On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the SLW Centennial HS NAVY JROTC had its Annual Military Inspection (AMI). The Inspecting officer was Commander Patrick Thurman, USN (retired). CDR Thurman is the Area 7 Manager of the NJROTC program and oversees the NJROTC program for the entire state of Florida and over 60 NJRTOC units. CDR Thurman was truly impressed with the professionalism and military bearing that the Black Talon Cadets possessed. The inspection verifies that all NJROTC requirements are being met to include academics, marching and drill, physical fitness and personnel inspection.
The AMI, also known as Navy Day at SLW Centennial High School, is conducted yearly. The inspection begins with personnel inspections of all the cadets in uniform, followed by a ceremonial Pass-In-Review of the entire company marching in formation in front of the inspecting officer. The Pass-in-Review is a military tradition that stems from showing proper respect to the senior officer as well as demonstrating the attention to detail and professionalism that our cadets and military members in the armed services train for. The AMI concludes with a tour of all NJROTC spaces and a Command Brief that details what the unit has accomplished since the last inspection. The brief is conducted by the NJROTC cadet leadership.
Saint Lucie West Centennial High School Culinary Arts Department teamed up with the Nutrition and Dietetics Department from Keiser University on Tuesday September 30th for the groundbreaking of a community garden. Both schools are excited about this new partnership, which will be beneficial for each institution. Centennial culinary students will gain invaluable insight regarding nutrition and food growth from the mentorship of Keiser University; Students will also benefit by having fresh, cost free lab supplies to be utilized in the Centennial kitchens. The instructor from Keiser is Dr. Lisa Griffith, and Chef Jesse Strell leads the Centennial Eagle culinary students. Administration from Centennial, including Principal Andrea Popwell, Assistant Principal Dr. Chadwick Bacon, and CTE Director for Saint Lucie County Schools, Kathy Schmidt, are all strong supporters for this collaboration between local educational institutions. Initial donations for the garden were provided by Home Depot and Lowes in Saint Lucie West, as well as Target Stores. Additional monetary donations or garden supplies may be contributed for continued growth of the community garden by contacting Chef Jesse Strell at 772-344-4411 or by email at Jesse.Strell@stlucieschools.org.
Students in Centennial’s Medical Academy participated in HOSA’s toy drive this holiday season. They are making Christmas bright for children on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee. The HOSA students collected over 175 gifts for the children.
FBI Agent Gavin Gumbinner visited the Law Academy at SLW Centennial High School and met with Ms. Oliveira’s and Ms. Baumgarten’s classes. The students learned about how to become an FBI agent, the responsibilities of an FBI agent and he answered general questions that the students had.
Special Award – Publix Good Science Award
Chaffee Wood and Ozzie Venereo – “P-Bass Pickups”
1st Place Engineering
Chaffee Wood and Ozzie Venereo – “P-Bass Pickups”
2nd Place Engineering
Tyler Tarrant – “Magnetic Levitation Model”
2nd Place Biomedical & Health Science
Melene Joseph – “Is Hearing Damaged If You Listen to Loud Music?”
3rd Place Plant Science
Samantha Ashabranner and Henry Nguyen – “Is Black Light White?”
Anastasia Beckford received the Wellesley Book Award honoring a female student in the junior class whose academic record and character are exceptional and who has also made significant personal contributions to her school and community.
SLW Centennial Young Floridian candidates participated in a mock luncheon and interview in preparation for the official luncheon and interview at IRSC.
Thank you to all of the guest judges who participated.
Did you know that 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation but only 58% are registered as donors? Currently, there are 5,938 people in the State of Florida waiting for an organ. St. Lucie West Centennial HS HOSA students are looking to change those statistics.
All too many times, we hear of a friend, or a family member, or a neighbor needing an organ transplant. Occasionally, our community loses someone too early to a tragic accident. The St. Lucie County Tax Collectors office along with their Chief Deputy and long-time school administrator, David Washington, have forged a partnership with St. Lucie Schools to encourage teens to consider becoming organ donors when they go to their local tax collector’s office to get their driver’s license or state ID card.
Allied Health program students from St. Lucie West Centennial High School recently invited Cynthia Hacker, a representative from Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency, University of Miami to speak in classes and at the school’s quarterly blood drive.
“Because our students are interested in a healthcare field and because they are of driving age, we thought it would be important to educate them about this topic,” explained Allied Health teacher Elizabeth Durkee. “Our goal is to help them make a more informed decision on becoming a registered organ donor.”
The HOSA-Future Health Professionals chapter will also help spread the word about the importance of organ and tissue donation by sharing this important message around campus.
If you would like additional information, please go to the registry link www.donatelifeflorida.org. You can also use this link to sign up to be a donor.
More than 116 Health Science students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School learned Hands-Only CPR this week. These students were taught by Mary Higgins’ First Responder students.
First Responder classes are available to students who have completed the Allied Health Program as a senior elective. First Responder students prepare for careers in emergency medicine by becoming CPR certified as Health Care Professionals, completing web based classroom instruction and skills in advanced first aid techniques, followed by a shadowing opportunity at various St. Lucie County Fire stations. This “student-teaching-students” approach is innovative and one of the first of its kind in the state of Florida.
Students will walk away knowing how to recognize the need for CPR, how to call 911, and how to push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song “Stayin’ Alive.” The American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR at this beat can more than double or triple a person’s chances of survival. Each student received an American Heart Association personal use CPR Anytime kit to take home and keep so that they can train additional family and friends in Hands-Only CPR. This event is part of the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR for Schools training program and is supported by an educational grant.
Congratulations to all of the early childhood students who passed their 40-hour DCF statewide training course for all childcare workers in the Florida.
Mrs. Wester and Mrs. Serynek took 60 students to IRSC on May 9 to take this test. As a result of passing this exam, students also have an opportunity to work with young children in the Eagles Nest Preschool on the campus of SLW Centennial High School. This is an excellent CTE program in our county providing great opportunities for our students.
To kick off the holiday season, the St. Lucie West Centennial Chamber Singers performed at the Sights and Lights event of St. Lucie West on December 2nd. More pictures are available at: http://www.tcpalm.com/galleries/sights-and-lights-of-st-lucie-west
SLW Centennial High School faculty and staff wear orange to unite and stomp out bullying in recognition of National Unity Day on October 25, 2017.
Ms. Willems’ AICE Marine Science Students participated in “A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon,” an annual citizen science and participatory project, where environmental partners, students, and teachers collaborate to simultaneously collect scientific data at sites along the 156 mile stretch of the lagoon.
St Lucie West Centennial High Culinary Arts students had their moment to shine at the 19th Annual Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Competition. The pictures show the beautiful fruit carvings and culinary dishes Centennial’s Eagles prepared at the competition. Chef Calvin Lewis and Chef Christina Gedke-Balachak were very proud of their talented Eagles!
SLW Centennial Freshmen Academy students visit Florida International University. Students start to explore various college and career options in the 9th grade.
SLW Centennial Drama Students Win 9 Superiors and 2 Trophies at the District 15 Thespian Individual Competition
SLW Centennial Criminal Justice students participated in a K-9 demonstration that was sponsored by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department.
The Centennial Women’s Chorus attended State Competition on April 21, 2015 at the American Heritage School, in Plantation, Florida. The ladies did an amazing job receiving one Superior rating and two Excellent ratings. The Women’s Chorus has students ranging from the 10th grade through 12th grade who have been in Chorus for at least two years. We are so proud of all of the Chorus’ achievements this year.