A team of middle grades students from Dan McCarty School recently competed in the Space Coast Science Education Alliance Regional Science Bowl in Melbourne, Florida. After practicing for weeks under the direction of science teacher Holly Kaas, the students made the trip on a Saturday to participate. The team made it through two grueling rounds before defeat. Pictured, from left, are Coach Kaas and team members Micoy O’Meally, Meshun Atkins, Colton Gillman, Jonathan Ordonez and Edmundo Moreno. St. Lucie Public Schools’ K-12 Science Title 1 Curriculum Supervisor District Science Coordinator Steven Shotola, far right, was also on hand to support the team.
Two teams from Fort Pierce Westwood High School Marine Oceanographic Academy took first and second place at the 15thannual Florida Manatee Bowl, which this year took place at the Johnson Education Center at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce, home of the MOA academy. Sixteen high school teams with four or five students on each team participated in this year’s Manatee Bowl. The academic competion consisted of buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended, team-challenge questions. The first place place team included, pictured, from left, Samantha Oxley, Shelby Busenbark, Danielle Gordon, Brooke Gaylord, Jeremy Johnson, and coach Scott Hurley. They will now compete against 24 teams in April at the National Ocean Science Bowl in Baltimore, Maryland. The second place team consisted of Samuel Jones-Bankston, Justice Smith, Helda Vega, Ludwin Vielman, Tommy Yannopoulos and Coach Scott McMillen. Also participating from St. Lucie Public Schools was a team from St. Lucie West Centennial High School including of Kayla Birch, Dallas Sidebottom, Sissy Sidebottom, Cassi Smith, Chris Wirsing and Coach Deron Bauer. The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a collaborative effort between the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and host institutions. Its mission is to advance research, education and sound ocean policy.
Students and staff of Dan McCarty School recently gathered around the school track to create the Circle of Hope and show support for cancer victims, survivors and research. Assistant Principal Luvenia Morgan welcomed and thanked everyone, and Annie Kate Jackson, cancer survivor and Secretary of the American Cancer Society, made brief remarks. Dan McCarty School band director Richard Shaw sang to close the gathering. Many students and staff wore purple or pink to show support as well. Staff and students of Dan McCarty School were proud to participate in this moving and important event.