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Tributes & Prayers Pour Out For UVA Shooting Victims

In light of the recent tragic shooting of three University of Virginia football players, thousands have sent their prayers and support.

Tropical Storm Nicole

Tropical Storm has recently wreaked havoc on the St. Augustine area.

Ramallah-American Club of Jacksonville Hosts Thanksgiving Food Drive

Members of the Ramallah-American Club of Jacksonville gave away Thanksgiving meals Sunday morning.

Hurricane Nicole meets NASA’s Moon rocket

The NASA moon rocket has faced several complications this year while attempting to complete its first test flight.

2022 Midterm Election Results as of November 9th

For continuous updates on the 2022 Midterm Elections, tune into The Vertical website, The Associated Press, and the New York Times.

St. Johns County 1 Cent Sales Tax

On Tuesday, St. Johns County held a town hall meeting regarding the proposed 1 cent sales tax referendum which will be voted on during the November 8th general election.

Upcoming School District Boundaries

The city council is under a federal court order to redraw its city and school board boundaries after a federal judge claimed the plan approved earlier this year was unconstitutional.

Local Six-Year Old Publishes First Book

Ari Smith, a first grader at Biscayne Elementary School has written her first book.

Flesh-Eating Bacteria in Florida

Ft. Myers is one of the Florida counties that was hit hardest by Hurricane Ian, and it has experienced the destructive effects.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison

The verdict was decided today in the trial of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter.

Great Hit! NASA’s Successful Asteroid Strike

As intended by NASA scientists, the trajectory was changed of the asteroid Dismorphos upon impact with the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART spacecraft.

Ugandan Government Officially Declares Ebola Outbreak

After a case of the Sudan strain of Ebola was confirmed in Uganda, government officials declared it an official outbreak.

St. Johns County’s Growth Affecting the Classroom

Due to St. Johns County’s rapid growth within the past couple years, the school district has had more trouble maintaining the state law’s permitted class sizes with so many new students entering the district.

D-SNAP Approved For Florida Residents

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was approved on October 7th by the USDA.

What Does the Growth of St. Johns County Mean for Citizens?

St. Johns County has exploded in population throughout the past 10 years, growing over 5.6% in the past year alone. But what does this mean for the general population, and what are some of the things that will come out of it?

Lockdown in Florida High School Due to ‘Cruel Prank’

A shooting scare at Mainland High School has resulted in a police investigation.

Flagler County Faces Water Issues After Ian

Hurricane Ian has caused flooding throughout Florida including St. Augustine and Flagler County.

Florida Colleges Make National News

Monday, September 12th the ranking of Florida Colleges for the 2022 to 2023 school year was released.

Falling Gas Prices

Gas prices have been falling since the summer and the oncoming hurricane could cause positive or negative changes.

NASA Asteroid Crashing Test

On Monday night, at 7:14 p.m., a NASA spacecraft intentionally crashed into an asteroid to redirect the direction it was initially heading.

DeSantis Sends Immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard

In mid-September, Gov. Ron DeSantis paid to have 48 immigrants flown out of San Antonio, Texas and dropped off at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

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.

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.