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Davidsen Ends 2017 on High Note

The Davidsen Middle School (DMS) Center for the Arts closed 2017 with a variety of dance, chorus and band performances.

Our Dragons performed in the very first DMS dance recital on Dec. 1, and a winter concert was held on Dec. 7 featuring the Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced and Jazz Bands. The Jazz Band also provided entertainment during the Santa Pre-Flight Parade festivities at West Park Village on Dec. 9. Our teachers and students worked very hard to prepare and it showed in the level of their performances.

Several Davidsen students received awards at the Hillsborough County PTA/PTSA Reflections Awards Ceremony on Dec. 10 at Jefferson High School. Andrew Foster (Grade 7) received an Award of Excellence in the Musical Composition category. Kaitlyn Heinzelmann (Grade 8) received an Award of Excellence in Visual Arts. Stephanie Abrev (Grade 8) received an Award of Merit for Visual Arts. Award of Excellence recipients will advance to the state Reflections competition.

The Davidsen Boys Track team tied for first place in Hillsborough County. Darwin Cotto blew away his competition and wowed the spectators as he won first place in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the long jump. He is quite possibly the first person in the district to win three individual events at the county level! Reakwon Hopkins ran his personal best in the 800-meter run, finishing second in the county and setting a new school record. The 4x200 relay team, consisting of Angel Rivera-Garcia, Michael Rivera-Garcia, Advaith Pramod, and Kyrie Neverson, had a seventh place finish out of 22 teams. Serena Mercer had a new personal best in the 400-meter run, finishing second place in the county. Masqal Pierre, Nick Miguel, Lillian DiBacco, Lucy Montiegel, Abbie Kohler, Allyssa Bartolo, Joy LaMountain, Claudia Horvath and Mikaila Longway joined the county team in this fantastic finish.

Eighth Grade students are invited to attend “Move Up Night” at Alonso High School on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from the Alonso administration and faculty, enjoy a band performance and attend an Elective Fair.

Mark your calendars for the annual Dragon Blast on Jan. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. This carnival-type event is for students only. There will be games, food, music and prizes. Donations of gently-used stuffed animals can be turned into the office to be used as prizes at this event. All proceeds will directly benefit Davidsen Middle School. Flyers will go home with ticket order forms soon. You can also purchase tickets online at: https://squareup.com/store/davidsen-middle-ptsa/

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Thanks to those who generously supported Deputy Noland’s holiday toy drive to benefit the Mary Lee House, a facility committed to protecting, respecting and healing the children of abuse and neglect. Thanks also to those who supported the Davidsen Middle School Angel Tree.

For more information on any Davidsen Middle School programs or events, email president@davidsenptsa.org  and be sure to “like” Davidsen Middle School PTSA on Facebook.

Important January Dates

9     Students Return from Winter Break
15   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: No School
17   Eighth Grade Move Up Night at Alonso High School, 6 p.m.
26   Dragon Blast, 2-4 p.m.

By Carolyn Reynolds

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