River Ridge Middle actors excel River Ridge Middle School entered 101 students in 45 acts and received 27 Superiors, the highest rating, and 14 Excellents at the district thespian competition at Blake High School in Tampa last weekend. Chris Cavazza and Cameron Ward won Best in Show (Critic’s Choice) for their duet acting scene from “The Odd Couple,” and Sarah Corley was named Best in Show in Marketing for “Seussical.” Also, River Ridge Middle students received three Alt. Best in Shows for Monologue, Ensemble Acting and Pantomime. Diploma designations for seniors added Families should have received an automated message from Superintendent of Schools Kurt Browning discussing the new diploma designations. This is a result of state legislation addressing different graduation requirements that impact all Pasco high schools.
The major change is the designation of a Scholar or Merit diploma, based on the coursework taken over the four-year high school career. To assist parents in understanding this information, a video podcast can be accessed at the Insync link on the Pasco County School District website. Schools are working with seniors to make sure they are aware of the designations. The designation may require sitting for a previous end-of-course exam as well as a change in math or science classes. Students may earn the Scholar designation by meeting specific criteria. Any student interested must take and pass both the biology and U.S. history end-of-course exam, along with meeting other criteria. The algebra and geometry EOC requirement is dependent upon the year the student began ninth grade. There is an explanation of the new diploma designations and the criteria at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/cis/graduation_requirements. Ridgewood names Students of the Month “Student of the Month” was awarded to four students at Ridgewood High School in the month of November. The students honored were Jason Cloud, ninth grade; Kara Wingard, 10th grade; Thomas Moschner, 11th grade; and Natalia Brennan, 12th grade. Wrestling program seeks volunteers The wrestling program at Fivay High School is looking for volunteers to assist with the 2014 SAC Wrestling Tournament on Jan. 25. Volunteers are needed for concessions, table scoring, running and the hospitality room. If interested, contact assistant coach Mark Moe at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anclote High School news Mia Lockhart, of Anclote High School, has received an athletic scholarship to Broward College. Lockhart’s leadership and play helped lead the Lady Sharks volleyball team this season. She holds the school record in kills. Anclote High School announced its 2013-14 Teacher of the Year, Kathleen Connelly, and School Related Personnel of the Year, Jennifer Dilandro. Anclote honored the following students during its Principal’s Brunch for November: Dominic Gallo, Cody Gillard, Kenzie Hurley, Emylee Baumann, Jasmine Comer, Ellianna Blow, Josh O’Brien, Macaulie Cornett, Alex Santiago, John Nguyen, Amber Delgardo, Sarah Hood, Trent Crawford, Dillon Dusenburry, Stephen Bucher, Mina Marcos and Marek Pociorek.