Former Miami Dolphins NFL football player Jeff Cross recently visited Oak Hammock K8 School. Meeting and talking with Cross was an incentive for students to be among the school’s top readers for Sunshine State Books. Pictured is Cross with, from left, Sydnee, Hailey, Jennifer, Cassidy, and Julianna.
Jeff Cross, retired former Miami Dolphin’s player came to visit the sixth grade students at Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition and spoke about perseverance, organization and staying on track with academics with their years to come. He stressed to the students how important organizational skills are and how pertinent they will be for them in the future. Teachers are here to help you form good study habits and continue to follow rules and procedures later in life. Jeff interacted with the students by having them give their definitions of “a professional football player” and what “scholarships” are. He stressed the importance of getting good grades and following through with their goals. Sports and academics go hand in hand. Students asked him a variety of questions related to academics and his football career. Overall, it was a great way for our students to really see the importance of academics and taking school seriously from a professional athlete who DID work hard from the very start. He said “you are going to close your eyes one day and wake up and it’s going to be over.”
Tony Boselli, former Jacksonville Jaguar football player #71, spoke to the St. Lucie County school principals on Thursday, September 11th at 8:00 am at the School Board District Office regarding his company, Healthy Schools and the FluMist Vaccination Program. Healthy Schools, in cooperation with the St. Lucie County Public Schools and the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County, is excited to kick off the “Teach Flu A Lesson” program in St. Lucie County. Every year thousands of children miss valuable school days because of the influenza virus. Offering flu vaccinations in the school setting has been proven to be effective in preventing disease and reducing absenteeism. October 2nd and 3rd are the designated days for the FluMist Program in St. Lucie County Schools.
Students in Veronica Patrick’s second grade class at St. Lucie Elementary was paid a special visit from Mr. Reverend James Sullivan, a former principal of St. Lucie County Schools. Reverend Sullivan took the time to educate her students on Black History and honorable individuals remembered for their braveness, such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Bunche, and many more. A special thank you Reverend Sullivan.
Mozart Sobrinho stopped by his former school, West Gate K8, to perform a benefit concert for autism. Students in grades 3 through 8 were treated to a half hour concert which included his song “Stay with You” inspired by his former teacher and her autistic daughter. His performance allowed West Gate to raise over $500.00. The monies raised will help sponsor the April 11th, 2015 Walk for Autism Speaks.
Left to Right: Coach Jeannie Glenton, Cinthia Valdez, Lanie Smith, Laura Haggerty, Sofie Vanmoorlegham, Natalia Illuzzi, Jade Sites, Isabella King, Coach Sophia Witherspoon.
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.
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.
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 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 Junior Reserve Officers‘ Training 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.
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 (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!
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.
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.
Cobra Pride Winners for 2016
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.
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.
Natalia Illuzzi and Sofie Vanmoorlegham advance to the State Tournament after winning Districts at #1 doubles on April 17.