St. Lucie Public Schools welcomed this year’s Chamber of Commerce Leadership St. Lucie class for two stops on its “Education Day Tour.” The day began with a hearty and healthy breakfast prepared by students in Fort Pierce Central High School’s Culinary Academy and sponsored by the St. Lucie County Education Foundation. The group toured innovative programs including: Aeronautics, Digital Design, and Allied Health. Later in the day, the group of distinguished county business and civic leaders were treated to lunch prepared by students in the WEST Prep Magnet’s Culinary Academy. While on the Panther campus, the visitors toured state-of-the-art academies including: Agritechnology, Veterinary Technology, Allied Health (Z-Space), and Robotics.
About Leadership St. Lucie
Leadership St. Lucie continues to develop a network of community leaders providing the background, knowledge and expertise necessary for them to serve in public or private leadership positions within St. Lucie County. Each year, up to thirty candidates are selected to participate in the program from nominations by alumni, individuals, businesses, community associations and governmental bodies. Selections are made based upon a nominee’s volunteerism, education, professional achievement, personal objectives, commitment to the community and community accomplishments.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School athletic director John Messina joins six other individuals being inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame April 28 in Gainesville during the 23rd-annual Induction Ceremony. Their induction will bring to only 157 members who have earned this prestigious honor. As head baseball coach at Pace, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach high schools, Messina compiled a 465-160 record and totaled three state championships with two state runner-ups while coaching two USA Players of the Year — Alex Fernandez in 1988 and Rick Ankiel in 1997. Messina was also named the Florida State Coach of the Year on four occasions, earned the FIAAA Meritorious Service Award, two FHSAA Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Awards and currently serves on the FHSAA’s Academic All-State Committee and Representative Assembly. The Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 1991 by the FHSAA to honor high school student-athletes, coaches, administrators, contest officials, media and other contributors for significant long-term contributions with meaningful statewide impact in high school athletics sponsored by the Association. The seven individuals were chosen using a selection process which first involved a screening committee comprised of coaches, past Hall of Fame members, athletic directors, media representatives, contest officials and former male and female student-athletes. Once the screening committee pared down the nominee list, the selection committee then rated each remaining candidate. Congratulations to our colleague John Messina!
Satchel Joseph, the 2016 SLWCHS valedictorian, has been accepted into four Ivy League Universities: Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, and The University of Pennsylvania.
She was also accepted by Georgia Tech and Duke. All of the institutions offered her substantial scholarships ranging to more than $70,000 per year. Satchel is leaning toward attending Princeton, which accepted a mere 6% of this year’s applicants.
Here, Ms. Joseph is pictured with Centennial’s Principal Andrea Popwell.
Some call it the Superbowl of golf, but it’s more like the Daytona 500 in that it is the first of the four majors each season. It is The Masters, and unlike most tournaments, it is an invitational and always played at Augusta National. Therefore, the field is smaller and loaded with recent tournament winners.
On April 3, Jim Herman, a lifelong friend of Centennial history teacher Steven Wyder, won the Shell Houston Open to qualify for The Masters. During his Masters’ interview, Herman used the occasion to acknowledge the part that Mr. Wyder has played in his success. For a complete transcript of the interview, use this link.
Kailey McKnight tried out for Team USA Volleyball. Tryouts were held in 32 cities across the United States, and this Centennial Eagle was one of fifty-five girls selected to move to the next level of competition. Kailey will compete with the best this summer as part of USA Volleyball HP (High Performance) A1 National Select Training Team. We are very excited and proud of Kailey.
SLW Centennial student Sloan Sizemore competed in the State swim meet in Stuart. She placed 8th in the 50m and 5th in the 100m race.
The girls softball team at St. Lucie West Centennial High School has again been chosen as a finalist in the Allen Sportswear “Dress the Champion” contest. Votes are cast by logging in to the attached link below and voting for the school up to once daily. The winner receives home and away uniforms and coaching attire. Pictured, top row, are Allison Moncada, Kelly Bateman, genny Tuning, Lydia West, Janira Guzman and Megan McHenry. Bottom row, from left, are Amber Camacho, Lauren Ashe, Halli Gorsuch, Nicole McHenry, Kaitlyn Yust and Nicole Davis. Not pictured is Meredith Flynn. Coaches are Cheryl East, Tim Caffey, Roxanne Bourrboneire, Blair East and Tom Share.
Senior Karina Sotolongo anxiously awaits the opening of the IRSC Writing Contest Awards ceremony. The contest has competitors from more than twenty area high schools, and there are three places for each of the four high school grades. Karina won third place as a sophomore, first as a junior, and first as a senior. As a three time winner, she received a plaque and a full scholarship to IRSC.
Prince Edouard, Vice-President of the National Honor Society at SLWCHS, has been accepted by Cornell University in New York. Cornell, a prestigious Ivy League university, has an excellent program in chemistry and chemical biology, which Prince has chosen for his major.
He plans to attend both medical and graduate school ultimately leading to a position as a research scientist with a pharmaceutical company.
St. Lucie West Centennial’s National Honor Society members visited the Elliott Museum in Stuart. Through a guided tour, the students were exposed to the museum’s collections and exhibits. The students learned about history, science and technology. It was a fun, educational and entertaining experience for all.
On July 9, 2015, the Centennial Lady Eagles Basketball Team gave back to the community by volunteering at Sarah’s Kitchen. The team volunteers twice a year; at Thanksgiving and during the summer. Thank you Lady Eagles for your time and dedication to our community.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School junior Lauren King has published her first novel entitled A Flower Named Rose. It is a teen romance in which the protagonist, a princess, flees to escape an arranged marriage. Her hope is that on her journey she will find happiness. The publisher is createspace.com, and the book may be ordered from Amazon.com.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Baseball Program honored outgoing Athletic Director John Messina prior to their last scheduled regular season contest against Port St. Lucie High School. The longtime AD/coach threw out the first pitch to his former catcher, Johnnie Rhoden, who is now the Head Coach at PSLHS.
Messina’s resume as a head coach includes over 400 victories, State Championships, multiple Major League players and countless collegiate scholarships at Monsignor Pace in Miami, Port St. Lucie High School, and Jensen Beach High School. As an Athletic Director, Messina brought the State Sportsmanship Award to SLW Centennial a record three times and had a great influence in bringing the FHSAA State Baseball Championships to Tradition Field. Currently, Messina is the host of the St. Lucie County Education Channel show, “Hey Coach”, where he interviews and highlights the accomplishments of local sports figures.
As Messina approaches retirement, he is anticipating the arrival of his first grandchild and is looking forward to spending time with family and being a grandpa!
He will be missed at SLWCHS!
St. Lucie West Centennial High School senior Nicole McHenry is one of only 16 student athletes chosen from over 700 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) member schools to serve on the FHSAA Student Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee is to educate student athletes on FHSAA policies. Nicole was nominated by SLWCHS Athletic Director John Messina and has played volleyball and softball for all of her four years at Centennial.
Students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School recently held the second annual “Sleep in a Box” overnight fundraiser for Invisible Children, a program designed to help combat the abduction of children from Uganda and Sudan who are then forced to become assassins. Eighty five students participated this year, all sleeping outside in the courtyard, in their boxes. They raised over $800 for the organization to help update radio communications in the area and build schools for displaced children. Pictued are Leedy Boyle, left, and Dustin Snyder.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY – HOSA – Future Health Professionals recently announced the 2016 recipients of the HCA – Philip R. Patton HOSA Scholarship. Fifteen students were recognized from states across the nation in which HCA-Hospital Corporation of America has hospital locations. St. Lucie Medical Center and Lawnwood Regional Medical Center are HCA hospitals located on the Treasure Coast.
Jessica Janvier is a 2016 graduate of St. Lucie West Centennial High School (SLWCHS) as well as a HOSA member representing the Allied Health CNA/EKG program. She was named as one of the 15 scholarship recipients from an applicant pool of over 600. Janvier just returned from the HOSA International Leadership Conference at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN where she was presented with her $1,000 scholarship. She plans to attend Indian River State College in August to pursue a career in nursing.
In addition to receiving this scholarship at the Leadership Conference, Janvier competed in the Personal Care Competition as a representative of the SLWCHS HOSA Chapter. Also, as a representative of SLWCHS, she received the HOSA Happenings Recognition Award and the National Service Project Recognition Award. She accepted these awards on behalf of the Chapter for raising funds and for creating community awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Ms. Elizabeth Durkee, instructor at SLWCHS said, “I am just so proud of Jessica. She embodies the positive leadership qualities HOSA strives to develop in its members. She is highly motivated, demonstrates compassion, and is driven to refine her skill set in the medical field for the sake of being the best in her field.”
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 email@example.com.
Jessica Janvier, 2016 St. Lucie West Centennial High School graduate and HOSA member, attends HOSA International Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Recently, 44 cadets from St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC took an Orientation Field Trip to the Key West Naval Air Station. The cadets stayed in the same barracks the sailors stay in. On the first day, after a long bus ride, the cadets met up with 25 other cadets from Key West High School at the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor. All of the cadets had a great time as they shared their NJROTC experiences. On the second day, the cadets toured the flight line and watched F18 Super Hornet fighter jets take off. Then they received a briefing from the Search and Rescue Helicopter Squadron, and headed over to the Key West Coast Guard Base for lunch at the Galley. It was their best meal of the whole trip. After lunch, they toured patrol boats and a Cutter and visited the Naval Base Exchange. The cadets returned to the barracks to change out of their uniforms and into civvies, and headed to downtown Key West for dinner and sightseeing in Mallory Square. Before the long bus trip back, the cadets toured the 327 foot long World War II Coast Guard Cutter Ingham. The cadets enjoyed their field trip to a Navy base, and look forward to visiting again. Pictured are the cadets with one of the aircraft on display.
Recently, 29 cadets from St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC toured Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach. In the morning, they visited the barracks, gym and souvenir shop. After lunch in the mess hall, cadets watched paratrooper squadron demonstration, toured the flight line fire station, had a briefing on education benefits, observed the security forces K-9 unit, and fire range simulator. Cadet Johanna Moody said the best part of the tour by far was the security forces because that is what she would like to have as a career. Pictured are the students by a helicopter.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC field meet competition team participated at a field meet in Miami Beach recently. Even though the team was missing some valuable players, the cadets overcame their disadvantage and took home 10 trophies, the most the unit has ever earned. The cadets took first place in Armed Exhibition Drill and first place in Unarmed Basic Drill, and came in third place overall out of 15 schools. Congratulations to the Black Talon Navy Junior ROTC cadets.
Each week for the last twelve years, Medical Academy students from St. Lucie West Centennial High School have had the privilege of spending part of their school day at Martin Health Systems-St. Lucie West. The variety of health professions which they can shadow and glean career information from is unending. For instance, pictured is Dr. Steven Parr, Martin Health System’s ER physician, instructing medical academy students in examination techniques in the Emergency Room of Martin Health Systems- St. Lucie West. From left, are Dr. Parr, student-patient, Reinaldo Ramos, and students Marissa Russo and Jo Jo Corsi.
Students throughout high schools in the United States may now take a Career and Technical Education program track, which allows the students in high school to take elective classes on medical career topics. The programs in Florida model what the co-curricular student organization HOSA or Health Occupations Students of America and the Florida Department of Education have created as a series of classes to start the student out learning about anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, topics such as body mechanics, bloodborne pathogens, infection control, medical errors, and information about the many medical careers and the education needed for each career. Once the student has gone through these courses, they may also take electives which gain them industry certifications in areas like Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, EKG Technician, Administrative Medical Assisting, and First Responder, to name a few.
Students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School must demonstrate initiative, maturity, and responsibility before they are offered the opportunity to spend valuable class time at Martin Health- St. Lucie West. Debbie Markey, the manager at the facility, assists the teachers at Centennial High with preparing the students for a quality experience. She gets all of the departments on board with the needs of the students and then orients the students and discusses the importance of confidentiality and HIPAA laws. The students are transported to the facility by SLC school transportation and they are directly supervised by their teachers, both of whom are nurses, Elizabeth Durkee and Mary Higgins. While at the facility, students are assigned individually to a mentor in some area of Martin Health-St. Lucie West. Participating students are juniors and seniors in high school who have had the immeasurable opportunity to spend time in the lab, radiology, mammography, CT scan, nuclear medicine, pulmonary lab, MRI, PT, OT, registration, numerous primary care and specialty care physician’s offices, wound care, medical records, and finally, in the new ER. The staff welcomes the students and makes them feel as if they are part of the staff. For this the students and their teachers are eternally grateful.
So if you visit Martin Health-St. Lucie West, watch for a young, fresh-faced student in their crisp navy scrubs and imagine, this could be your health care provider in the future!