Fort Pierce Central aerospace institute students build wind tunnel, teach eighth graders

Fort Pierce Central aerospace institute students build wind tunnel, teach eighth graders

Students enrolled in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Aerospace Institute at Fort Pierce Central High School, a joint partnership between ERAU and the St. Lucie County School District, designed and constructed a 12-foot wind tunnel during the Fall 2012 term under the guidance of Professor Kevin Adkins. The wind tunnel was designed to assess aerodynamic forces on objects such as wings, aircraft, ships, and other blunt and streamlined bodies. Fort Pierce Central senior Michael Alexander, pictured, left, and junior Jose Forero brought the wind tunnel to Lisa Friend’s advanced eighth grade science classroom at Manatee Academy recently. Following a lesson on aerodynamics led by Forero and an overview of the tunnel’s design and construction by Alexander, Friend’s students analyzed data collected from the wind tunnel and confirmed some basic aerodynamic concepts. Forero and Alexander also took time to share their experience while in the Institute. Alexander shared that besides earning college credit for the advanced course, he enjoys not only the rigorous math and physics, but also the opportunity to see the application of these subjects in real world context. Alexander plans to attend the Honors College at Embry-Riddle in the fall and begin an aerospace engineering curriculum, and Forero also plans to enroll in an engineering degree program in the future. Students interested in the Aerospace Institute can contact Fort Pierce Central High School. Friend’s eighth grade student Keondra Blue said she enjoyed learning about the lift equation, while classmate Briana Wells enjoyed learning about the components of airplanes and how they work. Classmate Kyle Yurchak said seeing how the wind tunnel worked was very exciting because it showed how it would work in the real world, while Jon Walborn, who has already applied to enter the program next year, said Professer Adkins explained the topic in a very interesting way.

Fort Pierce Central Army JROTC donates meals for local families

Fort Pierce Central Army JROTC donates meals for local families

The Fort Pierce Central JROTC program started a food drive to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties in order to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need. With the help of the Army JROTC program, led by LTC Nevárez and 1SG Randall, the Fort Pierce Central High School faculty and students, with the help of the girls’ soccer team, collected enough non-perishable food items to feed over 30 families, successfully exceeding their goals and expectations of 15 families. Each family received a large bag, containing Thanksgiving-related items plus a whole turkey. The program has held this charity for the past six years, and will continue to help and provide for the less fortunate.  Kelly Chicvara and Meagan Wiggins from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties are photographed with LTC Al Nevárez and cadets from the Army JROTC program picking up the meals for delivery. Written by CDT/1SG Connor Cheslock.

Fort Pierce Central Army JROTC enjoys family night

The Fort Pierce Central JROTC Cobra Battalion recently enjoyed a Family Night, when parents and cadets come together and parents get the opportunity to see their children receive awards for his or her endeavors.  Awards were given for Community Service, Leadership Education and Training (LET) Level attained, Student Government, Varsity and JV Sports, Perfect Attendance, Honor Roll, JROTC Summer Camp and more. In addition to awards, LET level 1 Cadets who participated in this year’s first Promotion Board were promoted based on scores received by their class leaders. Of all the LET level 1 cadets, 14 Cadets were promoted to Private, 40 Private First Class, and 19 to Corporal.  Pictured is LTC (R) Al Nevarez and 1SG (R) Randall presenting the awards to the cadets.

This Article was written by the FPC Battalion Public Affairs Officer, Cadet Captain Gene Moore Jr.

Fort Pierce Central Army JROTC hosts annual Angel Tree Project

Fort Pierce Central JROTC Cobra Battalion hosted its annual Angel Tree project which reaches out to the community and gives assistance to many families in the area who are struggling in today’s economy.  Annually the Cobra Battalion help put smiles on children’s faces for Christmas and gives them something positive to remember. Mr. Todd Smith the school Principal and Mr. Arthur Jamison one of FPC’s Assistant Principal’s attended the special event.  The Angel Tree Project consists of Cadets and School Staff and several organizations such as Cheyne Family Chiropractic which helped make this event a great success with their contributions to the angel tree. Cadets, Faculty and local families volunteered to buy the gifts for the children, and gifts were giving to Children’s home society and to local children, who don’t have a home or who has not yet been adopted. This Article was written by the FPC Battalion Public Affairs Officer, Cadet Captain Gene Moore Jr.

Fort Pierce Central Army JROTC hosts Military Ball

Fort Pierce Central Army JROTC hosts Military Ball

Fort Pierce Central Army Junior Reserve OfficersTraining Corps (JROTC) hosted its 27th Annual Military Ball recently. The evening began with a reception line. Student cadets in uniform or floor-length dresses greeted senior officers and guests before finding their assigned chairs. The Cadet Color Guard Posted the Colors, and ceremonies began,  including an address by Assistant Superintendent Kevin G. Perry, and the night ended with a traditional dance. JROTC cadets at Fort Pierce Central spend five hours of class time, plus homework and a test, learning etiquette to prepare for the ball, according to LCT Al Nevarez, the senior program instructor. This includes instruction on appropriate dress, forms of address and place settings. Military balls have their origins before the Civil War, as social events on isolated posts on the midwestern frontier, according to Nevarez. Pictured, from left, are Army instructor 1SG Darin Randall,  teacher Michele Nurse, teacher Arin Terwilliger, Kevin Perry, Mrs. Williams, LTC Nevarez  and Fort Pierce High School principal Todd Smith.

This Article was written by the FPC Battalion Public Affairs Officer Cadet Captain Gene Moore Jr.

Fort Pierce Central Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Fort Pierce Central Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Cobra’s Commit: Melissa Markowitz – Webber International University, Bowling; Alekzandria Primm – Brevard College in North Carolina, Soccer; Kenrick Mendez – Florida Memorial, Baseball; Kevin Markowitz – Webber International University, Bowling; Collin Sullivan – University of South Florida,  Baseball; Janelle Pierre-Louis – Rainey River Community College, Basketball; Charity Joseph – Rainey River Community College, Basketball; Ashley Rodriguez – Neosha County Community College, Basketball; Laquazion Minnis – Neosha Community College, Basketball.

 

 

Fort Pierce Central BETA Club Qualifies for Nationals

Fort Pierce Central BETA Club Qualifies for Nationals

Fort Pierce Central (FPC) High’s BETA Club celebrated a winning performance January 16-17 in Orlando at the State BETA Conference. They placed 3rd out of 17 teams in the Quiz Bowl Competition and qualified to compete at National BETA Convention this summer in Nashville, TN. Since this was the first time they participated at State Convention the team was thrilled with their results! Congratulations Cobras! The winning team is pictured: from left Cody Nichoson, Sara Ramkissoon, Bryce Starr, Riley Kicker, Andrew Caputo and Andrew Collins. Look for more great things to come from BETA Club at FPC!

Fort Pierce Central cadets enjoy annual ball

Fort Pierce Central cadets enjoy annual ball

The Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) JROTC recently celebrated its 29th Anniversary Military Ball, which was a culmination of all the hard work the cadets have put into the program over the past semester. The event was nearly totally planned and executed by the cadet staff, headed by the Cadet Battalion Commander Nicole Geldmaker and Cadet Executive officer Leandro Troncoso. The event consisted of a formal diner and ceremony as well as a dance. The guest speaker was FPCHS Assistant Principal Mimi Hoffman. The cadets enjoyed themselves while still remaining respectful of the organization and the venue of their fun. Pictured, from left, are FPCHS First Sgt. Darin Randall, Art Walker of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Cadet Battalion Commander Nicole Geldmaker, Lynn Steele of the Special Forces Warfare Association, Carl Wade of the Sons of the American Revolution Association, and FPCHS Lt. Col. Al Nevárez. Awards were presented to several cadets for their outstanding performance this year.

Fort Pierce Central cadets qualify for state drill competition

Fort Pierce Central cadets qualify for state drill competition

The Fort Pierce Central High School JROTC recently hosted the 2013 Area III Drill Competition, and qualified in six categories for state competition. The five-county drill competition is the state qualifier for over 26 high school JROTC programs. The top three in each category win a trip to Lakeland for the Florida State Drill Competition. Each school is evaluated on their ability to demonstrate precision, originality, and overall showmanship within the routines. The Cobra cadets placed third overall, and first in Male/Mixed Armed Platoon Exhibition, Female Unarmed Regulation Squad, and Male/Mixed Color Guard. The cadets also earned second place in Female Armed Platoon Exhibition, third Place in Female Armed Squad Exhibition, and third Place in Male/Mixed Unarmed Regulation. This is the third year that Ft Pierce Central JROTC has hosted the Area III Drill Competition. Story Submitted by C/Cpt Gene Moore, Public Affairs Liasion.

Fort Pierce Central culinary students bake for the less fortunate

Fort Pierce Central culinary students bake for the less fortunate

On the two days before winter break from school, you might picture the high schools as a quiet place. Not true at the Fort Pierce Central High School Culinary Arts Cobra Café, where the kitchen was full of students baking, measuring, cleaning and wrapping as they prepared brownies for 500 St Lucie families. St. Lucie County school board member Troy Ingersoll delivered the baked treats to Harvest Food Bank, which in turn distributed the warm brownies with holiday meals for local families in need. A delicious treat for the holidays! Pictured is Central student Boaz Laguerre preparing the brownies.

Fort Pierce Central four sign to play college ball

Fort Pierce Central four sign to play college ball

Four student athletes at Fort Pierce Central High School signed letters of intent to play football at the college level. From left,  Zerrie Patterson signed for Florida A & M University, Carl Bess signed for Stetson University, Bryce Hall for Florida A & M University, and Freedom Whitfield for Florida Atlantic University.

Fort Pierce Central health occupations students move on to state competition

Fort Pierce Central health occupations students move on to state competition

The Fort Pierce Central health occupations students competed recently at the regional HOSA Conference. Eleven students from Central competed against students from across the region which includes Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties. Pictured, from left, are the students who will advance to state level competition, Ruth Martinez, first place Healthy Life Style, Sara Flores, Courtesy Corp, Valeria Martinez, Extemporanous Health Poster, Derrick Williams, first place Home Health Aide, Gia Frantantoni & Erin Pate,  First Aid and CPR, Marc Anthony Sierra, third place Dental Assisting, and Kathy Budge, third place Clinincal Nursing. Not pictured is the Health Education Team, fourth place, Flor Lopez, Dixie Liede, Maylynn Wright, and Michelle Sanchez.

Fort Pierce Central High cadets raise funds for  a good cause

Fort Pierce Central High cadets raise funds for a good cause

The Fort Pierce Central Army JROTC Cadets conducted a fundraiserrecently, called Celebrity Server!  The event was hosted at a local restaurant by the cadets from Fort Pierce Central High school. The event was to raise money for their program to be able to provide local needy families with complete Thanksgiving meal basket. The cadets asked their family, friends, and teachers to join in and buy tickets to participate in the event. The cadets help serve guests drinks, and helped clean up with the employees throughout the evening and after completion of the event.  The cadets successfully raised enough money to provide at least 10 families in the Fort Pierce area with a complete Thanksgiving meal basket.  Article written by The Cobra Battalion Public Affairs Officer Cadet Captain Veronica Acevedo.

Fort Pierce Central High culinary arts students share their craft with guests

Fort Pierce Central High culinary arts students share their craft with guests

Fort Pierce Central Culinary Arts students prepared and served lunch for 30 area leaders on March28 inCentral’s Cobra Cafe.  St. Lucie County School Board Member Kathryn Hensley coordinated the lunch during a visit by Dr. Jack Payne, Vice President of University of Florida for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).  Guests included community leaders in education, research, and economic development who highlighted our local area’s ‘possibilities’.  The students served a delicious lunch of spicy tomato soup, Caesar salad, and cheesecake.  FPC Cobras are cooking! Pictured is Gabriela Garcia making Picatta sauce for chicken.

Fort Pierce Central High School to Be Inducted Into Super Bowl High School Honor Roll

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — On Wednesday, December 2, 2015, Fort Pierce Central High School (FPCHS) will accept the Super Bowl Honor Roll Wilson Golden Football — a symbol of distinction bestowed upon the school on behalf of Robert Weathers (FPCHS Class of 1978) and the National Football League (NFL). The induction ceremony in which FPCHS will become part of the community of schools that have contributed to Super Bowl history will take place during an in-school basketball game.

Select high schools across the country will receive a commemorative Golden Football produced by Wilson for each player or head coach who graduated from the high school and was on an active Super Bowl roster. The Cobras are proud of alumni Robert Weathers who played for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Alex Gerson of the NFL stated in a letter to Principal Todd Smith “…we are proud to induct your high school into the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll.”

As part of the Super Bowl Honor Roll, FPCHS will receive the Wilson Golden Football and the NFL Character Education Curriculum. In addition, the high school will be eligible to apply for grants from the NFL Foundation to help support and grow their high school football programs.

To join the online conversation about Super Bowl High School Honor Roll, utilize social media platforms including hashtags: #SBHonorRoll, #SB50 or handles: @NFL, @SuperBowl.

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 High School Wins Regional Ocean Science “Florida Manatee Bowl”

Fort Pierce Central High School Wins Regional Ocean Science “Florida Manatee Bowl”

Fort Pierce Central High School Team A was recently crowned the regional champion of the 19th Annual National Ocean Science Bowl. The “Florida Manatee Bowl” attracted 20 teams from across Florida in a competition that tests students’ knowledge on a wide range of chemical, physical, biological, environmental, and social issues of the ocean.  The competition took place at FAU-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and on the campus of the Marine Oceanographic Academy in Ft. Pierce.

Ft. Pierce Central High School’s team consisted of Andrew Caputo, Cody Nichoson, Bryce Starr, Victor Alterizio and Riley Kicker.  The team was coached by Steven Shotola.    The Team now advances to the National Championship in Morehead City, North Carolina, April 21-24 to compete against 25 other regional champion high school teams from across the Country.

Pictured left to right: Dennis Hanisak, Regional Coordinator NOSB-HBOI, Andrew Caputo, Riley Kicker, Victor Alterizio, Cody Nichoson, Bryce Starr, Coach Shotola