Seminole Ridge High School students and staff celebrated a historic event Sept. 27, when the 2012 American Sign Language Honor Society induction ceremony took place after school.
This first ASLHS induction at Seminole Ridge honored 13 officers and members: Victoria Adams, Caitlyn Dombrowski, Brooke Grassgreen, Keirra Lamm, Powers Perrotta, Hope Powell, Garfield Robinson, Emily Savino and Nicholas Sylvester, as well as Perry Monteiro (president), Jessica Dodd (vice president), Jessica Johnson (secretary) and Kyle Maglietta (treasurer).
Monteiro has high hopes for the future of the society. He wants more students to pursue American Sign Language. “There’s a need for sign language interpreters in the world,” he said, adding that he hopes to become one after graduating this year.
Monteiro believes that “if students pursue ASL now, they’ll develop an interest in and move on with sign language, going beyond the average two years’ study in high school.”
“The ASL Honor Society will continue to meet throughout the school year and looks forward to inducting more members in the future,” said Rose Adams, American Sign Language teacher and society sponsor.
American Sign Language has been offered at Seminole Ridge, taught by Adams, since the school’s opening in 2005. — Kyle Reilly
• Band Braves Lightning to Make Its Own Thunder — The Seminole Ridge competitive marching band, the “Winged Regiment,” had a thrilling weekend, overcoming the adversity of three lightning delays to pull off a first-place win at the Falcon Sound Invitational held at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines.
Lightning caused an hour-and-45-minute delay for all bands in Class 2A (classification based on the total number of woodwinds in the band).
With two-thirds of the musicians in the Winged Regiment new to competition, SRHS students dealt with keeping their composure and focus because of the delay.
The results: the Winged Regiment earned the gold in both “General Effect” (music and coordination) and “Visual” (marching). The color guard took the silver in class 2A, and percussion took the bronze.
“We also received first place overall in both Class 1A and Class 2A and were given the option to perform at the end of the competition after the 5A bands,” Band Director Tim Skinner said. “We received a score of 68.13, edging out a fine performance of Class 1A Hialeah [High School], which scored 67.40.”
• ‘Dark Art’ Hawks on Exhibit — Three Seminole Ridge students have had their work accepted for “Dark Art,” a professional, juried exhibition to be held at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. The school congratulates Nhi Huynh, Cydney Rallo and Peter Sumell.