Kids OVERVIEW FOR Monday, July 25, 2016
When asked what he believed his greatest accomplishment was thus far in an accomplished young life, Anthony Cotignola cited his success in Robinson High School’s International Baccalaureate program. The West Park Village resident was particularly proud of his straight A’s in his entire junior and the first semester of senior year (when scholarship transcripts were due).
Florida Youth Soccer Association’s new eligibility date allows Westchase Soccer Association participants to play on! The Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) recently made a decision to change the eligibility date for age groups to Jan. 1. As a result some children who would have aged out of Westchase Soccer Association’s (WSA) Under 12 program this year are now eligible to participate in WSA’s fall program.
A bright Westchaser recently qualified for recognition at Duke TIP’s Grand Recognition Ceremony. The event was held on the campus of Duke University on May 16. Lila Patterson, the daughter of Don and Mignon Patterson of Radcliffe, traveled the university’s Durham campus after an impressive performance on the SAT.
In early May Troop 46 had its last campout of the season in Clearwater and it had a Troop Civil War theme. We had close to 75 in attendance and split everyone into blue and red teams to compete in different categories. There was an ax throwing contest, knot tying challenge and a fire building competition.
Lowry students worked hard to finish out the school year strong! During the last month of school, the students banded together to raise money for a very important cause.
Happy summer! School’s out, and we loved spending June with our school-age kids who we don’t get to see as often. Earlier in the month, Ali Songs for Tots invited our kids out for a day of singing and playing instruments.
Davidsen eighth graders topped off their year with an action-packed dance, with the theme “Light up the Night.” The students were dressed to impress as they danced the night away! Many thanks go out to Davidsen administration, including Shanta Talamantez (eighth grade teacher liaison and dance photographer), Shane Heath and his fabulous 3-D art students who helped with the amazing dance decor, and Chef Toner and her culinary students who made awesome chocolate covered marshmallows.
Alonso High School’s Peyton Woble has consistently pursued excellence, whether on the baseball field, in the classroom or in the community. Fittingly, he received the Wade Boggs Athletic Achievement Award, which honored Woble’s all-around abilities, during a June 2 ceremony at the Hillsborough County Commission meeting.
After a service experience that has changed the way a local agency handles pet adoptions, the Girls Scouts of Troop 234 were recognized in mid-May with an important award.
The Alonso High School Ravens Baseball 2015 Saladino and District Champions will be hosting a golf tournament fundraiser at the Westchase Golf Club on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. The format is a four-person team scramble.
They fell just short of the ultimate goal – a spot in the Little League World Series. But the Keystone Little League All-Star baseball team captured something unexpected this summer. They won everyone’s heart.
Carmen and Carl Longnecker of The Shires welcomed Elise Marie Longnecker on January 15 at 7:17 p.m. Elise Marie weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 18 inches. She was greeted home by big brother, Nathan, 3, and big sister, Anna, 21 months.
Brie and Mike Gorecki of Stockbridge welcomed Brendan Richard on June 23 at 3:19 p.m. Brendan Richard weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21.75 inches. He is their first.
Alyson and Jeremy Schoenfeld of Stockbridge welcomed Mia Keely on September 16 at 9:19 p.m. Mia Keely weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19 inches. She is their first.
Life is good, but not for everyone.Imagine getting to school ready to learn, but not being able to because you have nothing to write with and nothing to write on. Now imagine working so hard at school, and then losing all of your homework and projects because you have no binder or folder in which to carry everything.
The cake bake off challenged the kids to use their imagination. For the event the Pack 46 Cub Scouts had to come up with ideas to fit the Scout, animal, holiday, sports, movie/TV or cupcake categories – and the scouts came through! Their designs also proved that Scout skills extend to the kitchen.
If you missed it, February’s Casino Night to Remember was a blast! The Westchase Elementary Ways and Means Committee would like to thank the families, teachers and staff for their support in a very successful fourth Casino Night to Remember on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Bayanihan Arts and Event Center. The event raised money to enhance computer technology at Westchase Elementary.
Andrea and Dave Digdo of Castleford welcomed Anna Noelle on December 28 at 3:52 a.m. Anna Noelle weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 inches. She was welcomed home by big brother Luke, 5, and big sister Grace, 3.
Before the summer break, the lasting memory for Alonso High School’s year was its baseball team capturing a Class 6A state championship. Two months into a new school year, Alonso’s football team tied a program record by starting 5-0.
When Alonso High School boys basketball coach Todd Price sees kids waiting for space on pick-up courts in the Westchase area, he gets encouraged. When Price notices heavy enrollment for youth basketball leagues at the YMCA, he smiles. Heck, if Price spots a young boy dribbling a basketball in the driveway, that’s a positive.
September brings cooler weather and the first full month of school. With summer now a memory, the students are focusing on new classes and teachers. The newly painted hallways of Davidsen are busy with the sounds of students shuffling through textbooks and scurrying to classrooms before the bell rings.
After a year of hit or miss temperatures and precipitation, weather was finally of no concern for the Cub Scouts of Westchase Pack 46. When the Scouts celebrated their end-of-year party at Xtreme Fun Center, all the activities took place inside! The Scouts had a wide range of fun activities to choose from, including baseball hitting ranges, video games and, of course, laser tag!