Kids OVERVIEW FOR Monday, December 09, 2013
After more than four years, my time writing for the World of Westchase as the Kid Reporter has come to an end. It has been a truly wonderful experience and I have so many people to thank for allowing me this great opportunity.
Alonso swim team is breaking records again. Congratulations to sophomore Zackary Gutcher, junior Pourya Bivehgani, sophomore Chase Psinakis and senior Brandon Quinones, who finished with a time of 1:53.75 in the Boys 200 Medley Relay.
Lowry Elementary Leopards enjoyed the The Great American Teach-in on Nov. 21. The school was so fortunate to have parents, grandparents and other community members participate in this day of learning. Lowry students were able to learn about firefighting, coaching, building and other interesting jobs that they will be able to undertake themselves someday if they stay in school.
For more than 100 years Girl Scouts have been helping girls realize their potential and become leaders in the community. The organization suggests that Troop leaders guide the girls to determine how they can change their world for the better. In October members of Junior Troop 806 realized how they could help make a difference in the life of one Tampa family.
Davidsen is one of several area schools that have been involved in the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project since its inception in 2009. The Hillsborough County school district was one of just six school districts across the nation chosen to take part in this initiative, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Troop 87 Cadettes have teamed up with the Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) to help dogs and cats that need help after surgery. ACT, located at 502 N. Gilchrist Ave. in Tampa, was established to give people an affordable way to do the right thing for their pets. In addition to providing spay and neuter services, ACT provides wellness vaccines, dental exams, doctors’ exams, and heartworm and flea prevention products.
One Alonso High School golfer continually proves a strong work ethic pays off. This past summer Nate Kosarich, 16, won the Greater Tampa Bay Junior Golf Tournament at the Westchase Golf Course with a score of 76. Soon after, during a Saddlebrook Resort tournament, he shot a 74, placing second to a winning score of 72.
It’s been an active season for Boy Scout Troop 46. The year kicked off with our first Court of Honor, where our Scouts were awarded with over 345 merit badges and 51 rank advancements earned over the summer.
If you’d like to help a less fortunate student at Westchase Elementary have a happy holiday this month, be sure to visit Westchase Elementary’s Holiday Gift Giving Tree.
In October the Scouts offered pumpkins to people and tigers! All month the Scouts conducted their Pumpkin Patch fundraiser at the Wellspring United Methodist Church.
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!