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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Senior Celebration: Congratulations to the IB Class of 2018!


The annual IB Senior Celebration at the Coliseum on May 21 was a success with 492 guests attending,  The celebration committee went all out to make this a special night for the seniors.  Mr. Ryan Halstead served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and the class elected Sydney Jones and Miles Green as Senior Speakers.   (more…)

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Marching Band Starts Soon with New SPHS Band Program Director

Ms Katie Aucremann and Mr. Cameron Vaadi

New Director to Lead SPHS Band Program

The new SPHS Band Director, Ms. Katie Aucremann, was recently introduced to the Band Booster Board by outgoing Band Director Cameron Vaadi.  She is thrilled to be joining the St Pete High community and leading the Green Devil Bands.  She spent the last six years working with the state champion marching band at Northside Christian School.  A native of St. Petersburg, Ms. Aucremann studied at Wheaton College and Northwestern University.  (more…)

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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…)

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IB Done with Exams (gallery)

Examosaursus with captured treasury tag prey

After years of needing to relocate to different locations in the area for IB exams, for the second year in a row the Pinellas Technical College has provided a convenient and perfect venue for the exams.  Mrs. Farias extends her thanks to Mr. Boe Norwood, Director of Pinellas Technical College, for making his campus available to the SPHS IB program for these critical exams.  Mrs. Farias adds, “His secretary who organizes the whole thing is Wanda Rottloff–she is amazing and so helpful!” (more…)

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Summer Assignments for IB Chemistry for Juniors & Seniors

Class 2020 – Rising Juniors: IB Chemistry 1

Students should review rules for writing chemical names and formulas, including brushing up on ions.  There will be a quiz during the first class meeting.

Class 2019 – Rising Seniors: IB Chemistry 2

Background, safety, materials list and procedure for individual investigation will be due, uploaded to Manage Bac, prior to the start of school.  Check the class calendar in Manage Bac for the exact deadline.

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July 25 Athletic Physical Exams & Notary

Many SPHS sports and some extra curricula activities require physical examinations and at least one school district form that has to be notarized by parents.

For parent and student convenience, physical exams will be conducted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 5-7 pm in the SPHS Media Center. All athletic paperwork can be completed and notarized on this date.

Parents please plan to attend with your student.   The cost of the physical exam is $20.00 … CASH ONLY!

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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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