Northport K-8 receives certification from national wildlife federation

Northport K-8 receives certification from national wildlife federation

Northport K-8 School has been recognized as a certified Natural Wildlife Sanctuary by the Natural Wildlife Federation.  The mission of the federation is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Thanks to the hard work of many of the Northport K-8 teachers and staff, as well as students and their families, the school enjoys a
beautiful and thriving natural habitat for many species of butterflies and gorgeous plants as well as gardens filled with plants and flora that are particular to the state of Florida. Pictured holding the certificate are committee members instrumental in attaining the award for Northport K-8 School including Deb Mock, from left, Jennifer Carey and Shana Cicio.

Port St. Lucie High cadets awarded for excellence

Port St. Lucie High cadets awarded for excellence

Every year, the Jaguar Battalion at Port St. Lucie High School holds an awards ceremony to recognize their best cadets for excellence. At this year’s recent event, many special guests from various civic organizations presented awards to deserving cadets. In addition to the representatives from numerous civic organizations, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Rendell, Principal Bridgette Hargadine, and Assistant Principal Brooke Wigginton presented key leadership and academic excellence awards. Congratulations to all the cadets who earned awards. The special guests that attended the ceremony are appreciated for their support and the Jaguar Battalion thanks each and every one of them for taking the time to present awards at the ceremony. Pictured is Jay Wise, left, representing The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and Sons of the American Revolution, St. Lucie River Chapter, presenting cadet Lieutenant Colonel William Benagh with the Sons of the American Revolution award.

Two St. Lucie students chosen to participate in International Science Fair

Two St. Lucie students chosen to participate in International Science Fair

Two St. Lucie Public Schools students were chosen by the regional judges as international finalists at the recent 58th annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida, and 10 were recognized as state finalists. Lincoln Park Academy students Robert Bacchus and Neha Reddy are now eligible to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair next month in Phoenix, Arizona. Robert is studying cancer cells in the brain and Neha is studying citrus greening. The St. Lucie County Education Foundation has established a fund to help support the students and a teacher/chaperone to attend. The link is https://www.educationfoundationstlucie.org/education-funding/project-detail/pid/14/id/10. Pictured, back row, are Kousal T. Rao, left, and Darron Irving. Third row are Haniya Shareef, from left, Cristin Donaldson, and Stephanie B. Fisher. Second row are Neha K. Reddy, from left, Robert M. Bacchus, Jr., and Faizah Shareef. And front row are Vrinda Jerome, from left, Emily Cohen, and Shreya Reddy.

The state competition is an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and is sponsored by the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists and the State of Florida Department of Education.

Ten of the 13 St. Lucie County students presenting projects were recognized as state finalists. Finalists included:
• Robert Bacchus Jr. from Lincoln Park Academy- First Place in Senior Biochemistry, $20,000 Scholarship from Rollins College, and $125 in cash prizes. His project was entitled, “Targeting “CancaaRS”: Defining the Novel Functions of Lysyl-tRNA Systhetases in Melanoma Etiology.” His teacher is Mrs. Nancy Hosie.
• Neha Reddy from Lincoln Park Academy- Second Place in Senior Environmental Sciences, $250 in cash prizes. Her project was entitled, “Insights into Off-Target Effects of RNA Interference (RNAi): Management of Huanglongbing, One of the World’s Most Destructive Citrus Diseases. ” Her teacher is Mrs. Nancy Hosie.
• Faizah Shareef from Lincoln Park Academy- Third Place in Senior Botany. Her project was entitled, “Identification of Potential Biological Control Fungi for Control of the Invasive Weed, Mikania micrantha .” Her teacher is Mrs. Nancy Hosie.
• Zoe Barbeau a home schooled student- Third Place in Senior Engineering. Her project was entitled, “Spidron Geometry Applied to the Solar Shade Concept: A Continuation Study”. Her teacher is Mrs. Lori Barbeau.
• Koushal T. Rao from Lincoln Park Academy- Honorable Mention in Senior Botany. His project was entitled, “Changes in Allelopathic Properties of an Invasive Species by Insect Damage.” His teacher is Ms. Lisa Hevner.
• Stephanie Fisher from St. Lucie West Centennial High School- Fourth place in Senior Botany. Her project was entitled, “Effect of Soil Type and Rainfall Intensity on Leaching of Simazine.” Her teacher is Mrs. Connie McCraw.
• Isabelle Victoria Daza from Olivet Private School- Recognition in senior Zoology, $54,000 Scholarship from Florida Institute of Technology. Her project was entitled, “survivorship of Green Lacewing Preying on Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle.” Her teacher is Mrs. Sandra Alexander.
• Haniya Shareef from Lincoln Park Academy- First Place in Junior Zoology, $230 in cash prizes and a nomination to submit research to Broadcom MASTERS. Her project was entitled, “Will Biotic Resistance by the Leafminer Flies Calycomyza platyptera and Nemorimyza maculosa Prevent the Invasion of Mikania micrantha?” Her teacher is Ms. Barbara Saraduke.
• Vrinda Jerome from West Gate K-8- Third place in Junior Chemistry and $100 in cash prizes. Her project was entitled, “Eliminating BPA, Which Method Eliminates the Most BPA from Del Monte French Style Green Beans: Rinsing, Microwaving, or cooking?” Her teacher is Ms. Janet Brewi.
• Cristin K. Donaldson from Lincoln Park Academy- Third Place in Junior Microbiology. Her project was entitled, “What Environmental Changes Increase Lipid Production in Isochrysis Microalgae? Her teacher is Mr. Thomas Balcer.
• Darron Irving from Fort Pierce Central High School- State Finalist in Senior Engineering. His project was entitled, “Do Tubercles Added to the Leading Edge of a Swimmer’s Fin Increase Efficiency?” His teacher is Mrs. Jennifer Kalament.
• Emily Cohen from Fort Pierce Central High School- State Finalist in Senior Microbiology. Her project was entitled, “Heating Up and Thawing; Is Ground Beef’s Bacterial Population Still Growing?” Her teacher is Mrs. Jennifer Kalament.
• Shreya Reddy from Lincoln Park Academy- State Finalist in Junior Biochemistry. Her project is entitled, “Anti-Corrosive Effects of Phoenix dactylifera and Related Species on Aluminum.” Her teacher is Ms. Barbara Saraduke.

Northport K8 science students excel

Northport K8 science students excel

The Northport K8 School Northstar team has set high expectations for their students. The team set a theme for the year as “Go For The Gold!” Throughout the year, students have been achieving and experiencing the great feeling of meeting challenges set by themselves and their teachers. In Dr. Laura Woodworth’s science classes, the students earn prestigious science “gold medals” for high achievement. Students pictured have achieved a 90% or better on each of the quarters one and three science benchmark tests. Students proudly sporting their gold medals, from left, are Michael Gorbach, Sarah Abulathou, Brandt Wrench, Alaina Franklin, Joshua Benjamin, Cyara Davis and Cameron Templeton. After reflecting on critical information learned, students expressed determination and a great enthusiasm for processing new information.