SECME Hawks Soar To Silver

Seminole Ridge High School’s SECME Club won five trophies and ribbons at the 2013 SECME Regional Olympiad, including second place overall, as teams from 16 district high schools participated Feb. 23 in the engineering contests at Santaluces High School.

Students squared off in racing mousetrap-powered model cars, launching model rockets and building unbreakable balsa wood bridges. Students also took part in general knowledge games during the Brain Bowl, and in literary and artistic competitions with essays, banners and posters. The competition was fierce.

SRHS students took first place in water rocket (Team Osprey), second place in banner, second place in water rocket (Team Seniors), honorable mention in balsa wood bridge and second place overall in the entire district.

SECME coordinators Ed Batchelor and Erich Landstrom, along with Principal James Campbell, congratulate the Hawks on their awesome achievements.

Hawk Artist Showcase FinalistMore than 700 students and film industry professionals will come together March 15 to honor the Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) finalists, chosen out of a record-breaking number of entries.

Out of nearly 300 submissions, the Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF), in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission, will award this next generation of Florida filmmakers with more than $10,000 in cash and scholarships.

Among the showcase artists is Hawk videographer David Freund, whose commercial PSA “Above the Influence” is a first-place finalist. The winners of this year’s competition will walk the red carpet and receive awards in front of more than 700 attendees.

Battalion Brings Home Drill Honors — On Feb. 23, the JROTC Hawk Battalion competed in a drill meet with area high schools Jupiter, Dwyer, Atlantic and Forest Hill, bringing home several honors:

SRHS took first place for Female Armed Squad. Congratulations to commander Kimberly Waddell and her squaddies: Elaine Batres, Desiree Galavan, Elizabeth Outten, Ashley Rice, Shyanne Rocky and Shelby Shackelford.

In Armed Squad, SRHS took the gold under commander John Christian, along with squad members James Aspenwall, Dominick Barnes, James Bukowski, John DiCampli, Vincent Luciano-Sileo, Christopher Mitton and Jose Ruiz.

Cadet Hunter Grabbe, along with cadet John Christian, won first place in Dual Exhibition.

Cadet commander Devon Breen and squaddies Benoit Cloutier, Michael Garrity, Ben Hoffman, Cody Kline, Chris Outten and Will Smith qualified for second place in Male Unarmed Squad.

Cadet Ashley Rice won second place, and cadet James Bukowski took third, in the extremely competitive knockout competition, in which every cadet from all schools participated.


Above: (Front row, L-R): Ed Batchelor and Erich Landstrom; (back row): Nicholas Smith, Kimberly Smith, Kyle Reilly, Patrick Dickson, Kyle Whirlow, Victoria Simmons, James Carter, Cody Summerlin, Jarrett Rimel and Sam Smith.