Seminole Ridge High School technical support student Mitchell Lafferty has been announced as the winner of the Palm Beach County school district’s 2013 Pat Oliphant Memorial Student Technology Service Scholarship. Lafferty will receive the $500 award at the May 15 school board meeting.
• Debaters Qualify for State — The Hawk forensics team competed Feb. 1-3 in the Florida Forensic League Macaw Regional qualifier tournament. The following SRHS debaters will advance to varsity state competition: Wayne Selogy for legislative assembly; Peyton Bailey and John Christian for extemporaneous speaking; and the “Happily Ever Afters” team of Cassandra Barrett, Melissa Garrity, Marisa Krecker, Jasmine Lang and Keith Miner for group interpretation.
• Hawk Battalion Inducts New Members — The SRHS Army JROTC chapter of the National Military Honor Society of Junior Scabbard and Blade inducted its newest members in an evening ceremony Jan. 31.
“The primary thrust of Scabbard and Blade is to encourage high standards of performance in school — academically, athletically and socially,” said retired Lt. Col. Hans Hunt, battalion instructor. “These new members have worked incredibly hard to earn the membership. It’s a great honor bestowed upon these cadets.”
Seminole Ridge congratulates new members Shane Campbell, Benoit Cloutier, John DiCampli, Boston Hunt, Jose Ruiz, Shelby Shackelford and Morgan Wilson.
• Clubs Inaugurate ‘After Hour’ — The members of the Key Club and Society of Future Authors will sponsor a monthly “After Hour” invitational open-mic forum for sharing student talents in written word, music and dance. The inaugural “After Hour” was scheduled to be held Thursday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in the cafeteria.
• Hawk Creates Online Swap Site — SRHS senior David Freund has established an online trading site, AcreageSwipSwap. com, the focus of which is to create a localized, user-friendly network for the residents of The Acreage, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach and Wellington. This “non-stop garage sale” provides its members with an efficient way to buy, sell and trade goods and services within their community.
Similar to today’s social networking, Freund said, “Acreage SwipSwap.com asks users to create a personalized, customizable profile allowing them to view who they’re buying from and selling to. The private messaging feature makes it convenient for members to communicate with one another. It’s a direct, reliable and instant source of information regarding members’ ads. What started off as a high-school project, quickly evolved into AcreageSwipSwap. com. We’re gaining members every day, and soon it’ll be the number-one choice to exchange goods and services within the [western communities].”
• Key Club Visits South Fork, Pine Jog — Key Club officers Monique Costner, Jennifer Almazan and James Nunez attended the “Spring Zone Rally” Jan. 20 at South Fork High School in Martin County, participating in leadership workshops with other members of district Key clubs.
On Feb. 2, club members volunteered at Pine Jog Environmental Center, where they cleared the property of the invasive species Caesar’s weed.
Above: Mitchell Lafferty