Northport K-8 School Media Services program, under the direction of Lynne Gruszka, along with students, faculty, administration and staff are assisting Northport alumnus Sgt. Xiovani Guanill of the U. S. Army. Sgt. Guanill, who administers Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, requested assistance for the 80 men and women in his company. His request included shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, magazines and other items. Not only did Northport students and families assist as a school community that filled 20 boxes, but many teachers offered with a generosity of spirit that included mailing all 20 boxes to Afghanistan. Special thanks to Dr. Laura Woodworth, Linda Walker, Glenda Taylor, Louise Robinson, Charlotte Tombline, Georgia Stone, Daryn Ploeckelman, James Hebb, Mirta Cepeda, Ann Barbare, Judy Fowler, Mary Toto, Diane Carvalho, Pam Crum, Lisa Cash, Lynne Gruszka and Lorie Monroe who quickly offered to mail a box filled with the donated items. Sgt. Guanill is also part of the community of veterans who speak to Northport students on a regular basis. This is Sgt. Guanill’s second deployment to the Middle East, and Northport is very supportive and proud to help the military. Pictured are students from Juliette Thelusma’s and Jennifer Gomez’s fourth grade class along with Mrs. Thelusma with boxes of donated items.
The Fort Pierce Central High School Fishing Club held its monthly Bass Club Tournament at Lake Okeechobee recently with 10 student anglers entered on five boats. It was a picture postcard morning that proved to be a great day on the lake for the competitors. Eight of the 10 student anglers weighed in, and the total for the day was 20 bass weighing in at 34 lbs 12 oz! the largest catch by a 5.77 pound fish caught by Will McKee, pictured. Thanks to the East Coast Bass Anglers Fishing Club out of Fort Pierce, which provided boat captains for the tournament. Prizes were donated by D.O.A. Fishing Lures and East Coast Bass Anglers Bass Club for the winning anglers. The top finishers were: first, Will McKee, five fish totalling 12 lbs. 5 oz.; second, Trenton Stewart, four fish totalling 7 lbs. 2 oz.; third, Ted Rudzinski, three fish totalling five lbs. seven oz.; fourth, Rue Kindred, two fish totalling three lbs. four oz.; fifth, Brianna Morris, two fish totalling two lbs. three oz.; sixth, Tyler Smith, two fish totalling two lbs. eight oz.; and seventh, Valerie Busch-Smith, FPCHS teacher and assistant club advisor, with one fish at one 1 lb. nine oz.
Students in Kelita Singleton’s third grade class at Windmill Point Elementary created their own comic strip “storyboard” to help them sequence and summarize information for their Young Author’s book. In addition, the students utilize the comic strips to determine appropriate transitional words to enhance their stories. Pictured, from left, are Adrian Colon Coss, Meraaz Mahmud and Marlee Wells.