2016-09 – Emma Martinez is a freshman in the IB program. Emma recently used her skills as an artist to paint a mural at the local S.A.F.E. facility (Saving Animals from Euthanasia). S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue’s goal is to save adoptable dogs and cats from euthanasia.
2016 09 09 – Article by Nease Athletic Advisory
Ria Malhotra and Mikey Leisle Selected as Nease September Student Athletes of the Month
Ria is a fun and energetic sophomore who is making a major impact for Nease in the pool. Ria is in her second year on the varsity swim team. In her first year, she qualified and competed at states and is on track to do so again. Ria is a sprint freestyler. Her best events are the 50 and 100 freestyle. Swim captain, Gray Ingram says, “Ria is one of those people that is always positive about swimming, even when we get a really hard set. She is always standing at the end of people’s lanes cheering for them.” Besides swim, Ria works hard at her academics. She is in her sophomore year of IB. The people who know Ria are impacted by her positivity and her energy. Coach Jack, the Nease swim coach, says, “What makes Ria so special and a great athlete is her determination to win and do her best. But her best attribute is her sportsmanship and her ability to make everyone feel involved and having fun.”
Mikey is a senior on the Nease varsity football team. He has been a kicker for varsity for all four years. Mikey is a well-rounded kicker with his specialty being punting. Last year he averaged 38 yards per punt and was also named the Florida 6A 2nd Team All-State Punter. With this being Mikey’s last year, he has been working with the JV kicker, Collin Hartley. Collin says, “Mikey is a great role model, is athletic and has a good work ethic. He is a fun and energetic person. He always has something exciting to talk about.” Mikey not only excels on the field, but also in the classroom. Mikey is finishing his final year in IB and is looking at high academic colleges. The Nease kicking coach, Coach Stephens said, “Mikey is a great representative of what we look for in a student-athlete.” Mikey is very popular in the student section. Fans love to chant his name when he goes out to kick. Noah Brooke is an active fan in the student section and is good friends with Mikey. Noah says, “Mikey is a smart and attractive guy. I’m glad I get to call him my friend.”
10/12/15 – Angelica Lagasca, a senior IB student, was awarded the National Gold Medal for Poetry in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in March of 2015. She received her medal at the National Events at the Carnegie Hall in New York on June 12, 2015. The Scholastic Awards are the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teens. Over the course of its 92-year history, Scholastic Awards recipients have included celebrated authors and artists including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Ken Burns, Zac Posen, Lena Dunham, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. Of the 300,000 submissions to the awards this year only 1% received a National Medal for various categories, and among those who won for poetry, only 35 were chosen as Semi-Finalist Nominees for the National Student Poets Program. Angelica was one of the 35. Congratulations Angelica!