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May 2019

Volume 37 Issue 4

From Principal Matthew Arnold

For the Parents, Students and Community of Winter Park High School


Note: This list reflects the assignments as of publication date.

MAIN CAMPUS Principal Matthew Arnold Assistant Principals Matt Colman Jennifer Eubanks Lakecia Green Paul Maldonado Jeffrey Sharpe Administrative Dean Cheryl Romaine Curtis John School Resource Officers Officer Bill Branch Officer Jimmy Angeles Athletic Director Michael Brown

FRESHMAN CAMPUS Assistant Principal Paul Wilhite Administrative Deans Grisele Louisjean Bill Wilson

MAIN CAMPUS 622-3200 Fax 975-2434 FRESHMAN CAMPUS 623-1476 Fax 623-1485 WEBSITE SOCIAL MEDIA @WPHS_OCPS /winterparkhs.ocps

Dear Wildcats, Thank you for your support of Winter Park High School! Here are some outstanding accomplishments and recognitions that have occurred since the February publication: • Performing Arts ○○ 29 students selected for All-County Band; 9 for All-County Jazz Band ○○ 54 District Solo & Ensemble Superior ratings ○○ 8 State Solo & Ensemble Superior ratings; 2 Superior with Distinction • Digital Video Production – 3 of our students won the 1st Place Prize for the National C-SPAN Student Documentary competition. C-Span received more than 3,000 entries across the country for this StudentCam competition. • Congratulations – to Jessica Gangle and Davis Finfrock for being selected to the FHSAA Academic All-State Team. They are 2 out of the 24 student-athletes selected across the state. • Congratulations – to Coach Rob Robison for recently being selected as the FACA State Sports Chairman for Golf • Quiz Bowl – the Orange County Quiz Bowl Team (3 out of 6 were WPHS students as well as the coach) won 1st Place at the Commissioners Academic Challenge Finals. • Congratulations – to our Key Club for winning numerous awards at their State DCON Conference. Congratulations to the Class of 2019! We have a record number of 44 Valedictorians this year. This honor is accomplished by achieving straight As for all courses taken in high school. We are in the last two years of honoring multiple Valedictorians. Starting with our current sophomores, the Class of 2021, this honor will be calculated by weighted GPA instead of unweighted GPA. We also have a record number of 29 Super Scholars (Accepted to a Top 20 College/ University) along with 5 National Merit Scholars.


Isabella Ahearn Danielle Allison Daliana Almeida Garcia Hadi Anwar Moises Boada Jordan Brielmaier Tyler Chong Jessica Clay Kissimmee Crum Cameron DeChurch Emily Evans Davis Finfrock Aubrey Fitts Anthony Friesl Jackson Fuller Jessica Gangle

Yanira Garcia Mackenzie Gassie Alexis Gebhardt Quinn Hardy William Hilal Sarah Houston Charis Ivey David Johnston Sydney Larsen Tran Le Brooke Levitt Katelyn Faith Lucero Martha-Grace McLean Zachary Medei Will Megginson Katherine Miller

Yasmine Mitchell Lara Montoya-Franco Jeremy Neto Yashar Pourmoghadam Julia Reparip Jacob Rotz Aaron Soll Nikita Suri Sergey Vlasov Justin Whittingham Julia Winter Qi Zeng

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Principal’s Message continues... SALUTATORIAN

David Lin



To be the top producer of successful students in the nation


To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the community


Intense focus on student achievement High performing and dedicated team Safe learning and working environment Efficient operations Sustained community engagement

Isabella Ahearn Danielle Allison Hadi Anwar Isabel Barbato Gaines Cash Tyler Chong Cameron DeChurch Emily Evans Davis Finfrock Jackson Fuller Wynn Furey

Jessica Gangle Logan Green Sarah Houston David Johnston Alexandrya Kozlowski Anh Le Tran Le Will Megginson Katherine Miller Yasmine Mitchell Jeremy Neto


Jordan Brielmaier Jessica Clay David Johnston

Hope Oladipo Starlette Peng Julia Reparip Aaron Soll Justin Sontag Max Springsteen Nikita Suri

Yasmine Mitchell Aaron Soll

The Class of 2019 is one for which we can all be quite proud. They have represented our school well and have shown high levels of achievement academically, in the arts, and in athletic competition, continuing that tradition and legacy of excellence at Winter Park HS. Thank you Class of 2019! A weekly electronic newsletter is available and can provide timely information about our comprehensive high school. Send a text message to 22828 to sign up for the newsletter. Enter the following text message content: WPHS. A prompt will then be sent asking for your email address. I hope you find this edition of the Wildcat Watch helpful, and I’m looking forward to seeing you at some of our end of year events coming up! Thanks again for your support of Winter Park High School, “Home of the Wildcats!” Sincerely, Matthew Arnold Principal

From Student Services

‘Wildcat Report’ May 2019 • Issue #4 Published Four Times Per Year Winter Park High School 2100 Summerfield Road Winter Park, FL 32792

WPHS Student services is proud to announce our outstanding Class of 2019. They have set records with 44 Valedictorians, 5 National Merit Scholars and 29 Super Scholars. Thus far, the Class of 2019 have reported 10.3 million dollars received in scholarship money. As the end approaches, here are some reminders for our senior class: • BACCALAUREATE ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Winter Park High School Auditorium. • GRADUATION TICKETS: This ticket will be distributed in the cafeteria after baccalaureate has concluded on May 21st. Graduates must bring their ticket to the Amway Center and show it at check-in. This is the proof that the graduate has no obligations. If the student does not present a ticket, he/she will be required to pay their obligation at that time. We will also have a list of who has an obligation in case your student loses his/her ticket. • GRADUATION MANDATORY REHEARSAL is Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Amway Center at 10:30 am. • GRADUATION: The graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019, at The Amway Center. Seniors are to be in their places, dressed, and ready to march by 7:15 am. • DIPLOMAS: Diplomas will be available for pick up on or after Monday, June 3 from 8am-12pm in the Student Services office. Only the graduate or a parent/guardian of the graduate may pick up their diploma. • FINAL TRANSCRIPTS: Every senior who is going to college MUST order a final transcript after May 1, 2019. The cost is $2.00 and can be ordered via the Winter Park High School website by clicking on the Guidance tab and following the instructions. Free and reduced lunch can order them directly through the Student Services office at “no charge.” Hard copy pre-ordered final transcripts will be available on or after Monday, June 17 from 8am-12pm in the Student Services office.

Arts / Performance

Kudos to Ginger Carter, our Media Specialist at the 9th Grade Center, and her team for putting together an AMAZING Orange County Student Media Festival. The auditorium was packed with students from elementary, middle and high school from the entire district. The whole event was professional grade. Special thanks to Bob Walker for working the technical side of the event, including a life size Oscar statue, built with the 3D printer that took months to make. A team of 9th graders placed 1st in the Drama category, beating out films made by Juniors and Seniors. Congratulations to Tammy Premchan, Cole Groth, Aaliyah Castro, and Veronica Cabrera!

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WPHS Foundation Update: Lots To Share

Our 2019 Restore the Roar was a huge success and so much fun! We are incredibly proud to share that we raised $125,000 this year and want to thank ALL our donors, sponsors, vendors and attendees, but especially The Galloway Foundation (Jere Daniels) for their $50,000 match. Can’t wait for next year! This event helps raise funds for so many needed projects at WPHS and Showalter Field and we are thrilled to now be Winter Park able to start the renovations in the WPHS Student Media High School Center and fund 90 graphing calculators (both TI-Nspire™ CX II graphing and TI-Nspire™ CX II CAS graphing calculators) Foundation for the Mathematical Programs. Thank you to our WPHS extended community; we are beyond grateful for ALL your support. If you were not able to attend, make sure you make it next year! We celebrated Restore the Roar 2019 by giving away $13,149 to 31 WPHS student teams, groups and organizations from sponsorships, table sales and donated silent auction items. Amazing! We are thrilled to also share that we were able to help the WPHS College and Career Center with the purchase of new chairs. Stop by to see the new space. We thank ALL our donors for allowing us the opportunity to support these kind of improvements at WPHS! Go Cats! New Surrey Bike for Our WPHS Students with Disabilities: so proud to have been able to help in the purchase of this amazing Surrey Bike. The Marketing & Applications class is partnering with Pit Crew and Best Buddies to give students with disabilities the opportunity to experience riding a bike around campus. Thank you to ALL our donors who make it possible for us to support these kind of student created and student-driven initiatives on campus. Our Spring grant was announced... and we are thrilled to support the Math Support Center, run by our WPHS Math Coach, Kate Demory. Ms. Demory is an amazing teacher and resource and her efforts in supporting and advocating for ALL our students who need a little extra help in math is such a gift to all of them. Thank you Ms. Demory! We are saddened to share that one of our members, Derek Gwinn passed away suddenly. He truly loved WPHS and did so much for our kids, our school, our community, as well as our Foundation. He leaves behind two children (one at WPHS) and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Congratulations to our three (3) deserving Cat Shack Scholarship Award winners, who each received $750 to further their education! Thank you for supporting our WPHS Cat Shack. We love supporting our WPHS students. Way to go: Hector Rhoads; Haariz N. Shafiq and Kwavaughn Buckley. We are SO proud of you! Go Cats!

A Special Thank You to ALL Our 2019 Restore the Roar Sponsors & Vendors

Florida Event & Décor – Val and Eric Karter as Presenting Sponsor Morgan & Morgan Finfrock Companies The Carmany Family Massey Services Battagalia Group Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster Full Tilt Construction Tringas Orthodontics Wayne Parkins The Ciambella & Mooney Families IBERIABANK The Brooks, Cox,

Miller and Taylor Families Spire Development Sonny’s BBQ – The Manly family & Kennon Adkinson The City of Winter Park – Ronnie Moore and the entire Parks & Rec Team Steve Johnson – Johnson’s Digital (double check that name too) Bradmaster DJ – Bradley James Jen Adams Photography The Galloway Foundation

Follow us on Facebook (@WinterParkHighSchoolFoundation) for our latest news and thank you again! Go Cats!


Annual IOA 5K

Check out our fabulous 5k team! The annual IOA 5k run/walk seems to be getting bigger every year, which is awesome because by participating in the Corporate 5k, we’re “improving our quality of life and helping to provide opportunities for thousands of young people of all abilities to run, swim, play, sail, horseback ride, row, or attend summer camp!” Go Wildcats!


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Tues., May 21, 2019: 5:30 - 7 pm Why attend this physical?

1. Proceeds provide medical supplies for WPHS athletes. 2. Physical processed immediately on site and checked for errors. 3. Physical will be good for summer conditioning. 4. Turned in and cleared for all sports for the next school year. ď Š

Cost: $20 School Pay, Cash or Check

Need: Forms signed if Parents not present

Download updated forms at WPHS Website after 5/1/19: - Under Parent Information – Athletic Physicals (Printed versions in front office both campuses)

Where: Bus Loop on WPHS Main Campus

Enter A Lot on Bellwood Drive Winter Park, FL 32792

Services provided by Volunteers from: Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic 1285 N. Orange Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789 407-647-2287 811 S. Orlando Ave., Suite H Winter Park, FL 32789 407-539-1792 133 Benmore Drive Suite 200 Winter Park, FL 32792 407-646-7070

Athletics Director

Andy Chiles will replace outgoing Athletics Director Mike Brown, who will be retiring this summer after 16 years as a Wildcat. Chiles brings with him a wealth of experience and accolades as he prepares to lead the next generation of student athletes at WPHS. Welcome aboard to Andy and a huge thank you to Mike for being such a big part of Winter Park High School.

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WPHS Foundation Update Arts / Performance and more!

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