Football Speaker Visits Seminole Ridge

On Nov. 19, students in the Seminole Ridge High School Hawk Mentoring Group heard a positive message from NFL player Abram Elam, the founder of a local support organization.

An NFL safety and a Riviera Beach native, Elam founded the TEAM Elam Foundation in June 2008 to combat the violence and negative influences surrounding many of today’s children.

TEAM Elam believes in introducing young people to an array of positive influences that will leave a lasting impression on them. The goal of the organization is to provide young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in life, and to build awareness of the opportunities available for them to become the next generation of community leaders.

Elam, who has played for the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs, is proud to have his brother, Matt Elam, as part of the TEAM Elam organization. Matt, who was born in Riviera Beach and who attended William T. Dwyer High School, accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Florida and was drafted recently by the Baltimore Ravens. Additional information about the TEAM Elam organization can be found at

Chorus Wants Toys for Tots — This holiday season, the SRHS chorus, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, is sponsoring the well-known Toys for Tots campaign on campus. Until Thursday, Dec. 11, bring in any new, unwrapped toy to one of three drop sites — the front office, the chorus room or the JROTC classroom. As a part of this annual campaign, the Seminole Ridge chorus will present its annual Holiday Spectacular on Dec. 11 in the Lynne K. McGee Auditorium. Admission to the concert is $5 or one new, unwrapped toy.

Hawks Compete at Drill Meet — The SRHS JROTC Hawk Battalion drill team competed Nov. 22 in a drill meet at Atlantic High School, returning with several awards. Led by Cadet First Lieutenant Alexander Harre, the team took second place in the male mixed color guard event, and, led by Cadet Sergeant First Class Alyssa Laux, the team placed third in the female color guard event.

ABOVE: Seminole Ridge JROTC Hawk Battalion drill team.