Seminole Ridge TV Production Program Earns State Honors

The Seminole Ridge High School TV production program was recognized by the Florida Scholastic Press Association last month, coming home with several awards.

“We had a great showing this year at the Florida Scholastic Press Association state convention,” said Earle Wright, the SRHS TV production program instructor.

The showing in Orlando last month included four video submissions that earned All-Florida recognition — one of them named Best of the Best for the state.

The Hawks’ first-place winners are as follows:

• Best of the Best and All-Florida Public Service Announcement (PSA): Above the Influence, David Freund and Chris Waddington.

• All-Florida News Show Open: Powers Perrotta.

• All-Florida PSA: Sexting: Forwards Last Forever, Andres Duenas and Jordan Meredith.

• All-Florida Short Film: Imaginary Jane, Elizabeth Dimpflmaier, Corey Huff, Jamie King and Jordan Meredith.

Seminole Ridge students also competed in several On the Spot contests, where they were given only a few hours to complete a project, from idea to publication. The winners are as follows:

• First place, PTI (Pardon the Interruption sports debate): Connor Nugent.

• Second place, Collaborative Commercial: Summer Bong.

• Second place, Edit to the Beat (a grueling overnight music video contest): Nataly Berdecia, Jonah King and Chris Waddington.

• Third place, News Package: C.J. Bates, Ricky Bong, Jamie King and Shannon Kearney.

• Honorable mention, Individual News Anchor: Shannon Kearney.

Hawk Writer Earns NASA Recognition — Seminole Ridge freshman Courtney Muscarella is a semifinalist in a NASA-hosted national essay contest. The topic: “Where should NASA’s next mission to the outer solar system go: Titan or Europa?”

Muscarella and other Earth-space science students watched videos about astrobiology and the engineering challenges of exploring Titan and Europa, then explained which moon to send a spacecraft to explore and why. NASA posted the winning essays at

Barrett Breaks to Quarterfinals — Hawk debater Cassandra Barrett competed at the Florida Forensics League novice state championship tournament recently and made it to the quarterfinals in the category of oral interpretation. “I’m so proud of her, and I only wish she had started debate sooner,” coach Mierka Drucker said.

Hawks Awarded Blood Drive Scholarships — Several Hawks were presented with community service scholarships from One Blood at senior awards night, Thursday, May 16. Each scholarship winner had donated blood a minimum of four times and written an essay about the importance of blood donation.

The school congratulates Shayla Bass, Breanna Beardsley, Elizabeth Dimpflmaier, Jessica Dodd, Jamie Hernandez, Courtney McGowan, Ryan Meingasner, Rosemary Murray, Sarah Probst, Cristina Richards, Tim Sumell, Jessica Vasco and Christopher Waddington.