Citizen Hero Award

Citizen Hero Award

Fifth grader Brandon Roth from Mariposa Elementary School received the St. Lucie County Fire Department Citizen Hero Award for his courageous actions during a life-threatening situation on June 25th, 2018.
On this day, ten-year-old Roth was riding his skateboard when he discovered a neighbor in distress lying in her doorway. He ran to her aid and flagged down a passing car to call 911. He continued to wait with her until the rescue trucks and firefighters arrived.
His quick thinking and immediate action averted a potentially tragic outcome.
Citizen of the Month – WCE

Citizen of the Month – WCE

White City celebrates integrity at this month’s citizen of the month ceremony. A student in each class was selected by the teacher for demonstrating the character trait of integrity. Integrity is showing good moral character, being honest, doing the right thing consistently and meeting challenges with a good attitude. Wildcats, we are so very proud of you!

Clear Skies for Mariners

Clear Skies for Mariners

There’s no drought when it comes to exploring science at Weatherbee. This week, fourth grade classes were excited to receive a visit from WPBF 25 First Alert Weather’s Mike Lyons who talked to them about weather. Clear skies ahead, Mariners!

Clerk of the Circuit Court Joe Smith Speaks to Students

Clerk of the Circuit Court Joe Smith Speaks to Students

Samuel S. Gaines Academy sixth graders had the honor of listening to guest speaker Mr. Joe Smith, Clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County, as he shared his life story during a recent Speakers Bureau event.

Mr. Smith, a native of Fort Pierce and a product of the St. Lucie Public Schools, comes from immigrant grandparents who arrived in the United States in the early 1900s. He was raised by a family of educators who inspired him to follow their path in helping others. His career shifted in a similar direction of helping his community, and he became our very own Clerk of the Circuit Court of St. Lucie County.

Clerk of courts encourages Garden City students

Clerk of courts encourages Garden City students

As part of Black History month, Joseph E. Smith, Clerk of Circuit Courts for St. Lucie County, spoke with second grade students at Garden City Early Learning Academy about his life and how they, too, can reach their goals and be successful. Mr. Smith is a native to Fort Pierce and graduated from Lincoln Park Academy. He worked in Washington, D.C., and then came back to St. Lucie County to serve the community. Smith is the first African-American Clerk of Circuit Courts in St. Lucie County, and is tireless in his efforts to give back to the community.

Clerk of Courts presents check to Education Foundation

Clerk of Courts presents check to Education Foundation

At the November 18th School Board Meeting, Mr. Joseph Smith, St. Lucie County Clerk of Courts, presented the St. Lucie County Education Foundation a check for $1,500 for the Adopt-A-Class campaign. Their support has helped over 20 classrooms.
Pictured are Joseph Abreu, Joann Baker, Board Chair Donna Mills, Joseph Smith, Superintendent Genelle Yost, Elizabeth Mallonee, James McKenzie, and Vanessa Tillman.

 

‘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.

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