WHS Announces Its Pathfinder Award Nominees

Wellington High School recently announced its 2015 Pathfinder nominees. The names and categories of the nominees are: Brett Gileau, academic excellence; Cole Popper, art; Ariana Cohen, business; Gabrielle Harris, communications; Ashley Anne James, community involvement; Austin Sasko, computer science; Kaitlin Paul-Hus, drama; Molly Stout, foreign language; Michael Leatherman, forensics/speech; Katherine Munden, history/political science; Brianna Battle, literature; Paolo Dumancas, mathematics; Zachary Landress, music/instrumental; Lara Tessler, music/vocal; Alyssa Schnirel, Reach for Excellence; Joshua Batista, science; Brockton Boretti, sports; and Elliot Dion, technical/vocational.

WHS Earns ‘A’ Grade — In a year when the percentage of Florida high schools earning grades of A dropped from 48 percent to 36 percent, Palm Beach County high schools reversed that trend by increasing the percentage of A graded high schools from 46 percent to 56 percent. Wellington High School is one of those A graded high schools. The data recently released by the state indicates that WHS increased its graduation rate by seven percentage points to 89 percent. This was the second largest increase in graduation rate in the county. In the area of performance in college level courses/exams, WHS earned almost a perfect score with 99 out of 100 points.

Congratulations To The Step Team — Congratulations to the Wellington Blue Diamonds competition step team. They recently took first place at Universal Studios, beating out an all-boys team that will be appearing on America’s Got Talent this season.

Bright Futures Scholarship — The application for Bright Futures is now available at www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org. All students who wish to be considered for this scholarship must fill out the application online in order to receive the scholarship. Students should do this now even if they are still trying to bring test scores up. All test scores for early evaluation will be accepted if the student tests by Jan. 31. The second evaluation will take place after the June test. Students may track their eligibility on www.flvc.org.

FCCLA Needs Help — The WHS Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) group is seeking donations to support area homeless shelters. Items needed include new or gently used winter clothing for children and adults, men’s clothing of all types, backpacks and tote bags, non-perishable food, kitchen utensils, dishes, cups, silverware, shower curtains, household cleaning items and more. The FCCLA will be accepting donations in Room 5-102 through mid-January.