On Wednesday, December 15th, the Fort Pierce Central High School Culinary Department provided staff with a four-star dining experience. This year’s holiday banquet was a warm and innovative celebration in the Cobra Café. As staff walked through the doors of the café, the sound of Bing Crosby singing Christmas carols greeted our ears. Then, we walked into a festival of lights where we were greeted by Chef Swertfager in her signature uniform. Our eyes were then immediately transfixed to a bright fireplace with a Christmas tree displayed from the projector in the room’s background, with an assortment of colorful lights
The FPC Sunshine Committee, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Cobra Nation came together to honor the true meaning of giving this season. Thank you to the entire Cobra Family for your generous donations to local children and families during the holidays!
Student Government Association (SGA) of Fort Pierce Central High School hosted a staff door decorating contest to spread holiday cheer! The Santa on the left is Mr. Coughlin’s creation from room 1-123. The snow friend on the right is Mrs. Baechle’s from room 1-122. Thanks to all who participated as well as Mrs. Becht (SGA Sponsor) and SGA for this fun holiday event!
Breakfast, Volunteering, Crafts, and Karaoke! FPC Key Club Does It All! Breakfast with Santa was organized by New Horizons and the wife of Fort Pierce Central High School teacher and Coach Jeff Rymer. Participants were asked to donate unwrapped gifts, adults were charged $5, and children were free. FPC Key Club helped set up tables for kid’s cookie decorating, ornament making, and Christmas card making. As children had their photos taken with Santa, FPC Key Club members would take the developed photo to the families. Everyone had fun watching and listening to Key Club members participating in the Christmas Karaoke!
Fort Pierce Central came out to the Annual Christmas Parade in Fort Pierce to share joy and cheer! FPC Marching Cobra Band and Key Club showed Fort Pierce that the new Christmas colors are Purple and Gold! Over 100 Key Club members participated! Thank you to Mrs. Peschio, Ms. Nicole Hood-Child, and Mrs. Santoro for their assistance in making this year’s parade a Cobra success!
A New Year, A New Cobra Way Fort Pierce Central High School’s Creative Writing Club (CWC) was started in 2014 by Kelly Addams, a former FPC student and teacher. CWC was created to give students a place to share their writing. Mrs. McPhee has historically taught the only Creative Writing course on campus, so in 2015 Ms. Addams and a student in that class had an idea. They approached Mrs. McPhee about becoming involved with Florida’s Louder Than a Bomb Competition and their first Spoken Word Poetry Slam. Mrs. McPhee tapped Mr. Miserocchi, a spoken word poet, to become involved
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER For the past two years, Fort Pierce Central High School has been honored to have the famed Mr. Devon J. Goffman as its Drama Instructor. His talents on and off the stage have enraptured a generation of students to follow their passion of theatre and the performing arts. This year, Mr. Goffman and his exceptional cast presented Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan and a Tony-winning play, based on the best-selling novels. Peter and the Starcatcher reaches audiences of all ages. From those who grew up, never wanted to grow up, and are
Our Community’s Future is Rich through Cooking, Diversity, & Inclusion. In March of this year, students in Mrs. Swertfager’s Culinary Arts 1 class at Fort Pierce Central High School, read a brochure called “Roots to Recipes” to celebrate Women in History month. The brochure was given to Mrs. Swertfager by Doris Tillman, the manager of Fort Pierce Main Street. Stories in the brochure highlight immigrant women who moved to Seattle and opened businesses centered around culinary arts. After reading about these wonderful diverse women, the students answered three questions for their assignment. Doris then chose the best entries to highlight
FPC Cobra Chronicles In the midst of a complicating and trying year, Fort Pierce Central students wanted to share the lesser heard stories in Cobra Nation and the community and a school newspaper was the answer. In a decade’s long gap of a Journalism class, last year FPC offered a 100% virtual class, taught by Mrs. McPhee. Comprised of 9th and 10th grade students, one of the 9th grade students came up with the name and the Cobra Chronicles was born. The Chronicles reached more than just virtual students. An in-person student, who was not in the class, offered to
On Wednesday, Oct 20th, the sun rose over the east coast, illuminating Cobra Nation in a soft and bright glow. That glow was not just from the sun. The warm colors came on National Unity Day. Fort Pierce Central High School community came together, wearing orange to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. This visible message affirms that no child should ever experience bullying. If any Cobra experiences bullying, that is one family member too many. It doesn’t have to be October 20th and it doesn’t stop at wearing orange, Fort Pierce Central is united each day for everyone.
FPC Spirit Fridays! Fort Pierce Central, home of the Cobras, has spirit and it shows! Fridays, in Cobra Nation, are filled with purple and gold pride! From administration, to faculty, staff, and students, pride makes the difference! Having all students back on campus creates community togetherness and promotes our shared commitment to excellence. Cobra pride doesn’t just wait until Fridays. Students are welcomed into an atmosphere of high expectations with role models demonstrating integrity, respect, and professionalism. At FPC, pride makes the difference and every Cobra shows it!
FPC Artist Turns Entrepreneur! Central’s talent and creativity are shared through-out our eclectic community. Tsugami Del Valle Asato, FPC Senior, sells her first artwork, “The Color of Me” to Kai of the Ohana Realty Group. Special thank you to Mrs. Heather Blackmon-Gordon, Visual and Digital Arts Educator at FPC for her enduring support and guidance to all students.
Fort Pierce Central Gets Students Involved! Central means family! Whether it is welcoming new 9th grades or transfer students, Cobra nation welcomes all students and invites everyone to join a club, student organization, seek an athletic opportunity, and ultimately explore what it means to be part of the Cobra family! From Embry-Riddle to Creative Writing Club, Gay-Straight Alliance to Anime Club, Central’s diverse student opportunities offer something for everyone! Thank you to Asst. Principal Mr. Jamie Siminski, SGA advisors Mr. Luis Perez and Mrs. Jamie Becht, and Student Government Association volunteers for organizing this important event!
Way To Go Cobra Track & Field! Congrats to the Coach Wilder and the ladies 4×4 relay team, for winning 1st place at regionals and breaking the school record. The 4×4 consists of Rachelle Williams, Auhmya Wilder, Kiana Vreene and Brianna Clayton. A Cobra congratulations to Brianna Clayton, who also won 1st in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash as well as breaking a school record. Wow, ninth grader Nakayia Wilder also broke the school record in discus! These student-athletes have all advanced to States next week!!! Congratulations to Mikoy Holmes, Jerneka Davis, Malik Collions, Jabari Aljoe, and
Central’s Beach Volleyball Makes a First Appearance in State Tournament! Congratulations to the Cobra Beach Volleyball team who competed in the Florida High School Beach Volleyball State Championships this past Friday and Saturday in Tavares! Players include Presley Murray, Kendra Brown, Riley Wyatt, Maya Chase, Kailani Zezas, Kaleigh Becton, Kadiann Perry, Katie-Rose Wohlbold, Delaney Bolbach, and Lauren Woolley with Coach Quigley leading all the way! The team was presented with the Region 4AA Runner-up trophy before they began play!!! Although the team did not bring home the Championship trophy, finishing in the top 12 in the state for their very
FPC truly means family Deann Justice, head girls softball coach at Central shows us the true meaning of family coming together to support one another. Cobra softball player, Kieanna Angelotti, lost her father Keith in a tragically unexpected accident, during his own softball game. “Kieanna is a major part of our softball team as well as being one of Chef Strell’s amazing culinary students” Coach Justice shares. Family comes together, so the softball team partnered up with the culinary department to put on host a spaghetti lunch to-go fundraiser with all proceeds going to Kieanna and her mother, Michele. The
FPC Students Positively Rock! The 7th period students of Ms. Dowdy and Mrs. Santoro joined the week of April 12-16 for a uniquely positive community building project! Kindness Rocks was an afternoon alternative for students that had testing in the morning. Students were encouraged to paint their kindness designs then hide the colorful rocks around campus for others to find. On Thursday, April 15th both classes (approx. 60 students) placed over 100 rocks all over campus. When asked, students found big meaning in small packages! “[I painted rocks] to make someone’s day by making them feel happy when reading the
(Seniors Andrea Moreno & Tara Monfort) EXTRACTING STRAWBERRY DNA Ms. Jackson’s scientists are unraveling the mysteries of DNA with fruit! For all the emerging scientists, Ms. Jackson shares some background knowledge. Each individual cell in an organism has a copy of the DNA pattern used to reproduce cells. Usually, DNA is combined within the cell, so it cannot be seen or observed. However, when a mixture of dish soap, salt, and strawberry pulp are combined, the strawberry cells are broken down into individual parts. Then, alcohol is added to the pulp, encouraging the DNA strands to rise to the top
Fort Pierce Central has a unique program to offer support to co-workers. The program is called Cobra Secret Friends. Co-workers are matched by drawing names with the Program Coordinator Sandra Rohn. The secret is that only the coordinator knows who the secret friends are. Once matched, group emails are exchanged so they can publicly thank their Secret Friends for little gifts, notes of encouragement, and snacks given once a week or so. The big Secret Friend reveal will be held at the end of the year. Ms. Rohn, says “it has been a fun, feel good program.” For info
Ft. Pierce Central High School participated in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Regional Manatee Bowl Competition on March 27, 2021, coached by Steven Shotola and Retta Rohm. Overall, the two Ft. Pierce Central teams placed 5th and 7th in this year’s Florida Manatee Bowl hosted by Harbor Branch. While this year’s regional competition was virtual due to COVID-19, last year’s competition was hosted by University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Febuary 2020 and the students competed head-to-head. Ft. Pierce Central has a long-standing history of participating in NOSB. Central’s Head Coach, Steve Shotola, holds