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By: Marco Ugalde (Web Editor)
Everyone knows that the U.S., Russia, and China are the top dogs in space, but who else is conquering the stars and what have they been working on?
(Cover Photo: The New Yorker)

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Impeachment: What Does It Mean?

By: Brady Lorch (Web Editor-in-Chief)
With the trial comes a lot of political talk and even more misunderstanding. Make sure you know what impeachment really means and how it works.
(Cover Photo: USA Today)

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Fire Down Under

By: Max Grzymkowski (Poll Supervisor)
Since the start of September 2019, rapid and ever-growing wildfires have raged across the country of Australia, killing an unbelievably massive amount of wildlife, destroying thousands of acres and costing the lives of about 28 firemen and civilians.
(Cover Photo: NBC News)

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Crisis In Iran

By: Mia Sarmiento (Layout Editor)
Early, on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeted two Iraqi air bases. The Asad and Erbil air bases were housing U.S. military forces when the attacks took place.
(Cover Photo: CNN)

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Florida Passes New Law Requiring Mental Health Education

By: Mary Vega (Web Editor)
In May of 2019, Florida Legislature signed Senate Bill 7030 into law. This law requires that every student enrolled in a Florida public school from middle to high school will receive at least 5 hours of mental health education each school year.
(Cover Image Source: National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners)

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Teachers Rally in Tallahassee

By: Marco Ugalde (Web Editor)
Nowadays many people say teachers are underpaid. Some agree and some don’t. However, this morning, groups of teachers decided enough was enough and took matters into their own hands.
(Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Times)

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The Creekside ‘Plague’

By: Donovan Germain (Web Editor)
Creekside seems to be suffering its very own end-day plague. Or maybe it’s just suffering from a common case of mass panic.

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New High School Being Built near World Golf Village

By: Mary Vega (Web Editor)
The St. Johns County School District is planning to open a new high school near World Golf Village, which will be their first new high school since Creekside High School and Ponte Vedra High School opened in 2008. This new high school is expected to open in 2021, just two years before the graduation of the class of…

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Disaster in the Bahamas

By: AJ Sanchez (Staff Reporter)
On September 1st 2019 at 10:44 pm Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas and impacted thousands of residents in the area. Many houses were destroyed and several people were seriously injured.  The Bahamas were so heavily impacted because Hurricane Dorian hit them hard as a category 5 hurricane. Winds were blasting at 157 mph and faster over the weekend. That wasn’t even the worst part of the…

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NHS Tutoring

If you need help in any of your classes, Nease’s National Honor Society is doing

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$1M Gift From THE PLAYERS for New Behavioral Health Program Announced at Nease

By: Maria Ribot (Editor-in-Chief) and Nicole Scarbrough (Publisher)
THE PLAYERS Championship presented $1,000,000 to the Flagler Health Care Foundation on Monday at Allen D. Nease High School to help fund the start-up of their new initiative, B.R.A.V.E, which stands for stands for “Be…

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Updates on Dorian (And Other Hurricane Tips)

By: Brady Lorch (Web Editor-in-Chief)
As Hurricane Dorian continues to move closer to Florida, it also continues to grow and grow, leaving some people increasingly worried. While all this is happening, staying up to date is crucial to staying safe and informed. It is also good to know a few tips for waiting out a hurricane if you plan to do so.
According to the National Weather Service, as of 11:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time on the 2nd of…

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Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka Claimed by ISIS

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
Although they no hold territorial sway over the Middle East, ISIS has shown that it still has the power to cause destruction when it attacked churches, hotels, and other areas across the small, island nation of Sri Lanka on Easter. Over the course of Easter Sunday, citizens of Sri Lanka were terrorized as nine bombs were detonated across the nation, killing over 200 and wounding many more. It is being reported as the…

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Nease Senior Wins First Place Award in Statewide Science Fair

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
Last month, STEM students from all over Florida competed in the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. Over the course of three days, more than 900 science projects from students in sixth through twelfth grade were presented at the fair. Among the winners is of Nease’s own students, senior Katherine Rodriguez. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ask Katherine about her experience…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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College Admissions Scandal

A recent event exposed just how far wealthy parents are willing to go to get

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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 has received an A grade for the last nine years in a row?  Maybe you did. 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…

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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…

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SOUPer Bowl Photos

Photo Credit: Hannah Favorite

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SOUPer Bowl: Great Event—Even Greater Cause

By: Hannah Favorite (Co-Publisher)
The 2019 SOUPer Bowl took place January 31 at Nease High School and raised approximately $30,000 from ticket sales and donations. Money raised at the event will be donated to Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that fills backpacks with food for children in need to take home on weekends. Tickets were sold for $25 dollars each and donations were taken as well. Each attendee was able to bring…

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Common Core is No More

By: Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor)
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order Friday afternoon finally disbanding Common Core learning styles in Florida schools. Many are on edge about the potential impact regarding this sudden change.  DeSantis assures that “It will be more geared toward knowledge than maybe just teaching to a test.” However, some parents believe abandoning the Common Core and any program like…

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Nease Votes are in—and the Results are Not the Same as the Rest of FL

By: Alexander Brailsford
Although many students do not yet have the ability to legally vote, The Vertical’s mock election granted them the power to voice their preferences in this year’s midterm elections. Some pundits have labeled this year’s elections as the most important of our lifetimes, with many issues potentially arriving at the forefront of the political agenda as Democrats battle the Trump administration…

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Are my SAT/ACT Scores College-Ready?

Middle 50% Accepted SAT/ACT: Fall 2018 University of Florida Sat: 1300-1450 Act (remember- this is

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Hurricane Michael Approaches NE Florida

By: Maria Ribot (Managing Layout Editor) and Bre Jarvis (Co-Editor-in-Chief)
Hurricane Michael is currently heading towards Florida’s panhandle and is expected to hit the northeast region of Florida by Wednesday afternoon and die off during Thursday morning. Winds should reach St. Johns county by tomorrow evening, October 9, at around 8:00. Hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued throughout the gulf coast of Florida, with a major…

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The Gen Z of Politics

By: Denise Uy (Feature Editor)
On August 28th, a handful of Nease students were able to take their first few steps in American politics—as those who were eligible to vote were able to directly participate in American democracy for the first time in this year’s primary season. This year, Florida’s political atmosphere is in full-swing as the state prepares to elect a new governor in November, with former Governor Rick Scott (R) becoming ineligible…

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