The Seminole Ridge High School drama students took their one-act ensemble “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” to district competition Nov. 16. “Everyone performed great, from the cast on the stage to the crew behind the curtains. Their hard work and skills paid off well,” Seminole Ridge drama director Ryan Lee said. “Each actress created a different strong Southern woman, and their interactions were so real and truthful. I couldn’t be prouder of their hard work.”
Seminole Ridge thespians took home several awards including Best Actress (Jaqueline Campos), All-Star Cast Member (Devyn Higgs), Best Crew, Superior Rating and Critics Choice for best play. As a result, the SRHS troupe has been selected to represent District 15 at the state competition in Tampa this coming March.
• Choral Students Earn High Ratings — On Nov. 16 in Altamonte Springs, the SRHS choral department took honors at the Florida Vocal Association district solo and ensemble performance assessments, in which soloists perform and students run ensembles. Directors are not allowed to conduct.
Congratulations to the soloist and ensembles who received an overall Superior rating, which qualifies them for state assessments in April:
Soloist Mairead O’Rourke; Chamber Madrigal Ensemble (Silver); Concert Women’s Ensemble (Thamyris); Fly Boyz Barbershop Quartet (Malique Gowie, Alex Grafton, Sean Lewis and Joel Zayas); Men’s Ensemble (Philammonus); Varsity Men’s Show Choir (Musagetes); and Varsity Show Choir (Musagetes).
Congratulations to the soloists and ensembles who received an overall Excellent rating:
Soloists Victora Beuthien, Mateo Garcia, Sean Lewis and Joel Zayas; Chamber Madrigal Ensemble (Red); JV Men’s Show Choir (Philammonus); and Varsity Women’s Show Choir (Musagetes).
• Performing Arts Programs to Offer ‘A Christmas Carol’ — The SRHS performing arts offers a night of holiday entertainment — Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, bringing to life the Ebenezer Scrooge classic in a production featuring the SRHS band, chorus, dance and theatre students.
A Christmas Carol premieres at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 in the SRHS auditorium and continues Dec. 13, 14, 18 and 19 at the same time. In addition, a 2 p.m. matinee performance is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 15.
• Coffee Talk with Freshman Parents — The SRHS guidance department invites the parents of freshman students to join counselors for an open discussion about their children’s education. Coffee Talk convenes Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. in the SRHS media center. The featured presenter is Mary Fisher, director and owner of the Huntington Learning Center in Wellington. Topics of discussion include study skills, tutoring services and learning styles. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (561) 422-2610.
• Hawk Teachers Renew National Certification — SRHS guidance counselor Theresa Hartl and English teacher Marie Pelfrey have renewed their National Board certification. The certification is the highest mark of accomplishment in teaching, accomplished through a rigorous, performance-based, peer-review process similar to that in professions such as medicine and architecture.
“Renewing the board certification is fundamental to ensuring that our most accomplished teachers stay accomplished,” said Ronald Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board.
Certification often opens many doors to teachers. Renewed certified teachers work in leadership roles, including as mentors and coaches to their peers or in administration.