Also in Your Town: Flagler Schools students awarded Medallion of Excellence.
Members of the Flagler Palm Coast High School Community Problem Solvers group FPC Bulldog Patrol presented their project at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission meeting, April 9-10, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. The invitation to speak came from Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who chairs the commission.
The Bulldog Patrol has assembled classroom survival kits with the help of fellow students in FPC’s Fire Leadership Academy, facilitated getting first-aid training for teachers, coordinated with students in the school’s aeronautics program and Air Force JROTC to work on a plan for first responders to use drones to monitor the campus during an emergency, collaborated with members of the school’s television production team to create a safety video, and worked with Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly to have FCSO K-9 units randomly patrol their school.
The group, made up of students Nicholas Blumengarten, Abbigail Carver, Sydni Leon, Gabrielle Jackson, Katia Martynuk and William Patin, previously earned Grand Champion at the Florida FPS Affiliate competition in March and an invite to the FPSPI International Competition in June. Bulldog Patrol also received a $3,000 Social Innovation Fund grant from United Way Volusia-Flagler Counties’ Generation IMPACT board.
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Flagler Schools students awarded Medallion of Excellence
A total of 32 seniors from public and private high schools in Flagler and Volusia Counties were honored for their records of academic achievement, school activities, community service and leadership with the News Journals Medallion of Excellence, during a ceremony Wednesday, April 10, at the 500 Club at the Daytona International Speedway.
From Flagler Palm Coast High School, Wanyea Barbael, Igor Sokolov, Daniella Sbordone and Tyler Perry were awarded. From Matanzas High School, the recipients were Haliey Balcom, Zoe Estberg and Patrick Argento.
Paddling for a cause
Palm Coast resident Flavio Costa and five other paddlers participated in a 24-hour straight, relay-style event with Monster and Sea, an organization dedicated to helping families faced with a cancer diagnosis. The event took place is 40 cities.
On Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14, the group paddled for Sophia Costa, Flavio’s daughter, who is a first-grader at Rymfire Elementary School.
Sophia is battling Leukemia. Her mother, Marlene Costa, said Sophia is currently in remission, but her battle is far from over, as she still has quite a few months before she ends treatment.
“This cause is very near and dear to our hearts and has a special meaning because we know first-hand the struggles when faced with a cancer diagnosis,” Marlene Costa said.
The paddle team raised nearly $2,000. Visit http://tinyurl.com/y26c48b6.
Whitney Lab seeks oyster garden volunteers
The University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is seeking volunteers to become oyster gardeners as part of the lab’s oyster restoration initiative, according to a press release. Gardeners will grow, maintain and record data on their oyster habitats for one year, then return the oysters to the lab for use in restoration projects. In 2018, 41 people participated as oyster gardeners in Flagler, St. Johns and Nassau counties.
The next workshop dates at the Whitney Laboratory are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 24 for returning gardeners and 6-8 p.m. April 25 for new gardeners. Those who are interested in attending a workshop must sign up beforehand by contacting Brenda Cannaliato at 904-201-8406 or [email protected].
Visit the Florida Museum of Natural History
On April 26, local adults and seniors are invited to journey to the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, with the Palm Coast Parks and Recreation department. An engaging and impactful hub for teaching and learning science, the museum has been particularly successful at utilizing research collections and making them accessible to diverse audiences, demonstrating relevance in their daily lives. Participants can enjoy lunch at the Carmella Court Café, at their own expense. The group will depart from the Palm Coast Community Center at 10:15 a.m. to Gainesville and return at 7 p.m. The fee is $52 and does not include the price of lunch. Register early at www.parksandrec.fun/adults. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call Parks and Rec at 986-2323.