Correspondent: Julia Farhat
Baby Girl Nour Abraham born to Mr. and Mrs. Abraham and Rawan Sakhel Kassees.
Miss Andrea Kassees to Dr. Joseph Nasim Salameh. Their proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. Nasim and Munira Salameh and Mr. and Mrs. Victor and Sylvia Kassees.
Miss Dunia Christy Odeh to Mr. James Michael Taylor. Their proud parents are Mr. and Mrs. James R Taylor and Mrs. Hiyam E Odeh and the late Mr. Odeh I Odeh.
Christina Lynn Bateh, daughter of Freddie Essa Bateh and Shirley Bateh, received her Master of Science Degree in Education from Sage University in Albany, New York.
Serene Leila Bateh, daughter of George Z. and the late Janan G. Bateh, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Auburn University. Serene currently works as an Account Manager for Insight Global.
Stuart Charlie Bateh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie and Susan Bateh of Atlanta, Georgia and brother to Mrs. Kara Bateh Mousa and Lee-Catherine Bateh Hicks of Jacksonville, Florida graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania on May 16 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology. Prior to attending college, Stuart completed 4.5 years as an U.S. Army Ranger stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia achieving the rank of Sergeant and completing 3 successful tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are so proud of Stuart and his accomplishments, Congratulations and may he always have great health and success. Stuart will reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania temporarily and plans to relocate to Jacksonville, Florida. We Love you Stuart.
Derek Hunter Dostie, son of Mr. David Dostie and Jackie Bateh Dostie, graduated from The University of Mississippi in the school of Business Administration. His proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Suad Bateh and Mrs. Doris Dostie and the late Rene Dostie.
Samantha Marie Farmand, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Musa and Gina Farmand graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Science. She was honored to sing the National Anthem and Alma Mater at her Commencement Ceremony and is pursuing a career in fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations.
Cameron Scott Frye, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Norma Jean Bateh Frye graduated with honors from the University Of Florida Levin College Of Law.
Dr. Joseph Nasim Salameh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nasim and Munira Salameh graduated from Life University in Marietta, Georgia where he received his Doctorate in Chiropractic medicine.
High School Graduations
Amanda Christine Bateh, daughter of Dr. Norman Shihadeh Bateh and Mrs. Marlene Kishek Bateh graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bishop Kenny High School. She will be attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida to pursue a degree in medicine.
Caroline Hannah Bateh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny M and Donna M Bateh graduated with honors from Episcopal High School. She will be attending the University of Florida to pursue a degree in Pharmacy.
Leila Abeer Bateh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George R and Abeer Bateh graduated from Bartram Trail High School. She will be attending the University of North Florida to pursue a career in law.
Palmer Rex Frye, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Palmer and Norma Jean Bateh Frye graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bishop Kenny High School. He will be attending the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida and plans to pursue a degree in Engineering.
Erick Mason Osterhoudt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiram and Maha Farmand Osterhoudt graduated with the AICE diploma from Mandarin High School. The AICE diploma is sponsored by the University of Cambridge and allows students to earn college credit in high school through an accelerated program. Erick earned the Presidential Scholarship and the Bright Futures Scholarship. Erick will be attending the University of North Florida to pursue a degree in Bio Medical Science for a career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. We are very proud of him.
On Friday, May 17 our monthly fundraiser dinner was held and it was a huge success. Approximately 100 people attended. Huge thanks go out to the Entertainment committee for coordinating the event.
Our annual Fathers’ Day picnic was held on Fathers’ Day. Approximately 350 people enjoyed our delicious traditional chicken meal, and our children also enjoyed arts and crafts. Huge thanks go out to Mrs. Sireen Samaan Bateh for the coordination and planning of the picnic, and many thanks go out to Mrs. Hala Mardini Salman for providing the arts and crafts for the children.
On Saturday, June 22 our monthly fundraiser dinner was held. The theme was Italian night and it was a huge success. Huge thanks go out to the Entertainment committee for coordinating the event.
Youth Club News
Our youth participated in The Mandarin Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society the weekend of June 1 at Mandarin High School. Our youth group raised $2,073.00 for the American Cancer Society by holding multiple fund raising efforts during the event. Much thanks and appreciation goes out to our Youth Club Representatives, Mrs. Amy Shunnarah Mousa and Mrs. Shereen Shunnarah Bateh, as well as the parents and the youth for planning this event. (Pictured from Left to Right: Emily Bateh, Lana Farhat and Preston Richter.)
On Wednesday, June 26 our youth including guests from Texas gathered at Dave and Busters for an evening of dinner, fellowship and gaming. Approximately 28 youth attended and everyone had a great time.
The Jacksonville Community extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the following families:
The Farhat and Akel families for the passing of Georgina Khalil Farhat.
May their memories be eternal.