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Tropical Storm Fiona is Coming!

This hurricane season, Tropical Storm Fiona is making its way through the Carribbean.

21st Anniversary of 9/11

Sept. 11th 2022 marks the 21st anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

NASA Calls Off Artemis Launch

The launch date for NASA’s Artemis has been delayed indefinitely.

Aiden Fucci Trial Delay

Aiden Fucci’s trial date has been pushed back until early 2023.

Forgiving and Forgetting Student Debt?

Just yesterday, President Biden announced his effort to eradicate student loans for a wide range of people all over the country.

Florida Primary Elections

August 23rd 2022 is Florida’s primary date which will include races for federal, state, and county offices

Roe vs. Wade Overturned

For almost half a century, every woman in the nation has had the constitutional right to get an abortion up until Friday, the 24th of 2022. The trial Roe vs. Wade which is, according to News4Jax.com, “The name of the lawsuit that led to the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion in the United States,” has been overturned. By: Ocean Medlock More information: https://www.news4jax.com/news/politics/2022/06/24/supreme-court-overturns-roe-v-wade-states-can-ban-abortion/ https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/24/politics/dobbs-mississippi-supreme-court-abortion-roe-wade/index.html

“You Don’t Know What War Is”

On October 25th, 2022 the diary of Yeva Skalietska, a young girl from Ukraine, is being released. Titled, “You Don’t Know What War Is.” the book begins with her birthday which shortly occurs before the attack from Russia on Ukraine, then it continues with many more experiences throughout the war from her point of view.  “I want the world to know what we have experienced,” said Skalietska By: Ocean Medlock More information: https://www.news4jax.com/entertainment/2022/06/22/diary-of-12-year-old-ukrainian-refugee-to-be-released/ https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2022-06-22/diary-of-12-year-old-ukrainian-refugee-to-be-released#:~:text=Yeva%20Skalietska’s%20book%20is%20called,in%20a%20statement%20released%20Wednesday.

Population Loss in Big Cities

Following the global pandemic there has been a large population decrease in some of the major cities in the U.S.

VyStar Bank Shutdown: What Is Being Done?

VyStar bank users have been experiencing difficulties checking their balances and accessing their accounts for the past couple days.

Florida Gas Prices Decline Ahead of Memorial Day

The average cost of gas per gallon in Florida has declined slightly after hitting a record high of $4.51 last week.

Tank’s Sushi Caught in a Scandal

On May 16th, two of Tank’s Sushi managers were arrested for harboring people into the US illegally by allowing them to work at the restaurants.

Update: May 15th Lunar Eclipse

Around 8 pm on May 15th there were many captured images of the ‘super flower blood moon.’

Dead Shark Found Hanging at Ponte Vedra High School for Senior Prank

Thursday morning at 8 a.m. a dead shark was found above a staircase at Ponte Vedra High School.

Class of 2022 Senior Edition

Blood Moon Scheduled for Sunday

A total lunar eclipse will be visible for the first time since last year on May 15th.

One Year Anniversary of Tristyn Bailey’s Death

On the 1 year anniversary of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey’s death, the community gathers to honor her life.

Pageant Star, Kailia Posey dies at 16

Kailia Posey, famously known for her appearances on “Toddlers and Tiaras” passed away on May 5th, 2022. Kailia was 16 years old at the time of her death. Her family commented, “Although she was an accomplished teenager with a bright future ahead of her, unfortunately in one impetuous moment, she made the rash decision to end her earthly life.” Kailia participated in pageants from a young age and won multiple national titles. She was recently awarded 2nd runner up in the Miss Teen Washington pageant. In addition, she was extremely talented in acrobatics and contortion. She was known for her bubbly and expressive personality. The family has set up a donation fund at the Whatcom Community Foundation in honor of Kailia. The foundation focuses on providing resources to students in crisis or experiencing mental health issues. Kailia’s tragic passing comes at the start of National Mental Health Awareness Month.  By: Ava Homer Photo Credit: Sky News If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources. https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/family-toddlers-tiaras-star-kailia-posey-reveals-cause-death-rcna27311

Florida Government Responds to Manatee Deaths

Manatees have always been a staple animal of the Floridian ecosystem, but they have also been consistently threatened by humans- primarily through collisions with boats.

Nease Earns Sweeping Victories in JROTC Competitions

The Nease Drill Team has always been one of the more prestigious programs at our school; this year they have once again showed why this is the case.

New St. Johns County School Construction Put On Hold

Recently, the St. Johns County School District has postponed the construction of a new K-8 academy that was supposed to begin construction soon enough to open for the 2023-2024 school year. However, the school will most likely not be ready until the start of fall of 2024 instead. 

Food Distribution in Jacksonville Organized by Farm Share and American Care

Food Share is a homegrown food bank located in Florida that distributes nutritious food to people in need.

Mask Mandate Lifted on Airplanes

As of April 18th, 2022, the mask mandate for airplanes has been lifted.

Florida Bans Textbooks On ‘Prohibited Topics’ 

The Florida Department of Education rejected 54 of 132 math textbooks for having topics such as critical race, social-emotional learning, and Common Core frameworks.

Diesel Fuel Spill in a St. Augustine River

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection responded to an ‘active diesel release’ at the marina at Camachee Cove near the Matanzas Inlet.

Pooches and People: A new dog park underway in St. Johns County

A new innovative dog park and food truck court is underway and should be expected to open in about a year.

Run for Peace 5k

The 6th Annual Run for Peace 5k in scheduled for April 13th at the St. Augustine Pier at 8:30 a.m. benefitting the Betty Griffin Center.

Personal Finance Course Set as Mandate for Florida Students

With the passing of new legislation requiring Florida students to learn personal finance, Florida has become the biggest state mandating such a course.

St. Johns County Principals Need More Mental Health Counselors

Since the pandemic started, mental health issues in teens have been on the rise.

The Struggles of an American Territory

The recent history of Puerto Rico has been colored with tragedy, but a change to the territory’s spending may be a new beginning for the battered island.

Do It For Drayke

Samie Hardman, Mother of 12-year-old Drayke Hardman, announced her son’s tragic death on February 10th, 2022.

Duval Plans To Increase Property Taxes To Aid In Student Programs and Teacher Pay

Over the past week, the Duval County School Board has met to discuss the possibility of asking voters to increase property taxes in order to increase the financial aid for students programs such as arts and athletics as well as increasing teachers salaries.

Florida Bill Limits LGBTQ+ Conversations in Schools

A bill that has been called the “don’t say gay” bill has passed through the Florida House and Senate.

Teacher of the Year for St. Johns County

Recently, Andrew Burk, the band director of Valley Ridge Academy won teacher of the year.

Events in St. Johns County School District Cancelled/Modified While Covid Cases Rise

It is no secret that COVID-19 numbers are rising amongst students and staff in the St. Johns County School District.

Double Murder Suspect Caught in St. Johns County

As of January 24th, John Payton Scott III, suspected for the murder of 40-year-old Sharon Tarwater Whited, the suspects girlfriend, and 75-year-old Chester E. Tarwater Jr. the father of Sharon, in Helena, Alabama was captured.

Record Breaking Run During Matanzas 5k

Over 800 runners raced on January 22nd for the 42nd annual Matanzas 5k race in St. Augustine.

Say Goodbye to No. 2 Pencils: The SAT Goes Digital

The College Board announced on January 25th, 2022, that the SAT exam will move to a digital format over the next few years.

Hope For Human Trafficking

As technology advances, the dangers of human trafficking increases.

Cold Night Shelters in Jacksonville

The past few weeks have been very cold ones throughout Northern Florida. Average temperatures have been sitting in the mid-high 50’s and 60’s but dropping to low 40’s at night. 

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Met Gala Outfits- Yay or Nay?

On Monday, September 13th, an iconic event took place in New York City- the Met Gala.

The Usefulness Of School

By: Mary Vega (Web Editor)
Every student has had the moment in class when they think “Why do I need to know this?” or “I’m never going to use this when I’m an adult” and while school is important, it is true that very often the things we learn in school aren’t going to be useful to us outside of class. 
(Cover Photo: Mary Vega)

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