After rigorous, intensive work and deep critical thinking, Northport K-8 School students celebrated a third place win at the St. Lucie School District Project Citizen showcase. Students from Mary Ellsworth’s seventh grade Civics class prepared their project very competitively. The project is titled “What is the Cost of Ruining Your Child’s Education?” The topic centered around the issue of education and budget cuts and how the cuts have affected the purchase of textbooks for many classrooms. The students will have their board and binder displayed in Tallahassee at the Capitol Building! Students at Northport, a Title I school, hold true to the “Kids At Hope” pledge and know that all children can and will succeed in any endeavor. Students from Christopher Prusa and Angel Bracero’s Civics classes as well as Mrs. Ellsworth’s class worked diligently, researching, questioning, letter writing and interviewing to prepare projects as diverse as the student population itself. Some topics were bullying, cleaning up dirty bathrooms, dress code restrictions and improvements, building city sidewalks and several other hot button topics for young teens. Teams were each given four minutes to present and six minutes for judges questioning! Critical information for the third place Project Citizen win was presented by students from Mary Ellworth’s sixth period class, pictured from left, McKenzie Hunsicker, Michael Gorbach, Gabriela Pedraza and Melissa Royo. The school community is extremely proud of our winning and very competitive students!