Sophia Vesely Commits to Swarthmore Soccer

Sophia Vesely

IB junior Sophia C. Vesely, co-captain of the varsity soccer team, is the first player to verbally commit to Swarthmore College women’s soccer team for the class of 2024. This liberal arts college, founded in 1864, is located near Philadelphia and known for academic excellence. Swarthmore has a competitive 9% acceptance rate, ranks third for National Liberal Arts Schools by U.S. News and World Report, and ranks first as the most ethnically diverse college by Best College Reviews.

Soccer coach Rui Farias is very proud, noting that Sophia helped lead the team to two state finals in her first three years at SPHS.

Congratulations Sophia!

Legally Blonde Was a Smash Hit

The St. Petersburg High School Theatre Department presented the musical comedy Legally Blonde from March 28 to March 30. This hilarious seven-time Tony-nominated musical smash is based on the MGM Motion Picture “Legally Blonde” and novel by Amanda Howard, with Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin.  Legally Blonde follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. With memorable songs and dynamic dances, Legally Blonde features an original pop score. (more…)

New Club MED Has a Busy First Year

Club Med – ER Trauma

Club MED is a new club on campus that organizes opportunities for high school students to gain exposure to the medical field before college. To date, they have brought in six medical professionals to speak to members as well as participated in three field trips to local medical facilities.  IB junior Meira Kowalski is the president and founder of Club MED. (more…)

Musicians Shine in Band Ensembles; Strings May be in the Works

Second semester is exciting for the St. Pete Band program with lots of events including the brand-new Winter Guard (featured photo) , and Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, and a Solo and Ensemble recital.   2019 is an exciting year of growth for our Green Devil band program ensembles. “We’d love to have you join us!” said Ms. Aucremann.

Update 3/24/2019: The Winter Concert list was missing two IB students and we apologize for that error. (more…)

Legally Blonde – The Musical set for March 28, 29, & 30

Save the date for the spring musical, Legally Blonde which will be performed in the auditorium on March 28, 29, and 30 at 7:00 pm. Tickets $10 for students, $12 or adults.

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the movie, Legally Blonde  – The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. (more…)

Paris Jewell Artworks Featured in Both Dali Art Exhibition & Scholastic Art Awards

Congratulations to IB Senior, Paris Jewell, who has placed her artwork in two Art Competitions.

The first competition, a juried exhibit at the Dali Museum, is the Student Surrealist Art Exhibit 2019.  Paris’s watercolor piece was inspired by the theme “Waking Dreams”.  It is on display in the Raymond James Room at the Dali Museum until March 2, 2019. (more…)

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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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…)