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Ponte Vedra High School

March 24, 2014


Important Dates
  • March 25 - SAC Meeting, 4:15, Media Center.
  • March 26 - Great Decisions, Turkey's Challenges, 8-9 am.  
  • March 29 - Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble Performance, 2 pm, PV Library. 
  • 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 13 - PTO General Meeting
  • May 17 - Practice SAT Fundraiser, 9 am, PVHS Auditorium. 
  • May 24 - Sharkfest, PV Concert Hall. 
  • May 26 - No School, Memorial Day.
  • May 31 - Graduation.
  • June 5 - Last Day of School
School News and Announcements

3rd Quarter Report Cards will be given to students on Thursday, March 27th.  They will also be posted on HAC by Thursday.

A Note from Mr. Speziale 
Dear Ponte Vedra High School Parents and Friends:


It's so good to be back to work, even though it is just part time for now.  I am on the road back to recovery and look forward to gradually easing back into the hectic pace of PVHS.

I sincerely appreciate all of the well wishes and gifts, too numerous to mention, sent during my leave.  I  was overwhelmed with the unbelievable kindness and concern of the Ponte Vedra High School family-it's an honor to be part of such an incredible group of people.

As we head into the testing season, I am confident that the teachers, students, and parents will continue to give it their all as they always do, and I anticipate a smooth end of the school year.


This is a Test! Calling All Volunteers! 
Spring is testing season for Ponte Vedra High School.  Many of our students will be taking FCAT, End of Course (EOC) and/or Advanced Placement (AP) exams in April and May and we are in need of proctors.  Proctoring is an important responsibility and invaluable to the testing process. Up to 8 volunteers are required daily.  

Please consider volunteering for one or more time slots.  High school proctors may bring in books/ipads/etc to read during the testing.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated!!

You must be an approved volunteer in order to help.  If you are not currently approved, visit the PVHS website and click the "Volunteer App" link on the left hand side.  If questions, contact Susan Snyder: bssnyder12@aol.com

EXAM DATES:  April 14-May 23

Please click the link below to view dates and times of exams and sign up to proctor. 


To Parents of 9th and 10th Grade Students 
Please see the attached letters regarding information on FCAT Reading for 9th and 10th grade students. Dates for these tests are determined by the Florida Department of Education and are not subject to change.

9th Grade Parents Click Here
10th Grade Parents Click Here

Coming Soon Relay For Life Event- Bingo, Bands and BBQ  Friday, April 4th 
If you have not already purchased your tickets for this family fun event the deadline is this Friday 3/28.  To purchase tickets please see a Relay For Life Team Captain or complete a ticket request form in the front office.  We are also still looking for bands to perform, event volunteers and silent auction items.  Silent auction items are due 4/2 and can be left in the box located in the office or you can email sandyflaschner@yahoo.com for pick up.  All funds raised at this event will honor all PVHS staff and faculty that are cancer survivors!

Save the Date May 24th- Sharkfest returns! 
Mark your calendars for the annual Sharkfest at PV Concert Hall on May 24th. This is the Booster Club's major fundraiser of the year and we are looking for your attendance and support! The committee is hard at work and has already rounded up live and silent auction items that include a fantasy weekend in NYC and a condo at Atlantis in the Bahamas. We have also received autographed items from Tim Tebow, Jim Furyk and Mark Brunell. Tickets are $100 p/person and table sponsorships are available. For more information about these sponsorships, please email Kevin Hanney at khanney62@yahoo.com. 

Pro Arte Ponte Vedra Chamber Ensemble  
will be holding their spring performance at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library this Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 pm. Pro Arte will also be collecting donations for a grand piano through its new 88 Keys Campaign. Admission is free, so come out and support your Shark musicians!


Practice SAT/ACT Fundraiser
on May 17th @ 9:00 in the PVHS Auditorium 
Anxious about SAT or ACT testing? The Tutoring Club St. Johns is providing local high school students with an excellent opportunity to experience a full-length practice SAT or ACT Test in a simulated testing environment without the fear of this score going on a transcript. Parents will receive a full score report and consultation to discuss the student's strengths and weaknesses within 10 days following the test.

The cost of this practice SAT or ACT test is $40 before May 8th. After the 8th the cost is $45 up until the deadline of May 15th; and the event is open to all high school students.

A portion of each fee will go to the PVHS PTO.  Over the past two years of having this fundraiser, The Tutoring Club, St. Johns has contributed $4,800 to support our school.  Thank you Tutoring Club, St. Johns!

Call Tutoring Club St. Johns at 230-2855 to reserve a seat! Make sure to mention PVHS PTO!

Congratulations to our PVHS Winter Guard!  
They took home the 1st place trophy for their victory during the First Coast USTA Championships on Saturday, March 8.  Go Tidal Wave!

Seniors! Scholarship Opportunity! 
The Tucker McCarty  Character Counts!  $1000 Scholarship applications are now available.  Please see Mrs. Asplen to pick up a form.  All applications and recommendations are due by April 15.

Miss Ponte Vedra Pageant Taken By Storm 
Twenty-two beautiful and talented high school juniors took to the stage on Saturday evening, March 8 to vie for the Miss Ponte Vedra High School Pageant crown held for the past year by Miss PVHS 2013 Leila Sabet.

The school's auditorium was filled to capacity as the sold-out crowd was entertained for over two and one-half hours, beginning with an upbeat group dance number entitled "The Richman's Frug from Sweet Charity".  Immediately following the opening number each contestant introduced themselves to the audience.  Emcees for the evening were Miss Ponte Vedra Sabet, who also co-holds the Miss Northeast Florida title, and the delightful and entertaining junior Mary Grace Scully.

Judges for the evening were: Karl Rogers, Tammy Johnson McGuire, a native to St. Johns County who graduating from Nease High School in its first graduating class was also the first Miss Nease, and Laura Adkison, an accomplished performer and teacher, former director of the Miss Nease Pageant for over ten years, with winners who have gone on to earn such titles as Miss Florida and Miss Kentucky.

Earlier in the week the contestants met with the judges for a personal five-minute interview that was scored, accounting for up to 35 percent of their overall score.  The opening number and individual introductions accounted for 10 percent of the scoring.  Following the opening sequence each contestant returned to the stage for the talent portion of the evening, which also earned up to 35 percent of her total score.  Outstanding displays of talent included singing, dance / gymnastics, jump roping, piano, and dramatic monologue.

Just before Intermission Sabet delivered her own outstanding dance presentation that brought rousing applause from the audience. Following intermission the Evening Gown Modeling competition took the stage.  Each contestant was given approximately one-minute to display not only their gown, but also their stage presence, confidence, and connection with the judges and audience.  This portion of the event accounted for 20 percent of the total score.    

Following the modeling, and before the presentation of the first awards, Sabet gave a warm farewell speech and made her final walk as holder of the coveted crown.  Upon completion she was joined on stage by co-emcee Mary Grace Scully and long-time pageant director Randal Adkison.

The five finalists chosen from the field of 22 were Julia Scolapio, Sophia Bracken, Kendall Brower, Brenna Storm, and Lindsay Bettis.  Each were given the same final interview question, as determined by the judges, before the final scoring and presentation of the runner-up awards and the crowning of Miss Ponte Vedra.   

Brower was named fourth runner-up, followed by Scolapio and Bracken, leaving Storm and Bettis in the final two positions.  When Bettis was announced as the first-runner up, Storm assumed the coveted role of Miss Ponte Vedra 2014. She received her crown from Sabet who had so ably had fulfilled her role over the past year.

During the evening Miss Storm earned several awards including Most Photogenic, Best Talent, and Best Evening Gown Modeling.  She also finished in the Top 5 of the Interview portion.  Her talent was an entertaining and lively presentation of the Carrie Underwood song "Cowboy Cassnova".  Storms lives Ponte Vedra Beach with her grandparents Geraldine and Billy Dettlaff and is the sister of Devon Storm.  

New Scholarship Opportunity Available for High School Seniors 
The law firm of Ayo and Iken is offering two $1,000 scholarship for high school seniors. The deadline for scholarship submissions is May 1st--click on the following link for more information.

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. 
PTO Update
Are you interested in joining the Executive Board of the PTO? The PTO nominating committee is in the process of identifying individuals that would like to join the Executive Board during the 2014/2015 school year. In addition, there are several PTO committees that need a chairperson next year. If you are interested in learning more about the open positions, please contact Tricia Cannan at 904-553-3997 or JCannan@comast.net.

PTO Members Discount Card Holders:
 The discount listed on your purple PTO discount card for Beaches Cleaners (now called ECO-Friendly Dry Cleaners)
has been changed to 10% off all dry cleaning effective March-October 2014.


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. Eastside, 4 pm.
  • Monday - Girls' Varsity Tennis v. Bartram Trail, 4 pm.
  • Monday - Softball v. Creekside, 5 & 7 pm. 
  • Tuesday - Varsity Baseball v. Ridgeview, 6:00 pm.
  • Wednesday - JV Baseball v. Fletcher, 5:30 pm.
  • Wednesday - Girls' Lacrosse v. Bartram Trail, 6 & 7:30 pm.
  • Friday - Boys' JV Lacrosse v. Lake Highlands Prep, 5 pm. 
  • Friday - Girls' Varsity Lacrosse v. Chattahoochee, 6 pm. 
  • Friday - Boys' Varsity Lacrosse v. Greenville, 7:15 pm.  
  • Saturday - Girls' Varsity Lacrosse v. Mill Creek, 6 pm. 


Mon 3/10  -  JV @ Creekside @ 6p.m.

Tues 3/11  - Varsity @ Home vs. Ridgeview @ 6p.m.

                   - JV @ Ridgeview @ 3:30p.m.

Wed 3/12  - Varsity @ Ridgeview  3p.m.

                   - JV @ Home vs. Fletcher @ 5p.m.

Fri & Sat 3/13-14     -  Varsity - participating in Tournament of Champions

** During Spring Break - Varsity will travel to Pensacola to participate in the Tate Invitational

 *** Our PINK OUT was a Huge Success! Through your very generous donations we were able to raise over $1,000 for "in the pink", a Jax Beach outreach program helping local women dealing with Breast Cancer.

 A special thank you to the "in the pink" founder Jeri Millard who was on hand to accept the donations raised.  A special thanks to Tyler Daniel, who honored late sister as he threw the first pitch to catcher, Trevor Hancock, who's grandmother was honored as a 25-year survivor and his aunt a 13-year survivor.  A special thanks to Miss PV Leila Sabet and Caleb Stanton who assisted with the Pink Rose Ceremony.  And, our Senior Diamond Girls Nysta Saayfan and Melanie Wolff who were our program announcers.

 The television interview with Coach Tom and his wife Kim Stanton can still be viewed on First Coast News website!  
Boys' Lacrosse:
Varsity:  3/10/14 Ponte Vedra gets 2nd District Win against Nease
 On March 10th Ponte Vedra played their 2nd district game in a row, traveling to Nease for the match-up. Celebrating his birthday in style, Junior Eric Applegate scored just 27 seconds into the game. Nease junior goalie Kent Norris came up with several big saves. With a 4-2 lead, the Sharks offense came out firing in the 2nd quarter with two goals from Jason Randolph and Garrett Boyle. RJ Garcia added one to stretch the lead to 9-3.

The Sharks defense stymied Nease with  great efforts from Parker Eastland, Patrick Lynch, Augie Relihan and Nick Nehrling. Eric Weiner also contributed with several ground balls.

Applegate started the third quarter with his third goal of the night. The scoring paced slowed down a bit in this quarter with Boyle and Logan Taucher adding goals. Boyle had a big game, adding his  fourth and final goal in the 4th quarter and also was credited for two assists.  Randolph rounded out the scoring with a hat trick.  Goalie Colin Peaks had 3 saves. Final PV 15, Nease 7. PV improves to 4 and 1.     
Garrett Boyle (4-2-6), Eric Applegate (3-1-4), Jason Randolph (3-0-3), Cody Legeza (2-1-3), Logan Taucher (2-0-2), RJ Garcia (1-0-1),Gray Larson (0-1-1), Miles Silva (0-1-1) Colin Peaks 3 Saves

3/14/14 Boys Varsity Lacrosse. Sharks dominate Red Raiders of Greenville, SC in Home Opener.
The weather finally cooperated and the Sharks hosted their first home game on March 14th. After a defensive battle on both sides for the first five minutes, Junior Ryan Wiele tallied the first goal of the game and the floodgates erupted as the Sharks went on to a 10-2 halftime lead. Senior Cody Legeza was in stellar form with three goals and 2 assists in the first half. Junior Miles Silva also contributed 2 of his 4 goals in the first half. Colin Peaks had two saves in goal thru two quarters. The second half was much the same, as the Red Raiders struggled to gain an offensive edge. Senior RJ Garcia and Junior Logan Taucher each found the net twice. Jake Anderson stepped in at goal for the second half and recorded 4 saves. Ground ball honors go to Parker Blin with 7 and Evan Weiner right behind with 6. Garrett Boyle, Ben Buchanan, Eric Applegate, Rob Peeters all contributed goals. Final 17-3 Ponte Vedra.
Legeza (4-3-7), Silva (4-0-4), Garcia (2-1-3), Taucher (2-1-3), Boyle (1-3-4), Applegate (1-3-4), Wiele (1-0-1), Buchanan (1-0-1), Peeters (1-0-1) Randolph (0-1-1) Peaks -2 Saves, Anderson -4 Saves, Ground Balls: Blin (7) Weiner (6)
3/15/14 Ponte Vedra Scores Decisive Win Over South Carolina State Champion Wando
 Ponte Vedra took on the Wando Warriors at Jacksonville University on March 15th. Fresh off a Friday night win over Greenville, SC, the Sharks grabbed a 5-2 halftime lead and increased the lead to 10-4 after 3 quarters. The Warriors fought back with 4 goals in the fourth, but ultimately fell short 12-8. Junior Miles Silva had an outstanding afternoon, tallying 5 goals and 1 assist. Colin Peaks was credited with 10 saves and Logan Taucher led the team in ground balls, scooping up 12. For the Warriors, Chase Robinson and CJ Anderson each scored twice and goalie Trevor Pearson had 9 saves.  
Silva (5-1-6), Applegate (2-1-3)Taucher (2- 0-2), Garcia (1-1-2)Legeza (1-0-1) Boyle (1-0-1) Weiner (0-1-1) Buchanan (0-1-1) Peaks 10 saves
3/18/14 Sharks Undefeated in district play with 12-2 Victory over Creekside
The Ponte Vedra Sharks sealed first place in the district with a 12-2 win over Creekside on Tuesday night. Soggy field conditions forced the Sharks to move the game to Plantation Park in Julington Creek. The loss of home field advantage did not prove to be a problem as junior Miles Silva followed up his 5-goal day on Saturday with 2 goals to ignite the offense. Senior RJ Garcia added three as the Sharks built an 8-0 lead at intermission and increased it to 11-0 after 3. A scary moment in the 4th quarter as the Knights Brad Herrera was involved in a collision in front of the goal. Herrera was taken from the field in an ambulance and the Sharks players, coaches and families all wish him a speedy recovery. After the extended injury time out, the Knights hopped on the scoreboard with 2 goals. Ponte Vedra finishes regular season district play with a 3-0 record. The Sharks return to action hosting Gulliver Prep on Tuesday night.  

RJ Garcia (4-1-5), Miles Silva (3-0-3), Jason Randolph (2-0-2), Logan Taucher (1-1-2), Cody Legeza (1-2-3), Eric Applegate (1-0-1), Evan Weiner (0-1-1), Ryan Wiele (0-1-1) Colin Peaks -7 Saves, Jake Anderson 3 Saves, Weiner 7 Ground Balls,  Faceoffs, Taucher 9-2                

Junior Varsity:
On Monday, March 10th, the JV Boys Lacrosse team crossed the Ditch to battle the rival Nease Panthers.  PV jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, winning the game 9-3.  Andrew O'Dare lead all scorers with 4 goals and 2 assists.  John Santillo (2), Reid Smith (2), and Landon Taucher (1), rounded out the scoring for the Sharks.

On Friday, March 14, the JV team battled highly-rated Lake Highland Prep at home.  Lake Highland jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before Ponte Vedra found its footing.  The Sharks battled back to close the first half in a 4-4 tie.  In the second half, it was all Ponte Vedra on both ends of the field as the Sharks scored 8 unanswered goals to win the game 12-4.  The Sharks played with high energy, winning virtually every face-off and ground ball and challenging every Lake Highland possession.  The defense was lead by Greg Celani, Austin Silva, Braxton Silva, and Bronson Holley, with Sean Hoffman doing a great job at LSM.  High scorers were Cord Bishop, Reid Smith and Jude Kuhn, each with 2 goals and 1 assist, Clay Welch with 2 goals, Andrew O'Dare with 1 goal and 2 assists, and Landon Taucher, Marshall Few, and Hal Swan with 1 goal each.

On March 18, during Spring Break, the boys faced the Creekside Knights in a game that was almost postponed because of bad weather.  Jacob Reeves got the scoring started with a run from his defensive position and the Sharks never looked back on their way to a 13-1 victory.  Andrew O'Dare led all scorers with 5 goals.  Reid Smith had 2 goals and Quinn Larson, Jude Kuhn, Hal Swan, John Santillo, and Marshall Few each had 1 goal.

Girls' Tennis:
Match Results
The Varsity Girls recently won their past four matches over Trinity Christian 5- 0; Bartram Trail 5- 2; Providence 6 -1; and Episcopal 5 - 2.  Districts are scheduled for the week of March 31.

Ponte Vedra 5 - Trinity Christian 0
Eliza Green (PV) d  Krista Tyson (TC) 8-4
Kylie Austgen (PV) d Julia Jackson (TC) 8-2   
Veronica Worrell (PV) d Morgan Alicuna (TC) 8-1 
Christi Begeman (PV) d Kate Orgunova (TC) 8-1
Conner A Waterman (PV) d Agape Assefs (TC) 8-3

Ponte Vedra 5 - Bartram Trail 2
Eliza Green (PV) d Laurel Barrett (BT) 8-1
Veronica Worrell (PV) d Sydnee Vaughan (BT) 8-5 
Conner A Waterman (PV) d Katlyn Hyatt (BT) 8-2 
Blakeley Bowman( BT) d Chloe Hawkins (PV) 8-0
Avery Spratt (PV) d Nicole Driscoll (BT) 8-2

Green/Worrell (PV) d Barrett/Vaughn (BT) 8-2
Hyatt/Bowman (BT) d Brown/Hawkins (PV) 8-2   

Boys' Tennis:
The Ponte Vedra Boys Tennis Team continued their winning ways on Wednesday with a 6-1 victory over Bishop Snyder.

1. Hank Hill (PV) d. Mike Nguyen (BS) 8-0
2. Ethan Van Voorhis (PV) d. Matthew Knight (BS) 8-2
3. Alec Sotomayer (BS) d. Eric Gravelle (PV) 8-6
4. Colin Hawkins (PV) d. Dan O'Leary (BS) 8-2
5. Hunter Law (PV) d. Preston Prichard (BS) 8-0

1. Max Seidel/Van Voorhis (PV) d. Knight/Nguyen (BS) 8-1
2. Hawkins/Law (PV) d. O'Leary/Prichard (BS) 8-1

Tuesday March 11, 2014
SHARKS Slay Knights 7-0

The Ponte Vedra Boys Tennis Team rebounded from their lopsided defeat at the hands of Gainesville Eastside with a convincing 7-0 shutout of Creekside at the Knights' home courts.

1. Hank Hill (PV) d. Leo Foster (C) 8-4
2. Ethan Van Voorhis (PV) d. Matt Jones (C) 8-0
3. Eric Gravelle (PV) d. Alec Wilson (C) 8-0
4. Colin Hawkins (PV) d. Harrison Mauriet (C) 8-0
5. Max Seidel (PV) d. Eric Sorensen (C) 8-1

1. Gravelle/Van Voorhis (PV) d. Jones/Wilson (C) 8-0
2. Anthony Capasso/Hawkins (PV) d. Christian Guier/Sorensen (C) 8-4

March 10, 2014
Rams Pound SHARKS 6-1.

Visiting Gainesville Eastside handed the Ponte Vedra Boys Tennis Team one of its worst defeats in recent years on Monday, taking down the Sharks 6-1. No. 1 singles player Hank Hill accounted for Ponte Vedra's lone point.

1. Hank Hill (PV) d. Camille Kima (GE) 6-0, 6-2
2. Benjamin Brandt (GE) d. Hampton Callaghan (PV) 3-6, 6-4, 10-5
3. Maxwell Curtis (GE) d. Ethan Van Voorhis (PV) 6-4, 6-1
4. Hyunsoo Joo (GE) d. Eric Gravelle (PV) 6-1, 6-4
5. Samuel Cockey (GE) d. Colin Hawkins (PV) 6-0, 6-1

1. Curtis/Joo (GE) d. Hill/Max Seidel (PV) 8-4
2. Brandt/Li (GE) d. Gravelle/ Van Voorhis (PV) 8-4 
In the Community
Sport Medicine Golf Scramble
The Saint Johns County Sports Medicine Council is planning a charity golf scramble benefitting the sports medicine programs of your high schools. The event will be held at the St. Johns Golf & Country Club on May 18, 2014. The cost will be $100 per person and $380 per foursome.  A coach's foursome will also receive a $100 discount.

The Council hopes that this will be a great event where the staffs of all county high schools can come together to benefit the health of all student-athletes in Saint Johns County. Together, we can do more!

We would really like to see maximum participation by the coaching and administrative staffs of each school, the parents of your student-athletes, and your booster clubs. Please impress upon your staff and support that this is a direct benefit to your program and will be proportional to their participation.

We will have more information on registration and ensuring the success of this event. Please plan to come out and join for us a great day of fun and fellowship for a great cause!

The Flavor Run
PVHS community--Join us on April 5th at Nocatee Town Center in Ponte Vedra to either participate or volunteer in the Flavor Run, benefitting a local charity, THE HEAL FOUNDATION.

What is The Flavor Run?  So, first a little bit of background about The Flavor Run... it's a fun, family oriented 5k run (untimed) that engages all of your senses, most especially smell and taste! We have fruit flavored Flavor stations with fruit flavored celebration colored powder - blueberry, strawberry, watermelon, orange, banana and grape! We also offer an awesome post-run "Flavor Zone" that includes everything from fresh fruit, vendors, live entertainment, local charities and kid's activities.

To PARTICIPATE: Register at http://flavorrun.com/locations/jacksonville.html

We have created a unique code for all PVHS members to get $15 off registration. - PVHS15

To VOLUNTEER: Sign up here - https://flavorrunjacksonvillevolunteer.eventbrite.com
We are looking for fun, energetic groups to join us on the day of the event to help with setup and throwing the flavor powder.

We look forward to seeing you at The Flavor Run- a family fun, delicious run!
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