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Twenty of our middle school students were nominated by the middle school faculty for the
5th Annual Mayor’s Youth Showcase of Achievement. The Mayor’s Youth Showcase of Achievement is open to all Pinellas County students and awards eight middle and eight high school students across a wide range of categories from Academic Achievement to Overcoming Adversity to Performing Arts. Over $25,000 in cash and prizes were presented to winners during a beautiful awards ceremony Wednesday night at The Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.
Three of our Country Day School middle students were recognized for their achievement: 7th grade student, Joey R., runner-up for Science & Technology; 8th grade student, Carly J. runner-up for Performing Arts; and 8th grade student, Alexander A. winner of Scholar Athlete! Carly and Joey received a certificate, a personalized trophy and $100. Alex received a certificate, a personalized trophy, $300 and an iPad mini! All nominees received certificates. We are so proud of them!
The newly chartered International Thespian Society Junior Troupe 89239 swept the awards at The Florida Junior State Thespian competition in Melbourne, Florida this weekend. All six CDS students who competed at District competition in December qualified to compete at State. Four students accepted the invitation to compete at the State level. Seventh grade student, Sofia M (7th gr.), Zoe N (6th gr.), and Carly J and Angela C (8th gr.) attended the two-day event among the top 3,500 middle school students competing in both performing and technical theatre events.
Sofia and Zoe received the second top ranking of “Excellent” for their duet musical Sisters from White Christmas. In addition, Zoe picked up an “Excellent” for her monologue from You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Angela claimed the top ranking of “Superior” for her solo musical Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina from Evita and Carly claimed a “Superior” for her Juliet soliloquy monologue from Romeo and Juliet. “This is an unprecedented showing for a first-timer troupe,” claimed Ms. Rios, “but completely expected! These students worked through the unknown and boldly stepped out to compete among veteran schools with a long history of thespian competition and came out shining. They took the feedback and notes from their individual adjudication at the district level and worked to improve their performance at State and that’s exactly what they did! There is a lot of artistic talent here at Country Day and these students have started something very exciting and laid the foundation of excellence for all students to emulate. We are so proud of them!”
Thespians is open to all middle school students interested in learning more about the performing and non-performing aspects of theatre. Troupe 89239 members serve as troupe officers and run the meetings and come together weekly to learn more, play games, fund-raise and socialize. They attend local performances of both amateur and professional productions and support each other in their artistic endeavors. Please contact Ms. Rios firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Middle School students from in the chorus elective ended their session by sharing their musical gifts and spirits with the daily clients of our local Neighborly Senior Center.
They sang traditional carols, popular Christmas tunes and then handed out handmade cards to about 25 seniors. The seniors joined in and then thanked the girls for sharing their music and smiles! What a wonderful way to spread some festive cheer!
On Friday, Oct 10th, Upper Elementary students hosted the second Caine’s Arcade! From 2:00-4:00pm on the sports Court, our 4th & 5th grade students showed how they were able to use their engineering skills and imagination to create arcade games out of cardboard.
This project is based on ‘Caine’s Arcade’, featured on the Today Show, Forbes Magazine, Wall Street Journal, just to name a few! If you have not already heard of this, take a few minutes to watch. http://www.cainesarcade.com. This video inspired our students to create a similar project of their own.