Santa Fe Catholic High School

Preparing Students for College and the World 

May 3, 2019
Important Dates
  • May 3- SAT Registration Deadline
  • May 4- SAT Test (Off-Campus)
  • May 5- Academic Awards
  • May 6- Underclassmen
    Service Hours Due
  • May 6- AP US Government Exam
  • May 6- AP Environmental Science Exam
  • May 6- Silver Garland Awards
  • May 7- AP Spanish Language Exam
  • May 7- AP Physics 1 Exam
  • May 8- AP English Literature Exam
  • May 9- AP Spanish Literature Exam
  • May 9- AP Psychology Exam
  • May 10- AP Studio Art Portfolio Due
  • May 10- US History Exam
  • May 10- AP Computer Science Principles Exam
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The Hawk Weekly is an electronic newsletter that is emailed to parents that highlights important dates, events, and current news. 


The cut-off time for information going into the Hawk Weekly will be Tuesdays at 12:00pm. 


Publication will be  Thursday.  


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Alumni News
Class of 1993 Graduate Imar DaCunha Jr. on Jeopardy!
Santa Fe Catholic High School is  proud of all our Graduates and once in a while we are able to see those grads display their knowledge and skill in public. One of our alums Imar DaCunha participated on everyone's favorite show Jeopardy! on Wednesday, May 1st. How EXCITING for Imar and the entire Hawk Family. 

Imar who is a UCF Graduate resides in Orlando explained the process to become a Jeopardy! contestant.

Being on Jeopardy! is a little like getting married. It can take months, even years, to get there and when the big day finally arrives it all goes by in a flash. Way back in April 2018, I took the Jeopardy! online test. Anyone can sign up to take it and it's kind of like a speed date--50 clues, 15 seconds to type an answer, and it's over in 13 minutes. The producers told us that last year about 80,000 people took it. If you do well enough on the test, you're invited to a regional audition. About 4,000 invites go out and the auditions are held in around ten cities. At the auditions, you take a 50-question written test and play a short, live game against two other players. Then the contestant supervisors basically say "Thanks for your time. Don't call us, we'll call you!"
Every season, about 400 players get a chance to appear on the show. So when I got the call in early February, I was equally excited and nervous. Part of that was because of our unique family history. You see, my wife Carly was on Jeopardy! in 2012. She didn't win, but all her answers were correct, including her Final Jeopardy answer (which stumped me). In the end, the excitement of being on my favorite game show won out and in late February we flew to LA.
Jeopardy! tapes five shows a day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so they do two weeks' worth of shows in two days. We arrived at Sony Studios around 7:30 a.m. and were taken straight to the Jeopardy! soundstage (right next to the Wheel of Fortune stage). My fellow players and I, there were 11 of us, were taken to the green roo m for makeup and orientation. We chatted with each other and asked the producers questions. My favorite: "What do we do if we freeze?" Answer: "Shake it off like T-Swift." About an hour later we were in the studio along with the audience and soon the first two contestants, along with the returning champ, were onstage. And that was when we finally saw Alex!
Everything that happened after that is pretty much a blur. It really was like my wedding day in the sense that it was exciting and went by fast. One thing that I learned is that buzzer timing is monumentally important. Buzz in too early and you're locked out for half a second. Buzz in too late and you've missed your window. Li ke a lot of things in life, timing is everything.
As Alex has said, Jeopardy! truly represents the best of reality television. It's a show that anyone can watch, enjoy, and learn from. The week after the taping, Alex announced that he was battling pancreatic cancer. We could tell he was in pain, but he still took the time to answer audience questions and take photos with all the contestants. He is pretty much what you see on TV--a gentleman and a scholar.
I'll always be grateful that I had an opportunity to be part of this great American institution and hope that someday our clever daughter will be able to continue what's become a little family tradition.
You can go to to read a more about Santa Fe Catholic High School Graduate Imar DaCunha and all the contestants on Jeopardy!.
AP Exam Information

Silver Garland 

Senior Announcements 
Senior Fee
The end of the school year is fast approaching to the BIG day of Graduation for your Senior! While we still have many things to accomplish before the BIG day, we are now preparing for the graduation ceremony.

Each Senior is required to pay $150 for the Graduation Fee. This fee assists in paying expenses related to graduation such as rental of the graduation venue, printing of diplomas and programs. 

You may pay by cash, credit card or by check to the front office. All Graduation Fees are due by May 17, 2019.

All outstanding obligations such as tuition payments, graduation fees, sports uniform, return of books, must be complete prior to the Graduation Ceremony on May 24, 2019.

Diplomas, transcripts or other records will not be released until all obligations are paid in full to Santa Fe Catholic High School.
Athletic News   
Cross Country
The Cross Country team is searching for a coach in the 2019-2020 school year. If you or anyone you know are interested, please contact David Saliba .

Booster Association Polos and Hoodie
There are Polos for sale in the main office for $45, Polos may be worn on non-Mass days. There are few hoodies (Crimson) left, only Large and X-Large sizes available for $55.
Guidance News

Junior Families
Junior families, if you haven't done so already, please use
 this link to schedule a time  for a meeting with Mrs. Gaspary to discuss your students' upcoming college
application process. Times are available from 8:00-10:30 most mornings. If you are not able to attend in person, a virtual meeting option is available:    
We will discuss GPA, test scores, and college goals so you will have a better idea of what to expect during the college application process and what you can start doing now to prepare.

SAT/ACT Prep Course
USF is offering SAT/ACT Test Prep sessions through the summer. Our students can get 10% off fee if they enter code USFSFC. Click here for more information.

Scholarship Opportunities
Brooks Law Group
Brooks Law Group biannual scholarship awards two Florida students with financial assistance to help them succeed at their school of choice! You can find the link here.

The deadline for our Spring 2019 application is May 3rd.

Lakeland Electric S.T.E.A.M. Scholarship
The Lakeland Electric Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) Scholarship is open to high school seniors who demonstrate an interest in S.T.E.A.M. subjects and intend to major in S.T.E.A.M. disciplines in college. Eligible recipients must reside within the Lakeland Electric territory and be able to provide proof that a parent or guardian is a Lakeland Electric customer. To be considered, you must submit an essay on your Lakeland Electric Story: Share a true story of how you or someone you know was positively impacted by Lakeland Electric. (You must have subject give permission to share their story.) Click here for application.

Randy Roberts Foundation
Each scholar begins with a specific amount their freshman year that may increase annually over the course of their undergraduate study. This can occur IF they choose to engage with the Foundation regularly and commit to working in Florida after graduation. This may total more than $5,000 over the four years. If you are truly interested in becoming a part of our mission to cultivate Florida's future leaders,
please take time in submitting  this application.

Click   here   for more scholarship opportunities.
Community Events/Fundraiser
St. Matthew Catholic Church Fundraiser

St. Matthew Catholic Church will be having a fundraiser drive for Bishop Grady Villas. "Bishop Grady Villas supports persons with disabilities to use their God-given gifts to achieve greater independence, physical and emotional well-being, and spiritual growth.

We empower these individuals from throughout Central Florida to reach their full potential through Christ-centered, personalized and holistic residential, vocational and employment services, and community support." 

Full of Grace Catholic Ministry for Moms

Santa Fe Catholic 2019-2020 Re-Registration

2019-2020 re-registration is now open.  All families with a current student in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade should have received an email with the link to re-register.  It would have gone to the primary email address that we have on file. 

The re-registration must be completed and submitted, along with the registration fee of $425. 

If you did not receive the email or have any questions please contact the main office.  We look forward to another wonderful year together.  Go Hawks!
Santa Fe Catholic Alumni. Mark your calendars!
Class Reunion October 11-12, 2019
Get ready to get down, get down, get down...
with our Santa Fe Class of 1969!

Friday, October 11th- meet at Santa Fe High Homecoming Football game: 6:00-830pm. A tent with food and fellowship will be available.

Saturday, October 12th- Group Mass at 4:00pm service at Resurrection Church. Followed by Dinner and refreshments at the Resurrection Parish Hospitality Room until 10:00pm. Let us know if you will attend.

Send checks to Tom Waller at 818 S. Franklin Pl. Lakeland, FL 33815 ($75.00 per person) paid to: "SFC Class of 1969 50th Reunion" by 30 June to take advantage of early bird pricing.

PS: Trying to reach the following from the Class of 1969 and friends of the Class: Need e-mails or phone numbers for the following classmates: John Smith, Cecilie Jackson, Jim Cook, Pat McCarthy, Richard Kubick, Peggy (Tucker) McKeel, and Tim Getty. 

Please contact Geri Veshosky at with any info.
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