‘Clifford’ celebrates Northport K8 book fair with students

‘Clifford’ celebrates Northport K8 book fair with students

Northport K-8 School kicked off its second book fair of the school year themed “Cruise Into Reading” by inviting Clifford the Big, Red Dog to shake the hand of parents in the parent drop off area and to welcome students into school to check out the book fair. Big Brothers, Big Sisters AmeriCorps tutors Renee Simpson and Alex Neelan are taking turns donning the red suit to intrigue the students into visiting the book fair and to promote the joy of reading to the students and parents at Northport K-8 School. The AmeriCorps tutors have become an integral facet of the school, and the students and teachers are thrilled to see them hard at work helping to make the educational experience at Northport very positive. Pictured are AmeriCorps tutor Renee Simpson as Clifford, and several excited Northport students.

Clinician Mike Block visits Lincoln Park Academy

Clinician Mike Block visits Lincoln Park Academy

On Monday, February 25, the Orchestra, Keyboard, and 8th grade Exploring Music students of Miss Laura Hopkins class at Lincoln Park Academy had the opportunity and unique experience of working with the world renowned, Grammy award winning cellist, Mr. Mike Block. Mr. Block currently tours as a soloist as well as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble along with cellist Yo Yo Ma.   Additionally, Mr. Block is the founder and educator of the Mike Block Summer String Camp in Vero Beach, which enrolls students each summer.

Each of the classes taught were deigned to challenge the students to not only listen but to create at the same time;  all while learning about American and International folk songs.  Students were treated to and learned about a wonderful variety of styles including the Bach Cello Suites, Bluegrass, American Rock and Blues, and even music of Persia (Iran).

Students thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Block’s unique style of playing while standing, made possible by Mr. Block’s cello strap, created and designed by him.   The entire day and curriculum were successful in engaging the students even more in their own compositions  and in the creative process.

This wonderfully educational and inspirational day concluded with Mr. Block treating students, faculty, family, and friends to one of his solo performances.

 

 

 

CNA Scholarship Recipients

CNA Scholarship Recipients

St. Lucie West Centennial High School hosted Senior Awards Night on May 17, 2018.  Midway Specialty Care Center awarded five scholarships to seniors having earned their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) License. The CNA completer scholarship can be used for items needed for post-secondary employment in the healthcare field.  Students are being awarded this scholarship after meeting a specified criterion including pursuing a career in the health care industry. 

Students scholarship recipients: Jasmine Castro, Dahnae McDonald, Melissa Stone, Marissa Powell, and Trinity Salisbury

Coaches are slimed at Palm Pointe for good cause

Coaches are slimed at Palm Pointe for good cause

Palm Pointe Educational Research School @ Tradition recently participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. This fundraiser helps teach students to value their health and to help those less fortunate and don’t have healthy hearts.  The top three student fundraisers from each class earned the opportunity to slime the physical education coaches. The middle school Hoops for Heart will be in February with the proceeds also going to the American Heart Association. Palm Pointe would like to thank Nicole Perez, the school representative from the American Heart association, for all her help. Pictured, from left, are coaches Kristen Stafford and Robert Santoro as they are covered in slime by the students who raised the most money. 
 

 

Cobra Adopt-a-Road

Cobra Adopt-a-Road

On Wednesday, September 20, 2015, the Fort Pierce Central High JROTC Cobra Battalion continued their commitment to a cleaner environment. More than 70 students headed out with pokers and garbage bags to clean up on South 25th Street. The Cobra Battalion has participated in the “Adopt-A-Road” program for many years cleaning up the section of South 25th Street between Midway Road north to Bell Avenue. After picking-up numerous bags of garbage and making the road cleaner, the Cobra Battalion headed back to the school to enjoy an afternoon bar-b-que and fellowship.

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Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

FORT PIERCE, FL –  Anthony Knighton, a graduate of Fort Pierce Central High School is currently attending Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he was named as a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award.  Weighing in at 246 and clearing six feet by two inches, this defensive end from Fort Pierce, Florida set SIU freshman records and led all MVFC freshmen in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (11.0) this season. 
 
Knighton finished 11th in voting among the elite group of final contenders being considered for the Jerry Rice Award.  This award, named for the renowned Hall-of-Famer credited by many for being the greatest wide receiver, is given to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) player of the year. Knighton is credited with 28 tackles (21 solo), 9.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, and 1 FF (9 games).  He received recognition as a first team FCS freshman All-American by HERO Sports and was designated the runner-up for the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year Award.
 
His high school coaches were not at all surprised by these recognitions and stats.  Josh Shaffer, Knighton’s former head football coach at Fort Pierce Central High School said, “Anthony is an intelligent, hardworking young man. It does not surprise me to see him excel at such a high level. His humble nature allows him to focus on achieving excellence. He has consistently made his former teachers and coaches proud.”
 
Shaffer’s sentiments were echoed by Central’s Athletic Director Peter Crespo. “We are very proud of Anthony Knighton for being nominated for this award; however, we are not surprised. His character on and off the field exemplifies what every student athlete should strive for.”
 
What is surprising is the fact that Anthony almost hung up his cleats before heading into his high school senior year.  According to Knighton’s mother, there was a stand-out coach who motivated her son back onto the field.  “Coach Kappler saw something special in Anthony,” explained Shontay Marshall-Smith. “He had a way of connecting with him like no one else could.  When ‘Ant’ needed that extra inspiration to dig his heels in for one more season, Coach Kap was there.”
 
 
 
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About St. Lucie Public Schools
St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS 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. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org. 

 

Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

Cobra Alumni Anthony Knighton Named Finalist for Jerry Rice Award

Anthony Knighton, a graduate of Fort Pierce Central High School is currently attending Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he was named as a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award.  Weighing in at 246 and clearing six feet by two inches, this defensive end from Fort Pierce, Florida set SIU freshman records and led all MVFC freshmen in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (11.0) this season.
Knighton finished 11th in voting among the elite group of final contenders being considered for the Jerry Rice Award.  This award, named for the renowned Hall-of-Famer credited by many for being the greatest wide receiver, is given to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) player of the year. Knighton is credited with 28 tackles (21 solo), 9.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 5 QBH, and 1 FF (9 games).  He received recognition as a first team FCS freshman All-American by HERO Sports and was designated the runner-up for the Missouri Valley Football Conference Freshman of the Year Award.
His high school coaches were not at all surprised by these recognitions and stats.  Josh Shaffer, Knighton’s former head football coach at Fort Pierce Central High School said, “Anthony is an intelligent, hardworking young man. It does not surprise me to see him excel at such a high level. His humble nature allows him to focus on achieving excellence. He has consistently made his former teachers and coaches proud.”
Shaffer’s sentiments were echoed by Central’s Athletic Director Peter Crespo. “We are very proud of Anthony Knighton for being nominated for this award; however, we are not surprised. His character on and off the field exemplifies what every student athlete should strive for.”
What is surprising is the fact that Anthony almost hung up his cleats before heading into his high school senior year.  According to Knighton’s mother, there was a stand-out coach who motivated her son back onto the field.  “Coach Kappler saw something special in Anthony,” explained Shontay Marshall-Smith. “He had a way of connecting with him like no one else could.  When ‘Ant’ needed that extra inspiration to dig his heels in for one more season, Coach Kap was there.”
Cobra Athletes Commit for Next-Level Success

Cobra Athletes Commit for Next-Level Success

Fort Pierce Central athletes have committed to colleges and universities, and look forward to pursuing their goals and dreams while participating in the sport they enjoy!

Jerimiah Hyde : Hutchinson Community College (football)

Brett Oliver- Stetson University (football)

Jalen Mason- Jacksonville University (football)

Branson Stone- Boston College (baseball)

Teddy Zervos- Stetson University (football)

Cobra Battalion Serves

Cobra Battalion Serves

Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) Cadets from the Cobra Battalion crossed the 100 community service-hour threshold this year. They sacrificed personal time to ensure the support of community stakeholders including civic groups, service organizations, neighborhood associations, and religious organizations.

Cadets achieving 100 community service hours who will be recommended for the President’s Volunteer Service Award for FPCHS this school year are:

Aide Aguilar: 194 hours
Shasly Brooks: 100 hours
Baldomero Cardenas: 154 hours
Kevin Gudino: 106 hours
Nicklaus Halter: 311 hours
Abigail Hetherington: 370 hours
Victor-Andre Jacob: 247 hours
Artyanna Kitchen: 280 hours
Evan Kohuth: 346 hours
Amber Kolbinskie: 163 hours
Laura Manzano: 156 hours
Yalenah Mestre: 161 hours
Sevren Most: 100 hours
Audrey Rubio: 189 hours
Daniela Tristan: 109 hours
Bryan Vega: 241 hours

      

 

 

Cobra CERT Receives Donation From Sheriff

Cobra CERT Receives Donation From Sheriff

Delegates from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office met with the Cobra CERT, or the Cobra Community Emergency Response Team, and provided a donation for $1,000.00 to support the group’s continued efforts. A special thank you is extended to the Sheriff and his officers for their support.
Cobra CERT is an extracurricular program available to students at Fort Pierce Central High School. The club aims to equip students with lifesaving Emergency Response skills; such as: Disaster Medical Operations, First Aid, Search and Rescue, Fire Suppression, Radio Communications, Hazardous Weather Spotting, etc. Students are also given the opportunity to work in collaboration with other Emergency Response organizations in their community and participate in community-wide events. In addition, they interact closely with professionals in related occupations, affording them the opportunity to explore a wide variety of related career fields.
Cobra Culinary Team Networks

Cobra Culinary Team Networks

Fort Pierce Central’s Culinary Arts students attended the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in Orlando, FL. All five culinary programs from the District attended the show. Students learned about new trends in food service and had the opportunity to taste foods from around the world. Students also enjoyed networking with industry leaders within the Culinary and Hospitality industries.
The culinary students will embrace these experiences for a lifetime.
Pictured: Chef Jesse Strell, Cindy Swertfager, FPC Culinary students and chaperones

 

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Fort Pierce Central High School’s (FPCHS) student poets took to the stage with words spoken from the heart intended to excite and engage at this year’s Louder than a Bomb (LTAB) Poetry Slam. Kayla Daley, a senior, was one of 12 South Florida high school students selected from more than 300 participants in the individual final competition held at Nova Southeastern University on April 8.  As a team, the FPCHS Cobras placed second in the semi-final round of the competition which draws famous name backers such as Jason Taylor of the Jason Taylor Foundation and Omari Hardwick of Bluapple Poetry. LTAB is designed to help students express themselves, and for some, the experience is life altering.

 

“This artistic outlet gives students an opportunity to share their innermost thoughts, concerns, and frustrations in an artistic manner that is heard and appreciated by others. When competing, our students give everything they have when on stage,” said Simone McPhee, FPCHS competition coach.  She explained that students work together throughout the year honing their poetic verse and practicing their delivery. “They are passionate about what they do and work hard to coach and support one another in preparation for this competition.” McPhee, together with co-coaches Kelly Addams and Peter Miserocchi of FPCHS, are in their third year helping to prepare students for this annual event.

 

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.

 

Fort Pierce Central Cobras celebrate a second place finish in the semi-final round of competition.

L to R: Maika Eugene, Kayla Daley, Sienna Medina, Jarrett Sauer

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Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Cobra Poets Strike Hard

Fort Pierce Central High School’s (FPCHS) student poets took to the stage with words spoken from the heart intended to excite and engage at this year’s Louder than a Bomb (LTAB) Poetry Slam. Kayla Daley, a senior, was one of 12 South Florida high school students selected from more than 300 participants in the individual final competition held at Nova Southeastern University on April 8.  As a team, the FPCHS Cobras placed second in the semi-final round of the competition which draws famous name backers such as Jason Taylor of the Jason Taylor Foundation and Omari Hardwick of Bluapple Poetry. LTAB is designed to help students express themselves, and for some, the experience is life altering.

 

“This artistic outlet gives students an opportunity to share their innermost thoughts, concerns, and frustrations in an artistic manner that is heard and appreciated by others. When competing, our students give everything they have when on stage,” said Simone McPhee, FPCHS competition coach.  She explained that students work together throughout the year honing their poetic verse and practicing their delivery. “They are passionate about what they do and work hard to coach and support one another in preparation for this competition.” McPhee, together with co-coaches Kelly Addams and Peter Miserocchi of FPCHS, are in their third year helping to prepare students for this annual event.

 

Fort Pierce Central Cobras celebrate a second place finish in the semi-final round of competition.

L to R: Maika Eugene, Kayla Daley, Sienna Medina, Jarrett Sauer

 

 

 

 

Cobra Pride Recipients for 2014

Cobra Pride Recipients for 2014

The students in the picture are our Cobra Pride recipients for 2014. These student athletes have competed in at least two sports per year since their freshman year at FPC. Pictured left to right: Bonita Williams, Jessica Golden, Kaitlyn Reese, Kyle Glenton, Lasonja Edwards, Sam Vaughn, Audrey Edmondson, Kayla Deifendorf, Courtney Mooney, Jay Stewart.

First College Athlete: Margaret Martszoft  North Carolina Weslynn – Softball – full ride

Second : Mike Percevel – Florida A&M – Football

Third : Lasonja Edwards – Florida Gulf Coast College – Basketball

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Cobra Raiders Win Top Honors

Cobra Raiders Win Top Honors

Fort Pierce Central’s Cobra Battalion Raider team took home first place for both the Mixed Team Obstacle Course and Mixed Team overall during Fort Pierce Westwood’s Raider Competition. “The cadets showed some outstanding teamwork and intestinal fortitude,” said the team’s coach, retired Lieutenant Colonel Matt Saxton. The Cobras fielded two 10-cadet mixed teams (boys and girls) for the Westwood competition. “The mix of boys and girls is really good for everyone,” said Cadet Staff Sergeant Cassady Green. She added, “It helps build a lot of trust and camaraderie across the Raider Team.” The Cobras plan to compete at the South Fork  Raider Competition next.

Mix Team 2 at Rope Bridge Team 1 Team Run Team 2 Rope Bridge

Cobra Student Athletes Make Commitments on Signing Day

Cobra Student Athletes Make Commitments on Signing Day

Fort Pierce Central High School football players participated in National Signing Day and made commitments to their selected Universities.

Football players from left to right:

Cecile Rolle- Warner University

Maurice Walley- Warner University

Stuart Reese- University of Mississippi

Coach Shaffer – Fort Pierce Central High School Football Coach

Antonio Hadden- Florida Atlantic University

William Davis- Florida Atlantic University

Lafayette Ashley- Warner University

Cobras Compete at National Ocean Sciences Bowl

Cobras Compete at National Ocean Sciences Bowl

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – Ft. Pierce Central High School’s (FPCHS) Cobra Pride came through in a respectable showing at the 19th Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) Competition in Morehead City, North Carolina. Team members Andrew Caputo, Cody Nichols, Victor Alterizio, Bryce Starr, and Riley Kicker represented the school and finished 12th in the national competition.

Team Coach Steve Shotola said the road to NOSB was rigorous.  He explained that the field was wide as 369 teams competed in regional competitions for the right to advance. “The Cobra team won the Florida Manatee Regional Competition in February and joined an elite group of 23 other regional champion teams at the finals in Morehead City.”

Students tested their knowledge of ocean-related topics, which included cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, and geology by answering buzzer-style, multiple choice questions, and longer, critical thinking-based team challenge questions. They also participated in the Science Expert Briefing — a mock congressional hearing where they presented science recommendations on a piece of legislation. FPCHS received the highest and near-perfect score in the Oral Presentation portion of the testimony.

Feedback given to the students from Dr. Susan K. Avery, President and Director Emeritus at Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution included, “Fantastic persuasiveness, great conferral with one another, very strong oral presentation in both testimonies and question and answer. Both confidence and preparation helped them shine. This team seemed the most jazzed about the policy component of any in the competition.”

FPCHS Principal Todd Smith said, “I could not be more proud of our students.  They exemplify courage and tenacity to pursue their goals, demonstrate positive leadership, and support one another through their teamwork.”

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.

Cobras Feast with Lake Forest Park Residents

Cobras Feast with Lake Forest Park Residents

The Thanksgiving Feast is an annual event sponsored by Fort Pierce Central High School JROTC battalion and the Fort Pierce Central Culinary Program students that allows the students to meet and have a meal with the residents of the Lake Forest Park senior living home. This year, the Cobra Battalion cadets also partnered with the Fort Pierce Central High School Student Government Association and Fort Pierce Central High School Chorus students to provide the seniors with an even greater event than last year. Before starting the feast, Dr. Bugaki, a Lake Forest Park resident and World War II Navy veteran, talked to the students about his life in the military and public service and gave words of wisdom for a successful life. Following the talk, the students greeted and served the other residents attending the event. The chorus sang a few songs for the residents and the Cadets and Samuel Gaines Academy (SGA) students served the excellent lunch prepared by the award winning Cobra Culinary Program. Cadets and SGA students dined with the Lake Forest Park residents and had friendly conversations. The chorus closed the event with another great Christmas song that warmed the hearts of the all of the guests.

Cadet Captain Trevor Alexander, Cobra Battalion Public Affairs Officer

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Cobras Organize And Make Impact

Cobras Organize And Make Impact

Our amazing Cobras organized events over the last month to discuss and bring attention to the issue of school shootings. These events included performances by our Louder Than a Bomb Team, Choir, Drama, and culminated with a student panel discussion. On Friday, May 4th, the audience included our Superintendent of Schools, police officers, local judge, commissioners, representatives, and many other community leaders — all listening to our students! We are so proud of our Cobras!

 

 

 

 

Cobra Raiders Win Top Honors

Cobras Pledge Not to Text and Drive

Fort Pierce Central High School conducted a week of training to increase awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. All drivers entering the FPC campus last week were asked to sign a pledge to NOT TEXT AND DRIVE and were given a thumb-ring inscribed with TXTL8R to remind them through the day. This campaign will culminate with Teen Awareness Week as part of FPC Homecoming 2015.

TXTL8R