St. Lucie Public Schools State Science Fair Winners

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Participation and recognition at this year’s State Science and Engineering STEM Fair and Competition in Lakeland, Florida, proved to be laden with accolades for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) students.

Based on the project selection criteria from the Regional Fair, top-ranking students were selected to advance to the State Fair.  Escorted by their chaperones, they ventured from St. Lucie County to Lakeland for the three-day event.  Once there, they had the opportunity for their projects to be judged, to network with others, to engage in inquiry and problem solving, and to glean ideas for future exploration.  According to one of the chaperones and local Science Fair Coordinator Paul Reif, “The students continue to amaze me.  Not only do they have a passion for their projects, but they have honed their communication skills expertly so that their opportunities to discuss project research and findings with judges are equally remarkable.”

Of the 11 participating SLPS students, 10 walked across the stage to receive special awards, categorical place recognition awards, or placement awards.  Congratulations to:

Callie Zheng (Junior Division)

Cellular and Microbiology

Can Bacteroids Be Detected in Sediment Samples Collected and Saved for Three Months

Special Award: Brevard; South Regional Science and Engineering


Jillian Markle (Junior Division)

Earth and Environmental

Ugh! Another Invasion of Weevil in Florida

Fourth Place

Special Award: US Department of Agriculture


Asha Budhai (Junior Division)


Keep the “Oil” in Soil



Christopher Swinford and Anthony Oreo (Senior Division)


Foiled Again

Honorable Mention


Alexis Beans (Senior Division)

Physics and Astronomy

The Effects of Electromagnetic Waves on SAR Levels

Special Award: Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science and Engineering Fair


Koushal Rao (Senior Division)

Cellular and Microbiology

Targeting Mistranslaion in Cancer Therapy

Third Place


Haniya Shareef (Senior Division)


Can Anareobic Soil Distribution Create a Disease-Suppressive Soil…

Fourth Place


Reddy Shreya (Senior Division)

Earth and Environmental

A Cost Efficient Solution to Citrus Root Destruction: Developing a Defensible Barrier against Citrus Root Weevils Using a Methixanthine Affect

Second Place

Special Award: Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, US Department of Agriculture


Kevin Duan (Senior Division)

Cellular and Microbiology

Development of Rapid Detection Methods for Citrus Huanglongbing Using Host Plant

Fourth Place

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Northport Supports Autism Speaks Walk in Tradition

Northport Supports Autism Speaks Walk in Tradition

Northport participated in a wonderful community event recently to support Autism Awareness. Autism Speaks Walk was held in Tradition on a beautiful Saturday morning. Northport’s team called the Puzzlers had a wonderful turnout and several of our families took part in the event. Northport has particpated for two years and the teachers and families have stated that this will definitely become an annual event with an even bigger turnout and even more support. Many thanks to the teachers and administrators that attended and especially to our families, the House family, Keldani family, Caicedo family, McKinney family, Woolridge family and Tejada family. Special thanks to co-captains for the event: ESE instructors Rose Rumer and Lisa Reynolds.

Autism Awareness is more important now than ever before. One percent of the world’s population is diagnosed with some form of Autism or 1 in 68 live births and 3.5 million Americans fall someplace on the Autism Spectrum. Autism is a serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact. Symptoms vary widely such as difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviors. Autism can’t be cured, but with therapy and specialized instruction, treatments can help.

At Northport K-8 School, we offer a full complement of staff with various instructional abilities to work with Autistic children who place on the Autistic Spectrum.

Spectacular job to all involved!



Imagine what a school can do when collaboration becomes part of how things get done.  On March 31, 2016, the Treasure Coast High School Visual and Performing Arts Department collaborated with Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens to host their annual art show.  The TCHS Culinary Arts Academy provided tasty delicacies while patrons enjoyed Fine Art, Graphic Art, Photography, Theatrical Performances, and a Dance Performances.  To say the least, it was sensory overload!


Performances by the Theater Department took place in the various Gardens.

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Northport Advanced Band Represents With a Superior Rating!

Northport Advanced Band Represents With a Superior Rating!

Northport K-8 School Advanced Band, under the direction of Brian Hoce, received an overall Superior rating at the Music Performance Assessments held recently at Treasure Coast High School. Nearly all middle school bands were represented at the assessments from Saint Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee and Martin Counties. Parents and students were thrilled to learn of their Superior grade and realized that all their arduous work paid off with the posting of the grades.

Mr. Hoce said, “I am very proud of all of these kids. They worked very hard and deserve the rating!” Many thanks to all involved. Northport community gives a big “thumbs up” to our band and we are proud to be tagged as winners!