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
Twin Cobra Seniors, Grace and Emily Welby are academically inclined, incredibly focused, and college-bound! Emily is heading to the University of Florida and Grace will be attending the University of Michigan. Mother and licensed psychologist for SLC, Shelley Welby says she is “so excited for them to start the next phase of their lives” and know the girls are “more than ready!” Although Mrs. Welby admits that she is a mixed range of emotions, she trusts in their decisions-making and “prays for their safety. They are really, really great kids – I got so lucky that they are secure in
Mr. Devon Goffman and his talented Cobra performers are excited to present Mamma Mia this month! Originally opened on Broadway on October 18, 2001, Mamma Mia came at a time when the world had just dealt with the tragedy and pain of 9/11 in NYC. Mamma Mia was exactly what NYC needed to bounce back. It was a huge success! It was hilarious, light, fun, and had tunes that everyone already loved! The end of the show IS a disco dance sing-a-long, and the audience ALWAYS joins the fun whole-heartedly. 20 years later…we have all been affected by the Covid-19
Made possible with the outstanding collaboration of FPC CTE teachers and students, FPC’s Freshman Seminar classes participated in a CTE Fair. FPC CTE academies set up “CTE Stations” in building 2 to showcase their programs and the myriad of advantages and opportunities offered to Cobra students. The Freshman Seminar teachers rotated their classes around to each station encouraging students to learn about the course offerings ahead of class registration for next year. This is a wonderful way for rising Cobra sophomores to make confident and informed decisions regarding their electives and potential career paths. Thank you to all those involved
Cadet and FPC student Dominyck Jacob has been accepted to the honorable West Point Academy. His cobra family joins his family with pride in witnessing the leadership of Dominyck and the many other JROTC cadets under LTC Saxton and SGT Lawson!!! #CobraProud Congrats Dominyck!
The Treasure Coast Food Bank along with Fort Pierce Central High School, Lincoln Park Academy, Fairlawn Elementary, and Centennial High School participated in this year’s annual Empty Bowls event. Students and Art teachers from across this district participated in creating soup bowls to address the growing issue of food insecurity in our community. This year’s Empty Bowls looked very different. Instead of the usual event at the Ft. Pierce Farmers Market, this year’s sales were online, we raised a total of $12,819.00, this included the online sales and the online silent auction. Many people made a direct donation, which
Students in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University program are spacing out in unexpected ways! Fort Pierce Central is one of 12 high schools across Florida chosen to participate in the initiative. The students’ objectives are to fully check out the drone operating program and make necessary adjustments before launch. Students are seen assembling drones in support of ERAU’s new Flight Test Engineering Program. In addition, students shared a zoom call briefing on space flight with Dr. Jose Nunez, Chief of Research and Technology at NASA.
Fort Pierce Central wrestling closed the season yesterday in epic form! For the first time in 27 years, Fort Pierce Central placed in the top 3 teams in the state (1994)! For the first time in 25 years (1996) Fort Pierce Central now has a state champ – Gabriel Jacas at 220 pounds. With 10 boys qualifying for states, 7 placed. #1 Gabriel Jacas (220), #2 Russell Raabe (132), #3 Steven Krantz (195), Henry Jones (285), #4 JT Apicella (152), Kevin Finn (170), #6 Riley Orr (160), and state qualifiers Connor Harris (106), Isaiah Herrington (113), and Billy McArdle (120).
How the Arts transform STEM to STEAM at Fort Pierce Central High School A classroom is more than four walls with tables, chairs, and learners. In a STEAM classroom, an art studio merges with a scientific laboratory. Fort Pierce Central High School Ceramics teacher, Doctoral Candidate, and Medici grant participant, Mrs. Katie Avra and her science collaborator Mrs. Laurie Morales, Honors Biology teacher, use arts-integrated lessons to academically support science achievement and artistic growth. Successful arts integration into STEM is the focus of the four-year federal PDAE Medici Grant in St. Lucie County.
A recent random act of kindness was shared on the campus of Fort Pierce Central High School. Cobra student Je’Vaughn Elaissant-Estime set out with a simple goal during the recent Valentine’s Day. When asked by staff, Elaissant-Estime replied: “I just wanted to make someone’s day by being KIND.”💜 He did not know the student. He randomly chose a person on campus to give a gift of kindness. His act of kindness made the student’s day. #Pride Makes the Difference
Steven Shotola may be a science teacher, but he has an eye for photography and the heart for inspiration. Each week he carefully selects an uplifting image to share with his Cobra Family at Fort Pierce Central High School. “I have been very grateful that our Principal Ms. Miller-Buchanan allows me to post an email “Photo of the Week” to the staff. I have realized over the years that maintaining a positive attitude towards teaching, no matter what the challenges are, is the key to building positive relationships and the key to constant school improvement” Mr. Shotola remarks. Both avid
Fort Pierce Central High School Ceramics 1 class is working on social-emotional learning while making Emoji Rattles. Mrs. Avra’s students researched, sketched, and created their own personal version of Emoji’s. As a percussive instrument with decorative features, each rattle is as unique as our art students. Self-expression and emotional mindfulness are experienced throughout the artistic, creative process.