SRHS Key Club Supports Pine Jog Habitat

Seminole Ridge High School and Wellington High School Key Club members teamed up for a day of volunteering at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, removing invasive species to restore the center’s natural habitat. The club plans to volunteer at Pine Jog one day each month. Interested students can find out more information at

Choral Students Pass First Auditions — The Florida Music Educators Association auditions ensemble performances from students statewide who vie to be “the best of the best in music.”

On Sept. 28, several Seminole Ridge High School choral students passed their first audition, earning the right to audition in the second round of assessments in October.

Earning a test score above 80/100 and a sight-reading score above 20/40 were mixed-concert choral students Mateo Garcia-Gurrera (tenor), Mairead O’Rourke (alto) and Joel Zayas (bass).

Earning a score above 70/100 and a sight-reading score above 10/40 were women’s chorus students Victoria Beuthien (soprano) and Bayleigh Kilpatrick (alto), and men’s chorus students Scott Kuczynski (tenor) and Sean Lewis (baritone).

Choral director Wes Rainer said the Hawks “represented their school, their community and choral department to my highest expectations.”

Band Wins at Boca Cavalcade — The SRHS Winged Regiment competed in the Boca Raton Cavalcade of Bands the weekend of Sept. 28. Seminole Ridge students represented the school, the Acreage community and the Hawk band program by setting the highest standards and earning “Best in Class 3A Visual, General Effect, Music,” as well as first place overall in their class.

• Debaters Host Tourney, Earn Wins — “We had an incredible turn out this weekend,” forensics coach Mierka Drucker said. “Over 500 students came to compete in the Palm Beach Catholic Forensics League Student Congress tournament.”

SRHS racked up several wins in the Sept. 28 event: Jessica Terkovich won first place, Julie Swartz fifth and Hannah Murray sixth.

“I’m extremely proud of our debaters who competed, and who worked to make this day an overwhelming success,” Drucker said.

Cadets Attend Wounded Warrior Ball — On Saturday, Sept. 28, nine SRHS Army JROTC cadets attended the second annual Wounded Warriors of South Florida military ball. SRHS cadets had an opportunity to speak with Army Command Sergeant Major (ret.) Robert Patterson, one of only 53 living Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, about the future of our country and carrying on its customs and traditions.

The Wounded Warrior Foundation’s Bells and Bellows ceremony honors lost soldiers, commemorating their ultimate sacrifice, and Hawk cadets each read out the name of a battle as the ceremony bells rang somberly.

Among the evening’s speakers was Marine First Lieutenant (ret.) Robert Keefe, who receives assistance from the foundation as a result of injuries suffered in Afghanistan, and Wellington High School sophomore Emma McClimans, whose father, a medic, was killed in Afghanistan while on his second tour.

ABOVE: Front row) Andrew Harre, Boston Hunt and Cody Papula. (Back row) Jason Bagnall, Ricky Buoni, LTC Hans Hunt, CSM Robert Patterson, Jaime Marchand, David Evens, Charlie Green and Brogan Zelinka.