Ron Parker, head football coach at St. Lucie West Centennial High School, was selected by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association to coach for the South team in Florida’s 2011 North/South All Star game in Sebring. Senior defensive back Ty Jackson, pictured with Parker, was also selected to participate in the game.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School drama students earned five trophies, including best supporting actor overall, best supporting actress and the critic’s choice award in the district 15 One Act Drama Competition. As a result , 27 Centennial students are now on their way to perform at Morsani Hall in Tampa for the State Finals Drama Competition in March and five students will be performing in the state final individual events. Pictured, front row from left, are Angel Martinez, Kaitlynn Torres, Courtnet Chronister, Amber Camacho, Brianna Lorenz, Valerie Burns, and Kristina Hoeffer. Second row, from left, are Justin Tardagno, Michael Ladewig, Passion Delgado, Suzie McKenzie, Whitney Bridges, and Dylan Akers. Back row, from left, are Francis Sabando, Brandon Nelson, Isac Benavides, and Tonii McKenzie. Not pictured, but competing, are Chelsey Vignier, Johhny Volcy, Ricardo Juez, RonJunior Carrey, and Austin Swink. Good luck Eagles!
St. Lucie West Centennial High School allied health teacher Elizabeth Durkee was presented a $3,000 classroom mini-grant from the Technology Education Resource and Redesign Alliance, Inc. (TERRA) at the February 25, 2014, St. Lucie County School Board meeting. TERRA is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors whose mission is to mobilize the resources, knowledge, and capacity of individuals, foundations, business, and industry in shaping and facilitating educational policy, practice and research for increased achievement in a global environment. Ms. Durkee was awarded the grant due to her utilizing curriculum to create engaging, interactive activities for all levels of learners, which allows students to take responsibility for their learning success. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Genelle Yost, Durkee, St. Lucie Public Schools teacher and TERRA board member Colleen Peterson, and School Board Chairman Debbie Hawley.
On February 2, 2017, over one hundred 9th graders from St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s (SLWCHS) Freshman Academy visited the main campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Students visited multiple class buildings, toured the football stadium, fitness center, student union, and many other facilities associated with academia and student life, and had question-and-answer sessions with helpful FAU staff. The trip was an overwhelming success, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent on campus.
Students often struggle to maintain motivation during high school, and it is the strong belief of the SLWCHS administrative team that exposing students to the joys of college life early in their secondary-school education will help them remain focused during times of academic hardship. Indeed, many kids came away from the trip declaring that they had never known how appealing attending a major university could be, and numerous kids put FAU at the top of the list of schools to which they will eventually apply.
This is the second campus visit for the SLWCHS Freshman Academy this year. In the fall, students visited Florida International University’s main campus in Miami with similar results. During that trip, by sheer coincidence, President Barack Obama was speaking at FIU, and while the students were unable to actually see the president himself, the sense of occasion that surrounded his visit helped reinforce the message that opportunity, success and happiness are best accessed through higher education.
Saint Lucie West Centennial High School’s next Freshman Academy college visit will be to the University of Central Florida in March of this year.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School’s Culinary Arts students catered and served a delicious lunch for the guests at the Criminal Justice Academy Completers celebration. The celebration was hosted at the Keiser University campus at Tradition.
The St. Lucie West Centennial High School Black Talon Company competition team recently competed against 15 other Florida Navy JROTC units including two former national champs. The cadets returned successfully from Felix Varela High School in Miami with three trophies: fourth place in Armed Basic Regulation Drill, third place in Overall Drill, and first place in Armed Exhibition Drill Team. The cadets are now preparing for their next competition in February.
Students face tough challenges every day, but 32 cadets from the St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy JROTC faced a very tough one recently, spending spent four days at the U. S. Navy’s Parris Island Boot Camp. During their visit they were treated just like any other recruit. They learned how to follow orders with spit second response times. They learned to pay close attention to details or suffer “extra military instruction.” Of course, they received “counseling” from their drill instructor, slept in barracks, ate in the Mess Hall, trained on the obstacle course, and drilled just like Marines. On their way home, cadets stopped to visit the U.S.S. Yorktown, saw the fighter jets, visited the bridge, combat information center, engine room, and many other parts of the ship.
Fifty two cadets from the St. Lucie West Centennial High School JROTC visited the Fort Pierce Coast Guard station recently. The cadets saw the facilities, toured the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Blue Fin, got “underway” aboard the forty-five foot high speed patrol boat for a ride out to the Atlantic, and toured the other patrol craft the stations uses on a regular basis. The cadets gained a real understanding of what it is like to be a member of the Coast Guard and what it means to live by their motto of “Semper Paratus,” or always ready.
Recently, 31 cadets from St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC unit toured the national Navy UDT-SEAL Museum located in Fort Pierce. Upon arrival, cadets viewed multiple Navy patrol craft, two underwater SEAL delivery vehicles, and two Apollo Spacecraft training capsules. After entering the building, the cadets were guided through a World War I exhibit by a tour guide and then toured the rest of the exhibits on their own. They saw the actual 10,000 pound, fiberglass lifeboat where Captain Richard Phillips, of the Maersk Alabama, was taken hostage by Somalia pirates and saw how the SEALs rescued him. They also saw a miniature model of Osama Bin Laden’s compound and house diagramming how the SEALs conducted their raid. After touring the museum, cadets stopped by the gift shop to purchase t-shirts and other memorabilia.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC Field Meet Competition Team participated at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s field meet in Daytona Beach, Florida earlier this month. Each cadet showed a tremendous amount of motivation and dedication throughout the long hard day at the university. The cadets brought home seven trophies including first place for personnel inspection, unarmed basic, armed basic, armed exhibition, and color guard, second place overall drill, and fourth place overall. They defeated the reigning national champion, Boca Raton High School, in five events! This field meet qualified the Black Talon Company to attend the state championships in March.
St Lucie West Centennial High school Navy Junior ROTC cadets presented the colors at the recent Treasure Coast Navy League Dinner honoring 95 year old Rear Admiral William Jenkins. Admiral Robert J. Papp, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, lauded Admiral Jenkins for his many years of outstanding service to the nation. Pictured, from left, are Cadets Lucas Glykas, Bailey Lake, Admiral Papp, Kelsey Daly, and Luis Still. The cadets were honored to meet both admirals, as well as Michael P. Leavitt, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.
The cadets of St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC, recently held their annual Military Ball at the Port Saint Lucie Community Center. The evening included dinner, awards, promotions, and dancing to great music. Pictured is he Military Ball court, from left, sophomore Duchess and Duke Jenna Merrill and Billy Lents, junior Prince and Princess Ro’aine Graham and Johanna Moody, senior King and Queen Lucas Glykas and Bailey Lake, and freshman Baron and Baroness Anthony Stabile and Emily Daigle. Cadets and guests enjoyed the evening.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School NJROTC competition team recently participated at Flanagan High School’s field meet in Pembroke Pines, Florida. This event included 16 of Florida’s finest NJROTC units. Displaying outstanding motivation and skill, the cadets brought home 10 trophies. The cadets took fifth place 200 yard relay, third place team curl ups, fourth place color guard, fifth place unarmed basic, first place armed basic, second place armed exhibition, second place unarmed exhibition, first place personnel inspection, second place overall drill, and third place overall, qualifying for the state championship for the third time this season.
St. Lucie West Centennial High School baseball players visited Mrs. Yancy’s first grade class at St. Lucie West K-8 School recently. The players introduced themselves to the students and read a book to them. Afterward, students asked questions about being a baseball player and what it was like over at the “big school” (SLWCHS). The players seemed to enjoy themselves and our first graders were ecstatic to meet the “big boys”! The baseball players will be returning next month for an interview session, where the first graders will interview the players.
Friends of Morningside Elementary hosted a get-together to celebrate the season!
Congratulations to all of the AP Spanish Language students who passed with scores of 3, 4 and 5. Ms. Denski’s students had a 100% passing rate! These test takers were among the first to take the newly redesigned AP Spanish Language and Culture course which went into effect in fall 2013. The new curriculum integrates the following five themes: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. The Advanced Placement Program enables students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. AP Exams are given each year in May. Ms. Denski, an AP Reader herself, is very happy and grateful that the new course demands were successfully met.
State Representative Larry Lee Jr., of the Florida House of Representatives, challenged Southport Middle School ESOL students to continue working hard in school. Through his own life story, he explained how anything is possible when you remain determined to achieve your goals. The students also got the chance to learn about his grassroots community movement “Restoring the Village” and his beliefs that by working together, we can make the world a better place.
Representative Lee was the keynote speaker for Mr. Hochberg’s 22nd Annual Multicultural Celebration at Southport on Friday, May 18, 2018. The celebration also included former students’ words of inspiration, as well as presentations involving the seven noble virtues. The students, with the help of their families, prepared and shared a feast of indigenous food from their family’s home country which was enjoyed by all. Over 15 different countries were represented such as Brazil, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, and Venezuela.
Principal Nicole Telese, Representative Lee, Dana Hochberg and Assistant Principal Kathleen Manchester
Each October, National Princpals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great.
Principals are among the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success. Each October, NASSP, NAESP, and AFSA seek to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education.
National Principals Month is a widely recognized celebration of the principalship, marked by national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgements from U.S. Senators and Representatives, and top government officials. However, the most important National Principals Month celebrations are the ones that take place in schools and communities across the country.
Visit www.principalsmonth.org for more information about National Principals Month 2018!
St. Lucie Public Schools congratulates its graduating seniors!
The Class of 2018 is almost 3,000 strong and boasts nearly $33.5 million in scholarships to support next steps toward their college and career goals. Some of the inspired young leaders have chosen to pursue pathways into the military service, 92 have elected careers in education and have received “A Promise is a Promise” certificates from SLPS, others have select varied college and career courses that will lead them on wonderful and exciting lifelong journeys including medicine, technology, engineering, political advocacy, artistic design, and journalism. To all of the 2018 graduates, we send hearty wishes of success and fulfillment!
Those 5th grade students who displayed fluency with their 0-12 division facts were celebrated with an ice cream sundae party! Their hard work and effort was something to be commended. Parents shared in the fun and earned some sweet treats as well. Great job to all of those who earned this privilege!