Ponte Vedra High School
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Ponte Vedra High School

April 7, 2014


Important Dates
  • April 9 - Great Decisions, Food and Climate, 8-9 am. 
  • April 18 - No School.
  • April 26 - Prom, Renaissance World Golf Village Resort, 8 pm - 12 am. 
  • May 1 - Spring Ladies' Night Out PTO Fundraiser. 
  • May 3 - Relay for Life, 3 pm.     
  • May 13 - PTO General Meeting.  
  • May 14 - Volunteer Appreciation Tea/Luncheon, 11:30 - 1. 
  • 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
PVHS Prom 2014 
This year's junior/senior prom will take place on Saturday, April 26th at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort from 8 pm - 12 am.  Tickets will go on sale in mid-April, the cost is $60.

Test Proctors Needed 
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.


Annual STAR Awards
STAR Ceremony is the opportunity to recognize the top 3% of the graduating classes of St. Johns County, and was held last Tuesday at the World Golf Village.  The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and each high school in St. Johns County is involved in the process of putting on the ceremony.  It gives each student a chance to celebrate their accomplishments with a mentor.  The following are the recipients for Ponte Vedra High School as well as the individual they honored.

Allison Duncan                  Jennifer Lee
Sophia Erhard                    Betsy Kasting
Julia Kaufman                    Karen Ford
Melissa Nicandri                 Arleen Chiclana
Grace O'Hara                     Arleen Chiclana
Ben Ohno                          Randy Blake
Marissa Rice                       Steve Lyons
Hannah Santillo                 Catherine Snowden
Maria Sardari                     Jennifer Lee
Lilia Tabassian                    Kathryn Kehoe
Morgan Trimas                  Randy Blake
Ailish Ullmann                   James Johnson

Bright Futures 
Seniors: fill out your Bright Futures application.  If you are planning to attend a university/college out of state, please fill out the application anyway.

Great Decisions 
The final Great Decisions discussion for this school year will be held on Wednesday, 4/9/14 at 8:00 a.m. in room 340.  The topic is Food and Climate and the speaker is Dr. Jeff Michelman, UNF Honors Program Director and Professor of Accounting.

The 88 Keys Campaign is Still Going Strong! 
The PVHS Music Department has been off to a tremendous start with the 88 Keys Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise money for the purchase of a grand piano and for the Music Department's needs. Such programs will complement the school's existing music offerings by bringing in new musical exposures and experiences for students. It is hoped that the 88 Keys Campaign will increase awareness and participation in these fundraising efforts.

Donations of any amount are welcome. Donors contributing $100 or more will be recognized on a special "88 Keys" plaque to be displayed in the school's Music Department. Each key is designated for a certain donation amount. So far, more than 20 donors have put us more than halfway towards getting a piano already! If interested in donating, please fill out a contribution form which has been posted on the PVHS home page, and 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 more details.

Service Above Self 
Congratulations to McKethan Parker who was awarded the Rotary "Service Above Self" scholarship for Ponte Vedra High.  We had 18 highly qualified applicants and he was selected by the Rotary Club for this important recognition.

St. Johns River State College Scholarship 
For any senior who is planning to attend St. Johns River State College is offering renewable scholarship available.  The deadline is April 25.  If you are interested, please pick up an application from Mrs. Asplen.

Come Join the Friendship Walk! 
Ponte Vedra High's Best Buddies Club would like to invite all PV students to join them for an amazing experience on Saturday, May 3rd 8:00 am) at the Jacksonville Landing.  It's called the Friendship Walk and it's the latest and greatest life-changing movement created by Best Buddies.

Since 2009, more than 40,000 participants have walked in over 22 states, and raised over 3 million dollars for Best Buddies.  Ultimately, the Friendship Walk changes lives, as participants walk for inclusion, friendship, leadership, and opportunity for people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).  PV's Best Buddies Club is currently in 2nd place for fundraising  and we'd love to beat 1st place Creekside!  

For more information, visit www.bestbuddiesflorida.org/jaxwalk/PonteVedraHighSchoolBestBuddiesChapter or attend our next chapter meeting on Thursday, April 10th at 8:30 in Ms. Feiser's room #710.     


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!

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.

Attention Volunteers! 
PTO Update
Ladies' Night Out
Please join us for "Primero de Mayo", Thursday, May 1 from 7-9 pm at Mezcal Cantina, located at 880 A1A #18b, Ponte Vedra Beach.

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo four days early and support the Ponte Vedra High School PTO.

Tickets are $30 ($35 after April 27th) and can be purchased online by clicking the link below with an additional processing fee. Tickets include: admission, food, two drink tickets, a raffle ticket and fashion show provided by A'propos.  You can also drop off your check made payable to: PVHS PTO, to the front office attention Brooke Bishop, PTO.

For more information please call Laura Rojahn at (904) 571-4998.

Support the PTO and Purchase Players Tickets! 
Please purchase you Players tickets through the PVHS PTO! Good Any Day grounds tickets are available for only $40. The PTO will receive $25 for each ticket sold! Visit www.chipinforyouth.com to order tickets, use code PUBLIC.

PVHS PTO is Looking for Volunteers for Next Year!  
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.

Deadline Approaching for Ordering 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!
Click below to order online (a small additional charge is added to cover PayPal fees):
Or go to the front office to pick up a flyer and pay by check.  Deadline to order is Friday, April 25

The proceeds of each sign support the Ponte Vedra High PTO, where we fund over $50,000 in 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 - Varsity Baseball v. Bolles, 6 pm.
  • Monday - Girls' Lacrosse v. Lake Highland Prep, 6 & 7:30.
  • Tuesday - Boys' Varsity Lacrosse v. Mandarin, 6 pm (**Senior night) 
  • Tuesday - Varsity Softball v. Bolles, 6 pm.
  • Wednesday - Varsity Baseball v. Clay, 5 pm.
  • Thursday - Boys' Lacrosse v. Lake Brantley, 5 & 7 pm. 
  • Thursday - JV Baseball v. Clay, 6 pm.
  • Saturday - Boys' JV Lacrosse v. Fleming Island, 7 pm. 
Sharkfest 2014
Sharkfest 2014 is just weeks away! The annual fundraiser is May 24th at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

The event has food, music, a silent auction and a live auction. Food is provided by local restaurants; last year there were five different providers. There is a cash bar and music will be provided by the Boogie Freaks. The organizing committee is busy lining up live and silent auction items and has just received 4 Tickets to a Jaguars game, plus pre-game field access and a parking pass! All sports teams are urged to contribute a live or silent auction item and sell corporate table sponsorships and/or tickets. For table sponsorships please contact khanney62@yahoo.com 

PVHS Girls' Basketball Organizational Meeting
Tuesday, May 6th, 6PM at the Ponte Vedra Gymnasium.

Coming off their second best season in school history, the Ponte Vedra High School Girls Basketball team will hold its organization meeting on Tuesday, May 6th at 6PM in the Ponte Vedra Gymnasium.

All rising 9th graders either zoned for PV or enrolled to attend PVHS, and any other Ponte Vedra female athlete who is interested in playing basketball next year should attend this meeting.  Items that will be discussed include: 
  • Summer basketball practice schedule
  • City Summer league schedule
  • UNF, Rollins College,  and Embrry Riddle Team Camp dates
  • the upcoming 2013-14 season
  • Christmas basketball tournament at Disney
  • Upcoming fundraisers 
If you are interested in playing basketball for the Lady Sharks next season do not miss this meeting!  Please visit our team website (http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?cmenuid=1&url=pvsharksgirlsbasketball&sid=538284985) .

For more information or contact Coach Piggott at Jpiggott@citystaug.com or by calling him at 904-669-0765.  



Monday - 4/7 -

Home Varsity Game - SENIOR NIGHT - vs. Bolles @ 6 p.m.

Monday - 4/7 - JV @ St. Joseph's at 5:30 p.m.

 Wed. 4/9 - Home Varsity Game - HUGE DISTRICT GAME - NEED LOTS OF FANS!!! vs.Clay @ 5p.m.

Wed. 4/9 - JV @ Clay at 6 p.m. 

Thurs. 4/10 - LAST JV Game @ Home vs. Clay 5:30p.m.

Thurs. 4/10- Varsity @ Clay - another HUGE DISTRICT GAME - FANS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! 6p.m.

to Brooke Garwood for singing our National Anthem this week!  Great Job! Another great PVHS talent!

Girls' Lacrosse: 
The Ponte Vedra Sharks Varsity Girls Lacrosse team won a well-fought victory against Orlando powerhouse Oviedo High School on Saturday, April 5 with a score of 11-8.  Senior Abby Walker, a University of Massachusetts commit, led the stat board with 4 goals, 3 assists and 4 draw controls, with sophomore Emma Dotsikas following close behind with 2 goals, 3 assists and an impressive 6 draw controls. Senior Katie Mauro, a Furman University commit, had 1 goal, 2 assists.  Freshman Tess Reiman tallied 1 goal and 1 assist, and sophomores Jordan Grune, Jade Gordon and Briana Feldman each helped boost the Sharks score with one goal apiece.  On the defense, senior goalie Taylor Kimes had 6 great saves, and Jordan Grune did a great job moving from offense to defense to help the Sharks keep Oviedo at bay.  The Varsity Girls Sharks will play at home on Monday, April 7th against Lake Highland Prep and away on Friday, April 11th at Oak Hall.

Boys' Lacrosse:
PV Lacrosse Honors Seniors Tuesday Night.
The Ponte Vedra Seniors will be honored on Tuesday night at the home game against Mandarin at 6pm. Fellow students and parents are invited to attend the ceremony. Miss PV, Brenna Storm, will sing the National Anthem and a presentation of the seniors and their parents will take place.

3-31-14 Varsity Sharks Win Squeaker against Hagerty Huskies
The PV Sharks traveled to Oviedo on Monday night to make-up a postponed Saturday matchup with the Hagerty Huskies. The Sharks with a solid start in the first quarter, paced by two goals by junior Ryan Wiele and one apiece from Ben Buchanan and Miles Silva. Leading 4-1 after the first quarter, the Sharks added three more goals in the 2nd to increase the lead to 7-2 but then the offense went flat and defense struggled as the Huskies added two more to close the gap 7-4 at the half. A total momentum shift in the third quarter as Ponte Vedra watched their lead evaporate.  Hagerty dominated with 5 unanswered goals, thanks in part to a hat trick by Chris Carpenter. Down by 2 starting the 4th, Jason Randolph, Logan Taucher and Garrett Boyle scored to put PV back on top. Goalie Conor Peaks had a huge save with 6:31 left, but Hagerty tied it up moments later. Silva added his 4th goal and Cody Legeza popped one in to up the divide to 12-10. A very determined Hagerty offense wasn't done and closed the gap to one. Goals by Boyle and RJ Garcia once again extended the lead to 14-11, but the Huskies fought back with two more goals to again close the gap to 1. With time running out, the Sharks escaped with a 14-13 win. The Sharks hit the road again on Wednesday, traveling south for a matchup with Melbourne Catholic.
Miles Silva (4-1-4), Ryan Wiele (3-0-3), Garrett Boyle (2-2-4), RJ Garcia (1-1-2), Jason randolph (1-1-2), Cody legeza (1-1-2), Logan taucher (1-1-2), Grey Larsen (0-1-1), Alex Franco (0-1-1) Colin Peaks (7 saves)         
4/2/14 PV Varsity Sharks Face Melbourne Central Catholic.
The Varsity Sharks traveled to Melbourne Wednesday to take on the Hustlers.
It was a highly anticipated match-up as Melbourne was undefeated at home and had only once loss. The Hustlers got on the board first, but a hat trick by Miles Silva helped the Sharks to a 5-2 first quarter lead. A strong and cohesive Sharks defense and the return of middie Augie Relihan were key factors in limiting the Hustlers to just one goal in the 2nd quarter. Cody Legeza contributed two and Ryan Wiele and RJ Garcia also tallied to extend the lead to 9-3 at intermission. Ponte Vedra added 3 more in the 3rd quarter and 2 in the 4th to cap a strong 15-4 win. Goalies Colin Peaks and Jake Anderson combined for 8 saves.
RJ Garcia (3-1-4), Miles Silva (4-0-4) Garrett Boyle (2-2-4), Cody Legeza (2-1-3), Jason Randolph (1-1-2), Ryan Wiele (2-0-2), Logan taucher (1-1-2), Evan Weiner (0-2-2), Rob Peeters (0-1-1)
Colin Peaks and Jake Anderson - 4 saves each
4-4-14 PV Sharks Hand Orlando's Bishop Moore 13-7 loss
After two road games, the Sharks returned home to face The Hornets from Bishop Moore Friday night. Bishop Moore popped in three quick goals to take the early lead, but the Sharks didn't panic and answered with goals from Eric Applegate, Miles Silva and Ryan Wiele to knot it up 3-all after one. A goal by Bishop Moore's Evan Kachris started off the 2nd quarter but that was all the PV defense and goalie Colin Peaks allowed in the 2nd quarter. Silva, Rob Peeters, Logan Taucher and Garrett Boyle added goals to give PV a 7-4 halftime lead. The lead was stretched to 10-5 in the third and the Sharks were able to work in a variety of players in the 4th quarter. Boyle was high scorer for the team with 3 goals and 2 assists.
  Goals PV : Boyle (3), Randolph (2), Silva (2) Applegate, Wiele, Peeters, Taucher Legeza and Weiner (1 each)
Peaks 7 Saves
Bishop Moore: Kachris (2), McKenna (2), Stricker (1),   Moran (1), Bitz (1)
Kucera 12 Saves
4-5-14 Varsity takes 4th Win in 6 days
With less than a 16 hour turnaround, the Sharks were back on the field hosting Winter Park on Saturday. It was a quick start with the Sharks jumping out to a 4-0 lead after the first quarter with goals by Eric Applegate, Jason Randolph, Logan Taucher and Ben Buchanan. The Wildcats got on the board to start the 2nd quarter but a pass picked off by Cody Legeza was fed to Logan Taucher to answer back.  The Sharks forced several turnovers during the first half and hit the break with a 6-3 lead. Both Colin Peaks and Nick Beattie were impressive in goal, turning away several big shots.  Eric Applegate paced the Sharks in the 3rd quarter with two goals, including one great save in front of the net that he aptly converted. Miles Silva scored two goals in the 4th to build the lead to 13-7 With less than 1:30 to go, exhaustion set in and Winter Park  took advantage with three quick goals. But that was as close as the Wildcats would get. Final PV 13-10. The Sharks head to Providence Monday night.
Eric Applegate (4-1-5) Logan Taucher (2-1-3), Miles Silva (2-1-3), Jason Randolph (1-3-4), Cody Legeza (1-1-2), Garrett Boyle (1-1-2), Ben Buchanan (1-0-1), Marshall Few (1-0-1)
Peaks -6 Saves

Junior Varsity:
On April 1, 2014, the JV Boys Lacrosse team raced out to 10-2 lead in the first half and rode a stout second half defense to a 10-3 win over Bolles on the Bulldogs' home turf.  Marshall Few got the scoring started with an untouched length-of-the-field sprint that left him at point-blank range.  Reid Smith lead all scorers with 4 goals.  Cord Bishop had 2 goals and Matt Keeler (in his first game back from injury), Jude Kuhn, and Andrew O'Dare each had 1 goal.  The defense, led by Greg Celani, Braxton and Austin Silva, and Jacob Reeves limited the Bulldogs' shots and goalies Jake Anderson, Bronson Holley, and Declan Ford turned away the majority of the goals they saw.

On April 2nd, the JV Boys Lacrosse team shook off their scoreless second half against Bolles in an 18-0 win at Melbourne Central Catholic High School.  Greg Celani (D) and Mclain Johnson (A) netted their first goals of the season and were among 10 Sharks to score at least one goal.  The Goalies had a quiet night as the Middies and Defenders did not allow Melbourne to get a shot on goal until the 4th Quarter.  Andrew O'Dare lead all scorers with 4 goals, and Clay Welch, Reid Smith, and Landon Taucher each had 2.

Bishop Moore 
On Friday April 4, the Bishop Moore Hornets brought a tough zone defense to the Shark Tank in a battle against the JV Boys Lacrosse team.  The Sharks were held to a 3-0 lead at the half, before pulling away for an 8-0 victory, their second consecutive shut-out.  The Sharks displayed a relentless defensive effort whenever and wherever the Hornets had the ball, and when the Hornets took a shot, goalie Bronson Holley turned it away.  Matt Keeler lead all scorers with a hat trick and 1 assist, Andrew O'Dare had 2 goals and an assist, and Cord Bishop and Clay Welch each had 1 goal and 1 assist.  Marshall Few had an unassisted goal and Hal Swan had 1 assist.

This Week 
On Monday April 7th, the JV boys head inland to take on Providence and then head west on Wednesday, April 9th for a rematch against Bartram Trail. Both games are away. The final game of the season will be a HOME game at PVHS Thursday night, April 10th at 5:00 against Lake Brantley.  Come support the undefeated JV lacrosse Sharks on Thursday! 

Girls' Tennis:
Ponte Vedra Girls Varsity Tennis Team - District Champion Runner Up

Ponte Vedra Girls' Tennis finished strong in the District Championship last week finishing in second place behind Creekside High School. Eliza Green and Kylie Austgen, the number one Doubles players, are advancing to the upcoming State Championship.

Ponte Vedra advances to the Regional Tournament scheduled for Tuesday, April 8 at Orange Park Country Club.

District Results:
Eliza Green #1 Singles - 2nd Place
Veronica Worrell #3 Singles - 2nd Place
Christi Begeman #4 Singles - 2nd Place

Eliza Green/Kylie Austgen #1 - Doubles 1st Place
Veronica Worrell/Christi Begeman #2 Doubles - 2nd Place  

Boys' Tennis:
Sparked by lefty Eric Gravelle's singles win, the Ponte Vedra Boys Tennis Team became District 4 Champions and moved on to the Regional Round of the FHSAA State 3A Series on Friday with a 5-2 playoff victory over Matanzas, the team with whom they were tied following the two day district tournament earlier in the week.

1. Davey Roberts (M) d. Hank Hill (PV) 8-4.
2. Hampton Callaghan (PV) won 8-0.
3. Nick Petrillo (M) d. Ethan Van Voorhis (PV) 8-6.
4. Eric Gravelle (PV) d. Sydney Moon (M) 8-5.
5. Colin Hawkins (PV) d. Fernando Arrascue (M) 8-0.

Matanzas forfeited both doubles matches due to player illness.

The Sharks will now face Fleming Island at home on Tuesday in the first round of the regional competition.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
SHARKS Tie For District Title...Playoff On Friday

Despite Hampton Callaghan's win in the # 2 Singles Division, Eric Gravelle and Ethan Van Voorhis taking the # 2 Doubles title and finalist performances by Hank Hill (# 1 Singles) and Colin Hawkins (# 5 Singles), the Ponte Vedra Boys Tennis Team found themselves locked in a tie (14 points each) with Matanzas at the end of the two day FHSAA 3A District 2 Championships held at their home courts. That result forces a dual match playoff for the district title this Friday at the neutral site of St. Augustine High School at 4 pm. 
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! 
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