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Have you heard the latest buzz? Approximately 100 kindergarteners from Loxahatchee Groves Elementary School went “buggy� over Bumblebee Boy, a.k.a. Loxahatchee Groves Mayor Dave Browning, reading Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad as part of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s annual Read for the Record program. The children were given their own antennae to wear while listening to the stor y. They enjoyed watching their teachers participate by wearing costumes similar to the characters in the book and acting out various par ts of the stor y. Pre-K children at Noah’s Ark Academy also had the mayor read to them.


Family, friends, former students and colleagues gathered to honor New Horizons Elementary School teacher Cheryl Lay on the occasion of her retirement from 38 years of teaching in Palm Beach County. Her accolades include Palm Beach County Math Teacher of the Year, Palm Beach County Math Educator of the Year, being an “I Make a Difference� teacher, Dwyer Excellence in Teaching nominee, New Horizons Teacher of the Year nominee, board member of the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics for 15 years, and a favorite teacher of scores of students. Lay will be greatly missed as her influence continues in the lives of people she has touched in countless ways. Pictured here is Lay (center) with celebrants.

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RPBHS Celebrates Homecoming With Parade For most high school students, homecoming can be a fun and exciting time of year. For others, it can be just another week and another football game. This year, Royal Palm Beach High School decided to go big, bringing back memories of another era, when homecoming reigned supreme. With Disney as the theme, doors and hallways were decorated; every day was a silly and fun dressup day. There were games, a talent show, a dodgeball tournament and a pep rally. There was a football game and dance at the end of it all, and this year there was a parade. Starting at the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center and ending up at the school, the 2-mile stretch of the parade route on Thursday brought the local residents and students some great entertainment. With about 40 entrants, the

participating groups ranged from bands to class and club floats to cheerleaders and the homecoming court. Local elementary and middle schools were invited to participate as well, bringing in safety patrols, a float, bands and dance squads. “I am very pleased with how the parade went,� RPBHS Activities Coordinator Justin Arnone said. “I had a vision as to what it would look like, and the reality was far more grand than I had expected. I am thankful for the support of schools from our feeder pattern who allowed their students march in the parade, in some cases building floats, and for allowing their students to watch the parade along Sparrow Drive. I am also extremely appreciative of the logistical support that the Village of Royal Palm Beach provided to make this event a success. I look forward to this becoming an annual

Wildcats take part in the homecoming float parade. event that the community looks forward to each and every year.� The Wildcats would like to thank all the participants for putting on a great show, along with a

special thanks to Al Packer Ford and Royal Palm Mazda for donating trucks and cars for the homecoming court and football team to travel in.

Osceola Creek Scholar-Athletes Of The Month Osceola Creek Middle School has announced the recipients of its Scholar-Athlete Award for September. The award is sponsored by the school police and honors varsity athletes who also excel in academics, effort, behavior and school spirit, and serve as role models for others. This month’s honorees carry high grade point averages as well as play varsity sports. Both are eighth-graders, have perfect attendance and are members of the National Junior Honor Society. Alysa Tabel, 13, was honored by girls softball. “Alysa challenges herself in the classroom and on the softball field,� coach Deb Foreman said. “She is a team player. She motivates her teammates and always keeps a positive attitude about school and athletics. Alyssa will continue to be a positive leader in the future!� Tabel has a 4.86 grade point av-

erage while also being a member of Osceola Creek’s volleyball and basketball teams. She was selected as the Female Athlete of the Year as a sixth-grader. She hopes to play basketball at the University of Connecticut, then onto playing in the WNBA. She also wants to follow her father’s footsteps into law enforcement. Boys baseball honored Thomas Kelly, 13. “At Osceola Creek Middle School, Thomas is succeeding on the field and in the classroom coach Jay Mermelstein said. “He is an honor student who happens to also contribute on the diamond.� Kelly carries a 5.00 grade point average while playing on Osceola Creek’s basketball, volleyball and track teams. He wants to attend the University of Florida as a business major. Kelly hopes to play in professional sports, Major League Baseball being his goal, and like

Scholar-Athletes — Osceola Creek Principal Dan Frank, Tom Kelly, Alysa Tabel and School Officer Sandy Molenda. Tabel hopes to follow family footsteps into law enforcement. Supporting the program are Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Burger King (located at Seminole Pratt

Whitney Road and Orange Blvd.) and Dairy Queen (at Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards), which donated free food coupons.

Seminole Ridge Hawk Band Takes The Bronze The Seminole Ridge High School Winged Regiment marching band recently came home with the third-place win from the John I. Leonard Jamboree. Along with 21 other bands performing that day through strong gusts of winds, Seminole Ridge received “Superior Music,� “Su-

perior General Effect,� “Superior Percussion� and “Superior Guard.� In addition, the Hawk band was awarded Best in Class 2A woodwinds, percussion and music. In other Hawk news, the Seminole Ridge High School forensics team, competing at Lake Worth

High School, returned home with swag. Seminole Ridge would like to congratulate the following students: Wayne Selogy, first place, Congressional Debate; Rachel Collins, third place, Congressional Debate; Michelle Ward, nominated as Best Legislator, Congres-

sional Debate; Paige Wilson, third place, Original Oratory; Melissa Garrity, eighth place, Original Oratory; Fallon McCoy and Gabrielle Sousa, fifth place, Duo Interpretation; Nathan Core, fifth place, Extemporaneous Speaking; and Cassandra Barrett, eighth place, Oral Interpretation.

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