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Kids OVERVIEW FOR Friday, September 22, 2017

Davidsen Center for the Arts Debuts

Davidsen Dragons returned to school on Aug. 10 to find their school is now the “Davidsen Middle School Center for the Arts.” The new attractor program features the visual and performing arts and will expand upon the school’s band, chorus and orchestra courses while beginning a new dance program.

Two Named Eagle Scouts

Thomas Keller, right, presents finished dog collars, produced during his Eagle Scout project, to representatives of Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Greens resident Thomas Keller and Fords resident Ben Johnson are in rare company. Both recently earned the top rank of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouts. In order to earn the rank, Scouts must progress through the Boy Scout ranks, earn 21 merit badges, serve in a troop leadership position for at least six months, take part in a Scoutmaster conference, complete a board of review and plan, develop and lead a service project.

MOMS Club of Westchase Tours the Town

Both veteran members and newbies enjoyed our first new member brunch, held at Chick-fil-a on Cow Appreciation Day.

The MOMS Club of Westchase went here, there and everywhere in August! We kicked off the month with a behind the scenes projection booth tour of Regal Citrus Park movie theater, then we stayed to enjoy a Summer Movie Express dollar movie. We enjoyed a lunch bunch at Surf Shack, and the tots went bowling at Countryside Lanes.

Vineyards Student Has Blast with Duke TIP

Natalie Wynne, a Vineyards’ homeschool student, spent three weeks this summer at Duke TIP’s Center for Summer Studies at Wake Forest University.

Bridges Resident Marks Third Straight All-Star State Title

Tom Brennan, left, and daughter Stephanie Brennan display the Junior League state championship banner won at Keystone Little League in June.

How many athletes do you know with three state championships under their belt? Stephanie Brennan, a resident of The Bridges, said she “basically grew up at Keystone Little League.’’ After a decade of softball – from age 5 to 15, with three state championships and a Southeastern Regional title serving as highlights – she’s grateful for the fun ride.

Three Westchasers Win National Youth Soccer Championship

Westchase residents Andrew Motzer (The Shires), Trevor Stanley (West Park Village) and Russel Pienias (Radcliffe), left to right, were members of Tampa Bay United

Three Westchase residents were part of Tampa Bay United’s Boys Under-16 team that won the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship in dramatic fashion at Frisco, Texas.

Support Your Ravens’ Home Game Fundraiser

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Ravens Working for Successful Season

Alonso High School

After a successful spring and a hard-working summer, first-year Alonso High School football coach Reggie Crume believes the Ravens are headed in the right direction. “The kids are buying into what we’re selling,’’ said Crume, who joined the Ravens after three head-coaching seasons at Palm Harbor University. “We’re definitely seeing changes. Our focus is for them to be leaders on and off the field. We want them setting a positive tone in the community and in the classroom.

Girl Scouts Help Abandoned Pets

At their first meeting for the year, Troop 298 painted rocks to raise awareness for local animal rescue organization, Paw Print Hearts. The cadettes will be hiding the rocks around the Westchase area and encourage residents to be on the look out for the works of art.

MOMs Club: A Supporting Village Found

It takes a village to raise a child. Well I, like many other MOMS Club members, have found my village. This goes out to the moms who are still trying to get involved and figure out if the MOMS Club of Westchase is for them. I have the answer – it 100 percent is.

MOMS Club Kicks Off New Year

MOMS Club members enjoy a LEGO party with BrickSmarts

The MOMS Club of Westchase brought in 2017 with activities for improvement and learning! To help better ourselves, our moms had two workout sessions: one with Burn Body Bootcamp and the other with Camp Gladiator. To help our kids learn and play, we attended a LEGO party hosted by BrickSmarts.

Lowry Taken Over by Pirates

Ahoy, mateys! Lowry Elementary is taking on the high seas with this year’s theme – Yo [vulgarity], Yo [vulgarity]! A Learner’s Life For Me! Teachers jumped in with both feet after reading Dave Burgess’ book, Teach Like A Pirate.

Alonso Marching Band Camp July 24-28

It’s a super short summer and there are a few events on Alonso’s calendar in July. The Alonso Marching Band Camp will be held July 24-28 from 1-8 p.m. at Alonso High School. If you plan on being a member of the AHS Band next year, please contact Mrs. DuBay at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) so she can save a spot!

Alonso Baseball Fundraiser Jan. 2

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.

Little League All Stars Win State Title

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.

New Westchasers, March 2014

Elise Marie Longnecker

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.

New Westchasers, September 2014

Brendan Richard Gorecki

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.

New Westchasers, December 2013

Mia Keely Schoenfeld

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.

Westchase School Supply Drive for Just Elementary Organized

Sophie Moss and Publix Manager Dan Damron prepare for Moss’ school supply drive.

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.

Pack 46 Holds Sweet Bake Off

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.

Casino Night Proves a Successful Fund-Raiser

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.

New Westchasers, March 2012

Jack Richard Tamulski

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.

Football Success Triggers Surge in Alonso School Spirit

Alonso High School football players wear navy blue polo shirts to school on game days as a display of their team unity.

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.

Short in Stature, Alonso Hoopsters Grow in Respectability

Alonso junior Greg Robinson, Coach Todd Price and Malachi Christopher are hoping to build upon Alonso High School

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.

Davidsen Dragons Discover Newly Painted School

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.

Cub Scouts Mark Year’s End with Xtreme Fun

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!