Dr. Melissa Garcia Named Counselor Of The Year

Seminole Ridge High School counselor Dr. Melissa Garcia has been honored as the School District of Palm Beach County’s 2016 High School Counselor of the Year.

The award recognizes a school counselor whose leadership, advocacy, collaboration and support has led to the development and implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs, and to the advancement of the profession. “I accepted the High School Counselor of the Year Award with great pride,” Garcia said. “I feel that it’s by far the biggest and best recognition I could ever receive working as a school counselor. I’m blessed and fortunate to work with an amazing team.”

The Palm Beach School Counselor Association is committed to recognizing the outstanding work done by school counselors and administrators for the school counseling profession. Each February, during National School Counseling Week, the district’s school counselors are invited to a celebratory breakfast, and awards are given to counselors and administrators from the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Dancers Earn High Ratings at State — Students in the dance program represented Seminole Ridge at the Florida Dance Performance Assessments on Feb. 6 in St. Petersburg, receiving an overall rating of Excellent and a rating of Superior on their performance as an ensemble. Congratulations to Breanna Brooks, Annalise Calvert, Brianna Domaceti, Kimberly Hoff and Jessica Rigg.

Musicians Honored with Superiors — Nineteen SRHS band members received honors at John I. Leonard High School Feb. 5-6 from judges of the Florida Bandmasters’ Association. Assessed as Superior in their individual performances were: Madison Jatzlau, Macy Radziul and Bryce Sabinson (alto saxophone); Jacob Krapes (bass clarinet); William Habegger and Kelsey Morrison (B-flat clarinet); Matthew McGeeney (euphonium); Sean Wilkerson (percussion); Diana Fuentes, Alicia Garofalo and Malik Mariot-Roque (trombone); and Alec Moorefield (trumpet).

Assessed as Superior in duet or quintet were: Kaylee Fagan and Hannah Persson (B-flat clarinet); and Fernando Frank (trumpet), Clyde Goodall (French horn), Thomas Leon (trombone), Kiana Leone (trumpet) and Jason Sanchez (tuba).

ABOVE: Dr. Melissa Garcia