Scheible Goes for the Gold During the  Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship!

Scheible Goes for the Gold During the Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship!

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Cheered on by her teammates and coaches from Fort Pierce Central’s Swim Team, 9th grader Leah Scheible won the Gold Medal in the 100-meter freestyle and the Silver Medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the recent Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship held at the North County Aquatic Center in Sebastian.

Scheible met her Cobra swimming teammates over the summer at the St. Lucie County Special Olympics Swimming program where she participated and Coach Gray along with several of the Ft. Pierce Central Swim Team volunteered.  According to FPC Cobras Swim Coach Heather Gray, she was already setting goals for herself to do flip turns and dives.  “She has the drive and determination to beat her time with every swim…and she does!”

Gray also added, “My hope is that others take notice and set the bar much higher for our student athletes because given the chance they WILL succeed.  It is our duty to afford students the opportunity for greatness! I can’t even begin to describe how full my heart is and how thankful I am to have been in a position to be a part of this journey!”  Gray added that her next step is to submit Scheible’s times to the Special Olympics to see if she will qualify for Nationals.

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Scheible Goes for the Gold!

Scheible Goes for the Gold!

Cheered on by her teammates and coaches from Fort Pierce Central’s Swim Team, 9th grader Leah Scheible won the Gold Medal in the 100-meter freestyle and the Silver Medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the recent Special Olympics State Aquatics Championship held at the North County Aquatic Center in Sebastian.

Scheible met her Cobra swimming teammates over the summer at the St. Lucie County Special Olympics Swimming program where she participated and Coach Gray along with several of the Ft. Pierce Central Swim Team volunteered.  According to FPC Cobras Swim Coach Heather Gray, she was already setting goals for herself to do flip turns and dives.  “She has the drive and determination to beat her time with every swim…and she does!”

Gray also added, “My hope is that others take notice and set the bar much higher for our student athletes because given the chance they WILL succeed.  It is our duty to afford students the opportunity for greatness! I can’t even begin to describe how full my heart is and how thankful I am to have been in a position to be a part of this journey!”  Gray added that her next step is to submit Scheible’s times to the Special Olympics to see if she will qualify for Nationals.

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DMMS Speakers Bureau: Dr. Donna Mills and Mr. Lafayette Ashley

DMMS Speakers Bureau: Dr. Donna Mills and Mr. Lafayette Ashley

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The Speakers Bureau Special Guests at Dan McCarty Middle School were Dr. Donna Mills, school board member of St. Lucie Public Schools, and Mr. Lafayette Ashley, recent FPC graduate and student at Indian River State College.  Dr. Mills shared in depth her life story. She emphasized to students the need to understand that true success comes from within and also stressed that the choices students make will determine their success in life, and she pointed out to students throughout her presentation, “No matter the situation, you can always make it out of your circumstances, knowledge will take you far, YOU CAN DO IT!”

Mr. Ashley inspired the students by sharing some of his personal challenges and expressed to the them that if you want something bad enough, you will work hard to get it. Mr. Ashley also shared some spoken words with the students.

Speakers Bureau Benefits Samuel Gaines Academy 7th Graders

Speakers Bureau Benefits Samuel Gaines Academy 7th Graders

Samuel S. Gaines Academy 7th grade students and staff welcomed Mr. Raphael Sanchez, the Executive Director of Human Resource for the St. Lucie Public Schools, as a guest speaker in the Speakers Bureau series.  Mr. Sanchez emphasized lessons and rules he established for himself while growing up.

Mr. Sanchez spoke about his childhood, and recounted a story of resiliency and perseverance.  Mr. Sanchez believes, “Life is nothing but keys and doors; the more keys you have, the more doors you’ll be able to open for yourself.”  Mr. Sanchez says he didn’t want any doors closed due to lack of an education or experiences.

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Mr. Lezeau Speaks To FPW 9th Graders

Mr. Lezeau Speaks To FPW 9th Graders

Fort Pierce Westwood High School hosted its very own Mr. Joseph Lezeau as the guest speaker for the Speakers Bureau Series.

Mr. Lezeau spoke about the basic principles that were taught to him by his father. These are two very important resources to have: information and knowledge. He recounted his experiences of initially growing up poor in both Haiti and the U.S.  Mr. Lezeau also shared with his audience the fact that, in the beginning, he did not take advantage of the resources and knowledge he attained and was not appreciative of what was in front of him. He recognized that at that age he “short-changed” himself. However, he emphasized that because of his determination and diligence “to be more” and “to have more,” his mindset eventually changed. Mr. Lezeau now represents St. Lucie Public Schools as an Intern Principal at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.