there is both an award and a scholarship provided in memory of former IB student, Emily Lester: the Emily Lester Memorial Scholarship, awarded to an IB senior, and the Emily Lester Award, awarded to one or two IB freshmen.

At this year’s May 11 Awards Ceremony, IB senior Caolifhinn McCormack won the Emily Lester Memorial Scholarship.  Tricia Previtera Lester, Emily Lester’s mother, presented the scholarship to Caolifhinn and was unaware that Caolifhinn had been the 9th grade winner of the Emily Lester Award.  This was the first time a student had won both awards!

The family story gets better:  Caolifhinn’s younger brother, IB freshman Shane McCormack, was one of the two winners of the Emily Lester Award this year too! (Hannah Arthur was the other freshman winner.) (more…)

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Caoilfhinn McCormack Organizes Event for Clean Water Charity (gallery)

Senior Caoilfhinn McCormack organized “Words for Water,” an evening program in February that raised funds for charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.  The event raised $260 to bring clean drinking water to two families.  (gallery below) (more…)

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World Languages Showcase: Student & Teacher Recognition (gallery)

Pam Benton, Pinellas County’s PreK-12 World Languages Specialist, recognized teachers and student participants in the 2018 World Languages Showcase held on April 23.   She wrote, “We enjoyed everything from French skits and poetry declamations to an explanation of mate tea and its origins.  A highlight of the evening was “What I’ve Learned” from the students at Morgan Fitzgerald, and St. Petersburg High School students explaining their projects in fluent Spanish.”  (more…)

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IB Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Juniors

The August 30, 2017 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.

“What a wonderful event the Pinning Ceremony was,” shared Maria Kast-Ondraczek, IB Boosters President, about the event.  “It took a lot of hard work, dedication, and grit by the Class of 2019 to get to this point, and the best is yet to come!” (more…)

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A Capella Pitchforks Include IB Voices

The following students auditioned and were selected for the 2017-2018 Pitchforks.  IB students and grade levels are in bold.

Ashlyn Hayworth, Vina Molleti (10), Isabelle Poole, Ally Schuenke (12), Maddie Winter (11), Natalie Cottrill (12), Sophie Doddridge (10), Michela Hendry, Sydney Jones (12), Maya Prater, Marnie Williams, Kelley Harris (11), David Eaton (11), Connor Mikuta (11), Donny Spurlock (10), Seth Yeager (11), Matthew Hyatt, and Chris Kelzer.

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After Irma, AP Calculus Students Stayed True to Math

They say time and tide wait for no one, and the same is true of the Advanced Placement Calculus exam that was held on May 15, 2018.   Students had been preparing for the exam since the beginning of the school year.

In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, AP Calculus teacher Robin Ladd instructed her students to prepare to study the material on their own in potentially adverse conditions depending on how long St. Petersburg High remained closed after the storm.

“Take home your textbook; print out your assignments before you lose power and Internet. If you evacuate, take your math with you!” she advised on the last day of class before the storm. (more…)

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Sophomores Rise to the Call for Puerto Rico!

Sophomores proudly hold up “Solidarios” signs exemplifying the IB Learner Profile trait: Caring!

Puerto Rico Se Levanta (Puerto Rico Will Rise up Again) became the motto for Puerto Ricans helping with the recovery from Hurricane María.

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall just south of Yabucoa Harbor with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, making Hurricane Maria the first Category 4 storm to hit the island since 1932.

Sophomores in Mrs. Torres’ class quickly rose to the call for help.  Over 400 items were collected in a two-week period.  (more…)

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Fall Play: The Children’s Hour

Congratulations to the students who performed in the SPHS Fall play, The Children’s Hour, November 9 – 11, 2017 in the Auditorium.

Seven of the 16 roles were performed by the following IB students: Freshmen Katie Sebring and Logan Wilson, sophomore Isabella Myers, and juniors Dominika Dzurny, Mason Weaver, Jadyn Gonzales, and David Eaton Jr.

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Spanish Department Human Rights Activity Discussions

Historic photo of Madres del la Plaza de Mayo

Ms. Gisela Torres, IB Spanish teacher, informed faculty about a Spanish department human rights activity.   Students were tasked with talking with IB teachers about the Guerra Sucia (Dirty War) in Argentina, the Argentine Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, and the Arpilleras de Chile.  The presentations were required to be brief yet convincing.

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