Student(s) being Recognized
Kudre, 6th grader, for winning First Place in the 6-8
Division of the Duval County Public Schools
2012 Deputy Superintendent's Published Poets Contest.
The contest, which encourages students to read and write poetry, was
created in an effort to celebrate "National Poetry Month" in April.
Each participating school submitted a winning entry from among the
entries received at the school level that best represented the theme
and creative expression. This year's theme was "Reading Takes Me."
From these submissions, judges selected a first-, second- and
third-place winner in each of the four categories - kindergarten
through second-grade, third- through fifth-grade, sixth- through
eighth-grade and ninth- through 12th-grade. In addition, one winner
was selected as the "Poet Laureate," the overall winner. The winning
poems will be published in a book that will be housed in the
libraries of Duval County public schools and Jacksonville Public
Click here to read more. iPad users can
download the book here.
Congratulations to Rory
Peterson for placing 4th Place in the Engineering
Category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
which was held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. His
project was entitled:
AN INNOVATION THAT DETECTS, FILTERS, DIGITIZES, AND
WIRELESSLY TRANSMITS BRAINWAVES TO CONTROL ELECTRO-MECHANICAL
International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world's
largest international pre-college science competition, provides an
annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 70
countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent
research as they compete for over $3 million annually. The Intel
ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in
Click here to read more.
Congratulations to the Darnell-Cookman High School Lacrosse team!
They recently completed their first season of competition in the
Lighthouse Lacrosse league, playing other local high schools. All
high school students are encouraged to try out next year!
to this year’s National Honor Society Inductees:
Lauren Allen, Doruthy Arevalo, Lauriel Avery, Samantha Boden, Emily
Campanale, Jomaly Cantu, Kaleigh Clarke, Jürgen Comberg, Jazmin
Cybulski, Khalif Daniels, Tonya Drummond, Tameka Elliott, Jessica
Ellis, Lamiah Haque, Miranda Hutton, Hyacinthia Inglis, Meari Jones,
Savannah Keys, Christopher Mayuga, Demia Moffett, Kristen Morga,
Triciajoy Ochoa, Kevin Paguia, Skylor Pannell, Jordan Salsburg,
Emina Sehovic, Neil Sood, Olenka Vergaray, Rayshaun Wagner, Brelynn
Walker, Darece Williams, and Zorana Zoric. Each
must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, have at least 40 hours of community
service, and meet the four qualities of scholarship, character,
leadership and service.
2012 Northeast Florida Science and Engineering Fair Awards
In Junior Division Categories:
Madison Lee, Kundhavi Gnanam and Madeline Beard-Ojala where
awarded Merit in Behavioral and Social Science. Madeline was, also,
awarded a special $50 Award from Office Environmental Service.
was awarded first place in Biochemistry and
Sarah Shiell was recognized with
Merit in this category.
was awarded Merit in Botany. Both
Angelique Howard and Selena
Govan were awarded Merit in Chemistry.
was awarded Third place in Environmental Science and a Special Award
from Harris Corporation Future Award for Outstanding Research and
Creativity by a Female Student.
was awarded Third place in Physics.
was awarded the special award from the Florida State College of
Jacksonville for research.
In Senior Division Categories:
was awarded Merit in Physics and Astronomy.
was award First place in Engineering plus the overall First Place
Trophy for all categories in the Senior Division at NEFSEF and the
following Special Awards: Society of American Military Engineers
Award in Engineering with $150. Office Environmental Services
Award with $150. Reynolds, Smith and Hills Excellence in Sustainable
Research with $100. R. Scott Gallagher Memorial Award with
$100. National Society of Professional Engineers Certificate
of Excellence. Rory is also named to both the State and
International Teams for Society of Science thus taking his project
to International Competition!
The following 36 students will be representing Darnell-Cookman
Middle/High School at the Northeast Florida Regional Science and
Engineering Fair: Noor
Zach Abueg (7),
Ashley Albritton (10),
Jahn Almojera (8),
Lindsey Averitt (8),
Madeline Beard-Ojala (8),
Jill Boggs (7),
Kyle Cagayan (7),
Hailey Caswell (7),
Ranesha Cull (10),
Kylha Delosreyes (7),
Suma Gangidi (8),
Yodit Gebretsadik (8),
Kundhavi Gnanam (7),
Selena Govan (8),
Livia Hallahan-Hutchins (8),
Angelique Howard (8),
Isaiah Kernisant (10),
Haley Lee (7),
Madison Lee (8),
Alice Li (7),
Ricky Lin (7),
Swetha Madem (7),
Akhil Mandavalli (7),
Shruti Murali (7),
Kristen Patterson (8),
Rory Petersen (9),
Lauren Schaffer (9),
Richa Sharma (7),
Sarah Shiell (7),
SairBhavana Srikakolapu (7),
Shruthi Srinivasan (7),
Van Thang (7),
Darby Tilman (7),
Travius Wells (9), and Jenna
Congratulations to our first annual, Ms. SoMA Pageant
Contestants: Jomaly Cantu,
Olenka Vergaray, and
The contestants entered the auditorium strutting their stuff as
their video introductions were playing. Once they were all in
place they performed their opening number to Rockstar by
Prima J. After the opening number and introduction of the
judges and a few other announcements the girls began the competition
phase of the pageant. The girls were judged on the following
categories: School Spirit, Casual Wear, Best Legs, Sports Wear
and Formal Wear. After a fun-filled and delightful evening,
Amanda Cruz, was crowned Ms.
SoMA. The ladies truly were incredible, and so unforgettable,
and no one can take their places as the very first Ms. SoMA
Contestants! All of you are Rockstars!
Experience Medical Training at
Future doctors, surgeons and nurses from Darnell-Cookman's
tenth-grade anatomy and physiology class filled the lab of Medtronic
ENT for a hands-on anatomical learning experience. After finishing
their neuro-anatomy lessons at school, students were treated to this
special trip to further their studies.
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view the pictures from the trip click here.
Grade Medical Students
Volunteer at Sabal Palm Elementary's
Family Fitness Day
January 20, a generous group of our 7th grade medical students
volunteered their day off to help out at a local elementary school's
first Family Fitness Day. This talented group of students spent
their time providing parents, students, teachers, and even the
principal with valuable heath screenings that included blood
pressure, heart rates, BMI, and dexterity testing. They each
preformed wonderfully. We are lucky to have such great future
healthcare providers around us here at DC!!
Congratulations Spelling Bee Finalist -
one of twenty elementary
and middle school students selected to represent Duval County in the
county Spelling Bee on Tuesday, January 24, at 6 p.m. at Mandarin
We would like to offer special congratulations to five exceptional
tenth grade students who have been accepted into the Jacksonville
Joe Berg Seminars. This prestigious organization, a community
partner of the University of North Florida, offers two series of
evening seminars for Duval County high school students: a series of
Science seminars and a series of Humanities seminars. Speakers are
professionals and college professors who are eager to share their
expertise with outstanding high school students. The program only
admits fifty students throughout the district per year to
participate and requires students to compete for admission by taking
a qualifying written examination either in humanities or science. It
is with great enthusiasm and pride that we honor the accomplishment
of the following students: Lagena
Williams, Judy Piseth, Isiah Kernisant, Monica Moore and
Congratulations to all middle and
high schools students who participated in this year's annual Science
A list of the
individual winners is attached.
Under the Direction of Mr.
Gary Griffis, the Chorus performed an outstanding Holiday Concert last
Thursday night in front of parents, teachers and friends. It has
been a very busy holiday season for this wonderful group of students as
they have performed at the Landing, the Jacksonville International
Airport as well as at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair Event this past
Saturday at the Town Center.
Congratulations and Thank You to
thirteen 8th & 12th grade medical students who volunteered at Andrew
Robinson Elementary's Family Fitness night on Thursday, September
29. Medical students ran various stations at the fitness night
helping to check height, weight, and blood pressures and calculating
BMI for students and parents who wanted a record of their health.
Well done to all of you.
Tiffany Hoeckelberg for being
chosen as a semifinalist for
the 2011 Broadcom MASTERS program
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN AT NAVY
Usually students with an interest in
medicine don't get a chance to spend time in a lab until college and
medical school. But a group of students from Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School are
getting a very early start.
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