Kids OVERVIEW FOR Sunday, March 09, 2014
Mark your calendars! The bunny’s back in town! Westchase students from Alonso High School and Davidsen Middle School came together last year to coordinate the third annual Westchase Easter Egg Hunt to benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Together they raised over $3,000!
The Alonso Competition Cheerleading Team had an incredible season! The Alonso cheerleaders were led by new coaches, Karrie Hawkins, with 11 years’ experience coaching and coordinating the Westchase Colts, and Marcus Knight, with years of experience cheering and coaching for USF, high schools and Tumble Tech All-Stars.
The event that every Davidsen Dragon has been eagerly awaiting all year long is finally just days away. That’s right! It’s time for The Medieval Fair, which will be held on Friday, March 7.
While February brought wonderful treats in celebration of Valentine’s Day, the month brought the return of another tradition. FCAT testing has returned to Westchase Elementary! Standardized testing began on Feb. 25-26 and will continue into April and May, with the times varying according to grade level.
Cub Scout Pack 46 had a great Pinewood Derby this year! Congratulations to the Scouts on their creative and fast cars. Carter Ford’s creativity shone through with a U.S. Marine Corps-decorated car in tribute to his great-grandfather, Howard Reese. Christopher Nordwall was the overall winner for top speed with his car, Speedster, which was clocked at 205 miles per hour.
It’s impressive when an individual student takes first place at the County STEM Fair. It’s doubly so when it happens twice in the same family in the same year. At the 34th Annual Hillsborough County Regional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair, Greens residents Hannah and Thomas Keller received first place awards for their projects. More than 2,600 Hillsborough County public and private school students participated in the fair.
The Westchase Dads’ Club (WDC) is thrilled to announce that their third annual poker tournament was the most successful one to date. Congratulations to Scott Dudley, Juan Humara and Phil Montiegel for earning the first, second and third place winnings, respectively. A special shout out goes to Phil, who generously donated his winnings back to the WDC to benefit the elementary school.
On Jan. 30 Hillsborough County School District recognized a special Bennington resident. At the ceremony, which honored Hillsborough County athletes, Bennington resident Joseph Trim was awarded with the prestigious Casey Most Valuable Golfer Award. The Jesuit High School senior is a four-year letterman and captain of his school’s golf team. He’s helped his teams win four district championships and a regional runner-up title and qualify for the state championships twice.
On Monday, Feb. 3, Troop 46 proudly hosted its Winter Court of Honor. This is one of three ceremonies a year, when Scouts are recognized for all of their achievements. The Troop awarded 37 rank advancements as our Scouts continue on their path toward earning their Eagle Scout rank. Also, 156 merit badges were awarded in 52 different categories from Wilderness Survival and Space Exploration to Inventing and Scuba Diving.
Lowry Leopards are working hard preparing for the upcoming SAT testing this month, as well as the FCAT that begins in April. They realize that it is also important to keep their bodies moving in order to help stay focused on academics. Last month, the Leopards participated in Jump Rope for Heart and learned about the many activities they could do at school and at home to keep their hearts and bodies healthy.
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!