April/May Seniors of the Month recognized

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Alina Pekarsky and Joshua Ore COURTESY PHOTOS
Alina Pekarsky and Joshua Ore COURTESY PHOTOS
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The Seniors of the Month for April and May were honored by the Flagler/Palm Coast Kiwanis Club last week.

Joshua Ore and Alina Pekarsky were selected as the April Seniors of the Month.

Ore, a Flagler Palm Coast High School student, is a member of the National Honor Society, the school chorus, the drama club and the varsity swim team. He is active in his church’s youth group and the Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout. Ore was selected to attend Boys State, and awarded a Medallion of Excellence.

He plans to attend Santa Fe College in Gainesville and then transfer to the University of Florida and major in entomology. Following graduation he intends to enter his family’s pest control business.

Pekarsky, of Matanzas, is an active member of the Community Problem Solvers and the Future Problem Solvers. She volunteers every Thursday at Florida Hospital Flagler in the emergency room, which served to heighten her interest the medical field. She is a member of the varsity tennis team and was recently selected at Scholar Athlete of the Month. Pekarsky plans to attend the University of Florida, majoring in biochemistry in the university’s accelerated medical program.

Kassandras “Jaime” Garces, of Matanzas High School, and Austin Davis, of Flagler Palm Coast High School, were recognized as the Seniors of the Month for May.

Garces is a member of the National Honor Society, Leo Club and the Key Club. She is an active volunteer with Special Olympics and with the Flagler Humane Society. Garces works as a tutor with Kumon Math and Reading Center and was a Medallion of Excellence recipient.

She plans to major in the health sciences in a pre-med program, with a minor in Chinese language and literature at the University of Florida.

Davis has been an active member of the Bunnell FFA for four years and is currently the chapter president and also serving as FFA’s East Coast Federation officer for the past two years. He is a member of the Student Government Association, National Honor Society and the Student Athletic Advisory Council.

Davis is an avid soccer player both in high school and the local PDA soccer club. He has been an active member of the Boy Scouts, having just completed his Eagle Project of building and raising garden beds at Bunnell Elementary School to become and Eagle Scout. He anticipates being elected to serve as the Florida State FFA Vice President which will require him to delay entrance into college for one year in order to fill his role as being an advocate for agriculture and the FFA. He then plans to attend Texas A & M University and major in agriculture education.

Fifth-graders place in national essay contest
The National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Virginia, has announced that five students in Karen Driscoll's fifth-grade class at Bunnell Elementary, have placed nationally in a writing essay contest. The topic was on civics and what meaning it has to the individual.

Briona Johnston placed second in her endeavors and the following students each received third place: Reina Robinson, Kaylee Chapman, Kylie Bruckert and Jack Moffatt. Students will receive certificates of achievement and gift cards in various amounts.

FBLA project provides for peers; seeks help from the community
In February of this year, students in business classes and members of the Future Business Leaders of America at Flagler Palm Coast High School began a community service project called Peer Providers.

The goal of this project is to supply less fortunate students attending FPC with daily living necessities. This includes items such as tooth brushes, shampoo, backpacks, and the like. The group has received contributions from many businesses in the area, but would like to continue to expand the amount of donations from the people of our community.

To donate to the project, contact Jodee Soltes, FBLA Advisor at [email protected].

Matanzas student places in New York Times student contest
It started as an assignment given by teacher Joann Nahirny, and turned into a winning 300-word essay for student Kathryn Perez.

The New York Times announced their first Student Editorial Contest earlier this year and received thousands of entries from high school students across the United States. Perez was named as one of the Top 30 submissions in the nation.

The Times named 10 top entries, 10 runners-up and 10 honorable mention. Perez’s essay was a runner up, putting her in the top 1% of all the entries received by The New York Times. Her essay can be read at nytimes.com.



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