The Newsome High School PTSA 2011-2012 Board consists of a group of concerned parents who strive to put on quality programs and to provide scholarships to deserving seniors.

Newsome High School PTSA strives to uphold its mission to help the students and their parents have a good high school experience. The PTSA does this by providing a variety of meaningful programs and offering scholarships to deserving seniors of Newsome High School.

On Monday, April 29, during a student assembly at 9:20 a.m. and later that evening at 6:30 p.m., the PTSA will present Stand for the Silent. This is a free event and members of the community are invited to attend. The program will be held at the school located at 16550 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia and will last approximately one hour.

Stand for the Silent (SFTS) is a program which addresses the issues of school bullying and youth suicide. The program features Kirk Smalley whose son, Ty, committed suicide. SFTS uses an engaging, factual and emotional methodology to address these serious issues.

This program, according to PTSA President, Liz Brewer, is being offered because, “As parents we want to do everything we can to empower the students to rise above bullying and understand that there are underlying reasons that students bully one another. Providing them with knowledge of why it happens will help them prevent it from occurring around them.”

In addition to providing timely and valuable programs such as Stand for the Silent, the Newsome High School PTSA also works with the community to provide deserving seniors with much needed scholarships. Seniors are eligible for a $500 scholarship which can be used for either a two or four year program. Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges which include community leaders.

Corporate sponsors who donate to the scholarship program have the privilege of presenting the selected senior with the scholarship. The scholarships are given out yearly in May at the Awards Night. Corporate sponsors include Stephanie Antala with Allstate Insurance, Rockstone Pavers, The Tire Choice and Total Car Care, Professional Accounting and Consulting and Autoway Nissan of Brandon.

Brewer said, “We want students to have a good high school experience. This includes working with the community to raise funds to give deserving students scholarships that they might not be able to get from any other source.”

For more information or to contribute to the scholarship program, please contact Liz Brewer at 299-6745 or visit

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