SRHS Dance Marathon Raises More Than $30,000 To Help Sick Children

Seminole Ridge High School has made fundraising history. No high school dance marathon in Florida has ever raised more than $30,000 for UF Health Shands and the Children’s Miracle Network — until now. Hawk students, staff, parents, community members and local businesses helped the school reach well beyond its goal of $20,000. On Feb. 19, students danced the night away and listened to stories from Miracle Network families.

Organizers thank the school administration for supporting the event, as well as the support staff for announcements and photocopies. Special thanks also to student leaders Samantha Fisher, Cristina Ramos and Alyssa Williams, and to teachers and staff members for participating in Dare Week, Spirit Week, fun lunches and food nights at local businesses — and especially to all who packed the cafeteria for the second annual Dance Marathon.

Debaters Advance to Nationals — Congratulations to Hawk sophomores Samantha Mangoni and Andre Soucy for their National Catholic Forensic League win in Public Forum at Suncoast High School on Feb. 20. Their discussion of a carbon tax for American industry advances them to national competition in May.

Automotive Students Take ‘Top Tech’ Silver — In the 2016 Top Tech Challenge competition Jan. 30 at Orlando’s Universal Technical Institute, SRHS automotive academy students walked away with prizes for their skill in diagnosing problems with automobile electrical, braking and air conditioning systems. Seminole Ridge received a $1,000 Snap-On Tools voucher, students Sara Bass and Elijah Freshwater received $1,000 institute scholarships for their eighth-place finish, and students Donnie Hopkins and Tim Hutson earned $7,500 scholarships for their second-place finish.

Pathfinder Nominees Get a Run-Through — SRHS 2016 Pathfinder Award nominees attended an all-day workshop Feb. 19, practicing their skills for the actual Pathfinder interviews March 9 at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Nominees received constructive verbal and written feedback from six faculty judges, as well as from their Pathfinder peers. “Our Pathfinder nominees felt the day was a huge success, and they also felt much more prepared for their upcoming interviews,” school counselor Dr. Melissa Garcia said.

ABOVE: Seminole Ridge Dance Marathon students raised $30,020.52 for UF Health Shands and the Children’s Miracle Network.