Dawn Rivera, Publisher
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Our Annual Back To School Issue
Wellington is known for its great schools, principals and teachers, but this year, more than ever, it is also known for creating champions! Wellington students had a stellar year across the board, including Palm Beach Central High School’s Bronco Band, which took home the state championship for the first time in the school’s history at the Florida Marching Band Championships held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Also completing a championship run was the Wellington High School cheerleading team, which brought home the state title to cap a season that was both magical and challenging. Meanwhile, the Wellington High School boys basketball team celebrated yet another victory, claiming the regional championship for the second time in the past three years.
We cannot talk about champions without congratulating the record-setting Wellington High School Dance Marathon program. In 2017, the tradition continued, and setting a goal of $50,000 wasn’t enough — the students soared past it, raising an astounding $82,444.17, including $3,450.40 contributed by students at Wellington Landings Middle School. That brings the total for the last five years to $164,829, which went to help Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Speaking of champions, we are keeping an eye on track star Karimah Davis as she keeps making record-breaking wins. Davis has her eye on the Olympics, where she draws much of her inspiration. She recently graduated from Palm Beach Central High School, but not before becoming state champion in the 400-meter dash.
This month’s Wellington Designer feature takes us to Grandview Kitchens, where Susana Fernandes and her parents, Maria and Francisco Almeida, offer clients expertise on kitchen and bath projects. Wellington Sports catches up with fast-moving football star Ahmmon Richards, a Wellington High School graduate, who made a big impact as a freshman at the University of Miami last year — and he is just getting started on his college football career. Wellington Real Estate chats with Halina Sledz of Ameron Realty, who brings a unique background to her clients. This month’s featured Wellington Home, brought to you by Jason Shinn of Triple Crown Properties, is a two-story Mediterranean-style estate in the Aero Club. Completely renovated, the home features lush landscaping, a paver drive, impact windows and doors, a whole house generator and a four-car garage. Finally this month, Wellington The Magazine stopped by the new Wellington Trace Tavern, which is now open in the original Wellington Mall. Executive Chef Jeff Cantor prepared his Admiral Surf and Turf, featuring filet mignon, grilled jumbo shrimp and vegetables.
As families in Wellington prepare their children’s return to school, we wish each a successful new school year and urge those who can to pay it forward. While looking over your child’s supply list, consider picking up an extra item or two and find a way to donate it to our Wellington neighbors, who may just need a hand up this school year. Together, we will continue to make Wellington a great hometown!
Joshua I. Manning
senior graphic designer