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It’s Palmetto vs. Palmetto in the Blue and White Game Feb. 7 BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD
he first Saturday in February will be a great day for Palmetto Baseball. That’s the day when the baseball program will host an intrasquad scrimmage and fans will get their first chance to see the 2009 team in action. “It’s the opportunity to showcase the Varsity and JV team,” says Coach Mike Klekotka. “We play a controlled scrimmage. We have umpires. It’s a traditional at Palmetto.” The Blue and White game s starts at 10 a.m. and will be played at the Panther’s home field at Coral Reef Park. It’s and it’s free and open to the public. The Varsity team will be divided up and the boys will play against each other. The same holds for the JV team. If there is time, the freshman team will also play. Mike Baiamonte, the Voice of the Miami Heat, will announce this year’s game. The booster club will sell hot dogs, hamburgers, and sodas and chips to raise money for the program. Panther apparel will also be available for sale so its fans can be dressed in Panther blue this season. And Palmetto has plenty of fans. On a bad day, the Blue and White game draws
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Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest
NIKKI RIGL Palmetto High School junior Nikki Rigl has accumulated about 1,200 hours in community service, many of them from stemming from her work in drama. “Our entire family is into theater and acting,” Rigl says, adding that she started acting when she was in elementary school. Rigl and her twin, Alexandra, played the new bunny and the old bunny in Medea, Palmetto’s fall presentation. She also played a hot-box dancer in Guys and Dolls last spring. After their mom underwent a kidney transplant in when they were in ninth grade, the twins co-founded the Donate Life club to help educate students on transplantation. “A lot of people have misconceptions about organ donation in general,” Rigl says. She has been in charge of Donate Life advertising at Palmetto and she even put together a Facebook page for the group. “I really want to incorporate younger members into the club,” Rigl says, adding that the younger members will keep the club going when she and her sister graduate. “To have it go on after we leave would be ideal.” Rigl says they have been attracting members through the club fair and other events. And many club members have younger brothers and sisters com-
ing to the school, which should help the organization survive. At club meetings, they bring in newspaper articles about transplantation and discuss the issues. “We want to express our purposes; this is a very prevalent occurrence,” Rigl says. “Recognition of it is of the upmost importance.” Rigl and her sister have been active in Girl Scouts since they were in elementary school. “It started as a thing that everybody was involved in,” she says. “I like the idea of helping the community and having a troop to do things with.” Starting the Donate Life club at Palmetto is tied to Rigl’s desire to achieve the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive. “Establishing the club was the main goal of the Gold Award,” she says. “Community awareness was the premise.” Promoting transplant awareness will not stop with her high school career. Rigl plans to continue her commitment to transplantation even after she goes to college. She will even go so far as to start a Donate Life-type of organization at her college if they don’t already have such a program. The Donate Life Club keeps her busy, but Rigl doesn’t let it keep her from volunteering for other organizations. She is a member of the student council and she was one of the three co-chairs of the Battle of the Bands. “We had to audition bands, we had to make programs, tickets and flyers,” she says. “It’s a way to get students to contribute to the charity (United Way).” Rigl says there were nine bands involved in a wide range of genres. December’s Waiting, a band that plays ballads, won the event. Rigl is also a member of the National Honor Society – in fact, she is vice president in charge of the inductions — Mu Alpha Theta, the Science Honor Society, the Social Science Honor Society and the Thespian Honor Society. She’s also in one of the more important organizations at school, the Honor Council, which promotes integrity and deals with students who have cheated. “We give students a second chance,” she says. “They might not understand why cheating is bad, so we try to counsel them. We give them better study habit tips so they don’t have to resort to
cheating.” After college, Rigl hopes to go into the medical field, or possibly law. Among others, she is considering attending Duke, Princeton or the University of Florida.
By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld
CASEY DELGADO Palmetto High School senior Casey Delgado spends his days working hard to become a better baseball player. He also volunteers his time helping younger kids learn to play the game better. Delgado is captain of the Palmetto Panthers varsity, a team that has high expectations this year. Some of those expectations have to do with Delgado’s strength as a pitcher – he was 7-1 last year, when the team recorded a 19-8 record. As a sophomore, Delgado went 2-1 and helped the Panthers make it to the state tournament. “I’ve always been a pitcher,” Delgado says. “I used to play infield and I used to play shortstop. In my freshman year, they said I could only pitch.” Delgado is optimistic about the coming season. “I think we have a really good chance of going to states,” he says. “Last year we had four seniors and two or three key seniors, so we had a bunch of younger kids. Most of those will be back. We only have about six seniors this year.” Baseball not only provides structure and discipline to his life, but it also gives
Delgado the opportunity to give back to the community. Each year Delgado takes part in the President’s Day Baseball Clinic, put on by Palmetto players. There he teaches young pitchers such things as the art of picking off base runners, pitching strategy and other fundamentals of the game. He says he enjoys the clinics. “Sometimes the kids get annoying, but for the most part it’s fun,” Delgado says. He has also helped his dad coach a baseball team for the Howard Palmetto Baseball Softball Association. His brother, Dustin, now a strong prospect to make the Palmetto baseball team, played on that team. “It was fun,” Delgado says. “You see your work through the kids playing ball. You teach them something and then see that what you taught them really works.” As an assistant coach, Delgado threw batting practice, hit ground balls to the infielders and pop-ups to the outfielders. “I called pitches for the pitchers,” he says. The combination of Delgado and his dad, Bob, apparently was a good one because the team won first place. Although baseball keeps him busy with practices or a conditioning program six days a week, Delgado has volunteered at vacation bible school for his church, Redlands Community Presbyterian. There, he and his brothers led the activities and the outdoor fun games. He also volunteers for field clean-up and preparing the field at Coral Reef Park for the baseball season. That includes erecting the fence surrounding the field and then taking it down at the end of the season. Delgado is also in HIV Peer Educators and he has been certified to teach other students about the dangers of HIV and Aids. “It’s important,” he says. “If you’re not educated, you won’t take the precautions to prevent the disease; so the more people who know about it, the better.” Now that he’s a senior, Delgado has turned his attention to college. To date, he has not signed with any of the schools that have offered him scholarships, reasoning that it is better to wait until spring and choose the best offer then. He plans to study criminal justice or law.
By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld
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Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest
BLAIRE SHOOR Palmetto High School junior Blaire Shoor has already accumulated almost 1,000 community service hours. “For the past three summers I’ve
been working at summer camps with little kids,” Shoor says. “The first two years, I did it at the Gulliver camp and last year at the Beth Am camp.” Shoor says she loves being around children and seeing how they play together. “They make me smile,” she says. “I really like working with them.” While working at the camps, she interacted with the children. She and the other counselors would take the kids to the pool to swim, and then help them with lunch. At Beth Am, the camp ended after lunch because she worked with the three-year-olds. At Gulliver, the day ended at 3 p.m., so she would take the children to other activities such as sports or watching movies. For years, Shoor attended a summer sleep away camp and, while she loved it and made great friends, she decided that during her high school years she would stay closer to home and spend more time with her family. Still, she wanted to volunteer at a summer camp because she had such a great time at the
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camp. Next summer, Shoor wants to head in a new direction. “I really want to get some experience at a college; take some classes there and continue learning over the summer,” she says. She hopes to be able to take a course in math or science since she has always excelled in those subjects. Finance is another possible area of study. She’s a math mentor at Palmetto and works with a geometry class. Although college is still a couple of years away, she has been thinking about her academic future. “I’ve always wanted to go to the University of Florida,” Shoor says. “My whole family has gone there. Now I’m starting to see I might have some other options in the Ivy Leagues. So I might want to do something like that. Hopefully, this spring break we’ll go and look at the schools in Florida.” Along with her other activities, Shoor is a cheerleader on the varsity squad. She has been cheering for five years. “I really love it and it’s become a big
part of my life,” she says. Shoor used to participate on the Palmetto competition team, but that was recently eliminated and she misses it. She took part on the Palmetto Middle School competition squad. “I like it, I think it bonds the teams a little better because you are working a lot more,” she says. “You help each other through the struggles.” Shoor is also in the Red Cross Club, the Key Club and Mu Alpha Theta, as well as the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She plans to apply for the English and Science national honor societies as well. “I was treasurer of cheerleading on the junior varsity squad in my sophomore year and I plan to run again next year,” she says. Outside of school, Shoor and her father have entered numerous walks or runs for charity, including the Walk for Witty, and this year she volunteered at Mercedes Benz Corporate Run.
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many were interested in basic computer classes. To meet this need, we created a three-part class that will offer fundamentals on how to use the Internet and email, as well as some basic word-processing skills. With the skills acquired in these classes, attendees will be able to surf the Internet, send an email, type a letter, save files and understand the basics of uploading pictures from a camera. Although each class in the series builds upon the other and is meant to provide skills useful for the next class, you may attend a single class rather than taking the whole course. The series is not only for the inexperienced computer user, but also for those who want to refresh their skills. These free classes will be taught by librarians. Each class will last about two hours and participants will have ample time to practice and receive one-on-one help. The class size is limited to 20, so interested parties are encouraged to register by calling 305-668-4571. The Library System offers many options to pique your interest and stimulate your brain. In 2009, why not consider learning an exotic language through downloadable audio books provided by the subscription database “Net Library” or get practice help for that important exam you need to take. Whenever you find it convenient to take a test, the Learning Express database will monitor your time and then review your score. Included are exams for U.S. citizenship, FCAT, LSAT, FL Real Estate, ASVAB, and hundreds of other tests, plus electronic corresponding books. If you have wanderlust, a full database of Fodor’s Travel Guides will lure you to distant locales. These are just a few of the many resources available. To learn more about these computer databases or to sign up for the free computer classes, contact the Pinecrest branch at 305-668-4571 or visit us online at <www.mdpls.org>.
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200 plus people. Now that the team has been successful four years in a row, the attendance is expected to be that much and more. “They have concessions they have giveaways,” Coach Klekotka says. “It starts at 10 and it’s done at 12:30 or 1 p.m., depending on whether the ninth grade team plays.” Last year, the Palmetto Varsity team went 19-8 and made it to the regionals before being sent home. This year, the team is returning a lot of juniors and is bringing up only a couple of boys from the Junior Varsity team. “We were heavily laden with sophomores last year,” he says. “We only lost three seniors from the team. We should be a fairly competitive team this year.” Not only is his team returning but so is his coaching staff. Assistant coaches Danny Smith and Jeff Steiner are back as is ninth grade coach Steve Demar. Two years ago, the baseball team made it to the state tournament. Could this the year for a state title? Coach K wouldn’t say whether he thinks the team could go all the way - but he is optimistic the team can do well.
“We’re looking to go further in the playoffs than last year,” he says. “Our goal is always to win the last game of the year. If there is any chance to get out of Dade County, this is the year.” The success of the team – 80-26 over the last four years – means that kids who might have transferred to other schools like Westminster or Gulliver are no longer making that move, instead they are staying at Palmetto to play baseball. In fact, Coach K says they have to be careful to make sure that the players actually live in the Palmetto district because now Palmetto is one of the schools kids want to play for. Players to watch out for this year are Lou Montesinos, who has already committed to going to Penn State University, Casey Delgado, who was 7-1 last year, Brian Roache, Matt Longfield, John Keebler, a strong right handed pitcher, Max Halasz, and Kevin Karpiak. Klekotka says other impact players include Ryan Arrick, Ben Sarason, Noah Soven, Yale Sanford, Adam Sargent and Dustin Delgado, Casey Delgado’s brother who could break into the line-up as a sophomore. “I think we’re going to be strong in the back-up positions,” he says. “We’re going to have a lot of guys fighting for jobs.” For details on the Blue and White game, go to <www.PalmettoBaseball.com>.
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Development). Each loan will be considered for underwriting after a new appraisal is performed and income and credit history is again documented and verified. Be aware that there are many requirements for approval that, once secured, include many additional terms, such as insurance premiums and profit sharing on appreciation. If you sell or refinance within a one-year period you may pay the FHA 100 percent of your profits. That percentage drops 10 percent each additional year, down to 50 percent after five years. Keep in mind, however, that savings can still be had on those lower-interest, fixed-rate loans, which will never readjust like sub prime mortgages can every six months. Homeownership can again be the American dream, not a nightmare.
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