Students from all over the world participated in the National History Day contest. The National Contest is the final stage, and was held virtually June 12-16, 2022. Congratulations to Shorecrest Chargers Jacob Mandell ‘23, Matthew White ‘23 and Dylan Winer ‘23 who won an Outstanding Affiliate Entry Award for their website.
You don't have to be a Shorecrest student to be part of a summer of fun camps at Shorecrest! Shorecrest Summer Programs will run June 6 - August 5, with full day and half day camps, including before care and after care. Programs are available for campers from age 4 through 12th grade. In-person camps and programs are expected while maintaining the health and safety precautions necessary.
Are you tired of searching for the perfect "3-prong, plastic folder with pockets?" SCA can help! Let us shop for your child's school supplies this year. SCA offers school supply packages for students in K-8th grade. There are some supplies on each list SCA does not provide. Please be sure to read the list for the grade your student(s) will be entering.
Working away in a workshop in the back of the store, I met Marco Camuzzi (Shorecrest Class of 2023). On this day it was his birthday. He’s 18 years old. Marco started here as a customer and now for the past year has been Hoffman’s right-hand man, repairing models for customers, stocking shelves, and helping customers pick out the right train.
by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
After winning the Florida State Championship Title in javelin throwing for two consecutive years, Shorecrest Chargers athlete Sonoma Kasica ‘24 was invited to compete at the Nike Outdoor National Track Meet in Eugene, Oregon, on June 18, 2022.
On Saturday, May 21, the 87 members of the Shorecrest Preparatory School Class of 2022 received their diplomas in the Janet Root Theatre. Read about the Commencement ceremony and special reflections shared.
by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
As a college preparatory school, Shorecrest continues to invest in its college counseling program to ensure it has the resources to offer students and families the best individualized college counseling in the region.
Upper School students, families, faculty, staff and honored guests gathered to recognize academic achievements and beyond in the Janet Root Theatre on May 20, 2022. Congratulations to all of our students for a very successful school year!
Ms. Updike English 11 Honors: American Literature course, Shorecrest Upper School students participated in a Q and A with Pakistani author Kanza Javed, writer of "Ashes, Wine and Dust" as well as several short stories and selected poems.
Alumna Laura Peterson Addicott ‘12 was the Valedictorian and Outstanding Senior of the Shorecrest Class of 2012. It is a tradition at Shorecrest for the Outstanding Senior to return to speak at Commencement 10 years after their own graduation. Laura will return to Shorecrest later this month to address the Class of 2022. Learn what she's been up to!
In conjunction with Ms. Estremera's Introduction to Engineering, Programming, and Robotics course, Neko Jackson '23, created a digital escape room of five locks on BreakoutEDU. The escape room contained concepts learned in Ms. Updike's English 11: American Literature course.
Sonoma Kasica '24 won the state title in javelin in all classes 1A-4A in Florida! This performance also made Sonoma the first two-time State Champion in the same event. Nine additional Chargers were top 8 finishes and made the podium.
by Rachel Barrett, Director of Marketing and Communications
Shorecrest is pleased to announce that Myra Simpson has been selected as the Director of College Counseling following an extensive national search. With over 20 years of experience in college admissions at both the college and secondary school levels, Myra joins Shorecrest most recently from Oak Hall School in Gainesville, FL, where she has served as the Director of College Counseling.
During the last month of the academic year, students, family, and faculty, gathered to participate in Global Scholars Initiative thesis defense presentations. This year Shorecrest had the largest class of GSI scholars in recent memory.
by Lisa Peck, Director of The Peck Center for Medical Sciences
Independent Studies are student-driven courses in which Chargers have the opportunity to focus on an interest that typically isn't offered in Shorecrest’s Upper School curriculum. Holland Bentley ‘23 is a student who has taken her interest in organ transplantation to the next level by designing her own independent study course, “Transplant Medicine.”
by Ron Heller, History and Academic Support Teacher
At the Florida History Day state contest Jacob Mandell ‘23, Matthew White ‘23 and Dylan Winer ‘23 won first place in the website category for their work “Debate, Diplomacy and the Avoidance of Nuclear Armageddon: The 1956 Suez Crisis.” Miles Lucas ‘23 and Taylor Register ‘23 won third place for their Exhibit board on the US overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” was reviewed as part of the Broadway Star of the Future program presented by the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Musical were: Sofia Ayral-Hutton ‘23 (Tobias), Marco Camuzzi ‘23 (Anthony), Cían McCarthy ‘22 (Sweeney Todd), Verity Rabin ‘23 (Mrs. Lovett), and Brooke Wright (Johanna) ‘22.
Each spring, the Shorecrest Community Association selects a recipient of the Janet Root Volunteer Service Award. The prestigious award is presented by past winners to a volunteer who has made an impact on campus for many years. On April 30, 2022, the 2021-2022 Janet Root Volunteer Service Award recipient was revealed at a Volunteer Thank-You Brunch attended by many past winners and current volunteers.
Youth Leadership Pinellas is a seven-month series designed to educate high school teens on community resources and issues, develop an excellence in leadership, build teamwork skills, and foster involvement in community services. Shorecrest Upper School students Caroline Carlan ‘23 and Dexter Schneider ‘23 were accepted into the program.
by Stacy Alexander, US Assistant Dean of Student Life
The Shorecrest Preparatory School Upper School Honor Society chapters inducted their newest members at a special virtual assembly on Wednesday, April 27. Society chapters include French Honor Society (FHS), International Thespian Society (ITS), Mu Alpha Theta Society (Math-MAT), Tri-M Honor Society (Music), National Art Society (NAHS), the National Honor Society (NHS), Rho Kappa Society (RK), and Spanish Honor Society (SHS).
Dr. Tim Hart, Professor of Criminology at the University of Tampa and Shorecrest parent, presented to Ms. Ashley Dernbach’s Honors Geometry class on the use of probability and statistics in the field of criminology.
Shorecrest hosted the track and field District 11 meet on Thursday, April 21. Twelve teams competed for a district title in the most competitive district in the state by far. After the day-long district competition, the Chargers boys ended the day taking home a hard fought 2nd place, district runner up trophy. After being the district runner-up last year, the girls came back to win the title in the end.
Members of the Shorecrest Fishing Club had their second tournament of the year. The winning boat, containing Max Baschinsky '25, Sam Reeder '25, Jake Diner '25, and Cooper Register '25 caught 8 snook for the day.
Students in Allison Roberts’ graphic design classes were given a unique opportunity to test their computer skills. Roberts, together with Shorecrest’s Creative Director Jon Hoefer, presented the students with a real-world assignment. With Shorecrest’s Celebrate the Arts week as the deadline, the students were given the task of creating their own poster for the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
by International Committee and Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
On April 14, 2022, the Shorecrest community was enthralled by an incredible International Festival, organized by parents and volunteers from International Connection, a parent-led community group that celebrates and connects families who have a passion for multicultural enrichment. As Chargers celebrated the diversity of the community, families gave of themselves by hosting, decorating, cooking, and sharing information about the rich culture of their own households.
The Red, White and Blue Club is holding a toiletries donation drive for the Bay Pines VA Hospital. Collection bins will be in advisories April 26 - May 6. The advisory that brings the most items will get a donut/breakfast party.
The Shorecrest Upper School Human Rights Club recently sponsored a Diaper Drive with the goal of collecting 1,000 diapers in one week for Babycycle, and the drive ended up yielding an impressive 1,761 diapers!
Varsity Softball vs. Northside Christian School: 6-5 Win! Varsity Softball vs. Cambridge Christian School: 5-8 Loss. Varsity Softball vs. Northside Christian School: 16-0 Win! Varsity Softball vs. Gibbs High School: 20-0 Win! MS Softball vs. Seffner: 11-12 Loss. MS Softball vs. Pinellas Prep: 1-19 Loss. MS Softball vs. Indian Rocks: 14-14 Tie. MS Softball vs. Bradenton Christian: 17-16 Win!
In a season of surprises, the Varsity Boys Tennis team came through by 1 point over Indian Rocks Christian school to secure the runner up spot in District competition. The boys had individual Championships in back to back years.
The Shorecrest Varsity Girls Tennis team squeezed out runner-up Calvary Christian to win the District 4A Championship, April 13-14. Out of seven teams total, the top 3 final scores were Shorecrest 21, Calvary Christian (CV) 19, and Clearwater Central Catholic (CCC) 18. The Chargers are now repeated as the District Champions, and 5 girls won individual District Championships.
In Season 2-Episode 2 of the Shorecrest Upper School student podcast, "Women in STEAM: Perspectives from the Field," host Aspen Slavick-Gierlach '22 speaks with Upper School Computer Science and Robotics Teacher, Melissa Estremera.
With volunteer and standardized testing opportunities in flux due to COVID, one particular part of the college application process - the personal statement - will bear more weight toward helping college admissions committees see the fuller, impactful, and unique YOU that you are. Join us June 6-10 and come away with a Common App Personal Statement.
Congratulations to Troupe 3140 on their success at the Florida State Thespian Festival. The cast of the one-act play "MASTERPIECE" performed in Morsani Hall at the Straz Center, the largest theatre in the southeast.
At the USAG Florida State Championship, Maddie won the gold medal in all individual events (Floor, Uneven Bars, Vault and Beam), and she won the All Around gold medal within her group and was the highest scoring Level 9 gymnast in Florida.
by Roderick Avery Fludd, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
To further support students, families and faculty in diversity and inclusion efforts, four Diversity Coordinators have been appointed among the Shorecrest faculty: Meghan Schneider in Upper School, Dr. Lizz Angello in Middle School, Khana Rebman ‘05 in Lower School and Takeya Trayer in The Experiential School.
Shorecrest Upper School students in Ms. Dowling's AP English Language class performed mock trials this week. The Chargers researched people who were wrongly convicted and then exonerated through The Innocence Project, an organization that uses DNA evidence to free the innocent.
Shorecrest is pleased to share that Dr. Anna Baralt, Director of Educational Technology, is now a certified Apple Learning Coach. Apple Learning Coach is a professional learning program that trains instructional coaches, digital learning specialists, and other coaching educators to help teachers get more out of Apple technology.
JV Boys and Girls vs. Bradenton Christian: Girls won 3-0, Boys lost 0-7. Varsity Boys vs. Saint Petersburg Catholic: 0-7 Loss. Girls Varsity vs. Saint Petersburg Catholic School: 7-0 Win! JV Girls vs. St. Stephen's: 2-5 Loss. JV Tennis vs. Bradenton Christian: 0-7 Loss.
The Upper School Robotics Team 6104A has been invited to participate at the national level at the 2022 CREATE Championship, which will take place in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on April 7-9. We are currently seeking individual or corporate sponsors to help make their trip to Nationals possible.
For the past couple of weeks, students in Kayla Brazee's Honors U.S. History classes have been examining the Cold War and the Atomic Age. After learning about the development of the atomic bomb and its impact on American popular culture in the 1950s, students were asked to create their own detailed nuclear fallout shelters.
Thank you to everyone in the Shorecrest community who supported the Upper School Interact Club's car wash in the fall. The funds were used to purchase supplies for making blankets for Project Linus, an organization that donates blankets to children in local hospitals.
JV Girls Tennis vs. Cambridge Christian: 6-1 Win! Varsity Girls Tennis vs. St Pete catholic: 7-0 Win! Varsity Boys Tennis vs. Saint Petersburg Catholic: 6-1 Win! JV Boys Tennis vs. Cambridge Christian: 6-1 Win! Varsity Boys Tennis vs. Clearwater Central Catholic: 5-2 Win! Varsity Boys Tennis vs. Northside Christian: 6-1 Win!
All members of the Shorecrest community were invited to celebrate the literary achievements of Black authors by listening to and participating in the 2022 Black Authors Read-In. 139 works by 55 authors were read by 97 readers, including students, faculty and staff.
Shorecrest seniors Christian Bepler '22 and Emily Forney '22 have been named National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Both students were named National Merit Semifinalists in September and have advanced to the next round of competition.
by Lisa Peck, Director of the Peck Center for Medical Sciences
Dr. Nathalia Jeffrey-Fort, a general and cosmetic Dentist in St. Petersburg and Shorecrest Alumni Parent, visited the Peck Center for Medical Sciences to share information about her career path and other dentistry related careers.
The STEAM Signature Program in Shorecrest Upper School allows students to pursue STEAM-related coursework and apply 21st Century skills that are applicable across many disciplines while investigating a specialized area of interest. Shorecrest STEAM student, Carson Granese ‘25, has selected Computer Science as his area of study. In many ways he is learning that computer science is not just about writing code, it is about how we use such tools and what we learn when we do.
Varsity Girls Soccer Chargers beat Indian Rocks Christian School in the Regional Semifinals: 3-2. They shutout First Baptist Academy in the Regional Finals: 4-0! Catch the State Semifinal on February 18 at home on Haskell Field at 6pm.
The Junior Varsity Tennis opening week began on Monday, February 14, with a first match against Saint Stephen's Episcopal School. The Boys were swept by SSES in most of the singles and doubles. On Wednesday against ODA, the Boys rebounded and ended with a 3-3 tie. JV Girls tennis lost to St. Stephen's 1-6 and beat ODA 4-3.
Congratulations to Shorecrest senior, Cían McCarthy ‘22, who won first place in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Students in Shorecrest Upper School’s ninth grade Honors English course, taught by Ms. Elouej, recently participated in the 2022 Membean Go! Contest. Sabrina Everhart ’25 won one of the top prizes for her photograph, “Repertoire.”
Congratulations to the following Shorecrest Upper School students whose artwork was featured in the 2022 Emerging Artists Pinellas County High School Virtual Exhibition: Benny Ames ‘23, Libby Cenedella ‘24, Julianne Lurie ‘25, Ashli McKenny ‘22, Sara Rose ‘23 and Chase Waitz-Miller ‘23.
by Stacy Alexander, Director of Alumni and Community Engagement
The Shorecrest Alumni Association and Upper School hosted a virtual panel discussion on College Life during this week’s Junior and Senior Advisory. As students get closer to their commencement from Shorecrest, it is helpful to hear from some familiar faces about college experiences.
How do you measure a building as tall as Charger Commons? Students in Mrs. Dernbach's Upper School Geometry class recently had a lab to answer that question. They used indirect measurement to find the height of tall structures around campus.
by Sofiya Idiyatullina '23, Co-President of Shorecrest Human Rights Club
The Shorecrest Upper School Human Rights Club recently hosted a letter-writing workshop. The club’s faculty sponsor, Ms. Elouej, facilitated the workshop with a focus on writing letters to government and other officials around the world in order to appeal human rights violations.
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Keswick: 63-32 Win! MS Girls Basketball vs. Cambridge Christian: 11-20 Loss. JV Girls Basketball vs. Berkeley Prep: 26-22 Win! MS Boys Gold Basketball vs. St. Pete Christian: 17-30 Loss. JV Boys Basketball vs. Keswick: 58-35 Win! JV Boys Basketball vs. Northside Christian: 41-46 Loss. Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Academy at the Lake: 72-50 Win! JV Boys Basketball vs. Academy at The Lakes: 55-27 Win!
The Admissions Office and Marketing Department released an updated virtual campus tour for prospective families. Students Sean Sheikholeslam ’23 and Phoenix F. ‘30 are delightful tour guides and give narration regarding many of the fabulous programs available at Shorecrest.
Shorecrest delegates participated in a variety of committees at the 19th annual GatorMUN (Model United Nations) conference on the University of Florida campus. Committees at the three-day conference ranged from The Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and Disarmament and International Security, to historical committees, such as Egypt’s (1952-1957) Revolutionary Command Council, and Alcatraz 1934.
by Athena '22, Cían '22, and Grace '22, Editors of The Chronicle
The January Issue of "The Chronicle," the Upper School's digital student newspaper, is officially released! We’ve got a great selection of stories written for you by some talented Upper School students, so do them a favor and check it out!
To continue to meet the needs of our juniors and seniors and their families, and to help provide college counseling support to students in younger grades, Shorecrest will add an additional counselor to the team starting with the 2022-2023 school year.
After a long career as a Technical Writer and Learning Specialist, a recent relocation finally placed Wesley Wells and his family back in sunny St. Petersburg, where he is now providing Technology Help Desk support at Shorecrest.
In Shorecrest Upper School Honors U.S. History students are exploring the Progressive Era. To learn more about the time period, students were asked to create interactive presentations that focused on one Progressive Era reform. Each group taught a 10-12 minute class on their assigned reform that had to engage their peers in some way.
I am pleased to share with you that Erich Schneider has been selected as the Head of Upper School at Shorecrest. After an extensive national search that resulted in three strong candidates, the Search Committee agreed that Erich’s depth of experience, commitment to the Shorecrest community, and vision for the future of the Upper School, make him the ideal leader for our 9th-12th grade program. Having served as the Interim Head of Upper School since July, Erich will become the official Head of Upper School effective immediately.
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