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October 2011

Margie Davidson Scholarship

The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) has announced the Margie Davidson College Scholarship to be provided to a student who has the potential to achieve greatness, but not the financial means.  The scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior each year planning to attend a higher learning institution in Florida.
Parameters and requirements are currently being developed.  For those who wish to contribute to this scholarship, checks should be made payable to the SJCEF and reference Margie Davidson on the memo line. These can be sent to the foundation’s address at 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine, Florida, 32084, attn. Donna Lueders.

2012 Graduation Schedule

The St. Johns County School District is proud to announce the schedule of 2012 Graduation Ceremonies for St. Johns County High Schools and the First Coast Technical College.

Friday, June 1
7 p.m. Nease High School University of North Florida
7 p.m. St. Augustine High School St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Saturday, June 2
10 a.m. Ponte Vedra High School University of North Florida
Noon Pedro Menendez High School St. Augustine Amphitheatre
1:30 p.m. Bartram Trail High School University of North Florida
4:30 p.m. Creekside High School University of North Florida
Tuesday, June 5
7 p.m. First Coast Technical College Building C, FCTC Campus
Thursday, June 7
7 p.m St. Johns Technical High School Auditorium, St. Augustine High School

Calendar Survey

The St. Johns County School District is seeking input on the proposed 2012-2013 school calendars.
A survey link is now available on the school district website for community members to provide input on the calendars. Each calendar proposal can be downloaded and printed.  Variations in the two versions include differences in the planning and inservice days and the length of the first semester in the second version.
The survey link can be accessed at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us under “What’s New” on the school district home page. Individuals are encouraged to submit any ideas, suggestions or concerns about the proposed calendars.
Input will be gathered through November 13.
The final proposed calendar must be approved by the School Board.

Lou Greco Elected President of FAME

Lou Greco, Director for Instructional Technology, Media Services and Textbooks for the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD), was recently elected as the president of the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) and installed at the 39th Annual FAME Conference held in Orlando last week.
FAME was established in 1973 when the Florida associations of School Librarians, Educational Television and the Audiovisual Association merged. Responsibilities of the president include representing and advocating for over 4,000 school librarians in Florida as well as encouraging every student in Florida to be involved in and have open access to quality school library media programs administered by certified library media specialists.
FAME sponsors the annual Jim Harbin Student Media Festival that encourages students to communicate through media production and recognizes and rewards outstanding presentations of these activities. FAME also supports a variety of programs for students including the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards, Florida Teen Reads, the Amanda Award, which rewards programs that aid in the well-being of teenagers, and the Intellectual Freedom Scholarship.  
“I am excited to be able to serve in this capacity for FAME,” said Lou Greco.  “School libraries are essential for students who have no access to public libraries. All types of libraries have been the target of recent cuts. This is very concerning since libraries serve as a means to bring equity and access to all of our citizens regardless of economic or social standing.”
Mr. Greco has served as president of the Florida Association of District Instructional Materials Administrators and the Florida Association of Supervisors of Media.  He is currently a board member at large for the American Association of School Libraries (AASL) and has served as director for the AASL, Region V, which includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.   
He began his career in the SJCSD in January 1995 as the director for media services. Prior to 1995, he taught elementary students for 16 years at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. Mr. Greco earned his undergraduate degree in deaf and elementary education from Flagler College and holds a master’s degree in educational media from the University of Central Florida.
For more information regarding FAME, visit www.floridamedia.org.

Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Awards

John W. Daniels and Wayne Hogan have been selected as the recipients of the 2011 Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Awards.
These awards are presented annually to former St. Johns County public school students who have returned to the area and dedicated their time and talents to serving their community. A presentation was made to Mr. Daniels by Superintendent Joseph Joyner on Friday, September 9 before the eleventh annual football game between SAHS and Pedro Menendez High School. Mr. Hogan will receive his award at the St. Augustine/Ketterlinus Alumni Association’s Annual Hall of Fame dinner on Thursday, October 27.
Mr. Daniels was born in St. Augustine and graduated from Ketterlinus High School in 1952, where he played both basketball and football. He attended University of Florida and served in the US Navy from 1953-1955. He was a member of the 4th Naval District Championship Basketball team at the Atlantic City, NJ, Naval Air Station.
Mr. Daniels worked in the banking business for 39 years in St. Augustine. He was employed by the Exchange Bank of St. Augustine and served as president of Atlantic Bank prior to his retirement as Vice President of First Union in 1996.
He has served as chairman and member of the Recreation Advisory Board of St. Augustine and the St. Johns County Recreation Department. Mr. Daniels is a past President of the YMCA Board of Directors, the Community Chest/United Fund as well as the Rotary Club of St. Augustine. He was awarded the US Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 1969.
His service to the community included serving as treasurer and member of the St. Johns County Blood Bank from 1984-1993. Mr. Daniels also had extensive involvement with the St. Johns River Community College acting as both chairman and member of the Board of Trustees from 1973-1989.
Wayne Hogan is an attorney with the Terrell Hogan law firm in Jacksonville. He graduated from SAHS in 1965 where he was a member of the track team.
Mr. Hogan attended St. Johns River Community College and earned both a bachelor’s and Doctorate of Jurisprudence degrees from Florida State University. While at FSU, he served as the chief justice of the student supreme court.
He was among the lawyers representing the state in a lawsuit against the cigarette industry. The suit resulted in a $17 billion settlement and the removal of all billboard advertising and the retirement of Joe Camel and the Marlboro Man in Florida.
Mr. Hogan established two scholarship funds for the benefit of St. Johns County students, the W. D. Hartley Scholarship for high school students and the C. L. Overturf Scholarship awarded to graduates of St. Johns River State College. These are given to students who plan to attend state colleges and universities in Florida. Awardees must have a grade point average at least equal to the average of entering freshmen at the respective institution, show financial need, and not use cigarettes or tobacco products. Since 2001 Hartley scholarships have been awarded to 71 St. Johns County students.
Mr. Hogan sits on a number of boards including the Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee, Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice and has been president of the FSU College of Law Alumni Association. He was the founding chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Florida Justice Association and a founding member of Florida’s Children First!
He and his wife, Pat, are community benefactors contributing and serving through their charitable organization the Hogan Family Foundation.
Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are former Superintendent of Schools Otis Mason, the late Judge Richard Watson, former PMHS Principal and School Board member Bill Mignon, Florida School for the Deaf and Blind teacher-coach Hank White, former Sheriff Neil Perry, former basketball coach Doris Blackshear, former Representative Doug Wiles, and former PMHS football coach Dwaine Fisher, School Board Member Tommy Allen, PMHS Assistant Principal Cynthia Williams and retired SJCSD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Learning Martha Mickler.
Also, CPA Brad Davis, former SAHS Principal Tyrone Ramsey, former Chamber of Commerce President Robin Burchfield, retired Barnett Bank President Bill Young, former St. Johns County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Nancy Birchall, Nease High School Dean of Students Kelvin “Bernie” Blue, SAHS Yellow Jackets broadcaster Barry Kass, author and board of trustees member for the St. Augustine Historical Society Beth Bowen, and former Alternative Schools Teacher of the Year Rocky Merrill.
Their names are all inscribed on a perpetual plaque that hangs outside the Superintendent’s Office.

National Merit Semifinalists

Fourteen St. Johns County seniors have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists for 2012.
These students placed among the top 1 percent of all students in the country taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test given annually to high school juniors. As fourteen of 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, they are now eligible to advance to the finalist competition to vie for 8,300 scholarships worth more than $34 million to be announced in February.
The semifinalists are Mitchell Zhang from Bartram Trail High School (BTHS); Cody Chasteen and Dylan Klee from Creekside High School (CHS); Maxine Weiss from Pedro Menendez High School (PMHS); Marissa Galiley, Anthony Janocko, Tia Lewis, Carson Ridenhour, Steven Schwartz, Wenli Shao, Dhiraj Sikaria and Logan Stern from Nease High School (NHS); Megan Connors and Carson Drain from Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS).
Also, NHS students Katie Jackson and Ayana Gibson qualified as National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists recognizing African-American students.
In addition to these semifinalists, the district had 33 Commended Students who scored among the top 5 percent of all students in the country on the PSAT. They are Erin Grey and Sarah Wiegreffe from BTHS;  Rachel Buff, Mario Diaz, Jaime Gebhardt, Emily Golan, Danielle Krusemark, Brendan McLaughlin, Nicole Navarro, Jennifer Neal, Virginia Pedigo, Monica Resto, Courtney Vale and Jessica Walker from CHS.
Also, Sarah Taylor from PMHS; Nolan Alberti, Jordan Bernas, Christina Chase, Graham Hancock, Kathryn Hill, Blake Insel, Caleb Jarriel, Bryce McKenzie, Vivian Nguyen, Liam Rawson, Alex Sengstock, Aaron Skipper, Preston Sluder and Carly Young from NHS; Margaret Egeln, Peter Humbarger and Katelyn Norton from PVHS; Nicholas Dupoux from SAHS.
All semifinalists and commended students will be recognized at the School Board meeting on Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. in the School Board Administration Building auditorium at 40 Orange Street.