FP Westwood Speakers Bureau – Representative Larry Lee

FP Westwood Speakers Bureau – Representative Larry Lee

Representative Larry Lee took part in the Fort Pierce Westwood Speakers Bureau presentation this past Wednesday, October 26, 2016. After being introduced by Board Member Dr. Donna Mills, Representative Lee spoke to the crowded auditorium that was full of freshman students. He shared his background as a St. Lucie Public Schools graduate to convey the need to remain motivated both in school and outside of school so students can keep working towards reaching their potential. Representative Lee urged them to capitalize on the relationships that they were building with the adults on campus to help ensure their success later in life.

The entire Fort Pierce Westwood family would like to thank Representative Lee for his time and wonderful message to the Class of 2020. The photo is a small sample of the students and their excitement after listening to the presentation.

 

FPC Aerospace Internships

FPC Aerospace Internships

Summer 2013 proved to be an exciting time for Fort Pierce Central (FPC)/Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) students.  Eight FPC/ERAU Aerospace Institute students, 1012 graders, were selected to be the inaugural class for a new internship program launched in cooperation with Renegade Light Sport Aircraft of Fort Pierce.

The interns spent the summer learning and working at Renegade at the St. Lucie County International Airport in Fort Pierce under the mentoring of several members from the Fort Pierce Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 908.  Interns included Anthony Oreo, Zac Molinelli, Bryce Starr, Brady Loupe, Leo Troncoso, Ruelane Kindred, Aaron Quinn, and Cody Elndenin.   These students worked side by side with accomplished local pilots and mechanics acquiring more than 25 hours of pilot ground school, 34 hours of mechanical instruction and 2 hours of individual flight time.  Each participant is accumulating hours toward two Industry recognized certifications: Light Sport Pilot and Light Sport Repairman.

When Renegade CEO Doc Bailey speaks of the students he conveys his pride in having them work at his facility and shares his amazement at the dedication these teens put forth over a number of hot summer days.

InternsatRenegade Photo 1Doc partnered with Kevin Adkins – FPC/ERAU Aerospace Institute Director, Paul Dekker – President EAA Chapter 908, June Beers – Treasurer EAA Chapter 908 and Kathie Schmidt-Career and Technical Director St. Lucie County Public Schools to pull this internship together.  This group of students will now transition to the second internship rotation while another group prepares to start anew.

FPC Art Students Participate In National Portfolio Day

FPC Art Students Participate In National Portfolio Day

Fort Pierce Central High School students recently attended National Portfolio Day in downtown Miami – an event specifically for visual artists and designers. Instructor Heather Blackmon championed the opportunity for twelve of her advanced Drawing, Painting, and Photography students to attend and showcase their portfolios, which included mixed medium, photography, digital art, illustration, drawing, and painting.

 

According to Blackmon, National Portfolio Day is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  Representatives review student artwork, discuss programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.  National Portfolio Day serves a variety of purposes.  Most importantly, it is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and provide feedback.  “The experience of attending National Portfolio Day is a small taste of what a professional art program can look like,” she said.

 

Blackmon’s students received excellent feedback on their work and were encouraged to keep working in their perspective mediums.  After participating in National Portfolio Day, the students visited the Wynwood Walls in the Design District as well as several local art galleries in the area.

 

Students waiting to have their portfolios evaluated.

Seniors: Devonte James and Lexi Noland, taking it all in.

Digital Artist/Photographer, Jalen Christine, meets with a college representative.

FPC Art Students Participate In National Portfolio Day

FPC Art Students Participate In National Portfolio Day

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL – Fort Pierce Central High School students attended National Portfolio Day in downtown Miami – an event specifically for visual artists and designers. Instructor Heather Blackmon championed the opportunity for twelve of her advanced Drawing, Painting, and Photography students to attend and showcase their portfolios, which included mixed medium, photography, digital art, illustration, drawing, and painting.

 

According to Blackmon, National Portfolio Day is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  Representatives review student artwork, discuss programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.  National Portfolio Day serves a variety of purposes.  Most importantly, it is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and provide feedback.  “The experience of attending National Portfolio Day is a small taste of what a professional art program can look like,” she said.

 

Blackmon’s students received excellent feedback on their work and were encouraged to keep working in their perspective mediums.  After participating in National Portfolio Day, the students visited the Wynwood Walls in the Design District as well as several local art galleries in the area.

 

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About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) ranks fifth in Florida and proudly serves as the highest-ranking District on the Treasure Coast with a graduation rate of 91.0 percent.  As a B rated District, there are no failing schools, and SLPS has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work.  The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

Students waiting to have their portfolios evaluated.

 

Seniors: Devonte James and Lexi Noland, taking it all in.

 

Digital Artist/Photographer, Jalen Christine, meets with a college representative.

FPC Cobra Battalion Committed to a Cleaner Environment

FPC Cobra Battalion Committed to a Cleaner Environment

As dawn broke on the morning of Saturday, September 19, 2015, the Fort Pierce Central High JROTC Cobra Battalion held their annual beach cleanup at Pepper Park on North A1A in Fort Pierce.

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The Fort Pierce Central High JROTC Cobra Battalion is dedicated to helping maintain a clean environment and this event was just one in a series of Cobra Battalion events scheduled for this year that will help achieve that goal.

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The Cobra Battalion walked the beach for about an hour and collected 15 bags of garbage.

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After cleaning the beach, the cadets ran the obstacle course at the Navy Seal and UDT Museum and played Company vs. Company games while the Cobra Battalion staff and parents cooked lunch for the other cadets.

After lunch we cleaned up and left no trace that we were there except for a cleaner beach. A special thanks to the cadets, cadre and parents who participated.

Fort Pierce Central culinary students experience lifetime learning trip

Fort Pierce Central culinary students experience lifetime learning trip

Fort Pierce Central (FPC) High School culinary students, from left, Micah Bowen and Madison Moon attended the Annual Heritage Harvest Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia Sept. 6 and 7 at Monticello, the historic home of Thomas Jefferson. Culinary instructors Peggy Ash, third from left, and and Barbara Schwenger chaperoned the students and secured funding for this opportunity of a lifetime! Thanks to private backer Daniel Silvis and the Cobra Café, these students participated in such demonstrations as Master Gardeners, lectures and workshops in organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, and seed swap, to name a few. Thomas Jefferson is an American Political Icon who kept meticulous records of his personal interests, travels and studies many relating to horticulture. The detail in these journals allows Jefferson’s horticulture experiments to be studied and shared. Each September his contributions to American Agriculture are celebrated! The FPC team learned how Jefferson was an architect, U.S. President, Vice President, father of University of Virginia, Declaration of Independence writer, U.S. Secretary of State, Governor of Virginia, scientist, French cook connoisseur, and America’s First ‘foodie.’ The FPC team toured historic sites with a local educator, stopping at Lewis and Clark expeditions departure point, early American settlers’ roadways, and University of Virginia campus. The trip ties back to FPC campus 2014 happenings as Dr. Vergote’s chemistry classes partner with Peggy Ash’s culinary classes in hydroponics.  The classes will grow lettuces and herbs to cook in Cobra Café recipes! Visiting Monticello to see how Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experiments and sustainable agriculture helps launch the FPC Hydroponics Collaborative!

FPC Fall Food Drive

FPC Fall Food Drive

The Sophomore Class at Fort Pierce Central sponsored a Fall Food Drive to benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank on November 20-24. Freshmen class members collected the most with 127lbs of the 387lbs of food collected.

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FPC French Club Students Visit Paris, “The City of Light!”

FPC French Club Students Visit Paris, “The City of Light!”

Over spring break, a group of seventeen French Club students and three teacher chaperones from Fort Pierce Central High School departed from Miami International en route to Paris, France. Each day the group sampled a variety of cuisines at various restaurants that ranged from traditional French fare to the food of the French Caribbean, West Africa, and others. The trip included stops at the Louvre and Orsay Museums to admire Leonardo DaVinci’s famous “Mona Lisa” and the works of Vincent Van Gogh. Visits to famous landmarks included the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysées, the Versailles Palace, the Arc of Triumph and the Moulin Rouge. Climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower was definitely the ‘high point’ for the students. On the return trip, the group encountered a few delays due to flight cancellations. However, this gave the group a chance to enjoy stops in London and New York before making it back home with even more memories to share with family, friends, and classmates.

FPC High School Odyssey of the Mind Team off to World Finals in May!

FPC High School Odyssey of the Mind Team off to World Finals in May!

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

The Fort Pierce Central High School team won second place at the State competition last Saturday at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. They will now compete in the World Finals from May 20-23, 2015 at Michigan State University.

Over 800 teams from around the world will compete in the 36th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The competition emphasizes creativity and teamwork and has grown into the largest international creative problem-solving competition worldwide.

Best wishes to the FPC Odyssey of the Mind team — have fun in Michigan!

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FPC JROTC Cadet slected for 2014 Girls State

FPC JROTC Cadet slected for 2014 Girls State

Every year, local students fill out an application, write two essays and are interviewed to compete for a spot to go to Tallahassee for a chance to experience and participate in our states government. Out of all applicants, only 300 girls get this honor. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318 is proud to give this opportunity to a very deserving candidate.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318, Port St. Lucie, President Debbie Johnston would like to congratulate Nicole Geldmaker for being the 2014 Girls State recipient. Nicole attends Fort Pierce Central High School and is the Battalion Commander for the JROTC under the direction of LTC (R) Al Nevárez. She is vice president of the Debate Team as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Her sights are set on attending West Point Military Academy and obtaining a degree as a pharmacist then serving in the Army for five years. She is very active in our community volunteering more than 500 hours. One platform she is passionate about is education reform and educating other students about government.

FPC SkillsUSA Chapter Business Procedure Team Win 1st Place

FPC SkillsUSA Chapter Business Procedure Team Win 1st Place

The Chapter Business Procedure team takes 1st place again in SkillsUSA Florida state competition. The same team placed 8th in the National competition in June 2014. The team will be unable to compete this June due to summer college orientation commitments. Congratulation to the following members of the Chapter Business Procedure team: Tchael Jeune, president; Precious Sneeze, treasurer; LaToya Montimer, secretary; Emily Phillips, and Deon Gamble.

FPCHS Art Students Honored

FPCHS Art Students Honored

FPCHS art students were honored by the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  FPCHS student Noah Weston won an Honorable Mention for his Portfolio piece, Prize Chicken.  Student Justin Brunelle won the prestigious Gold Key Award from Scholastic for his photograph, Friend in the Dark.  Congrats to these two talented art students!
FPCHS Celebrates Scholar Athlete

FPCHS Celebrates Scholar Athlete

Congratulations to Fort Pierce Central High School Senior Laura Haggerty!  Laura was honored on Senior Day for her academic and athletic accomplishments.  With 4 Years Varsity Soccer and 3 Years Varsity Tennis, Laura will graduate this May from FPCHS with a 5.58 weighted GPA, and 3.98 unweighted GPA.  She will also graduate from IRSC with her AA degree on May 2, 2019.  Laura plans to attend the University of Florida in the fall to study engineering.  Congrats Laura!  Once a Cobra, Always a Cobra!

FPCHS Competes in HOSA State Competition

FPCHS Competes in HOSA State Competition

FPCHS Medical Academy students were shining at the HOSA State Competition in Orlando, FL. Congratulations to all of our students on their amazing accomplishments!

1st place: Gold Medals

Ben Taulbee- Nursing Assisting

Cassandra Connor, Sebastian Falconi & Yamilet Avilies- Community Awareness

Jose Enriques- Vet Science

2nd place- Silver

Marie Ramirez, Tamia Foxx, Yedanny Dominguez, Irene Vallejo, Tamia Renaud- Health Education.

3rd place- Bronze

Haley O’Connor- Human Growth and Development.

Finalists-

Jamal Theobault- Medical Spelling

Aaliyah Frank- Home Health

Gloria Cruz- Vet Science
FPCHS Culinary Awards

FPCHS Culinary Awards

On Saturday March 2, 2019, four Fort Pierce Central High School students, Sarahi Fraga, McClintock Hoeffner, Luz Martinez, and Hope Thomas, won third place in the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s 19th Annual Management Competition, sponsored by the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality & Tourism.

In this statewide competition, participating teams demonstrate their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a new restaurant concept and presenting it to a panel of judges at a simulated business exposition.  The teams also submitted a written proposal for review, and presented their concepts of marketing, menu and costing, layout and décor, and critical thinking to various groups of judges through posters, verbal presentations, and question-and-answer sessions.

In addition to taking home third place overall in the state of Florida, Luz Martinez was awarded the Hospitality Excellence Award, and received a $2,000 scholarship to the post-secondary institution of her choice.  McClintock Hoeffner won a $5,000 scholarship to Keiser University for placing second in Chef Erik Youngs Voodoo Chef High School Recipe Challenge.  McClintock had to create an original recipe incorporating Chef Youngs signature DIRT spice into a meal consisting of a protein, vegetable, and starch.  His dish was a coffee and DIRT spice infused ribeye steak with a mushroom sauce, steamed broccoli finished with seasoned butter, and pan fried thinly sliced red new potatoes dusted with DIRT spice.

Their instructors Chef Jesse Strell and Cindy Swertfager, the school, and their families are more than proud of all of these outstanding students.  All their hard work and dedication has definitely paid off.  We are excited to see what the future holds for our talented Cobras!

FPCHS Culinary Students Support Empty Bowls Benefit

FPCHS Culinary Students Support Empty Bowls Benefit

This marks the 11th year for the fundraiser benefiting Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Each year, hundreds of area school children create ceramic bowls by hand for the event. Filled with a serving of soup, they symbolize a meager meal and raise awareness and support for those struggling with hunger in the community.

For $20, patrons will receive a custom tote and the bowl of their choice filled with fresh, hot soup.

This year, soups will be prepared by Fort Pierce Central High School Culinary Arts students and Treasure Coast Food Bank’s new production kitchen.

 

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN TCPALM, CLICK HERE!

Empty Bowls Article From TCPalm

 

FPCHS Donates to Veterans

FPCHS Donates to Veterans

Fort Pierce Central High School JROTC cadets participated in the Wreaths Across America fundraising effort in the fall and raised over $1,100.  The dollars raised were donated to St. Lucie County’s local veterans organizations in an effort to honor the men and women who dedicated themselves to serving and protecting our country in the armed services.

Immediate Past President of the Military Officers Association of America, Treasure Coast Chapter Bobbie Williams and Treasurer of the United Veterans of SLC, Inc. Vernon Walentainy were present to accept the donation from students. The gentlemen thanked the cadets and shared how the donation will make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

 

Background – Wreaths Across America

Source: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

In December 1992 in Harrington, Maine, when wreath maker Morrill Worcester found himself with a surplus of 5,000 wreaths during the holiday season. Worcester saw the surplus as an opportunity to pay tribute to our country’s veterans and with the help of Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arranged for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery. This annual tribute to our country’s veterans has continued ever since, touching the lives of millions of veterans’ families and volunteers and growing in scope through the years.

In 2007, the Worcester family along with veterans and volunteers formed the non-profit organization Wreaths Across America to continue and expand their efforts at Arlington National Cemetery and to support those around the country who wished to do the same. Wreaths Across America’s mission is simple: Remember the fallen, Honor those that serve, and Teach the next generation about the value of freedom. Morrill’s wife, Karen, has served as the organization’s volunteer Executive Director since the non-profit was created and today oversees what has become a massive volunteer organization that continues to grow. In 2017 alone, Wreaths Across America and its national network of volunteers place over 1.5 million veterans’ wreaths at 1,433 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

 

FPCHS Empty Bowls Project

FPCHS Empty Bowls Project

Fort Pierce Central High School art students and culinary students are working together to bring awareness to a community problem.  For $15 anyone can purchase a bowl, fill it with fresh hot soup prepared by the school’s culinary arts students and when they are done eating, the bowl goes home with them as a symbol of all the empty bowls in the community.

The bowls will be on sale at the Fort Pierce Farmers Market on Saturday, March 16th.  All proceeds benefit the Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Click the link below for a video and full story:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/students-helping-to-stop-hunger-one-bowl-at-a-time/26578041