The Seminole Ridge High School JROTC Hawk Battalion marched in the annual Veterans Day parade in West Palm Beach, their fourth year participating in the event. The SRHS group had the most members of the more than 60 organizations there.
“All our cadets proudly earned their parade ribbon,” JROTC instructor Hans Hunt said. “It was an honor to once again march in the parade and thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice.”
The cadets also participated in a Veterans Day ceremony at the Carlisle senior living community in Lantana, presenting the colors, forming a saber arch and conducting a flag-folding ceremony. Hunt, as well as former Congressman Mark Foley, expressed gratitude to the veterans for their service to their country, and the cadets passed out certificates of appreciation to the veterans.
• FACE Pretties Planters with Help from Lowe’s — The Seminole Ridge FACE Club recently had its first activity of the school year, tending to three of the school’s six courtyard planters in a campus beautification project.
The club thanks the Lowe’s store on State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach, which supplied mulch for the project. At the end of May, FACE Club members and sponsor Peggy Larson laid down a single pallet of that mulch, and with this recent additional purchase — and thanks to the SRHS JROTC students and the SRHS weightlifting team — the recent mulching went smoothly and quickly.
“Mulching is hard work, so I was thankful to have more help this time,” Larson said. “And the club is especially grateful to Lowe’s for its assistance.”
The maintenance of the planters is part of a schoolwide initiative to make the five-acre courtyard more visually appealing. Donations of mulch, and student volunteers, are still needed to complete the project.
“FACE Club’s mission is to educate our students and the community about facial birth defects,” Larson said. “We also support local families that have children with facial anomalies, such as cleft lip and/or palate.”
The club’s main event is an annual family social held around Christmastime and scheduled this year for Friday, Dec. 6 in the SRHS cafeteria. For more information, or to make a donation, Contact Larson at (561) 603-4958 or e-mail email@example.com.
• Choristers Join All-State Honor Choirs — Congrats go out to three Hawk choral students who qualified to join the 2014 Florida Music Educators Association All-State Honor Choirs to be held in Tampa this coming January. “These students are a part of the best music students in the state,” choral director Wes Rainer said.
SRHS qualifiers were: Mateo Garcia (Tenor 1, All-State Concert Chorus), Scott Kuczynski (Tenor 2, All-State Men’s Chorus) and Joel Zayas (Bass 2, All-State Concert Chorus).
ABOVE: SRHS cadets march in the Veterans Day Parade.