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Interact Club Embraces Best Buddies Program

The BK Interact Club celebrated an early Christmas with students at the North Florida School of Special Education through a new partnership with Best Buddies.  This is the inaugural year of Best Buddies being identified as a premiere program supported by the Interact Club.  Senior Katie Vossman serves as chairman of the initiative.

Club members gathered together on Saturday, December 7th to stuff more than 175 stockings for the students at the North Florida School of Special Education.  The BK students raised money through candy sales to fund the purchase of the stockings and gift items.  The stockings were hand delivered to students in grades K-12 by students from BK.

Katie Vossman has a personal passion to help kids with special needs.  She said, “My cousin, McKenna, was born with Down’s syndrome and passed away soon after her birth.  My family has made it a mission to honor her life by giving love to other special needs children and adults.”

Best Buddies is an organization that is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

January Student of the Month: Angelo Yap

Congratulations to Senior Angelo Yap who has been named the Bishop Kenny High School January student of the month.  He was selected for Academics highlighting initiative and commitment.  Angelo is a natural leader in the classroom.  He brings enthusiasm and enjoys learning and challenging himself academically. Angelo has strong feelings about education and his future, “My parents are both physical therapists and I want to follow their example and take up my role in the medical field.  I love science and would like to become a doctor so that I can help others and continue my parents’ legacy.”

Angelo has a very rigorous academic schedule and also finds the time to be very involved in extra-curricular activities especially faith-based activities. He is the chaplain of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a member of the Minds, Hearts, & Souls student group at BK, an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist, and participates in both the St. Joseph and San Juan del Rio youth groups.  Academic achievement has also earned Angelo membership in the following honor societies; Rho Kappa, Joe Berg, Spanish, Tri-Music, National Honor society and vice-president of the Science honor society.  He is also an active member in the Medical, Science, History, and Spanish clubs.

 

Angelo enjoys playing the piano in his free time and spending time with friends.  He would like to attend the University of Florida to get his undergraduate degree in pre-med with the ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.  He notes that he is inspired by the passion of his favorite teacher, Mrs. Vicki Schmitt, and wants to be as enthusiastic in his studies as she displays in her teaching.

Students standing in front of the capital building

Thirteen journalism students, along with newspaper adviser Jessica Durbin and yearbook adviser Dawn Huskey, traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National High School Journalism Convention at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel from Nov. 20 through Nov. 24. Participants attended informational sessions on writing, editing, designing, photography, social media, leadership skills, and more in order to continue to develop their skill sets to best contribute to their staff. In addition to convention events, the group managed to visit historic sites such as Ford’s Theatre, tour the White House, visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History, National Botanic Garden, National Portrait Gallery and National Zoo, see the monuments of the National Mall, and meet Congressman John Rutherford at the Capitol building.