Media Release: FPCHS Wrestling Team Clinches Regional Title

Media Release: FPCHS Wrestling Team Clinches Regional Title

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Fort Pierce Central High School’s Wrestling Team won its first Regional Wrestling Title since 1995. The 3A Region 3 Champs qualified 11 athletes for the state tournament. That is the most qualifiers in school’s 49-year history, and it ties for the most in St. Lucie County History.  Coach Seidel said, “It’s well deserved for the athletes that put their blood, sweat, and tears into it.  I am so proud of what they have accomplished so far.”  The Cobras will travel to the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL on Friday and Saturday for the state tournament. Go Cobras!

Pictured:  Kevin Finn, Jacob Fleitas, Jared Fleitas, Anthony Gibson, Cameron Golden, Lance Harris, Isaiah Herrington, Ryan Hester, Berlens Jean- Louis, Henry Jones, Steven Krantz, Zaine Parlor, Russell Raabe, Travon Ross, Head Coach Seidel, Assistant Coach Rocky, Coach Martinez, Coach George, Coach Glenn

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Media Release: FPCHS Wrestling Team Clinches Regional Title

FPCHS Wrestling Team Clinches Regional Title

Fort Pierce Central High School’s Wrestling Team won its first Regional Wrestling Title since 1995. The 3A Region 3 Champs qualified 11 athletes for the state tournament. That is the most qualifiers in school’s 49-year history, and it ties for the most in St. Lucie County History.  Coach Seidel said, “It’s well deserved for the athletes that put their blood, sweat, and tears into it.  I am so proud of what they have accomplished so far.”  The Cobras will travel to the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, FL on Friday and Saturday for the state tournament. Go Cobras!

Pictured:  Kevin Finn, Jacob Fleitas, Jared Fleitas, Anthony Gibson, Cameron Golden, Lance Harris, Isaiah Herrington, Ryan Hester, Berlens Jean- Louis, Henry Jones, Steven Krantz, Zaine Parlor, Russell Raabe, Travon Ross, Head Coach Seidel, Assistant Coach Rocky, Coach Martinez, Coach George, Coach Glenn

Media Release: Science Fair Awards

Media Release: Science Fair Awards

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The 31st Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Fair was host to over 240 middle and high school student projects. In the wide array of quality projects submitted, judges identified the top projects in each category based on rigorous rubrics accessing content and process.

 

PLACE AWARDS

 

Animal Science ANIM

Junior Division

1st Place – Emma Farr LPA

2nd Place – Farzeen Chagani LPA

3rd Place – Makinsie Hanson MAN

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Malaica Ashley LPA

2nd Place – Dakota Robinson TCHS

3rd Place – Alicia Torres TCHS

 

Behavioral & Social Science BEHA

Senior Division 

1st Place – Justin McKinney FPWHS

2nd Place – Ariel Rubel and Alysa Santoro FPCHS

 

Biomedical & Health Science BMED

Junior Division

1st Place – Evelyn Hiller PPK

2nd Place – Bethany Clare and Lillian Demarias MDA

3rd Place – Autumn Thomas LPA

Honorable Mention – Kiley Hsu MAN

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Yegor Bushnev and Kailee Larmon LPA

2nd Place – Ellyn Delano FPWHS

3rd Place – Gabriel Yrjola FPWHS

 

Chemistry CHEM 

Junior Division

1st Place – Gabriela Barnabei MAN

2nd Place – Alexis Bentinganan LPA

3rd Place – Andrea Puentes NPK

Honorable Mention – Ryan Rodriguez SLWK

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Liberty Juno FPWHS

2nd Place – Matthew Heady FPWHS

3rd Place – William Nelson LPA

Honorable Mention – Niko Gavoni LPA

 

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry CMBI

Junior Division

1st Place – John Melvin SLWK

2nd Place – Alexia Morgan PPK

3rd Place – Lundyn Smith APF

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Nagely Cruz and Nicole Vargas TCHS

2nd Place – Ibrahim Gheit LPA

3rd Place – Andrea Mottau LPA

Honorable Mention- Nabila Rashid and Sumauria Hunter LPA

Honorable Mention- Gabriel Foss FPWHS

 

Earth & Environmental Sciences EAEV

Junior Division

1st Place – Amaya Hernandez PPK

2nd Place – Melyna Vaudrin FGM

3rd Place – Milani Carpenter LPA

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Haley O’Connor FPCHS

2nd Place – Brooke Adam LPA

3rd Place – Jillian Markle PSLHS

Honorable Mention – Brian Wu LPA

 

Environmental Engineering ENEV 

Junior Division 

1st Place – Robert Sansone WGK

2nd Place – Ethan Hatton SLWK

3rd Place – Kathryn Pinto LPA

Honorable Mention: Gillian Ellis LPA

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Mariana Solanilla and Valerie Collins FPCHS

2nd Place – Kristiina Huhtamaki LPA

3rd Place- Aliyah Dan FPCHS

 

Engineering ENMS

1st Place – Annarose Hilhorst LPA

2nd Place – Nachbi Pierre LPA

3rd Place – Jayden Nargen LPA

Honorable Mention – Maria Sierra Meza NPK

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Kieran Yarberry LPA

2nd Place – Vivek Talati LPA

3rd Place – Andrew Johnson LPA

Honorable Mention – Leigh-Ann Spalding FPWHS

 

Intelligent Machines, Robotics & Systems Software IMRS

Junior Division

1st Place – Jonathan Thomas MDA

2nd Place – Landen Davis SOM

 

Senior Division 

1st Place – Riley Holtzclaw SLWCHS

2nd Place – Christian Johnson FPCHS

3rd Place – Robert Thompson TCHS

 

Mathematics & Computational Sciences MACO

Junior Division

1st Place – Christian Keough WGK

2nd Place – Luke Retutal LPA

3rd Place – Nathan Kline WGK

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Sreya Banik LPA

2nd Place – Joseph Parr STA

 

Microbiology MICR 

Junior Division

1st Place – Madison Adkins LPA

2nd Place – Ashwin Dhar PPK

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Nichapa Dancharnjitt LPA

2nd Place – Vraj Parikh LPA

3rd Place – Emily Persuad and Nicholas Bradley PSLHS

 

Physics & Astronomy PHYS

Junior Division 

1st Place – Calum Kingery LPA

2nd Place – Madison Davis LPA

3rd Place – Tomas Bhathena LPA

Honorable Mention – Bhodi Wigglesworth LPA

Honorable Mention – Thurston Boulay LPA

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Taygen Pannella FPWHS

2nd Place – Jennifer Lugo FPWHS

3rd Place – Krystyna Medina, Tyler Lugus de Leon, and Giovonnie Lewis TCHS

Honorable Mention – Kate Casey FPCHS

 

Plant Sciences PLNT 

Junior Division

1st Place – Madison Eldridge MAN

2nd Place – Sarah Stouky LPA

3rd Place – Taylor Copeland FGM

Honorable Mention – Trevor Harris and Jansell Tielve OAK

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Callie Zheng LPA

2nd Place – Lillian Crawford LPA

3rd Place – Samantha Johnson FPWHS

 

2018 SPECIALAWARDS

American Meteorological Society Award

  1. Kieran Yarberry LPA
  2. Samantha Johnson FPWHS

 

American Psychological Association Award for Achievement in Research in Psychological Science

  1. Alysa Santoro, and Ariel Rubel FPCHS

 

Association for Women Geoscientists

  1. Jillian Markle PSLHS

 

ASM—Materials Education Foundation

  1. Robert Sansone WGK

 

Broadcom MASTERS

  1. Emma Farr LPA
  2. Evelyn Hiller PPK
  3. Gabriela Barnabei MAN
  4. John Melvin SLWK
  5. Amaya Hernandez PPK
  6. Robert Sansone WGK
  7. Annarose Hilhorst LPA
  8. Jonathan Thomas II MDA
  9. Christian Keough WGK
  10. Madison Adkins LPA
  11. Calum Kingery LPA
  12. Madison Eldridge MAN

 

F.A.S.T. Award (Florida Association of Science Teachers)

  1. Robert Sansone WGK

 

Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPCOA) Region V (209)

Junior Projects

  1. Reis Wigglesworth LPA
  2. Bhodi Wigglesworth LPA

 

Senior Projects

  1. Mason Kozac LPA
  2. Aliyah Dan FPCHS               

 

Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award

  1. Christian Johnson FPCHS

 

Mu Alpha Theta Award

  1. Lilian Crawford LPA

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award”

  1. Robert Sansone WGK

NASA Earth System Science Award (Intel)

  1. Kieran Yarberry LPA

 

Office of Naval Research

Junior Project: Thomas Bhathena LPA

Senior Project: Riley Holtzclaw SLWCHS

 

Publix Super Markets (4) Good Science Award 

  1. Alysia Magana CAST
  2. Arianna Goycochea CAST
  3. John Melvin SLWK
  4. Melyna Vaudrin FGMS
  5. Brian Wu LPA
  6. Samantha Johnson FPWHS
  7. Emily Persuad PSLHS
  8. Nicholas Bradley PSLHS

 

Regeneron Science Talent Search

  1. Nicole Vargas and Nagley Cruz TCHS
  2. Sreya Banik LPA
  3. Joseph Parr STA
  4. Callie Zheng LPA
  5. Jolene Megino TCHS

 

RICOH Americas Corporation: Regional Ricoh Sustainable Development Award

  1. Andrea Herrara-Brizuela and Courtney Wallace TCHS

 

Sherry Reed Marine Biology Award

  1. Robert Sansone WGK

 

Society for In Vitro Biology

  1. Callie Zheng LPA

 

St. Lucie County Fair

Megapass

  1. Nicole Vargas TCHS
  2. Nagly Cruz TCHS

 

2 Mega Passes

  1. Dominic Bowen SGA
  2. Demari Bowen SGA

 

2 Gate Passes

  1. Haley O’Connor FPCH
  2. Ziyaas Mohammed LPA
  3. Nathan Brewer DMMS
  4. Guerloisha Desir MAN
  5. Juline Presuma OAK
  6. Amber Hobbs OAK
  7. Corbin Braverman OAK
  8. Aiden Sheenan OAK

 

St. Lucie County Master Naturalist Environmental Award – 2 awards ($75 each)

  1. Riley Holtzclaw SLWCHS
  2. Vraj Parikh LPA

 

St. Lucie Soil and Water Conservation District Award ($50 each)

Junior Project: Robert Sansone WGK

Senior Project: Haley O’Connor FPCHS

                

GRACE STOCK ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

  1. Robert Sansone WGK
  2. Sophia Frey MDA
  3. Krystyna Medina, Tyler Lugus de Leon, and Giovonnie Lewis TCHS

 

US Air Force

  1. Serya Banik LPA

 

Stockholm Jr. Water Prize

  1. Samantha Johnson FPWHS
  2. Riley Holtzclaw SLWCHS
  3. Kristina Huhtamaki LPA

 

UF/IFAS College of Agriculture & Life Science Award

Junior Sophia Frey MDA (800)

Senior Callie Zheng LPA (1352)

                                  

Wal-Mart Distribution Center

  1. Nathan Brewer DMMS
  2. Robert Sansone WGK

 

US Metric Association

  1. Nicole Vargas and Nagely Cruz TCHS

 

YALE Science and Engineering Association – 11th Grade

  1. Jolene Megino TCHS

 

FLORIDA STATE SCIENCE FAIR QUALIFIERS 

Junior Division        

  1. Robert Sansone WGK
  2. Annarose Hilhorst LPA
  3. Jonathan Thomas MDA
  4. Madison Adkins LPA
  5. Luke Retutal LPA
  6. Ashwin Dhar PPK  

 

Senior Division

  1. Nichapa Dancharnjitt LPA
  2. Sreya Banik LPA
  3. Nicole Vargas TCHS
  4. Nagely Cruz TCHS
  5. Joseph Parr STA
  6. Vraj Parikh LPA
  7. Callie Zheng LPA
  8. Lilian Crawford LPA   

 

INTERNATIONALSCIENCE FAIR QUALIFIERS

  1. Nichapa Dancharnjitt LPA
  2. Sreya Banik LPA

 

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Media Release: Science Fair Awards

SLPS Science Fair Awards

The 31st Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Fair was host to over 240 middle and high school student projects. In the wide array of quality projects submitted, judges identified the top projects in each category based on rigorous rubrics accessing content and process.

 

PLACE AWARDS

 

Animal Science ANIM

Junior Division

1st Place – Emma Farr LPA

2nd Place – Farzeen Chagani LPA

3rd Place – Makinsie Hanson MAN

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Malaica Ashley LPA

2nd Place – Dakota Robinson TCHS

3rd Place – Alicia Torres TCHS

 

Behavioral & Social Science BEHA

Senior Division 

1st Place – Justin McKinney FPWHS

2nd Place – Ariel Rubel and Alysa Santoro FPCHS

 

Biomedical & Health Science BMED

Junior Division

1st Place – Evelyn Hiller PPK

2nd Place – Bethany Clare and Lillian Demarias MDA

3rd Place – Autumn Thomas LPA

Honorable Mention – Kiley Hsu MAN

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Yegor Bushnev and Kailee Larmon LPA

2nd Place – Ellyn Delano FPWHS

3rd Place – Gabriel Yrjola FPWHS

 

Chemistry CHEM 

Junior Division

1st Place – Gabriela Barnabei MAN

2nd Place – Alexis Bentinganan LPA

3rd Place – Andrea Puentes NPK

Honorable Mention – Ryan Rodriguez SLWK

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Liberty Juno FPWHS

2nd Place – Matthew Heady FPWHS

3rd Place – William Nelson LPA

Honorable Mention – Niko Gavoni LPA

 

Cellular/Molecular Biology & Biochemistry CMBI

Junior Division

1st Place – John Melvin SLWK

2nd Place – Alexia Morgan PPK

3rd Place – Lundyn Smith APF

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Nagely Cruz and Nicole Vargas TCHS

2nd Place – Ibrahim Gheit LPA

3rd Place – Andrea Mottau LPA

Honorable Mention- Nabila Rashid and Sumauria Hunter LPA

Honorable Mention- Gabriel Foss FPWHS

 

Earth & Environmental Sciences EAEV

Junior Division

1st Place – Amaya Hernandez PPK

2nd Place – Melyna Vaudrin FGM

3rd Place – Milani Carpenter LPA

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Haley O’Connor FPCHS

2nd Place – Brooke Adam LPA

3rd Place – Jillian Markle PSLHS

Honorable Mention – Brian Wu LPA

 

Environmental Engineering ENEV 

Junior Division 

1st Place – Robert Sansone WGK

2nd Place – Ethan Hatton SLWK

3rd Place – Kathryn Pinto LPA

Honorable Mention: Gillian Ellis LPA

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Mariana Solanilla and Valerie Collins FPCHS

2nd Place – Kristiina Huhtamaki LPA

3rd Place- Aliyah Dan FPCHS

 

Engineering ENMS

1st Place – Annarose Hilhorst LPA

2nd Place – Nachbi Pierre LPA

3rd Place – Jayden Nargen LPA

Honorable Mention – Maria Sierra Meza NPK

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Kieran Yarberry LPA

2nd Place – Vivek Talati LPA

3rd Place – Andrew Johnson LPA

Honorable Mention – Leigh-Ann Spalding FPWHS

 

Intelligent Machines, Robotics & Systems Software IMRS

Junior Division

1st Place – Jonathan Thomas MDA

2nd Place – Landen Davis SOM

 

Senior Division 

1st Place – Riley Holtzclaw SLWCHS

2nd Place – Christian Johnson FPCHS

3rd Place – Robert Thompson TCHS

 

Mathematics & Computational Sciences MACO

Junior Division

1st Place – Christian Keough WGK

2nd Place – Luke Retutal LPA

3rd Place – Nathan Kline WGK

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Sreya Banik LPA

2nd Place – Joseph Parr STA

 

Microbiology MICR 

Junior Division

1st Place – Madison Adkins LPA

2nd Place – Ashwin Dhar PPK

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Nichapa Dancharnjitt LPA

2nd Place – Vraj Parikh LPA

3rd Place – Emily Persuad and Nicholas Bradley PSLHS

 

Physics & Astronomy PHYS

Junior Division 

1st Place – Calum Kingery LPA

2nd Place – Madison Davis LPA

3rd Place – Tomas Bhathena LPA

Honorable Mention – Bhodi Wigglesworth LPA

Honorable Mention – Thurston Boulay LPA

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Taygen Pannella FPWHS

2nd Place – Jennifer Lugo FPWHS

3rd Place – Krystyna Medina, Tyler Lugus de Leon, and Giovonnie Lewis TCHS

Honorable Mention – Kate Casey FPCHS

 

Plant Sciences PLNT 

Junior Division

1st Place – Madison Eldridge MAN

2nd Place – Sarah Stouky LPA

3rd Place – Taylor Copeland FGM

Honorable Mention – Trevor Harris and Jansell Tielve OAK

 

Senior Division

1st Place – Callie Zheng LPA

2nd Place – Lillian Crawford LPA

3rd Place – Samantha Johnson FPWHS

 

2018 SPECIALAWARDS

American Meteorological Society Award

  1. Kieran Yarberry LPA
  2. Samantha Johnson FPWHS

 

American Psychological Association Award for Achievement in Research in Psychological Science

  1. Alysa Santoro, and Ariel Rubel FPCHS

 

Association for Women Geoscientists

  1. Jillian Markle PSLHS

 

ASM—Materials Education Foundation

  1. Robert Sansone WGK

 

Broadcom MASTERS

  1. Emma Farr LPA
  2. Evelyn Hiller PPK
  3. Gabriela Barnabei MAN
  4. John Melvin SLWK
  5. Amaya Hernandez PPK
  6. Robert Sansone WGK
  7. Annarose Hilhorst LPA
  8. Jonathan Thomas II MDA
  9. Christian Keough WGK
  10. Madison Adkins LPA
  11. Calum Kingery LPA
  12. Madison Eldridge MAN

 

F.A.S.T. Award (Florida Association of Science Teachers)

  1. Robert Sansone WGK

 

Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPCOA) Region V (209)

Junior Projects

  1. Reis Wigglesworth LPA
  2. Bhodi Wigglesworth LPA

 

Senior Projects

  1. Mason Kozac LPA
  2. Aliyah Dan FPCHS               

 

Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award

  1. Christian Johnson FPCHS

 

Mu Alpha Theta Award

  1. Lilian Crawford LPA

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award”

  1. Robert Sansone WGK

NASA Earth System Science Award (Intel)

  1. Kieran Yarberry LPA

 

Office of Naval Research

Junior Project: Thomas Bhathena LPA

Senior Project: Riley Holtzclaw SLWCHS

 

Publix Super Markets (4) Good Science Award 

  1. Alysia Magana CAST
  2. Arianna Goycochea CAST
  3. John Melvin SLWK
  4. Melyna Vaudrin FGMS
  5. Brian Wu LPA
  6. Samantha Johnson FPWHS
  7. Emily Persuad PSLHS
  8. Nicholas Bradley PSLHS

 

Regeneron Science Talent Search

  1. Nicole Vargas and Nagley Cruz TCHS
  2. Sreya Banik LPA
  3. Joseph Parr STA
  4. Callie Zheng LPA
  5. Jolene Megino TCHS

 

RICOH Americas Corporation: Regional Ricoh Sustainable Development Award

  1. Andrea Herrara-Brizuela and Courtney Wallace TCHS

 

Sherry Reed Marine Biology Award

  1. Robert Sansone WGK

 

Society for In Vitro Biology

  1. Callie Zheng LPA

 

St. Lucie County Fair

Megapass

  1. Nicole Vargas TCHS
  2. Nagly Cruz TCHS

 

2 Mega Passes

  1. Dominic Bowen SGA
  2. Demari Bowen SGA

 

2 Gate Passes

  1. Haley O’Connor FPCH
  2. Ziyaas Mohammed LPA
  3. Nathan Brewer DMMS
  4. Guerloisha Desir MAN
  5. Juline Presuma OAK
  6. Amber Hobbs OAK
  7. Corbin Braverman OAK
  8. Aiden Sheenan OAK

 

St. Lucie County Master Naturalist Environmental Award – 2 awards ($75 each)

  1. Riley Holtzclaw SLWCHS
  2. Vraj Parikh LPA

 

St. Lucie Soil and Water Conservation District Award ($50 each)

Junior Project: Robert Sansone WGK

Senior Project: Haley O’Connor FPCHS

                

GRACE STOCK ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD

  1. Robert Sansone WGK
  2. Sophia Frey MDA
  3. Krystyna Medina, Tyler Lugus de Leon, and Giovonnie Lewis TCHS

 

US Air Force

  1. Serya Banik LPA

 

Stockholm Jr. Water Prize

  1. Samantha Johnson FPWHS
  2. Riley Holtzclaw SLWCHS
  3. Kristina Huhtamaki LPA

 

UF/IFAS College of Agriculture & Life Science Award

Junior Sophia Frey MDA (800)

Senior Callie Zheng LPA (1352)

                                  

Wal-Mart Distribution Center

  1. Nathan Brewer DMMS
  2. Robert Sansone WGK

 

US Metric Association

  1. Nicole Vargas and Nagely Cruz TCHS

 

YALE Science and Engineering Association – 11th Grade

  1. Jolene Megino TCHS

 

FLORIDA STATE SCIENCE FAIR QUALIFIERS 

Junior Division        

  1. Robert Sansone WGK
  2. Annarose Hilhorst LPA
  3. Jonathan Thomas MDA
  4. Madison Adkins LPA
  5. Luke Retutal LPA
  6. Ashwin Dhar PPK  

 

Senior Division

  1. Nichapa Dancharnjitt LPA
  2. Sreya Banik LPA
  3. Nicole Vargas TCHS
  4. Nagely Cruz TCHS
  5. Joseph Parr STA
  6. Vraj Parikh LPA
  7. Callie Zheng LPA
  8. Lilian Crawford LPA   

 

INTERNATIONALSCIENCE FAIR QUALIFIERS

  1. Nichapa Dancharnjitt LPA
  2. Sreya Banik LPA
Media Release:  FPCHS Culinary Awards

Media Release: FPCHS Culinary Awards

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – On Saturday March 2, 2019, four Fort Pierce Central High School students, Sarahi Fraga, McClintock Hoeffner, Luz Martinez, and Hope Thomas, won third place in the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Management Competition, sponsored by the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality & Tourism.

In this statewide competition, participating teams demonstrate their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a new restaurant concept and presenting it to a panel of judges at a simulated business exposition.  The teams also submitted a written proposal for review, and presented their concepts of marketing, menu and costing, layout and décor, and critical thinking to various groups of judges through posters, verbal presentations, and question-and-answer sessions.

In addition to taking home third place overall in the state of Florida, Luz Martinez was awarded the Hospitality Excellence Award, and received a $2,000 scholarship to the post-secondary institution of her choice.  McClintock Hoeffner won a $5,000 scholarship to Keiser University for placing second in Chef Erik Youngs Voodoo Chef High School Recipe Challenge.  McClintock had to create an original recipe incorporating Chef Youngs signature DIRT spice into a meal consisting of a protein, vegetable, and starch.  His dish was a coffee and DIRT spice infused ribeye steak with a mushroom sauce, steamed broccoli finished with seasoned butter, and pan fried thinly sliced red new potatoes dusted with DIRT spice.

Their instructors Chef Jesse Strell and Cindy Swertfager, the school, and their families are more than proud of all of these outstanding students.  All their hard work and dedication has definitely paid off.  We are excited to see what the future holds for our talented Cobras!

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students with a graduation rate of 91.8 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS ranks among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, or visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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Media Release:  FPCHS Culinary Awards

FPCHS Culinary Awards

On Saturday March 2, 2019, four Fort Pierce Central High School students, Sarahi Fraga, McClintock Hoeffner, Luz Martinez, and Hope Thomas, won third place in the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Management Competition, sponsored by the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality & Tourism.

In this statewide competition, participating teams demonstrate their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a new restaurant concept and presenting it to a panel of judges at a simulated business exposition.  The teams also submitted a written proposal for review, and presented their concepts of marketing, menu and costing, layout and décor, and critical thinking to various groups of judges through posters, verbal presentations, and question-and-answer sessions.

In addition to taking home third place overall in the state of Florida, Luz Martinez was awarded the Hospitality Excellence Award, and received a $2,000 scholarship to the post-secondary institution of her choice.  McClintock Hoeffner won a $5,000 scholarship to Keiser University for placing second in Chef Erik Youngs Voodoo Chef High School Recipe Challenge.  McClintock had to create an original recipe incorporating Chef Youngs signature DIRT spice into a meal consisting of a protein, vegetable, and starch.  His dish was a coffee and DIRT spice infused ribeye steak with a mushroom sauce, steamed broccoli finished with seasoned butter, and pan fried thinly sliced red new potatoes dusted with DIRT spice.

Their instructors Chef Jesse Strell and Cindy Swertfager, the school, and their families are more than proud of all of these outstanding students.  All their hard work and dedication has definitely paid off.  We are excited to see what the future holds for our talented Cobras!

School Board Member Carol Hilson Receives Honor

School Board Member Carol Hilson Receives Honor

The St Lucie County Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Pierce Woman’s Club honored Carol A. Hilson, St. Lucie Public Schools Board Member, as “Fort Pierce Lady of the Month.” The ceremony takes place at the Fort Pierce Woman’s Club the First Friday of each month. For more information please visit www.stluciechamber.org Congratulations!

Photo:  SLC Property Appraiser Michelle FranklinSLPS Board Member Debbie Hawley, SLPS Board Member Carol Hilson, SLPS Chief Communications Officer Kerry Padrick, and SLPS Board Member Donna Mills.

SLPS Superintendent Gent Visits Northport K-8

SLPS Superintendent Gent Visits Northport K-8

It was a pleasure for SLPS Superintendent E. Wayne Gent to visit Northport K-8 School on March 8, 2019.  Mr. Gent spent the morning speaking and visiting with staff in an informal setting about all of the exciting things happening at Northport K-8.  Classrooms are thriving, and retaining teacher talent is key to continuing the momentum.  Find out more about the referendum for St. Lucie County residents at www.stlucieschools.org #4ourkids

Start Your Journey to Becoming a Teacher

Start Your Journey to Becoming a Teacher

Teachers make a difference in the lives of children and teens, helping to shape them into productive adults. Indian River State College (IRSC) offers many opportunities for community members to become teachers, especially in the high-demand fields of math, science, ESE and bilingual education. Join us for free information sessions March 26 and April 3 to learn more about programs, degrees and certifications in the field of education.

The School of Education features Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree programs in early childhood, elementary, secondary and physical education with special emphasis on reading, mathematics, science, exceptional student education (ESE) and English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). Certifications are also available in preschool and child care management.

Those interested in learning more about the School of Education should plan to attend a free information session on Tuesday, March 26, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Tomeu Center, Room C-310, on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. For more information, contact Emily Renschler at erenschl@irsc.edu or 772-462-7142.

IRSC also houses the Education Preparation Institute (EPI), which provides a fast track to a teacher career for anyone who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in a field other than education. The program can be completed in less than a year with convenient day, evening and online classes. Certifications are available in all subject disciplines with a special emphasis on math, science and ESE.

The EPI will host a free information session on Wednesday, April 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Tomeu Center, Room C-207 on the IRSC Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. For more information, contact Joey Lord at jlord@irsc.edu or 772-462-7134.

Registration for these information sessions is requested in advance at www.irsc.edu/event-sign-up. For additional information about programs in education, visit www.irsc.edu or call 1-866-792-4772.

Photo:  IRSC graduate Nikki Hart thrives as a fifth grade science teacher at Chester A. Moore Elementary in Fort Pierce.

Mathletes Compete in Local Olympics

Mathletes Compete in Local Olympics

Students from 12 high schools in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties flexed their mathematical muscles in the annual Math Olympics hosted by the Indian River State College Mathematics Department. Participants competed both individually and as teams from Clark Advanced Learning Center, Fort Pierce Westwood, Indian River Charter, Jensen Beach, John Carroll, Lincoln Park Academy, Martin County, Port St. Lucie, St. Edward’s, St. Lucie West Centennial, South Fork and Vero Beach high schools.

Competition was fierce as individual opponents started the day with a 40-question written exam assessing mastery of algebra, geometry and trigonometry. The 10-question team competition followed with extra incentives for first responders.

Callie Zheng of Lincoln Park Academy won first place in the individual competition, followed by Joseph Cachaldora of John Carroll High School. Zheng and Cachaldora each received a full, two-year scholarship to IRSC for their exemplary performance.

First place in the team competition went to Jeremy Ortmann, Rohan Jakhete, Sol Scholl, and Varun Lakshmanan of South Fork High School. Vero Beach High School earned second place with the hard work of Andrew Keller, Chris In, Cody Lanier and Julia Lamothe. Each team winner received a gift bag with books, school supplies, puzzles and snacks.

In addition to rigorous competition, participants had the opportunity to network with college instructors and tour the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce.

For additional information about the Math Olympics event or the Math Department at IRSC, contact Duane Chin Quee at dchinque@irsc.edu or 772-462-7919.

 

Photo:  Callie Zheng of Lincoln Park Academy was the highest individual scorer in the 2019 Math Olympics at IRSC. She is pictured here with Dr. Heather Belmont, IRSC Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Anthony Dribben, IRSC Assistant Dean of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Rotary Club Gifts Northport K-8 Third Graders

Rotary Club Gifts Northport K-8 Third Graders

Many thanks to the Noon Rotary Club of Port St. Lucie for the gift of brand new dictionaries for Northport K-8 third grade students!  Angela Hayle from ACCH Insurance Agency visited the school as a representative of the club to deliver the dictionaries. Students were thrilled to learn the longest word in the dictionary and the different ways that the dictionary can be useful. Thanks to Angela and the Noon Rotary Club — you do amazing work for our community!

PSLHS Service Learning:  Flag Retirement Ceremony

PSLHS Service Learning: Flag Retirement Ceremony

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion participated in its annual Service Learning Project of retiring unserviceable American flags. Cadets collected worn, torn, and frayed flags donated from various public places to be properly retired. In the class periods leading to the event, cadets cut the flags by the stripes to prepare them for the ceremony. The Cadets who spoke were Battalion XO Cadet Major Molly Sullivan, serving as Master of Ceremonies, and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Victoria Diaz. The Port St. Lucie High School Jaguar band director Mr. Troy Wiley brought a small ensemble of eighteen students to play the National Anthem. The lead trumpet, Mathew Marquez, played Taps, Retreat, and Reveille.  Cadets formed a single file line by company and received a portion of the flag to dispose of into the fire. To conclude the ceremony, PSLHS Assistant Principal Gerald Early addressed the battalion and thanked the cadets for a beautiful ceremony. The Jaguar Battalion takes pride in retiring the flags as mandated by the United States Congress.

Register To Vote

Register To Vote

March 25 is the deadline to register to vote regarding the referendum.

Stay informed about how this will impact the future of our schools and the School District’s ability to recruit and retain quality teachers, ensure a school resource officer is on every campus and enhance mental health services for our children. Visit stlucieschools.org for more information.

Make your voice count.

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LPA Going to State Competition for the 18th Consecutive Year

LPA Going to State Competition for the 18th Consecutive Year

Congratulations to the Lincoln Park Academy Odyssey of the Mind team! On March 9, 2019, LPA competed in the regional tournament at Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach. It was the first time in five years a Division 2 team entered the competitions. The team members are headed to the Florida State Tournament on the campus of the University of Central Florida on April 6, 2019.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from K through 12th grades. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

The Problem 5 team captured first place in its category. Pictured above just after receiving their gold medals, from left to right, are Bryce Myers, Madison Carpenter, Madeline Chiong, Avery Greer, Aniya Maldonado, Coach Plasencia, Tobias Miller and Derek Boyer.

The problem-solving performance of Opposites Distract received much praise for the colorful costumes reflecting the emotions represented, great voice projection, stage presence, and exceptional creativity. Their performance in the Spontaneous Program Challenge was another team highlight. The program is worth a maximum of 100 points, but the judges exercised their power to award additional points, raising the bar to 130.66 points for their construction project.

We are very proud of our Odyssey of the Mind team and wish the team members the best of luck at the state tournament!

PSLHS JROTC Teach Southport Students PT

PSLHS JROTC Teach Southport Students PT

On Thursday March 7th, 2019, select cadets from the Port St. Lucie High School Army JROTC Jaguar Battalion’s Raider Team went to Southport Middle School. Seven Cadets: Cadet Corporal Mayoliv Hernandez, Cadet Captain Mathew Simmons, Cadet Sergeant First- Class Edward Cook, Cadet Corporal Alexis Wilson, Cadet Sergeant Justin Bennet, Cadet Major Joleen Kalinowski, and Cadet Corporal Emma Lewiston joined Southport’s gym class periods 5, 6, and 7. Cadets showed students how to stretch and do 4-square exercises. To conclude the physical training, cadets and students played tug-of-war. At the end of each period, students gathered around the middle of the gym to talk about healthy eating habitats. The student that showed the most motivation won a $10 Tropical Smoothie gift card!

SLWK-8 Odyssey of the Mind Places 1st

SLWK-8 Odyssey of the Mind Places 1st

St. Lucie West K-8 participated in the Palm Regional Competition for Odyssey of the Mind on Saturday, March 9, 2019. There were five problem-solving categories. SLWK-8 entered teams in three of the five categories.

• Omer to the Rescue, Again placed 1st in their category with team members: Jasmine Gabriel, Stephanie Leonard, Alexandria Mancini, Isabella Mora, Logan Pino and Kianush Torkaman.
• Opposites Distract placed 2nd in their category with team members: Lilliana Boham, Hannah Gaffney, Samantha Leonard, Lillian O’Neill, Parisa Torkaman and Abigail Wiley.
• Classics…Leonardo’s Workshop placed 3rd in their category with team members: Elizabeth Callaway, Nora Calnan, Sophia Gutshall, Donnae Moore, Aiden Sculnick and Ivan Sheehan.

The 1st and 2nd place teams will be representing St. Lucie West K-8 at States in Orlando on April 6, 2019! The coaches, Mrs. Binns, Ms. Brightwell, Mrs. Casper and Ms. Dahms, are very proud of the students’ perseverance through months of problem-solving and practices, along with their extraordinary team work displayed during the competition.  Great job sharks!

Southport Middle School Wraps Up National School Breakfast Week #NSBW19

Southport Middle School Wraps Up National School Breakfast Week #NSBW19

The Southport Middle School Cafe staff teamed up with art teacher Brenda Pecora and attendance clerk Linda Nelson in a race to make National School Breakfast Week an enjoyable time for everyone at school. Ms. Donna, Ms. Paula, Ms. Stacia, Ms. Aurora, Ms. Jeanette, Ms. Lydia, Ms. Marianna, Ms. Delma, and cafeteria manager Ms. Eileen Kielbasa prepared special breakfast treats, including wagon wheel waffles and apple slice race cars to go with the theme “Start Your Engines.”  Mrs. Pecora worked with her art students to make the race cars that were used to help decorate for the event, which also happened to fit seamlessly with her wonderful display at the St. Lucie County Fair this year! Mrs. Nelson reported a total of 228 students with perfect attendance for the first two months of 2019, from which fifteen students were selected from the list to attend breakfast aboard the Big Bites Bus to celebrate National School Breakfast Week #NSBW19 Great Job everyone!