Hawk Cadets Attend Wounded Warrior Ball

The Seminole Ridge High School 10-cadet saber team attended the third annual Wounded Warrior Ball held Nov. 15 at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens.

The cadets presented a saber arch as the national colors were posted and retrieved, and again for the event’s guest speaker, Staff Sergeant Ellis Majetic, who was wounded in Iraq.

Cadets also served as escorts for VIPs and guests, and as ushers to collect donations for the Wounded Warriors Project of South Florida, with whom the school’s Hawk Battalion is partnered.

Chorus Members Receive Top Ratings— Congratulations to the SRHS beginning women’s ensemble and the men’s ensemble, who received an “Excellent” rating Nov. 15 at the district solo and ensemble assessments.

Congratulations as well to the soloists and ensembles who received a “Superior” rating and now qualify for competition in April at the state assessments.

Soloists include: Angel Gaynor (piano), Mairead O’Rourke (musical theater and vocal), Rowan Pelfrey (musical theater and vocal), Amanda Vargo (vocal), Daniel Wood (vocal) and Samuel Zayas (vocal).

Ensembles include: Fly Boyz barbershop quartet, Lady Hawks barbershop quartet, Musagetes chamber choir madrigal ensemble, Thamyris women’s concert ensemble, advanced women’s show choir, beginning women’s show choir, varsity show choir and men’s show choir.

Meanwhile, two Hawk choristers, Mairead O’Rourke and Daniel Wood, have passed through all stages of their audition process to be chosen for the 2015 All-State Honor Ensembles in Tampa this coming January.

Debaters Earn Wins at Wellington— SRHS debate students competed at Wellington High School on Nov. 15 in one of the year’s largest Palm Beach County tournaments. The varsity public forum team of Landen Fresch and Erika Thompson placed third with a 4-0 record, the novice public forum team of Samantha Mangoni and Andre Soucy placed fifth with a 3-1 record, and Trace Podder placed fifth in varsity student congress.

Band Beats State Champs — The SRHS Winged Regiment marching band competed Nov. 8 in the Park Vista Striking Cobra Invitational, upsetting last year’s defending state champions and placing second overall in their division.

“This puts us in a great position heading into the state championships,” SRHS Band Director Daniel Harvey said. “We’re currently just 1.3 points behind the state leader.”

ABOVE: Seminole Ridge cadets at the Wounded Warrior Ball.