Students Receive Instruments from Bluebird Foundation

Students Receive Instruments from Bluebird Foundation

The Bluebird Educational Foundation has provided many educational musical trainings and performances to students over the years. In the most recent years, they have started a program called “Recycling in the Key of E.” Donations of old instruments are collected and the instruments are refurbished by a musical partner and then given to a student who is interested in playing in the band at middle school or high school. To date, Bluebird has donated some 50 instruments totaling approximately $20,000 to our students. Darryl Bey, Chairman of Bluebird Educational Foundation and Terry Davis, Principal of Forest Grove Middle School presented the following students with instruments at the school board meeting.

Forest Grove Middle School students are Diego Gonzalez (Trumpet), Lamont Davis (Clarinet), and Juan Juarez (Trumpet). Northport K-8 students are Michael Gorbach (trumpet), Nicholas Badalo (Trumpet), Amber Campfield (Baritone), Charles Gillespie (Baritone), Jarvin Patrick (Saxophone), and Nadia Keefe (Flute). Lincoln Park Academy student is Jordan Barbieri-Johnson (Trombone) and Fort Pierce Westwood High School students are Tarence Payne (Flute), Jockeria Maxo (Flute), and Ticorius Hudson (Trumpet).

Students are pictured here with Debbie Hawley, Genelle Yost, Darryl Bey, Terry Davis, and Bandmasters- Joseph Colombo, Brian Hoce, Jason Albert, and Lee Walker.

Students recreate the past in dioramas

Students recreate the past in dioramas

Students in Kasey Ascani’s second grade class at F. K. Sweet Elementary are using their knowledge gained from a field trip to the Fort Pierce Historical Museum to construct dioramas for the St. Lucie County Fair’s school exhibit. During the trip, students learned about life in St. Lucie County during the 1800’s. James Ewing, Samia Ahmed, and Luis Herrera are working together in creating Fort Pierce’s P.B. Cobb general store.

Students rewarded by bunny hopping

Students rewarded by bunny hopping

Pictured from left, Grayson DiBernardo, Will Nelson, Wesley Varn, and Cedrick Magloire are enjoying a “bunny hop”at F.K.Sweet Elementary. The event was sponsored by the PBS team and rewarded children who met their goals by displaying excellent behavior, positve attitudes, and good manners every day.
Students select books for summer reading

Students select books for summer reading

The recent Scholastic Book Fair at F.K. Sweet Elementary was a huge success. Every student received a free book and was able to shop throughout the week.  Parent Maria Mendoza, volunteered several days and is pictured helping Justin Adrian, left, and Caleb Cobb select books for their summer reading.
Students Shine

Students Shine

The Career and Technical Education and the Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) teams were recognized at the Florida Career Pathways Network conference. Teams presented their own Best Practices in Education during the State’s conference.

Students shine in F.K. Sweet patriotic art contest

Students shine in F.K. Sweet patriotic art contest

F. K. Sweet Elementary School students Shadalou Fernandez, pictured from left, Danielle Murray, Kate Bachmeyer, and Lani’ Chambers were announced as winners in a recent patriotic art contest at the school. Participating students learned the history of many American symbols as they completed their patriotic drawings. Kindergarten, first, and second grade students studied the Liberty Bell, third and fourth grade students learned about the nation’s first flag, and fifth grade students learned about the iconic Rosie The Riveter character from World War II, and also included an essay with their art.

Students shine in Sunshine Bowl competition

Students shine in Sunshine Bowl competition

Twelve students at F.K. Sweet Elementary recently participated in the annual Sunshine Bowl. Four teams competed by answering questions about the 2011-2012 Sunshine Books. Pictured, from left, are team members Chelsea Decambre, Morgan Busby, Arielle Neptune, Caleb Cobb, Emily Dibernardo, Willie Whitehead, Amelia Nelson, Christian Yoder, Halle Daube, Callie Zheng, Emily Jones and James Coriolon.

Students Showcase Talents at International and State Competitions

Students Showcase Talents at International and State Competitions

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – As the school year wrapped up, so did the final rounds of academic competitions for science and history. On the international scene, Lincoln Park Academy’s Haniya Shareef reaped a big reward for her plant science project by capturing 4th place in this category. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair draws approximately 1,800 students from 75 countries around the world each year.  This year’s competition was hosted by the city of Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, back home, Port St. Lucie High School Junior Angel Vo was busy receiving the Florida Heritage Award and the Outstanding County Award at the State History Day competition for her website on environmentalist Marjorie Harris Carr and her stand against the Cross-Florida Barge Canal.  The State History Day competition was held at Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee with over 1,000 students competing at this level.

All three seventh-grade teams representing St. Lucie County in the We the People: Project Citizen competition – a civic-oriented problem solving challenge – were invited to participate in the State finals in Palm Beach Gardens.  Student participants on the Lincoln Park Academy, Manatee Academy, and Samuel S. Gaines teams received positive feedback from the judges on their passion, poise, and preparation.

International and State Participants

International Science Fair

Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy; Microbiology; “Improving Health of Beneficial Insects through Ingestion of Nonpathogenic Indovirus”

Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy; Plant Sciences; “Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus;” Fourth Place

State Science Fair

Conner O’Sullivan, Forest Grove Middle School (Earth & Environmental; “Recharge, Repower, and Restore Energy;” Fourth Place)

Riley Hogge and Alexis Moreira, Fort Pierce Westwood High School (Team Physics & Astronomy; “Catching Waves;” Fourth Place)

Sreya Banik, Lincoln Park Academy (Mathematical & Computational; “Application of Chaos Game Representation of Genes to Measure the Predictability Using Random DNA Sequences to Determine if the Sequence is of Kinase of Phosphatase Protein;” Honorable Mention)

Catherine Horger, Lincoln Park Academy (Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; “The Effect of Indole-3-Acetic Production by Lactobacillus Acidophilus;” Second Place)

Mason Kozac, Lincoln Park Academy (Plant Sciences; “Savanna Mint;” Recognition)

Jillian Markle, Lincoln Park Academy (Earth and Environment; “Ugh! Another Invasive Weevil in Florida;” Florida Association of Science Supervisors Award)

Shreya Reddy, Lincoln Park Academy (Microbiology; “Improving Health of Beneficial Insects through Ingestion of Nonpathogenic Indovirus;” Third Place)

Haniya Shareef, Lincoln Park Academy (Plant Sciences; “Molecular Characterization and Enhanced Efficacy of a Novel Host-Specified Bioherbicide Candidate for Cyperus Rotundus;” First Place, Division Grand Award, Best in Show; Scholarship, New College of Florida; Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services Award; Society for In Vitro Biology Certificate)

Callie Zheng, Lincoln Park Academy (Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry; “Can Human Fecal Specific Primers Be Used to Detect Fecal Contamination in Sediment and Muck Samples?” Tomolka Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award)

Asha Budhai, Oak Hammock K-8 School (Behavioral Social Sciences; “Drop the Pressure;” Honorable Mention)

Riley Hamilton, Olivet (Physics and Astronomy; “Testing Fluids for Geothermal Heating and Air Conditioning;” Third Place, Division Grand Award)

Jack Krasulak, St. Andrews (Engineering, “Mitigating the Effects of IED Explosion Through Novel Hull Design;” First Place, Division Grand Award; Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Service Florida Engineering Foundation Award; Collier Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award; ASM Materials Foundation Certificate; Broadcom Masters Award; US Navy Science Award; Best in Fair Award at the Star Science Fair)

Project Citizen State Competition

Lincoln Park Academy’s Team: Yegor Bushnev, Sam Chellis, Caleb Chellis, Drew Gale, Mathew Mathew; Project Focus – Maternity Leave

Manatee Academy’s Team: Nader Abunaser, Bianca Cortamilia, Dylan Fox-Carter, Mikabelle Joseph, Vivian Lugo, Lennis McLean, Josalene Sanchez, Mackenzie Selimi; Project Focus – Motorcycle Lanes

Samuel Gaines Academy’s Team: Nancy Charles, Baille Falzone, Jaryxa Heredia, Andre Mcfarlane, Tamya Miller, Analyesse Stockton; Project Focus – Community and Law Enforcement Relationships

 

State History Day

Cathia Oge and Mya Forestal, Forest Grove Middle School; Segregation Today, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever Performance

Samuel Porter, Forest Grove Middle School; Dwight Eisenhower Performance

Wilner Joseph, Zaine Parlor, Fort Pierce Central; Defiance in Leaps and Bounds: Jesse Owens Exhibit

Tru Rotolo, Fort Pierce Central; Sophie Scholl and Her Stand Against Hitler Documentary

Elize Starr, Fort Pierce Central; Clara Barton Performance

Matthew Pinto, Northport K – 8 School; International Fund for Animal Welfare Website

Brandon Quijada, Brianne Yates, Northport K – 8 School; Hamilton vs. the Articles of Confederation Exhibit

Delaney Cassidy, Jackson Martin, Joshua Rios, Palm Pointe; Fredrick Douglas Documentary

Taylor Milton, Palm Pointe; The White Rose Website

Summer Melrose, Palm Pointe; Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield Exhibit

Grace Lloyd Palm, Pointe; Corrie Ten-Boom: Taking a Stand Against Hate Externally & Internally Performance

Gabriella Lawrence, Ashley Tucker, Palm Pointe; Josephina Baker Documentary

Zandry Epan-Ramos, Palm Pointe; Rosie and the Workplace Documentary

Andre Fernandez, Port St. Lucie High Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Documentary

Isa Alvarez, Maysen Jackson, Port St. Lucie High; How Sophie Scholl Took a Stand Against Hitler Website

Thuytran “Angel” Vo, Port St. Lucie High; Marjorie Harris Carr: The Fight Against the Cross Florida Barge Canal Website

Jamal Paul, Q’Markis Brooks, Port St. Lucie High; A Matter of Black Lives Performance

Jelisa Hines, Port St. Lucie High; Martin Luther Exhibit

John Melvin, St. Lucie West K – 8; The “Dark Destroyer” of Segregation in Baseball: Jackie Robinson Documentary

Alyssa Bischof, St. Lucie West K – 8; Jessica Hunt, Kayla Permann, St. Lucie West K – 8; Stories from the Second Wave: The Feminist Movement of the ’60s and 70’s Performance

Rania Khawaja, St. Lucie West K – 8; Benazir Bhutto:  Taking a Stand in History Research Paper

Victor Silva, Southern Oaks; Taking a Stand: Antonio Jose De Sucre Research Paper

Grace Welby, West Gate K – 8, Mariana Solanilla, Taylor Mealing, West Gate K – 8; Three Against Thousands Exhibit

Hailey Mangio, West Gate K – 8; Building a Hospital to Take a Stand: Dr. James Sistrunk & Dr. Mizzel Exhibit

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

 

Students Showcase Talents at State History Competition

Students Showcase Talents at State History Competition

After making their mark at school and district History Day events, St. Lucie Public Schools students traveled to Tallahassee with aspirations of coming home champions. They did not disappoint with positive results in the following areas:

Outstanding County Award (St. Lucie West K-8)

Juliana Pack
Adriana Bravo
Alexa Tango
Samantha Jenkins
Emily Bouchillon

Individual Performance, 3rd Place Senior (Port St. Lucie High School)
Cathia Oge

Junior Group Exhibit 3rd Place (Palm Pointe Research School at Tradition)
Adriadna Hiller and Joshua Sherman

 

This year’s State History Day competition was held at Tallahassee Community College with over 1,100 students from 31 Florida counties competing in categories ranging from individual essay to website development. Regardless of how the students chose to deliver the message, the theme was consistent. According to the Florida History Day contest details, this year’s theme of Conflict and Comparison in History, students were expected to ask questions about occurrences in history, explore how it occurred, why it happened, and then tackle the consequences.

Social Studies Program Specialist Kate Ems said, “I congratulate our students.  They were very well prepared to present their projects to the judges and articulate the key elements of their research.”

 

Students sock hop to celebrate 60 years

Students sock hop to celebrate 60 years

Dan McCarty School media specialist Diane Laster models clothing from the 1950s in anticipation of the school’s 60th anniversary celebration this weekend. The school opened its doors in 1953. This week, students participated in a 1950’s style sock-hop in the original gym.  Pictured with Ms. Laster is former Dan McCarty social studies teacher Joseph Noel who currently serves at Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts.

Students, staff at Gaines Academy enjoy Multicultural Day

Students, staff at Gaines Academy enjoy Multicultural Day

Students at Samuel Gaines Academy decorated and setup their pods with cultural information, artistic design, musical, and cuisine, for the annual Multicultural Day. This event was very successful with enthusiastic participation from teachers, parents and students alike. Students at each grade level researched a specific country to display in their pod. Pictured are sixth grade teachers Missy Lyshon, Robert Plowden, and Elisabeth Kraft with their students displaying their culminative research on Italian culture.

Students study Earth and enjoy edible Earth treats

Students study Earth and enjoy edible Earth treats

Students in Lisa McGuire’s third grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary have been learning about the Earth and its layers.  They made a book that included a diagram of the inside of the earth and then created edible earths.  Caleb Militello, left, and Brett Adelman are enjoying their tasty treat.
Students support the United Way

Students support the United Way

Students at F.K. Sweet Elementary recently held a fund raiser for the United Way. On Monday students brought in pennies, followed by nickels on Tuesday, dimes on Wednesday, and quarters on Thursday. For the grand finale on Friday students were allowed to have a No Dress Code Day for one dollar. Pictured is a group of third grade girls sporting their “weekend” clothes.

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 3rd Annual STE@M Rap Battle

Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STE@M) makes students want to sing and dance. From a scientific point of view, the previous two trials (AKA previous two annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 3rd annual STE@M Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theater in Fort Pierce on Friday, November 20th at 7 P.M.

Student teams from around the district will align STE@M-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and hosted by special guest Dr. Christopher Emdin, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Two-time STE@M Rap Battle winners, The Nerdy Boyz from Fort Pierce Central High School, will take the stage along with thirteen other teams to vie for the Rap Battle Championship. A panel of community leaders will utilize a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances. Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat call 772-429-7752.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

 

 

 

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STEAM) makes students want to sing and dance.   From a scientific point of view, the previous three trials (AKA previous three annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 4th annual STEAM Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7 P.M.

 

Middle school and high school student teams from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) across the District will align STEAM-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle that promises to showcase the astute academic content knowledge as well as the gifted artistic talents of students.  According to event coordinator Allison Barajas, “This event is a beautiful blend of content and the arts.  Student performers have clear parameters — the lyrics must be closely aligned to content standards and shared within a defined time limit.  The creative element students bring to each performance regarding the visual and performing arts is remarkable.”  She explained that during rehearsals for the STEAM Rap Battle, there is a synergy among the students, their teachers, and event coordinators.  “There truly is electricity in the air as teams rehearse their performances, thrive on feedback, and refine their stage presentation in preparation for their live evening debut,” added Barajas.

 

While the evening’s performers are supported by their teachers, parents, and backstage personnel, the event itself is wholly supported through the generosity of business partners who sponsor engaging educational opportunities and community partnerships.  This year’s sponsors align to the STEAM acronym.  Beginning with the “S” and representing science, is SLPS’s Career and Technical Education Team. Florida Institute of Technology heralds the “T” for technology in education, and the “E” which stands for Engineering is sponsored by FPL. That brings us to the “A” for arts which is supported by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County, and PNC Bank represents the final piece of the equation.  PNC is the proud sponsor of the “M” for mathematics in STEAM education.  Donations from each of the sponsoring organizations has gifted the students of SLPS with the opportunity to deepen their studies of STEM-related content and exploration of the arts as the STEAM Rap Battle enters its fourth year.

 

One might ask, why the connection between the arts and STEM-related studies?  It is vital to continue the effort to engage students in STEM-related fields of study as they prepare for college and the world of work. Success in the 21st Century has high demand for an in-depth knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Likewise, it is important for students to hone their ability to integrate and apply these skills in order to problem solve the challenges they will be faced with in the work force of tomorrow.  As arts are integrated into the studies, opportunities for diverse learning opportunities and diverse forms of expression present themselves.  Incorporating the arts into STEM studies sparks imagination, triggers innovation, and fuels creativity.

 

This blend of STEM and the arts will be brought to center stage on November 10 as veteran Rap Battle performers and brand new talent perform live at the Sunrise Theatre. Eighteen teams will vie for the STEAM Rap Battle Championship, and a panel of community leaders will serve as judges.  Utilizing a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances, they will name the middle school champion and the high school champion for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle.

 

Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat, call 772-429-7752.

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

The mission of St. Lucie Public Schools is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information visit, www.stlucieschools.org  or contact Kerry Padrick at kerry.padrick@stlucieschools.org.

 

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Students Take to the Sunrise Stage for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle

Learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics along with a splash of the arts (STEAM) makes students want to sing and dance.   From a scientific point of view, the previous three trials (AKA previous three annual Rap Battles), support the hypothesis that the 4th annual STEAM Rap Battle will play to another full house at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7 P.M.

 

Middle school and high school student teams from St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) across the District will align STEAM-based lyrics to hip-hop beats in a Rap Battle that promises to showcase the astute academic content knowledge as well as the gifted artistic talents of students.  According to event coordinator Allison Barajas, “This event is a beautiful blend of content and the arts.  Student performers have clear parameters — the lyrics must be closely aligned to content standards and shared within a defined time limit.  The creative element students bring to each performance regarding the visual and performing arts is remarkable.”  She explained that during rehearsals for the STEAM Rap Battle, there is a synergy among the students, their teachers, and event coordinators.  “There truly is electricity in the air as teams rehearse their performances, thrive on feedback, and refine their stage presentation in preparation for their live evening debut,” added Barajas.

 

While the evening’s performers are supported by their teachers, parents, and backstage personnel, the event itself is wholly supported through the generosity of business partners who sponsor engaging educational opportunities and community partnerships.  This year’s sponsors align to the STEAM acronym.  Beginning with the “S” and representing science, is SLPS’s Career and Technical Education Team. Florida Institute of Technology heralds the “T” for technology in education, and the “E” which stands for Engineering is sponsored by FPL. That brings us to the “A” for arts which is supported by the Education Foundation of St. Lucie County, and PNC Bank represents the final piece of the equation.  PNC is the proud sponsor of the “M” for mathematics in STEAM education.  Donations from each of the sponsoring organizations has gifted the students of SLPS with the opportunity to deepen their studies of STEM-related content and exploration of the arts as the STEAM Rap Battle enters its fourth year.

 

One might ask, why the connection between the arts and STEM-related studies?  It is vital to continue the effort to engage students in STEM-related fields of study as they prepare for college and the world of work. Success in the 21st Century has high demand for an in-depth knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Likewise, it is important for students to hone their ability to integrate and apply these skills in order to problem solve the challenges they will be faced with in the work force of tomorrow.  As arts are integrated into the studies, opportunities for diverse learning opportunities and diverse forms of expression present themselves.  Incorporating the arts into STEM studies sparks imagination, triggers innovation, and fuels creativity.

 

This blend of STEM and the arts will be brought to center stage on November 10 as veteran Rap Battle performers and brand new talent perform live at the Sunrise Theatre. Eighteen teams will vie for the STEAM Rap Battle Championship, and a panel of community leaders will serve as judges.  Utilizing a specific scoring rubric that takes into account depth of content, collaborative impact, and artistic quality to score and rank performances, they will name the middle school champion and the high school champion for the 4th Annual STEAM Rap Battle.

 

Tickets are free and going fast. To reserve your seat, call 772-429-7752.

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Students use Twister game to extend active play

Students use Twister game to extend active play

Second grade students, from left, Dylan Rizzo, Sylvava Petrozzino, and Connor Kovich-Bousley in Traci Lott’s second grade class at F.K. Sweet Elementary enjoy exercising during extended physical education time by playing Twister. Twister is a game that is sure to stretch the body and exercise every muscle. The state mandated several years ago that every student receive an additional thirty minutes of exercise and active play daily.

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

FORT PIERCE, FL –  New York’s BFA Photography & Video School of Visual Arts selected the works of gifted student artists from Fort Pierce Central High School for an exhibit entitled 2017 America. Fourteen students from Ms. Heather Blackmon-Gordon’s classes have their works on display at the SVA Gramercy Gallery in New York City.  The total exhibit features a wide range of artistic perspectives from over 30 states.

Blackmon-Gordon said about her students, “I enjoy giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and compete at a national level.  Exhibitions such as this provide recognition for my students and the Visual Arts Program in St. Lucie County.”  Students whose works are currently on display at 2017 America are: Mark Allen, Alanis Aviles, Gabriella Borges, Deana Diejuste, Alexis Boyd, Caitlyn Brady, Elizabeth Branch, Yesenia Carona, Mario Marin, Jessica Hoyt, Sienna Medina, Evan Bongart, and Mariela Vertiz.

2017 America is an exhibit that provides visitors an opportunity to gain insight into what young Americans are thinking.  The range of artistic perspectives is varied, from personal to political, with an array of creative talents on display for viewers to appreciate.

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools is a B rated District with no failing schools proudly serving the students as the second highest ranking School District on the Treasure Coast.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit, http://www.stlucieschools.org.

 

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

Students’ Visual Arts Talents Featured in NY Gallery Exhibition

New York’s BFA Photography & Video School of Visual Arts selected the works of gifted student artists from Fort Pierce Central High School for an exhibit entitled 2017 America. Fourteen students from Ms. Heather Blackmon-Gordon’s classes have their works on display at the SVA Gramercy Gallery in New York City.  The total exhibit features a wide range of artistic perspectives from over 30 states.

Blackmon-Gordon said about her students, “I enjoy giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and compete at a national level.  Exhibitions such as this provide recognition for my students and the Visual Arts Program in St. Lucie County.”  Students whose works are currently on display at 2017 America are: Mark Allen, Alanis Aviles, Gabriella Borges, Deana Diejuste, Alexis Boyd, Caitlyn Brady, Elizabeth Branch, Yesenia Carona, Mario Marin, Jessica Hoyt, Sienna Medina, Evan Bongart, and Mariela Vertiz.

2017 America is an exhibit that provides visitors an opportunity to gain insight into what young Americans are thinking.  The range of artistic perspectives is varied, from personal to political, with an array of creative talents on display for viewers to appreciate.