By: Ocean Medlock (Managing Layout Editor) Brianna Ramos (Opinion Editor)
Underwater, calming, peaceful, and ending the day with a license. Or that is what Maria Morcom, a junior at Nease, thought was going to happen on September 14th ,when she went to get her scuba diving license. That day, she ended up saving two free divers’ lives at risk. “Of course it changed my life, any moment in life something crazy can happen and you might have to save yourself or others and act…
By: Ava Harris (Happenstance Art Editor)
As Nease high school expands and changes throughout the many years, so does its newspaper. The Nease Vertical has existed for so many years, specifically since 1984. So many years that we students haven’t been here at Nease for, and for most of those years we weren’t even born yet. There’s been lots of ups and downs, and plenty of changes. Staff members have come and gone, leaving their own impact on…
By: Tyler Heineman (Staff Reporter/Photographer)
If you have never heard of second disasters before, it’s what humanitarian workers call it when countries affected by natural disasters fail to get the aid that they need. This affects countries greatly, as without aid from organizations, residents of that country are unable to sustain themselves for long, enacting harsh reactions such as emigration from their native country.
By: Nina Findley (Copy Editor)
There are many ways to get easy service hours, maybe by even doing something you enjoy. There are no service hour requirements to graduate high school. However, if you are interested in an academic scholarship, service hours are required. For example, the Bright Futures Academic Scholarship requires that a high school student complete a minimum of 100 community service hours and the Bright Futures…
By: Lynne Park (Happenstance Editor-in-Chief) and Donovan Germain (Web Editor) As an integral part of the high school experience, every student should join a club at one time or another within their career. Luckily, Nease has hundreds of clubs to choose from. From honor societies and special interests to community-service based clubs, any Panther has the opportunity to find their own pack within our large campus. Here are some highlights of a couple clubs here at Nease! Nease E-Sports Club The Nease E-Sports competes in competitive video-gaming tournaments with other high schools. According to the president of the club, Anderson Ball, they “take dubs every day of the week.” Those who are serious about gaming should join, and will experience a competitive environment with peers that will encourage and help club members’ gaming skills! To join, attend meetings on Thursdays in A-108. Astronomy Club Astronomy Club is an interest club that enriches the community with information regarding astronomy and space related events. They encourage students to consider pursuing a career in the astronomical field. The president of the Astronomy Club, Shreyas Muthyala, states that “It’s a great way to give back to the community and explore the world of astronomy.” To join, contact Mr. Binns, watch Wired, and follow their Instagram: @nhsnasa for information, updates, and meeting dates. Junior Ladies Junior Ladies is a social club that creates friendships and gives back to the local community. Each year, they complete a t-shirt donation drive for human-trafficking, write Valentines Day cards for veterans, volunteer at local pet shelters, and participate in beach clean-ups. Co-President, Ellie O’Donnell is excited for the new year, “I get to make new friends and get more involved with the school at the same time!” To join, students must be a female junior and must follow their Instagram @neasejuniorladies for more information. Helpers with Heart Helpers with Heart is a club that does multiple service projects throughout the year to brighten the lives of cancer patients. They meet at least once a month on Wednesday mornings in Mrs. Case’s classroom (P24) and plan to do donation drives and fundraisers for hospitals around the Jacksonville area. To join, text @neasehwh to 81010 to become a member of their remind or follow their Instagram @neasehwh. Their first meeting was on Wednesday, September 25 in Mrs. Case’s room. “You don’t want to miss it!”, says Co-President Maria Contractor. Nease Technical Honor Society The NTHS is a technical honor society that recognizes Academy juniors and seniors who value student achievement, leadership, and educational excellence. NTHS meets every third Tuesday of every month. To join, you must be a junior or senior with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.3 or higher in their academy classes. Club members must participate in technology tutoring and help other students study for and pass their industry certification exam. Members also help teachers with technology concerns in the classroom. Interact Club Interact is a service club that partners with local Rotary Clubs to help build a better community. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month before school. To join, visit Mrs. Cushman in Panther Hall 138 for more information. Interact participates in Comedy For A Cause, beach clean-ups, and the collection of food and goods for people in need. DECA DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, and hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. They meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. To join, visit Mrs. Cushman in Panther Hall 138 for more information. Students interested in business and entrepreneurship will find DECA to be a lot of fun! Caption: The Junior Ladies’ “Big-Little” party in action. Credit: Katherine Anne Davis, Junior Ladies Publicist
If you need help in any of your classes, Nease’s National Honor Society is doing tutoring in the media center. You can get help in a class during any lunch (with a lunch pass) or on Tuesday’s and Thursdays after school from 4:00 to 5:00.
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By Maria Ribot (Managing Layout editor) I recently had the privilege to attend Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy-Space Camp at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This experience helped me strengthen my leadership skills as well as my ability to work in a team effectively. Not only this, but I was able to have clarity on other fields of study that I wasn’t interested in, such as space travel and exploration. However, the best part about this experience, was the people that I had the privilege to build amazing friendships with in such a short amount of time. The application process was so rigorous, that I almost backed out of applying for the program. I had to provide evidence of academic success and write three essays. Not knowing if they’ll ever choose me to attend the Academy was nerve-racking, as I thought that I couldn’t possibly compete with the applicant pool. Receiving the acceptance email evoked a feeling of such joy and honor that I wished I was there already. The attendance for the Leadership Challenge Academy consisted of people from 41 countries and 27 states. This was one of my favorite parts of the Academy because I got the opportunity to interact and form friendships with amazing students. For instance, in my team, there were 6 countries, which include, Belgium, South Korea, Argentina, France, Saudi Arabia, and Canada. There were also 5 states represented, which were Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, and California. I got to spend time with people that had different hopes and dreams, and the fact that I had the chance to see my peers get closer to their goals was so amazing to witness. During the first days of the camp, everyone was so shy, including myself, because few teenagers in are exposed to an environment of differing cultures and stay calm. I was forced to step out of my comfort zone, and make the most of this opportunity. Doing this ended up being one the best decision of my life. I allowed myself to meet so many people from so many different parts of the world, which was a game-changer for me. As a part of the Academy, I went through a series of preparations for mock missions. For example, one of the missions was the Aviation Challenge, in which my team discussed budget planning and strategies to complete the mission effectively. The training consisted of flying an extensively accurate aviation simulator to perfect take-off and landing procedures for the given aircraft. It was a challenge for me to control my “aircraft”, but with the help of my team leader and my teammates, I ended up contributing positively to the mission. Another activity, which was one of my favorites, was Incident Command. In this simulation, we were given a scenario, such as a natural disaster. Then, we were assigned positions to fulfill the goal of that role. I received Deputy Incident Commander, which was one of the officials in the top tier of authority. My responsibility was to oversee the works of all departments and assist the Incident Commander in a game plan. Fortunately, my team pulled through, and we achieved more than most teams that day. Also, one of the last experiences I got to participate in was the Rocket Launch. I learned how to program, build, and launch a rocket, made out of cardboard and wood. This was such a huge accomplishment for our team, even though we had our doubts in the start. Our team especially bonded through common success, which was achieved on the second day of camp, when we were challenged to build, test and present a heat shield that ended up withstanding 3,500 degrees of pure fire out of a blowtorch. This experience was the one that really brought us closer together according to our strengths and weaknesses. On graduation day, there were mixed emotions in the camp. It was sad that we wouldn’t see each other again, but we were happy to go home and see our families. As the director called the teams to the stage, I felt so accomplished and honored to be part of something so life-altering. Winning the Excellence in Leadership award was such an amazing accomplishment for me that I was so honored to receive. I have to admit, I was trying so hard to hold my tears back when I heard my team’s reaction when they called my name and as I received my award and shook hands with the Space Camp officials and other important figures that spoke and taught throughout the week. My experience in this camp was life-changing. Not only did I receive clarity and insight on what I wanted to achieve in my life, but I met so many people that I am certain that will support me through my journey as I grow in intellect and character. I am beyond grateful to Honeywell, the US Space and Rocket Center, and all the people that make this camp accessible for so many students around the world. Providing them with this once in a lifetime experience will bring new faces and ideas to the real world over time. For more content, check out Amber Lake’s story on the Ponte Vedra Recorder website: https://pontevedrarecorder.com Cover Photo Credit: Reena Rose Photography
Google defines senioritis as “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.” We asked five seniors from our staff about how they deal with their senioritis. Their answers are below. Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief): Keep telling yourself that you can overcome this. Don’t. Repeat until you have a mental breakdown, fueled by caffeine the entire process. Matthew Fiedler (Opinion Editor): Don’t skip school! Tell a friend to give you a call and meet up at school. Set goals that involve coming to school. You can’t succeed if you don’t try! Denise Uy (Feature Editor): Your teachers have probably given up too by now, so think about how easy your classes are! Look forward to never coming back to Nease again (as a student) in a few short months. Fara Supre (Co-Publisher): Don’t think that you have all the time in the world to get yourself together; you have 10-ish months…that’s it. Focus on the all the things that you enjoy about school; they will probably outweigh all the negatives. Nevada Suckow (Staff Writer): Start a count down, but for every day get something productive done. Set goals with friends and hold each other to them. Hannah Favorite (Co-Publisher): Take a deep breath- know it’ll be over soon. Go to the beach before/after school to breath. Make a bullet journal.