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Ponte Vedra High School

March 3, 2014


Important Dates
  • March 5 - Great Decisions, US Trade Policy. 8-9 am. 
  • March 8 - Miss PV High Pageant, Auditorium.
  • March 14 - No School, Teacher Planning Day. 
  • March 17 - 21 - No School, Spring Break. 
  • March 25 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • March 26 - Great Decisions, Turkey's Challenges, 8-9 am. 
  • April 8 - PTO General Meeting.
  • April 9 - Great Decisions, Food and Climate, 8-9 am. 
  • April 18 - No School.
  • May 1 - Spring Ladies' Night Out PTO Fundraiser. 
  • May 3 - Relay for Life, 3 pm.  
  • May 26 - No School, Memorial Day.
  • May 31 - Graduation.
  • June 5 - Last Day of School
School News and Announcements
to our Girls State Delegate:  Julia Scolapio 
and our Alternate: Amanda Walser 
Great Decisions 
The second Great Decisions Discussion for this semester will be Wednesday, March 5th from 8:00 - 9:00 in Mrs. Leonard's room. The topic is US Trade Policy and the speaker is Dr. Andres Gallo, Professor of Economics at UNF.


Future Sessions and topics are:

Turkey's Challenges: Shelby Huber: Wednesday, March 26 (8-9 PVHS).

Food and Climate: Jeff Michelman : Wednesday, April 9 (8-9 PVHS)
Miss Ponte Vedra High School
The Miss Ponte Vedra High School Pageant will be held on March 8th and Ponte Vedra High School's Auditorium.


Twenty Two Junior Ladies will vie for the Crown and title.  The event will be be hosted by Miss Ponte Vedra 2013 and Miss Northeast Florida, Leila Sabet.


Tickets can be purchased from any contestant or at the school through Mrs. Kathy Nightingale.

The School's address is:  
Ponte Vedra High School  
460 Davis Park Rd. 
Ponte Vedra, FL 

Inquiries can be addressed to Randall Adkison, Pageant Director: 
Relay for Life Fundraiser

Relay For Life of Ponte Vedra will host a fun, family-friendly fundraising event at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in Jacksonville Beach on Friday, April 4, from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.  Featuring a delicious barbecue dinner provided by Woody's, bingo and live entertainment from local students.   The event will raise funds for the American Cancer Society in honor of Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS) faculty and staff members who are cancer survivors or currently battling cancer.


Festivities will also include a silent auction with a variety of great products and services donated by local companies. 


Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students, and $10 for children and can be purchased by stopping by the PVHS front office, through any Relay for Life team captain, or by contacting Cheryl Freeman at pvrelayforlife@gmail.com.    Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society on behalf of PVHS cancer survivors. 


The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge is located at 1 Sawgrass Road in Jacksonville Beach near Marsh Landing.  For additional information, please contact Sandy Flaschner at (904) 483-1069 or sandyflaschner@yahoo.com.  Additional sponsorships and donations accepted.


The Ponte Vedra Relay For Life of Ponte Vedra will be held May 3-4, 2014, at PVHS.  For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/PonteVedraFL 


ASVAB Program
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) will be administered at Ponte Vedra High on Wednesday, April 9 at 9:15. The ASVAB is a career exploration and planning program that consists of a Multiple Choice Aptitude Test, an Interest Inventory, and a Career Exploration Tool. The CEP takes approximately 3 hours and is for juniors and seniors only. For more information parents and students can visit www.asvabprogram.com. Interested students can sign up for this testing with Mrs. Nightingale in the guidance office. The deadline is March 31.

Be a Donor in the 88 Keys Campaign! 
The PVHS Music Department is pleased to announce the beginning of the "88 Keys Campaign." The goal of the campaign is to raise money for the purchase of a grand piano by next school year and the establishment of a strings and orchestra program within the Department of Music. It continues the fundraising efforts of the students and greater PVHS community already underway, and will continue to include fundraising concerts by the Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble and other music groups. Donations of any amount are welcome. The first 88 donors contributing $100 or more will be recognized on a special "88 Keys" plaque to be displayed in the Music Department. Links for the 88 Keys Campaign Introduction Letter and Contribution Form will be posted on the PVHS Home Page. Help us to provide the best level of music education and performance to our students as quickly as possible! Please contact Pro Arte President Charis Wang at iamcharis.ev@gmail.com or the PVHS Music Director Jennifer Christensen at jennifer.christensen@stjohns.k12.fl.us for further details.

Scholarship Opportunity for Senior Blood Donors! 
If you have been a blood donor this year, there is a $1000 scholarship that the Blood Alliance will award.  Please go to the link below for criteria and to apply:  

  The deadline is April 30; If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Asplen. 
PTO Update
The PVHS PTO is selling Graduation Signs!   
These custom signs with your senior's name and graduating year are only $20 and could be as low as $14 if you order 3 or more!
Don't let your senior miss out on the fun of knowing how proud you are ... and don't forget grandparents, churches or special organizations may want one too!
The attached flier contains order information or you can click on the link and order online
A portion of the proceeds of each sign goes to support the Ponte Vedra High PTO, where we fund over $50,000 of school enhancements that enrich our students' lives!
Contact Brooke Bishop if you have any questions at bcbpvb@comcast.net
Shark Sports 
This Week at Home
  • Monday - Boys' Varsity Tennis v. Episcopal, 3:45 pm.
  • Monday - JV Baseball v. Ridgeview, 5:30 pm.
  • Tuesday - Varsity Baseball v. Episcopal, 6:30 pm.
  • Wednesday - Girls' and Boys' Varsity Tennis v. Matanzas, 3 pm.
  • Wednesday - JV Baseball v. Nease, 4:30 pm.
  • Wednesday - Girls' Lacrosse v. Creekside, 6 pm.
  • Thursday - Girls' Tennis v. Episcopal, 4 pm.
  • Thursday - Boys' Lacrosse v. Bolles, 5 pm.
  • Friday - Girls' Tennis v. Trinity Christian, 4 pm.
  • Friday - Softball v. Palatka, 5 pm. 


Girls' Lacrosse:
Under the leadership of Coaches Jimmy and Kelly Dotsikas, the Ponte Vedra Sharks Varsity Girls Lacrosse team kicked off a very competitive season with a 20-1 win over St. Augustine High School. The Sharks commanded the draws against the Yellow Jackets, with senior Abby Walker winning 7 draw controls. Leading scorers for the night were sophomore Emma Dotsikas with 5 goals, and Abby Walker with 4 goals. Eight other players rallied with goals against St. Augustine: Katie Mauro (2 goals, 3 assists); Jade Gordon (2 goals); Briana Feldman (2 goals); Jordan Grune (1 goal, 2 assists); Julia Sledzik (1 goal, 1 assist); and single goals by Chelsea Sanzone, Madeline Pantfoeder and Erin Woods. Defensive aggressiveness from sophomore Lenda Thompson and senior goalie Taylor Kimes also contributed to the Sharks' win.

On Tuesday, February 25th, the team defeated Nease by 20-1 in the Shark Tank. An impressive ten players contributed goals: Senior Abby Walker (3 goals, 4 assists); senior Katie Mauro (3 goals, 4 assists); sophomore Emma Dotsikas (3 goals, 1 assist); sophomore Jordan Grune (3 goals); sophomore Jade Gordon (3 goals); freshman Tess Reiman (1 goal, 1 assist); and single goals were contributed by junior Chelsea Sanzone, sophomore Briana Feldman and freshmen Ellie Lecker and Julia Sledzik. Strong defense from seniors Lauren Barnhorst and Erin Woods rounded out the night 
For the first time in Sharks Girls Lacrosse history, the Varsity team went head-to-head against nationally-ranked Vero Beach High School on Saturday.  Vero Beach has never lost to a Florida team in 7 years.  Aggressive defense from seniors Erin Woods and Lauren Barnhorst, sophomore Lenda Thompson, and freshman Julia Sledzik kept the Indians away from the goal.  Vero's undefeated offense then began their scoring rally.   Sophomore Emma Dotsikas and senior Abby Walker showcased their ground ball and passing skills, leading to freshman Tess Reiman's assist to sophomore Jade Gordon for the Sharks' first goal.  Second half play saw strong offensive tenacity by senior Katie Mauro and senior Abby Walker, and a number of great saves by senior goalie Taylor Kimes.  Tireless energy from sophomore Jordan Grune turned a number of fouls into free shots, and she scored two more points for the Sharks.  The Indians beat the Sharks 13-3.  "We play teams like Vero for a reason," said Coach Kelly Dotsikas.  "Our athletes are stronger and smarter because of today's game.  We are proud of them, and we all look forward to facing Vero again soon." 
Boys' Lacrosse:
Varsity:  Sharks pull away late to beat Maclay
Mother Nature won the battle earlier in the week as the Sharks home opener and highly -anticipated matchup with Lake Highland Prep were cancelled due to weather. After the forced layoff of more than a week, the Sharks traveled to Tallahassee Saturday to face the Maclay Marauders under the lights.

Maclay took an early lead on the opening faceoff with a goal by Steven Chase. The Sharks answered quickly thanks to Logan Taucher. Not content with one goal, Taucher went on to score two more goals and pace the Sharks to a 4-2 halftime lead. The Sharks stretched that lead to 8-4 at the end of three quarters thanks to two goals from R.J Garcia and one apiece from Garrett Boyle and Evan Weiner. The Marauders crept back in the 4th quarter to get within a two goal striking distance, but the Sharks responded with 3 unanswered goals in the closing minutes to seal an 11-6 win. Colin Peaks was credited with 9 saves in goal. The Sharks travel to Bartram Trail on Monday and, weather-permitting, host Bolles on Thursday.

Logan Taucher (3G), R.J Garcia (2G), Garrett Boyle (2G), Evan Weiner (2G), Eric Applegate (1G), Augie Relihan (1G) Colin Peaks (9 Saves)

Junior Varsity:
On Friday February 28th, the JV Boy's Lacrosse team played the Matanzas Pirates in their first home game of the season. The JV Sharks shutout the Pirates by a score of 16-0. Top scorers for the Sharks were Matt Keeler with 2 goals and 4 assists, Reid Smith with 5 goals, Andrew O'Dare with 4 assists, Eric Erhard with 2 goals and 2 assists, and Jude Kuhn with 2 goals. Saturday, the JV Boys traveled to Tallahassee to face Maclay, coming home with a 13-1 road win. Jack Woeste lead all scorers with 3 goals. Reid Smith had 1 goal and 2 assists, Hal Swan and Matt Keeler each had 2 goals, Marshall Few and Eric Erhard each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Landon Taucher, Clay Welch, and John Santillo completed the scoring with 1 goal each.

While the JV Boys remain undefeated four games into the season, they face two tough opponents this week: Bartram Trail on the road on Monday and home against Bolles on Thursday, March 6th. Come out Thursday and support JV Boy's Lacrosse!
Boys' Soccer:
Congratulations to Briggs Hurley and Austin Sigle who were two out of four soccer players from the Jacksonville/NF region selected to represent the North Team in the FACA Senior All Star Game on March 7 & 8 in Auburndale. 

Boys' Tennis:
The Ponte Vedra Boys Tennis Team continued their winning ways Tuesday with a 7-0 victory over visiting Bishop Kenny, their fifth shutout of the season.

1. Hank Hill (PV) d. Jack Amthor (BK) 8-1
2. Hampton Callaghan (PV) d. Will Thompson (BK) 8-1
3. Ethan Van Voorhis (PV) d. Adrian Navotas (BK) 8-1
4. Eric Gravelle (PV) d. Michael Dobinsky (BK) 8-3
5. Colin Hawkins (PV) d. Dylan Alson (BK) 8-2

1. Callaghan/Hill (PV) d. Amthor/Thompson (BK) 8-1
2. Gravelle/Van Voorhis (PV) d. Dobinsky/Navotas (BK) 8-5

Next up for the Sharks, a trip to Tallahassee where they will take on Chiles High School in a Friday tilt and then Leon High School Saturday morning on the campus of Florida State University as a warm-up to the Noles/USF Bulls men's match in the afternoon.
Following a 6-1 win over Chiles High School on Friday, Ponte Vedra suffered their first setback of the season at the hands of Leon High School 5-2. Sophomore Ethan Van Voorhis accounted for the Sharks' lone singles point with his second super tie-break victory of the season.

Leon 5 Ponte Vedra 2
1. Brian Wilson (L) d. Hank Hill (PV) 6-3, 6-0.
2. Will Stone (L) d. Hampton Callaghan (PV) 6-0, 6-2.
3. Ethan Van Voorhis (PV) d. Brennan Abramowitz (L) 6-4, 1-6, (10-5).
4. Ronnie Nicholson (L) d. Eric Gravelle (PV) 6-4, 6-7(5), (10-5).
5. Matthew Stout (L) d. Colin Hawkins (PV) 6-1, 6-1.

1. Callaghan/Hill (PV) d. Stone/Wilson (L) 8-2.
2. Abramowitz/Nicholson (L) d. Gravelle/Van Voorhis (PV) 8-3.

Ponte Vedra 6 Chiles 1
1. Hank Hill (PV) d. Allen Vinson (C) 8-3
2. Hampton Callaghan (PV) d. Achyuta Iyengar (C) 8-2
3. Ethan Van Voorhis (PV) d. Jesse Mader (C) 8-1
4. Eric Gravelle (PV) d. Joey Kelley (C) 8-3
5. Nathan Weishar (C) d. Colin Hawkins (PV) 8-4

1. Callaghan/Hill (PV) d. Iyengar/Vinson (C) 8-2
2. Gravelle/Van Voorhis (PV) d. Dawkins/Kelley 8-0. afternoon.
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PTO Update
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