State Science Fair Participants and Winners

State Science Fair Participants and Winners

The school board recognized the state science fair participants and winners at the board meeting on May 26, 2015. STE@M related studies are alive and well in St. Lucie. Our students move from being creative to innovative as they explore their hypotheses and put them to the test.  The various fairs unite young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on a stage where community leaders and doctoral level scientists review and judge their work. 

After this year’s local science fair, 14 students moved on to the state science fair competition, and from there, three of our young innovators were invited to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held earlier this month in Pittsburg, PA. 

This culminating fair is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. More than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for more than $5 million in prizes.

Peter Jones is a student at Olivet Private School.  His project, “Antimicrobials: the Cure for HLB (Greening Disease) in Citrus” focused on a topic of interest for the Treasure Coast and was part of the plant sciences category.

Haniya Shareef is a freshman at Lincoln Park Academy who also competed in the plant sciences category.  Shareef’s project was titled, “How can the efficacy of potential biological controls against Mikanla microntha be enhanced?”  Shareef was honored with third place in the Plant Sciences category and was awarded $1,000.   

Koushal Rao who is taking a class at Indian River State College and cannot be here this evening.  He is a junior at Lincoln Park Academy.   His project, “Effectiveness of Influenza VLP and SAR9 Vaccination,” competed in the Biochemistry category. Rao was awarded the prestigious Global Innovation Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development.  The award is given to four exceptional projects that tackle topics coinciding with the four categories in development: alleviating hunger, climate change, energy, and global health. The award was accompanied by a $10,000 cash prize.

Here are the list of participants and winners:

Michael Gorbach, NPM, 4th Place Junior Medicine & Health

Callie Zheng and Yanin Lin, LPA, 3rd Place Junior Microbiology (TEAM); Special Award-Florida Agriculture in the Classroom

Shreya Reddy, LPA, Honorable Mention Junior Zoology; Special Award-FL Entomological Society & US Dept of Agriculture

Nicholas Stange, LPA, Special Award- Pinellas County Regional

Jack Krasulak and Joshua Navarro, SA, 2nd Place Junior Physics

Koushal Rao, LPA, 1st Place Senior Medicine & Health; Special Award- New College of FL Scholarship Nomination

Haniya Shareef, LPA, 3rd Place Senior Botany

Peter Jones, Olivet, 2nd Place Senior Botany; Special Award- FL Association for Food Protection

Geoffrey Zheng, LPA, 3rd Place Senior Botany; Special Award- Trescot Award

Haley Jezewski, Olivet, Senior Recognition Award Chemistry; Special award- Brevard Intercoastal Regional

Nathaniel Quirion, Olivet, 2nd Place Senior Medicine & Health

Kevin Duan, LPA, Senior Recognition Award Biochemistry; Special Award- Alachua Regional

State History Fair Participants & Winners

State History Fair Participants & Winners

The School Board recognized the participants and winners of the State History Fair at the school board meeting on May 26, 2015. The Florida History Fair (FHF) is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history at elementary and secondary levels. This year’s theme was Leadership and Legacy in History.  Because the theme was broad, topics about all time periods and geographic regions were possible. The History Fair provided an opportunity for students to showcase their skills in the form of exhibits, historical papers, and websites as they authentically met numerous social studies and English language arts standards through their participation. We are so proud of our students’ accomplishments and demonstration of academic excellence at our local and state competition levels.

These are the students who participated:

Dan McCarty Middle– Tiferne Jean Jr., Jesus Hurtado, Hakem Jean-Baptiste

Forest Grove Middle– Shanel Higuera, Samuel Porter, Rylee Nelson, Elize Starr, Amanda O’Brian, Victoria Penney

Manatee Academy– Cade Saenz

Oak Hammock K-8– Keyla Reid

Palm Pointe Educational Research School– Ellyn Delano, Isabella Nazario-Colon, Samantha Watson, Keren Keys

Southern Oaks Middle– Grace Glennon, Grace Kukielka, Tru Rotolo, Alexis Carr, Aneesa Gilbert

St. Andrews Episcopal Academy– Lindsey Doss, Isabelle McGregor, Cyrina Sofen, Joseph Parr, Taggert Mowery, Daniel Krogh, Kenny Duran, Jack Krasulak

Somerset College Prep Academy– Jordan Gray, Shelby Arbacheski, Josh Bredemeyer, Tyler Birch, Aiyanna Harris, Emilee Blum, Julian Williams, Summer Pace, Andrey Kostadinov, Salma Chirinos

Fort Pierce Central High– Q’Marcus Brooks, Nicole Fernandez, Joshua Ackley, Tianna Enge, Yaretzy Rendon

Port St. Lucie High– Jessica Fernandez, Savannah Cymbal, Mark Alton, Ondra Lee, Diana Nguyen

Treasure Coast High– Gabriella Lara, Shelby Parker


Southern Oaks Middle School Flower Power Band Concert

Southern Oaks Middle School Flower Power Band Concert

On Thursday, May 21, 2015 Southern Oaks Middle School Band presented their end of year “Flower Power” Concert.  Director of Bands, Joann Kinder, conducted her 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in compositions such as Dragons in the Mist by Randy Navarre, Overlords by Sean O’Loughlin and At the Hop, arranged by Michael Sweeney.



Project Citizens 2015 State Finals Particpants

Project Citizens 2015 State Finals Particpants

We the People: Project Citizen, another notable curricular program for SLPS 7th graders.  The project, designed and published by the Center for Civic Education (CCE),  promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.

Entire classes of students work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community. They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt their proposed policy. Participants develop a portfolio of their work and present their project in a public hearing showcase before a panel of civic-minded community members.

After a stellar competition at the local level, two schools Lincoln Park Academy and Palm Point Educational Research School represented St. Lucie County with honor at the state competition.

The students who participated from Lincoln Park Academy under the direction of teacher David Perry were, Connor Blake, Muahbohn Dahn, Jeremy Jean Charles, Lancelot McDonald, Dylan Peate, Steve Septembre, and Marissa Ward.  The students from Palm Pointe Educational Research School under the direction of teacher Hillary Cruz were, Natalie Ruppert, Tyler Thomas, Beth Casey, Kristina Patton, Sarah Wouters, Jillian Owen, Alexander Gust, and Garret Rodney.