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.
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 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.
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.
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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
Members of Fort Pierce Central High School’s Student Council surprised their valued resource, their teachers. Tillman’s Famous BBQ provided a catered lunch to help the students honor the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Students in Crystal Woodard’s marine science classes at Fort Pierce Central High School recently visited the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center in Stuart. They began their trip with a short lecture about oysters and their importance to our water quality. Next, they went hiking through the nature trail to the Indian River lagoon, where the students got to do actual water quality testing. In addition, they also got to see where they prep oyster shells to create oyster reefs. Students thoroughly enjoyed the stingray and invertebrate touch tank, watching the game fish feeding, and the aquarium exhibits inside. Overall it was a great interactive experience, full of hands-on marine activities, and deepened students’ overall knowledge of marine science. Pictured, from left, are Cassie Ramaker, Cassie Williams, Brenna Andrzejewski, and Veto Stockonis testing water quality.
The students at Savanna Ridge Elementary participated in many exciting events during literacy week. One of the special events that took place was visitors from Fort Pierce Central coming to the school. The student leaders from Central read to the third through fifth grade students, talked to them about academics, sportmanship, and the importance of being a responsible student. The day ended with the high school students eating lunch with the students. The children loved talking with the older students and really looked up to them as their role models.
Fort Central High School held its Annual History Fair Luncheon at the Cobra Café recently to honor the winners of the school’s event. Over 500 students completed semester long projects in their World History and American History classes. The students with the most outstanding projects were selected to present their projects to a panel of judges. The winners enjoyed a formal luncheon prepared by culinary students of the Cobra Café and sponsored by the Fort Pierce Lions Club as the community celebrates student success. Fort Pierce Central High will be represented by 37 students at the district history fair at Westgate K-8. Pictured are honored students, along with students are Central teachers and Lions Club members Arin Terwilliger in the Lions vest at left, teacher Sharon Ortiz, and Lions member Barbara Belcher at right, and principal Todd Smith back right. Exhibit Winners include:
Amber Most and Samantha Maye
Janisha Chin, Sabrina Kennedy, Kimone Chin
Sharon Ortiz, History Fair Coordinator and Lions member
Jamir Howard, Jamal Howard, Jeremy Hagood
Miachael Schwerer/ Sharon Ortiz
‘The Great Awakening’
‘The Revolver Reaction’
1st place Sam Vaughn
2nd Place LaWanna Miller
Alex Wolf and Jasmine Sigmon
Bria Wheeler and Tollisha Lawson
Kathleen Swinford and Danielle Freeman
James Lowery, Nicole Votino, and Michael Gulbrandsen
The annual Fort Pierce Central High School 9/11 Ceremony represents an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and area first-responders to come together to honor the victims and survivors of the tragic events that took place on September 11th, 2001. For the ceremony, the Cobra Battalion JROTC flag detail carries the U.S. and Florida State colors to the school flag pole and, to the tune of reveille, raises them to the top of the flag pole (full staff) . Once the colors reach the top, the trumpet player sounds taps and the flag detail lowers the colors to half staff.
After a moment of silence, guest speakers including the Cobra Battalion Cadet Battalion Commander Valerie Cardenas, the JROTC Senior Army Instructor Lieutenant Colonel (US Army retired) Matthew Saxton, and guest speaker Major Tommy White (US Army retired) spoke to the assembly about the horrible events that took place and the importance of honoring those who perished and those who survived.
As Fort Pierce Central Medical Academy students Edward Winter, from left, Mischelle Sanchez, Kyle Glenton and Sendy Molinas lean over their own mannequins on the floor of the school’s medical lab, the song “Stayin Alive” by the Bee Gees starts pumping, which seems appropriate since that’s the goal of the Health Science class, to keep someone alive using CPR training. Medical Academy instructor Samantha Jackson uses the music to inspire the students to make the appropriate number of compressions — 100/minute — for success. Students in Jackson’s class will earn their American Heart Association certification in first aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) will be able to take this certification to add to any resume, regardless of field. In a class that is full of opportunity to goof around and ignore the teaching, all of the students stayed very attentive, constantly asking questions. When the trainers brought out the practice AEDs the students got especially quiet, grasping the gravity of shocking someone’s heart to resuscitate them.
Some 120 students in Samantha Pullins’ Medical Academy at Fort Pierce Central High School received free composition books from the Kids In Need Foundation thanks to donations from the back to school supply drive held by local Walgreen drug stores. Ms. Pullins wrote and won a grant with the foundation to be the recipient of school supplies collected by Walgreen stores located in Indian River, Saint Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties. While at one of the stores collecting supplies, the store manager asked specifically what item her students were in need of, and Ms. Pullins responded they needed composition books for their journals, so the manager purchased books for each student in need. Pictured are students in a Health Science 2 course with their composition books!
Natalia Illuzzi won Districts at the #1 singles position. She is advancing to the State Tournament on May 3rd. Congratulations, Natalia!
Ft. Pierce Central High School may have accomplished a first in the school’s history by receiving straight superiors on their MPA (Music Performance Assessment) Band Performance this afternoon. Congratulations!
Fort Pierce Central High School senior Hunter Sciscente was recently presented with the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall for his outstanding contributions to the community. Being the regional winner, Hunter has since completed an essay on Personal Heritage, which is currently being submitted to the DAR statewide competition along with his well-earned credentials. Hunter, who was the FPCHS Homecoming King this year and was named to the All Area Defense team in football, will graduate with a 4.6 wighted GPA and intends to major in Biology and then attend medical school.
Fort Pierce Central High School Medical Academy sophomore Kathy Budge recieved a one on one learning experience with teacher Samantha Pullins on administering intramuscular injections. Kathy decided early in the year that she wanted to compete in Clinical Nursing at the recent Health Occupations Students of America Region Competition. Ms. Pullins was not sure this was the best event for her, because it is designed for high schools with LPN programs. But Kathy was determined and spent numerous hours studying for her event! She completed and passed a written exam that allowed her to advance to the skills portion of the competiton. Kieser Univeristy donated injection supplies and Kathy was taught the various techniques of injection using an orange as the “patient”able to practice her skill using Ms. Pullins’ arm to inject a dose of B12.
The Fort Pierce Central video production class is in the middle of their most productive year to date. The nine member crew has been steady at work producing WFPC News, the school’s daily announcement show. Now in its third year, the news team is hitting its stride. The students are taking on the daily challenge of reporting the schools bevy of events and activities. Running the gamut from sports updates to fundraisers and upcoming events, their mission to keep fellow students “in-the-know” is a great success. Since the beginning of the school year, the class has produced nearly 70 shows, delivering approximately 155 announcements and creating 86 student-investigated news reports. WFPC News is entirely student produced. Students alternate the responsibilities of producer, reporters, and crew. Pictured is the crew.
Fort Pierce Central’s Allied Health students participated in a guest speaker presentation by Indian River State College (IRSC) arranged by Ms. Barbera Charles. IRSC representatives discussed multiple career options in healthcare, along with criteria for enrollment. Students gained meaningful knowledge for continuing opportunities beyond high school.
Fort Pierce Central High School freshman Andrew Caputo has been selected by the Stuart chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for a $1500 scholarship to attend and study at the EAA’s Air Academy at Oshkosh, Wisconsin for one week in June. Andrew is presently in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/St. Lucie County Aerospace Academy located on the Fort Pierce Central High School campus. Andrew was nominated by the Institute’s director, Professor Kevin Adkins, and selected by the Stuart EAA chapter president Eric Ingraham based on “his past academic performance and general interest in aerospace, science, and engineering, along with his future potential for success within these areas.” Students at Air Academy are involved in classroom, field and laboratory experiences, along with team building exercises.
Fort Pierce Central High School AP World History teacher and department chair Sharon Ortiz recently participated in the College Board’s Annual AP Reading in World History. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the United States to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP Exams. AP Readers are high school and college educators who represent many of the finest academic institutions in the world. The AP Reading is a unique forum in which an academic dialogue between high school and college educators is both fostered and encouraged. “The Reading draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and professors that the world has to offer,” said Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, AP and College Readiness at the College Board. “It fosters professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas, and strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching. We are very grateful for the contributions of talented educators like Sharon Ortiz.”
The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies – with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both – while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue – skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students. In 2011, more than 11,000 AP Readers evaluated more than 3.4 million AP Exams. Pictured with Ms.Ortiz, second from left, are fellow readers.