Black Diamond PTSO sponsors science fair, holds golf tournament, fun day, achievers gala

Black Diamond Middle School PTSO Golf Tournament winning team.

Black Diamond Middle School PTSO Golf Tournament winning team of Mike Stoiber, Dan Smith, Tim Stiehr and Ross Lopez.

By John Crowder

The Black Diamond Middle School (BDMS) Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (PTSO) has been very active this year, and recently sponsored a science fair at the school and a golf tournament fundraiser at the Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center.

Science Fair

The PTSO-sponsored science fair was open to all students at the school, and garnered about three-dozen entries. Cash prizes ($100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place) and ribbons were given to the top finishers at each grade level, 6th through 8th. All students submitting entries received extra credit points in their science classes.

Frances Spijker, BDMS PTSO President, recruited school “celebrity” judges for the event, including Dr. Donald Gill, Antioch Superintendent of Schools, and school board members Diane Gibson-Gray, Debra Vinson, and Walter Ruehlig.

Top placing students were:

6th Grade: Dylan Riley (1st), Sabrina Puri (2nd), and Amari Joyner & Jeffery Boatright (3rd)

7th Grade: Nayeli Canedo (1st), Ashanti Jackson & Pilar Pedro-Del-La-Sol (2nd), and Fred Edgmond & Adagoke Adeyemi (3rd)

8th Grade: Jordin Lara (1st), Stephanie Spijker (2nd), and Patrick Queiroz & Tabasom Bahramand (3rd)

Golf Tournament

The BDMS golf tournament fundraiser, sponsored by the school PTSO, took place on Sunday, March 22, and began with a shotgun start just after 1:00 p.m. at the Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center. The money raised at the event will help fund the BDMS STEM program, the Academic Achievers Gala Event, and other student programs. Following the tournament, participants enjoyed a tri-tip dinner as awards were handed out.

The winners of the tournament, with a team score of 64, were Ross Lopez, Mike Stoiber, Dan Smith, and Tim Stiehr. The “longest drive” was won by BDMS student Jackielou Caniete. “Closest to the pin” went to Chris Santos.

The PTSO organizing team extends their thanks to their business sponsors: A & B Creative Trophies, Ed Caniete of Sun Edison, Jacquelyne Gettone of IG GETTDONE, Kinder’s Meats, Sheffield Orthodontics, and State Farm Agent Ross Lopez.

More Events

The PTSO is sponsored a “Fun Day,” consisting of outdoor fun and games for all students on Wednesday, May 6. Tonight, May 13, the PTSO is sponsoring a “High Achievers Dinner Gala.” This event, to be held at the Veterans Memorial Building in Antioch, is for all students who achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher in the Third Quarter.

For more information on the BDMS PTSO contact Frances Spijker at, or visit their website,

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