SLW Centennial Medical Academy Students Learn How to Save a Life Using Hands-Only CPR

SLW Centennial Medical Academy Students Learn How to Save a Life Using Hands-Only CPR

More than 117 Health Science A&P 10th and 11th grade students at St. Lucie West Centennial High School learned Hands-Only CPR this week. These students were taught by Mary Higgins’ First Responder and Dual Enrollment 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. They will also take a State Certification test at the end of the year.  Dual Enrollment classes are also available which gives the students the opportunity to enroll in postsecondary courses and receive both high school and postsecondary credit.

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. This method has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in public.

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.  The American Heart Association expects hundreds more will be trained to save a life by the 10th and 11th grade participants.    This event is part of the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR for Schools training program and is supported by an educational grant.

SLW Centennial Medical Academy Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

SLW Centennial Medical Academy Students Learn Hands-Only CPR

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More than 120 Health Science 1, 10th and 11th grade 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. This method has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. 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. The American Heart Association expects hundreds more will be trained to save a life by the 10th and 11th grade participants.

This event is part of the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR for Schools training program and is supported by an educational grant.

SLW Centennial Medical Academy Students Collect Toys for Local Children in Foster Care

SLW Centennial Medical Academy Students Collect Toys for Local Children in Foster Care

Mrs. Durkee and Mrs. Higgins’ Allied Health classes and HOSA-Future Health Professional members partnered up with Communities Connected for Kids for their annual Making Christmas Bright project. CCK oversees child-welfare services in Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast, and Guardians for New Futures, which helps meet the unfunded needs of children in foster care. The project has served thousands of children in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties.

For the fourth year, students, student groups, faculty and staff from all over the Centennial campus, jumped at the chance to participate in this year’s toy drive. We were even fortunate to have a parent ‘Secret Santa’ partner with us this year. We were able to provide the 60 children on our list with the three gifts on their Christmas wish list. In addition, because of our Secret Santa mom, we had at least 200 extra gifts for additional kids.

We wish to thank all who generously donated gifts to this very worthwhile organization. It means so much to us to participate with this very important project for local children in need. If you ever want to consider participating with this toy drive event, contact Christina Kaiser at CCK (772) 528-0362 or email christina.kaiser@cckids.net and join the fun.

 

SLW Centennial Law Academy Students Present to Palm Pointe Civics Students

SLW Centennial Law Academy Students Present to Palm Pointe Civics Students

SLW Centennial Law Academy students presented a Mock Trial to over 120 Palm Pointe seventh grade Civics students. This was a collaborative effort between Mrs. Sandra Oliveira, Law Academy Coordinator, and Mrs. Lulkin and Mrs. Cruz, 7th grade Civics teachers, to enhance the learning experience for the seventh graders who are learning about the court system and the trial process.

The Law Academy students prepared and presented the case. The seventh grade students were placed in jury groups to deliberate the outcome. After the presentation, there was a debriefing session where the seventh graders could ask questions of the presenters. This was a great experience that provided the Law Academy students with an opportunity to practice and apply what they have learned in the classroom and an equal opportunity for the seventh graders to observe a mock trial presentation in a courtroom setting.

SLW Centennial Law Academy Students Present Mock Trial to Palm Pointe Civics Class

SLW Centennial Law Academy Students Present Mock Trial to Palm Pointe Civics Class

SLW Centennial Law Academy students  presented a mock trial to over 120 seventh grade  students.  It was a collaborative effort between the Law  Academy teachers Sandra Oliveira and Eric Eberhardt, and the Palm Pointe 7th grade Civics teachers, Anne Lulkin and Hillary Cruz.  The 7th graders were divided into juries.  After the trial was presented by the high school students, each group had to deliberate the verdict.  The verdicts were shared and then the session was open to discussion and questions between students and teachers.

 

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SLW Centennial HS NAVY JROTC Has Annual Military Inspection (AMI)

SLW Centennial HS NAVY JROTC Has Annual Military Inspection (AMI)

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.

 

SLW Centennial HS Culinary Arts and Keiser University Community Garden Groundbreaking

SLW Centennial HS Culinary Arts and Keiser University Community Garden Groundbreaking

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.

SLW Centennial High School Students Win at Science Fair

SLW Centennial High School Students Win at Science Fair

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?”

 

 

SLW Centennial High School HOSA Students Learn About the Importance of Organ and Tissue Donation

SLW Centennial High School HOSA Students Learn About the Importance of Organ and Tissue Donation

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.

 

SLW Centennial High School History Teacher Nominated for Fulbright Teaching Position

SLW Centennial High School History Teacher Nominated for Fulbright Teaching Position

William Ortiz graduated in 2019 with a BA in History and International Affairs from Florida State University.  He has just been nominated as an alternate for a Fulbright Teaching Assistant position in Columbia.

In the summer of 2019, William was accepted into the Charles B. Rangel Summer Enrichment program as a 2019 “Rangel Scholar.”  The Rangel Program is a joint program between the US Department of State and Howard University.  The goal of the program is to enrich undergraduate students and recent graduates with knowledge of the inner workings of the State Department and potential career paths.

William says:  “We toured various government agencies such as the Department of State, Foreign Service Institute, and World Bank, and had private meetings with officials and government employees.  I also took classes at Howard University on the history of US foreign policy and political economy. I am hoping to use my experience as a Rangel Scholar to apply to the Rangel Fellowship,”  William explained.  “The fellowship provides funding for graduate school and a guaranteed five-year position as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State.”

Congratulations to Mr. Ortiz and good luck with securing the Fulbright Award.

SLW Centennial High School Health Science: Students-Teaching-Students

SLW Centennial High School Health Science: Students-Teaching-Students

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.

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SLW Centennial High School Early Childhood Academy Students Pass Statewide Training Course

SLW Centennial High School Early Childhood Academy Students Pass Statewide Training Course

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.

 

SLW Centennial High School Choir Performs at Sights and Lights of St Lucie West

SLW Centennial High School Choir Performs at Sights and Lights of St Lucie West

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 Competes at ProStart Culinary Competition

SLW Centennial High Competes at ProStart Culinary Competition

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!