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    St. Johns Students to Receive 100% For Final Exam Grades

    By Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief) Superintendent Tim Forson announced the St. Johns County School District’s new final exam grading system today, explaining that all St. Johns County students will receive the highest grade possible (100%) for all district-based final exams. Final exams account for 10% of students’ semester grades. According to school district spokeswoman Christina Langston, Forson believes this new grading system will be fair for all students. For more information about Forson’s recent statement, visit News 4 Jax.

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    St. Johns County District Exams Cancelled

    By Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief) Superintendent Tim Forson announced last Thursday that all St. Johns County school district final exams will be cancelled, with the exception of iReady testing. Forson explains that this decision was based on significant technical difficulties encountered during the first week of computer-based exams: “Ultimately, I felt we needed to cancel the district computer-based and paper-based exams to remove the frustration of inconsistent test administration and protect instructional time.” According to school district spokeswoman Christina Langston, technical difficulties experienced by students last week included the computers freezing or the students being logged out of the exams all together. The school district was unable to simply postpone the…

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    Nease Graduate Vince Covello’s Success in Golf

    By Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor) Vince Covello, a Nease High School graduate, is on his way to becoming a golfing legend. Covello played his senior year at Nease and won the state individual championship, and led the Panthers to the team title.  “I’ve been wanting to play professional golf since I was 14 years old,” he said. “I’ve done well enough over the years to stay afloat and until you stake your claim, that’s the art of it.”  Through being a player on the Nease golf team he established a support system that has stayed with him until today.  He also played golf for the University of North Florida…

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    Welcome to Nease, Coach Drafts

    By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) Recently, Nease’s beloved football head coach, Tim Krause has left Nease to continue coaching at one of his old stomping grounds, Bishop Kenny High School. In his place he has left a vacancy for the football head coach position. This spot will be filled by Collin Drafts, a native of Beaufort, South Carolina. Previously the head coach of AC Flora High School in Columbia, SC, Drafts took over and led his previous team to a 9-3 season after a winless season the year prior. He has also coached for East River High School in Orlando, Florida. He transformed East River’s team by taking them to a 6-5 playoff season…

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    Governmental Terrorists?

    By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) Monday, President Trump labeled the Iranian military’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. Trump has stated that by designating the I.R.G.C. as terrorists, he is “underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments.” Trump also said that this action “makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the I.R.G.C.” The repercussions of this action, which takes effect April 15th, ranges from sanctions on economy and travel for the Revolutionary Guard and any organizations, people, or businesses associated with it. This includes officials in Iraq, which happens to be allied with the U.S. Many high…

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    On the Run, But Sure to be Back

    By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) After four years of combat, US-backed combatants have finally flushed members of ISIS out of the last village held by the radical Islamic group. After withstanding a small siege in the town of Baghuz, Syria, the final piece of ISIS controlled land was taken and this nearly 20 year war was ended. Although the ideals still live on and members are still attacking targets in the Middle East, ISIS has lost its most important asset: the ability to tax the people it controls. By controlling major regions of the Middle East, the Islamic State was able to fund the production of military grade weaponry including…

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    What Being an “A”-Rated District Entails

    By Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor) Did you know that St. John’s County recently received an A grade for the last nine years in a row?  Maybe… but what exactly does that mean?  Jackie Pappas believes it comes from “attention to students’ success so overall scores increase and opportunities become more available.”  However, she also said that it places more of an importance on test scores than the information the students are able to retain in the future.  For more information on what qualifies a district as A-rated (spoiler alert a lot of it is test scores!) and what the A-rated schools all seem to have in common. Click here for…

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    FREE Prom Dress Giveaway

    Show Me Shoes Foundation is doing a FREE prom dress giveaway on March 3, 2018 at The Grand Rose Ballroom for junior and senior girls that may not be able to afford the luxuries of purchasing a dress. The event is called Prom Project 9: More Than a Dress and this is our second year holding the event in Jacksonville however this is the organization’s 9th year hosting the event across the country (Kansas City, MO; Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; and San Diego, CA). Over the last 9 years we have helped over 2,000+ teen girls across the country find the perfect dress for prom along with a day…

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    Farewell, Coach Krause

    By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) and Maria Ribot (Managing Layout Editor) The Nease football coach, Tim Krause, is resigning as of next season, to be a head coach at Bishop Kenny High School. According to Krause, saying goodbye to the athletes and parents was emotional. However, he is looking forward to returning to Bishop Kenny, the place where he started his coaching career. He has stated that Bishop Kenny holds a “special place in his heart.” After coaching for 8 years at Bishop Kenny before Nease, his ties with Bishop Kenny run deep. Having the experience of head coaching at Nease for 5 years helped him to be chosen for…