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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National Merit Students Recognized

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 PSAT Qualifying Test.  The nationwide pool of 16,000 Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of US high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

The National Merit Semifinalists from St. Pete High are Rylee Hickman and Thomas Joyce, both IB seniors. (more…)

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Zach Tetreault Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

Zachary Tetreault

On October 9 2017 Zachary Tetreault earned the highest honor in scouting, the rank of Eagle Scout with Gold Palm distinction.  He is a senior in the IB Program.

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by planning, organizing and carrying out an Eagle project that benefits the community. Zachary also earned the Eagle Gold Palm for merit badges. (more…)

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SPHS Marching Band and Individual Musicians Win Awards

Marching Band Leaders at East Lake Classic Competition (L-R) Justin Barlas*, Meara O’Connor*, Victoria Zamitalo*, Sierra Hinnant*, Clara Machado*, Zach Tetreault*, and Brandi Shugarts (*IB students)

The Green Devil Marching Band, directed by Cameron Vaadi, finished a successful season in November, and several musicians received individual awards in February. (more…)

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IB Freshmen Won Media Award for “Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide” Video

Beware! A Dihydrogen Monoxide molecule

Congratulations to IB Freshmen James Cadavos and Delaney Sirios-Morris. They were First Place Winners of the Florida Association for Media in Education 2017 Jim Harbin Award, presented in November 2017.

These students created the 1-minute public service announcement video “Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide” in 8th grade at Bay Point Middle School.  You can enjoy watching it at https://youtu.be/pY7TuJqKZ1A

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