NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALIST NAMED FROM ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALIST NAMED FROM ST. LUCIE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

“Geoffrey Zheng, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy (LPA) in Fort Pierce has been named as one of the semifinalists for the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program,” announced Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “This is a prestigious honor, and I am very proud of Geoffrey’s achievement and the instructional support he has received. He is a fine representative of students in our schools.”

LPA Principal Henry Sanabria had the pleasure of sharing the news with Zeng who said, “I am honored to have been selected as a semi-finalist.  I realize that all of my hard work throughout high school has paid off, and I hope to continue working hard and pursuing excellence.”

The Superintendent’s sentiments were echoed by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. When the news of semifinalists was announced, she said, “I am very proud of our students for being nominated as National Merit semifinalists. This is a testament to the hard work of our state’s educators who help unlock the potential that lies within our students. As schools around the state are settling in to a new school year, I hope the success of these students will help motivate all of our students to do their very best.”

National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials recognized high school seniors with the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test who met program requirements. Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to become a finalist. The semifinalist and his or her school must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s academic record throughout high school, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. The student must also be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn an SAT score that confirms the earlier performance on the qualifying test. Finalists are selected based on exceptional skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Fort Pierce Central Honors 9/11

Fort Pierce Central Honors 9/11

The annual Fort Pierce Central High School 9/11 Ceremony represents an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and area first-responders to come together to honor the victims and survivors of the tragic events that took place on September 11th, 2001. For the ceremony, the Cobra Battalion JROTC flag detail carries the U.S. and Florida State colors to the school flag pole and, to the tune of reveille, raises them to the top of the flag pole (full staff) . Once the colors reach the top, the trumpet player sounds taps and the flag detail lowers the colors to half staff.

Fort Pierce Central High Cobra Battalion flag detail prepares to post colors at 9/11 ceremony.

Fort Pierce Central High Cobra Battalion flag detail prepares to post colors at 9/11 ceremony.

Fort Pierce First- responders join faculty, staff, and students of Fort Pierce Central High for 9/11 ceremony

Fort Pierce First- responders join faculty, staff, and students of Fort Pierce Central High for 9/11 ceremony

After a moment of silence, guest speakers including the Cobra Battalion Cadet Battalion Commander Valerie Cardenas, the JROTC Senior Army Instructor Lieutenant Colonel (US Army retired) Matthew Saxton, and guest speaker Major Tommy White (US Army retired) spoke to the assembly about the horrible events that took place and the importance of honoring those who perished and those who survived.

World Trade Center Tribute

World Trade Center Tribute

By: Kaylee Zuidema
September 11th is a day to have a moment of silence and remember all of the men, women, and children who died in the attack on the World Trade Center; it has been fourteen years since the Twin Towers collapsed. Port Saint Lucie High School held a ceremony in the auditorium to remind us what happened on that fateful day.
The JROTC cadets, Cadet Sergeant Major Adam Pagan, Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jamie Triplett, Cadet Major Catherine Zukowski, and Cadet Major Julian Taft presented the flags at the ceremony.
Deputy Rosario, who works at the school as a School Resource Deputy (SRD), shared his story with us. Deputy Rosario was a forensic officer at the time; he told us about the Bucket Brigade and how it was one of the hardest things he has ever had to do. The Bucket Brigade cleaned up the trash and remains from the fallen buildings.

9/11 Heroes Tribute

9/11 Heroes Tribute

On September 11th, SGA paid tribute to our heroes by hosting a grandparents breakfast and dedicating a mural to law enforcement and firefighters. Art Teacher Jordan Emerson along with SGA students created the mural, SGA Stands United, to let first responders know that we appreciate and support them. (Pictured are: Principal Wilke, Assistant Principal Smith, SRD Horowitz and SRO Captain Scavuzzo)

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist Named From St. Lucie Public Schools

“Geoffrey Zheng, a senior at Lincoln Park Academy (LPA) in Fort Pierce has been named as one of the semifinalists for the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program,” announced Superintendent E. Wayne Gent. “This is a prestigious honor, and I am very proud of Geoffrey’s achievement and the instructional support he has received. He is a fine representative of students in our schools.”

LPA Principal Henry Sanabria had the pleasure of sharing the news with Zeng who said, “I am honored to have been selected as a semi-finalist.  I realize that all of my hard work throughout high school has paid off, and I hope to continue working hard and pursuing excellence.”

The Superintendent’s sentiments were echoed by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. When the news of semifinalists was announced, she said, “I am very proud of our students for being nominated as National Merit semifinalists. This is a testament to the hard work of our state’s educators who help unlock the potential that lies within our students. As schools around the state are settling in to a new school year, I hope the success of these students will help motivate all of our students to do their very best.”

National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials recognized high school seniors with the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test who met program requirements. Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $32 million.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to become a finalist. The semifinalist and his or her school must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s academic record throughout high school, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. The student must also be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn an SAT score that confirms the earlier performance on the qualifying test. Finalists are selected based on exceptional skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.