The Pathfinder High School Scholarship Awards are presented each year to high school seniors in Palm Beach and Martin counties who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in 18 academic, vocational and athletic categories. Pathfinders is sponsored by The Palm Beach Post. These awards are presented each year to recognize excellence and to encourage these students to one day bring their considerable talents to the communities where each received a start on the path to a good education and a rewarding career.
Students will be interviewed on March 9 at Palm Beach Atlantic University. They will compete with top students in each area at all high schools in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. College scholarships of $4,000 for the first-place winner, $3,000 for the second-place winner, $2,500 for the third-place winner and $2,000 to the fourth-place winner in each category will be presented at a ceremony to be held May 10 at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.
Congratulations and good luck to Atlantic's 2016 nominees!
Reach For Excellence
Seven Atlantic High School seniors have been named 2016 National Merit Scholarship Finalists in the annual competitive academic recognition program: Abrar Ahmed, Charles Fisher, Kierstin McClintock, Ariel Polani, E’lysse Santana, Morley Wiener, and Angela Yang.
The National Merit Scholarship Award is generally regarded as one of the highest honors possible for U.S. high school students. These academically talented high school seniors will continue in the competition for approximately 8,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than 36 million dollars.
Students were named semifinalists by ranking among the highest scorers in Florida on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists represent less than one percent of all American high school seniors.
National Merit Finalists must have a record of high academic performance, be recommended by their school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test performance. A personal essay and information about the student’s leadership in school and community activities are required to obtain finalist standing. The selection of 8,200 Merit Scholarship winners is now in progress. Winners will be announced in March.
Congratulations and good luck to these high achieving students!
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
COMMUNITY CARING CENTER HUNGER WALK AND 5K RUN
Volunteers, walkers, runners and sponsors needed for the Community Caring Center of Greater Boynton Beach Hunger Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, March 5. For more information and to register, visit cccgbb.org
WEST BOCA MEDICAL CENTER
Artistically-inclined volunteers needed at West Boca Medical Center to create and design hospital bulletin board displays and baby welcome signs. Volunteers must be able to work 2 to 3 hours a week. Requirements include a two-hour orientation, flu shot, TB test and a reference letter. Contact Volunteer Services Supervisor Debbie Lindsay at 561-488-8293 or Debbie.lindsay@ tenethealth.com.
FAMILIES FIRST OF PALM BEACH COUNTY
Families First is looking for volunteers for their third annual Superheroes Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, March 5, from 2 pm to 5 pm in West Palm Beach. Volunteers must be at the registration location in the PNC Bank courtyard 1:15 pm where they will receive instructions and be directed to their designated location. For more information, contact Families First of Palm Beach County Director of Development Samantha Whiteman at 561-318-4219.
FAU MATH DAY
The 12th annual FAU Math Day is Saturday, March 5, at FAU's Boca Raton campus. Students should submit their five-student team rosters to Ms. Chee-A-Tow ASAP.
DOLPHINS CANCER CHALLENGE RIDE/RUN
The Dolphins Cancer Challenge is a series of events benefitting the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, Feb. 20, at several locations between West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Visit the DCC website for more information, or contact Kimberly Bokamper at 305-943-1546 or KBokamper@dolphins.com.
Atlantic's St. Baldrick's event is Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 10 am (it's a late start day). Click here to make a donation supporting ATL students and teachers who'll shave their head to raise money for lifesaving children's cancer research.
SAT FOR JUNIORS ON MARCH 2
All ATL juniors will take the SAT at school on March 2. The school district will register students and pay test fees. This is the actual SAT that will count for college admissions, so students will want to prepare.Register for Khan Academy's free SAT prep at SATPRACTICE.ORG where students can take a practice test on paper, scan their answer sheet on a phone, and get instant results. The site also includes study and test-taking tips, a daily practice app, video lessons and interactive problems with instant feedback.
SUITS FOR SENIORS
Suits for Seniors aims to make a difference in the community by providing 100 tailored suits to graduating seniors at Atlantic Community High School. Students will receive more than just a suit — they'll take part in a ceremony and training workshops from professional life coaches and entrepreneurs so they can learn skills they'll need to build a future:
Dressing with confidence is about more than the latest fashion trend. It’s about feeling good about what you’re wearing, looking poised, and feeling self-assured in all situations. Click here to learn more about how you can support Suits for Seniors.
SAFE, SMART & SOCIAL
Need help navigating the world of social media? Safe, Smart & Social has a social media app guide for parents and teachers, and tips for teens on how to use social media "to create a portfolio of accomplishments that impress colleges and employers."