Ft Pierce Westwood Panther Battalion places third in the physical training (PT) test during in the recent Area III Raiders Competition at Southfork High School. It was a grueling comeptiton consisting of an academic exam, a first aid exam, a physical training test (measuring endurance and physical fitness), a three mile run, and a 1 1/2 run with a litter weighing 80 pounds. The cadets were up for the challenge, they trained hard daily and gave their all, while having an amazing time.
The Panther Battalion Color Guard was invited to present the colors at the “Lights on After School Event.”
The purpose of the event was to inform parents and students about various after school activities in the area.
C/SGT Barnhill, C/SGT Scanlan, C/PFC Flores, C/PVT Warner, and C/PVT Clayton all attended the event.
Various other organizations were at the event, such as Boy Scouts of America, U.S. National Guard, and Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County.
The goal of the program is to get students engaged in after school activities.
Ft. Pierce Westwood Army JROTC Panther Battalion led their school in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the annual MLK parade in Ft Pierce. The 74 Cadets of the battalion were led by Cadet Battalion Commander Maynali Gamez and were accompanied by the color guard, company guidon bearers and an Army High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) from the 1218th Transportation Company of the Florida National Guard. The Panthers also featured a seven-cadet step team led by Cadet Tamiya McClain who pumped up the crowd throughout the march with their unique step routine. Cadet Keundra Durham kept the Panthers in step and highly motivated during the march with Army cadence calls or “Jody” calls as they used to be called during WWII. It was a great day for Westwood High School and the Panther Battalion and a fitting way to remember the courage, vision and personal sacrifice of Dr. King.
The Fort Pierce Westwood High School JROTC recently competed in the Academic JLAB competition.
JLAB (Junior Leadership and Academic Bowl) is a program within JROTC sponsored by the College Options Foundation. Cadets have the opportunity to improve their ACT/SAT scores, increase interest in college admission, gain leadership skills, and advance hands-on learning. During the JLab competition, the team completed an academic test composed of three sections: verbal, math, and science. The team consisted of Cadets Andrews, Loschin, Soto, Flores, and the alternative Cadet Rigsby. The team worked together on the clock. In the end, the team received a score of 75% in the first level of the JLab academic competition.
The Fort Pierce Westwood JROTC Panther Battalion Honor Guard provides a Saber Arch for the Homecoming Court on the 25th of September during halftime activities of the Westwood vs Treasure Coast football game. C/CSM Alex Rediker Commanded the Honor Guard which included Cadets Trystan Crisp, Jordan Bamford, Shannon Bradley, Raul Velasco, Sally Dupre, Alejandro Garcia, Cristobal Gonzalez, Michelande Elliasaint and Tyrin Edinfield.
Nine JROTC Cadets from Ft Pierce Westwood High School join 76 Cadets from 8 area high schools in Southern Florida in earning the JROTC RECONDO Award.
Only 150 Cadets have ever earned this award since its inception. Cadets traveled to Scout Key Florida and over a 4 day training period completed the following training:
Rappelling; High COPES Obstacle Course; Swim Test; Snorkeling; Drownproofing; SCUBA; 5 Mile Open Water Kayak Course; 6 Mile Road March; Water Leadership Reaction Course.
To Date, this is the only training event of this type held nationally within the JROTC Program.
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Panther Battalion RECONDOs!
Front row L to R – Jennifer Arriola, Madison Taylor, Brandon Green, Christopher Clapp
Back row L to R – LTC Rodriguez (Camp Commander), CSM Dottin, Stephen Wauters, Sean Neff, Bruce Isenhour, Alex Rediker, Dakota Russell, LTC Caldwell
Students from Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s ESE/Gifted programs have begun a school enterprise at the district offices. Several mornings a week, students run Panther Place in the employee lounge featuring breakfast items at very reasonable prices. Pictured, right, is John Earnhardt, ESE/Gifted program specialist with senior Sabrina Bajking.
Ms. Denski’s along with Ms. Gaudreau’s Spanish and French classes had the opportunity to visit Vizcaya in Miami on March 21, 2014. The extraordinary estate was built by James Deering. The European- inspired estate includes a house filled with rare art and furnishings, ten acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay, and a historic village that is currently being restored for public enjoyment. With its phenomenal man-made and natural resources, Vizcaya introduces visitors to America’s Gilded Age. The foreign language students were able to experience first hand the historical sights where one of America’s wealthiest industrialist lived in breath-taking opulence inspired by European palaces.
To allow students expand their horizons and express their creativity by experiencing an important holiday to Spanish speaking cultures, students from Isabel Denski’s AP Spanish class at Westwood High School created an altar in celebration of Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead) observed November 1 and 2. Ms. Denski explained the activity, that in Spanish culture, altars are built to honor the dead. Día de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. With this activity, students learned the purpose behind it, how it is celebrated, and what it means to the culture.
Fort Pierce Westwood High School junior Helga Vega, a 17-year old junior in the Marine Oceanographic Academy, has been named the Florida Department of Education Distinguished Sunshine State Scholar for St. Lucie County for the 2011-2012 school year. Pictured, from the recent school board meeting where Ms. Vega was recognized, are, from left, Westwood High School principal Mallissa Hamilton, assistant principal Mary Gregory, School Board chairman Carol Hilson, Helga and her mother Alicia Vega, and Superintendent Michael Lannon in back.
Two teams from Fort Pierce Westwood High School Marine Oceanographic Academy took first and second place at the 15thannual Florida Manatee Bowl, which this year took place at the Johnson Education Center at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce, home of the MOA academy. Sixteen high school teams with four or five students on each team participated in this year’s Manatee Bowl. The academic competion consisted of buzzer-style, multiple-choice questions and open-ended, team-challenge questions. The first place place team included, pictured, from left, Samantha Oxley, Shelby Busenbark, Danielle Gordon, Brooke Gaylord, Jeremy Johnson, and coach Scott Hurley. They will now compete against 24 teams in April at the National Ocean Science Bowl in Baltimore, Maryland. The second place team consisted of Samuel Jones-Bankston, Justice Smith, Helda Vega, Ludwin Vielman, Tommy Yannopoulos and Coach Scott McMillen. Also participating from St. Lucie Public Schools was a team from St. Lucie West Centennial High School including of Kayla Birch, Dallas Sidebottom, Sissy Sidebottom, Cassi Smith, Chris Wirsing and Coach Deron Bauer. The National Ocean Sciences Bowl is a collaborative effort between the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and host institutions. Its mission is to advance research, education and sound ocean policy.
The cadets of Fort Pierce Westwood High School Panther Battalion recently held a highly successful fundraiser at a local restaurant. The cadets served customers their beverages, re-stocked the serving plates, cleaned tables and helped in any way they could. The cadets enjoyed the event, and earned compliments for their behavior, attitude and most of all their smiles. Pictured are several cadets during the event.
For the second year, a team of five Westwood High School students recently earned the opportunity to compete at the national level in the Euro-Challenge, an academic competition on students’ knowledge of the European monetary system. The Westwood team was the only freshman team to earn one of the top three spots in the regional contest in Miami recently, and will go on to New York in April for the national competition with two other Florida teams. The students spent over 45 hours of after school and time during Spring break conducting extensive research, participating in Webinars, and perfecting their presentations. Pictured, from left, are Nathan Wyche, Rhyan Grant, Nyah Tennell, Coach Dennis Dawson, James Rhees Kaufman, and Zachary Taylor. They now join their peer Westwood team preparing for the national Ocean Bowl spending extended hours working on presentions and acquiring all the new information that they will need to be competitive.
A team of students from Ft. Pierce Westwood’s Marine Oceanographic Academy (MOA) placed second in the 15th annual Manatee Bowl, an annual, regional ocean science competition. A team from St. Lucie West Centennial High School joined in the competition against 20 teams from 14 schools from the east coast of Florida. The teams are tested through quick Jeopardy-style questions and thought-provoking team challenge questions. Questions are drawn from the scientific and technical disciplines used in studying the oceans — physics, chemistry, geology, atmospheric science, biology, national and international economics, history and culture. The regional competition alternates annually between the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce. The MOA team was undefeated entering the final round, thus securing one of the two top spots, but two losses to Archimedean Upper Conservatory School in the championship round ended MOA’s two-year reign as champion. The winning team from the regional competition is eligible to compete in the national competition, which this year is set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pictured in the navy team tee shirts, from left, are team coach Scott McMillen, Ludwin Vielman, Jeremy Johnson, Rhyan Grant, Graham Oreo,and Roxy Vega, flanked by two members of the UM staff.
The Westwood High School JROTC Panther Battalion cadets have adopted Dan McCarty School to assist younger students live the JROTC motto, Motivating Young People to be Better Citizens. The cadets are very excited about their volunteer time with the students of Dan McCarty, to coach, mentor and tutor the younger students. With the support from the principals of both schools, and the vision of the Westwood High ROTC instructors and Dan McCarty assistant principal Rebecca Goodman, the Cadets have been paired up with classes of students. The cadets discuss the challenges and successes they have encountered during their first year of high school and beyond, have assisted the younger students prepare for FCAT, assisted with assignments preparing for the exam and helped calm their nerves while helping them understand the importance of passing the exam the first time around. The cadets gain a sense of accomplishment, and the Dan McCarty students feel at ease about life after middle school and a familiar face when they get to high school. It’s a win-win situation for all! The instructors could not be more proud of the cadets as they are volunteering their off time to do this for the students of Dan McCarty. Pictured, from row from left, cadets David Forbes, Alexander Gibson, Michael Rediker, Sean Neff, Chedson Jean, Jonathan Ceren, Raymond Barrow and Amanda Frederick. Back row, from left, are Cadets Quinton McCormick (BN Commander), Mason Manis, James Goodman, Jon Parrish, Luis Castillo, Irby White and Mychael Marshall.
District champion Westwood High School Panthers girls varsity basketball team recently culminated its season with a hard fought, one-point loss in the regional semi-final game, 48 to 47. Pictured front row, from left, are Coach Tomonica Bell, Alexis Byrd, Jermecia Robinson, Reniaya Burr, Tonaijia Ganious, and Coach Thernell Mills. Second row, from left, are Trudy Walker, Antonnette Boothe, Principal Ucola Barrett-Baxter, Tiara Evans, and Dymond Mosley. Top row, from left, are Destiny Crandell, Bammetria Joseph, Erica Knight, and Kwynisha Rhodes.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day was celebrated recently at Fort Pierce Westwood High School. Female Panther athletes enjoyed a breakfast in the cafeteria and heard information about Title IX and what the statute means to female athletics.
The Fort Pierce Westwood High School JROTC cadets recently participated in the Treasure Coast Raiders competition hosted by Port St Lucie High School. The Panther Battalion participated in a one-mile run, push-ups, sit-ups, litter carry, rope bridge and obstacle course, and placed third overall on the rope bridge. One cadet remarked it was the most fun he had ever had, and many were surprised at how well they performed. Pictured is the Panther Battalion team.
FORT PIERCE, FL – The 2017 “Fresh from Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off champions announcement from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services brought cheers from students and staff at Fort Pierce Westwood High School. ProStart student Sheldon Riley placed second with his Southwestern Chicken and Orzo Salad.
The competition included students in grades nine through 12 from across the state who were challenged to prepare original dishes featuring at least one Florida-grown fruit or vegetable for a panel of judges. Recipes from the top five finalists will be converted into school meal service portions and accessible to sponsors throughout the state.
“A healthy diet is the foundation of academic success, and this competition is a fun way for students to learn how to incorporate wholesome ingredients into their daily lives,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
The “Fresh from Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off entry requirements included:
- Applicants had to be a Florida student in 9th through 12th grade.
- The recipe had to be original and submitted with a photo.
- The recipe had to contain at least one fresh fruit or fresh vegetable grown in Florida.
- The recipe had to have clear directions and be prepared in 75 minutes or less.
- The recipe had to promote healthy eating habits and meet National School Lunch Program guidelines.
For more information on the “Fresh From Florida” Student Chef Cook-Off, visit FreshFromFlorida.com/StudentCookOff.
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