About IB Creativity Action Service (CAS)
The Creativity Action Service (CAS) requirement is a key element of the IB program aiming to underscore the importance of life outside the world of scholarship and providing a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies. Nease IB students are very active in all three areas. Please also visit the action and service pages of this website for more in-depth information about Nease IB students’ involvement.
As part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, Nease IB students will devote approximately 50 of the required 150 CAS hours to “action” activities during their junior and senior years. Action is defined as “physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle” and can be achieved through participation in Nease or community sports and other physically challenging activities. Many times, CAS projects will integrate action with creativity or action with service, and some projects may incorporate all three types.Some examples of “Action” activities for a Nease IB student are:
Nease Swim Team Has Strong Showing at State Swimming Championship
Eleven Nease team swimmers participated in four relays and three individual events at the State Swimming Championship held on November 12, 2011, in Orlando. Of the 155 schools in 2-A swimming, the Nease Lady Panthers captured 29th place with Alyssa Pivniouk scoring 15th in the 50 Freestyle and the girls 200 Medley Relay earned 15th place. The highlight for the girls was the 200 Free Relay scoring 11th place.
The Nease men’s team was led by Anthony Janocko placing 16th in the 50 Freestyle and 17th in the 100 Freestyle. The men’s 400 Free Relay scored 15th and the highlight of the evening was a very close race where the 200 Free Relay scored 12th place. The Nease men’s team placed 35th place out of 155 2-A high schools.
The Nease Swim Team was represented by: Alyssa Pivniouk, Brianna Stembridge, Rebecca Crosby, Marie Mendizabal, Kristia Hoffman, Anthony Janocko, Jeff Thomas, April Penland, Christian Pineiro, Charles Reis, Anthony Yin and Reed Wynn. The Nease Swim Team is coached by Mike Holterman who was very proud of this year’s state swimmers.
Nease Boys’ and Girls’ Golf Teams
The 2010 Nease boys’ and girls’ golf teams had a successful season with both teams just missing the regional tournaments. The girls’ team, including IB junior Tia Lewis, IB sophomore Emily Pregmon and IB freshman Nicole Thatcher, placed 4th in districts. Nicole Thatcher, whose score tied for 7th at the district tournament, qualified for regionals as an individual. The boys’ team led by David Varga, who qualified for regionals as an individual, placed 5th in districts. Congratulations to the Nease golf teams for their outstanding performance.
In Nease golf alumni news, Nease IB 2010 graduate Sarah Knapp recently finished her first fall season as a member of the Dartmouth women’s golf team, and had an outstanding freshman year. Sarah placed 9th last year at the girls’ state golf tournament playing for Nease as an individual.
Nease NJROTC Places in Nationals
Nease NJROTC competed in the National Drill, Academic and Athletic Competitions in early April at Pensacola Naval Air Station, and the cadets once again secured their spot as one of the top 10 drill teams in the nation, placing 7th overall. There were 26 teams in Pensacola competing, representing the best from each of the 11 NJROTC regions across the United States. Nationwide, there are 620 units. This means that Nease ranks in the top one percent of the units in the nation.
Nationals consisted of two intense days of competition culminating in an awards ceremony held at the National Museum of Naval Aviation. The competition included personnel inspection, color guard, unarmed basic and exhibition drill, armed basic and exhibition drill, academics and athletics.
Forty cadets competed for Nease, one-third of whom are in the IB Program. Nease’s academic team secured 4th place, and the unarmed basic drill team claimed 5th place. Individual award winners were: Allison Gregory, IB sophomore, who placed 6th in individual female sit-ups with her personal best of 244, Aiden Bairstow, IB junior, who earned 5th place in individual academics, and Spencer Patton who secured 7th place in individual academics. Congratulations to the Nease NJROTC cadets for their fine performance!
Nease Cross Country Team Excels in Cooler Conditions at Bale and Trail Invitational
On October 1, the Nease boys’ and girls’ cross country teams turned in several season best times and some career best times at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns, the site of the Bale and Trail invitational meet.
The boys’ team placed 11th of 30 teams in this highly competitive field. Senior Mac Reynolds led the Nease squad and placed 1st of 249 runners in the race in a career best and school record time of 15:39. Junior Kyle Griffey (63rd) was the second Nease runner to cross the line, with a career best time of 17:36. He was followed closely by two other Nease runners turning in career best times (17:39 and 17:42, respectively) — Blake Insel (66th) and junior Tim Roche (73rd). Senior Caleb Jarriel (92nd place) was the 5th Nease runner to cross the line in a season best time of 18:00. Junior Luis Buenaventura (95th) climbed another notch to finish 6th on the team in a career best time of 18:04, while freshman Ross Rabalais was close behind in 103rd place in a career best time of 18:14. Junior Jeremy Abreu (128th) ran a career best time of 18:39. Alek Abate rounded out the Nease varsity finishers in 164th place.
The Nease girls placed 8th of 25 teams. Junior Kristen Barbour led the Nease girls and placed 16th of 199 runners in a season best time of 20:16. Sophomore Alyssa Rodale was close behind in 33rd place in a career best time of 20:34. Sophomore Simone Frauenfelder ran a career best time (20:59) to earn her the third spot on the team for the first time this season, finishing in 51st place. Senior Caroline Straughan was close behind in 55th place in a career best time of 21:01. Junior Samantha Clarke (21:29, 61st) completed the scoring runners with a season best time. Junior Alex Roselli (22:08, 96th) and Senior Christina Chase (22:49, 105th) each ran career best times to complete the efforts by the varsity squad.
The Nease cross country team will travel to Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City on October 15 for the Pre-State Invitational.
Nease Volleyball Team Wins District for 7th Year
Congratulations to the Nease volleyball team for 2010! They were the 2010 District Champs this year, making it their 7th straight year to reign over their district. They finished their season with an impressive record of 26-2, losing a hard fought battle against rival Bishop Kenny in a close match in the regional semifinals.
Five of the seniors on the team have committed to Division I schools: Savannah Cantrell, Radford University; Holland Hoefnagel, UNC-Greensboro; Mariah McCallum, UAB; Kamryn Sherman, Clemson University; and Ashley Weinzimmer, Mountain State. Returning members next year will include IB junior Katie Jackson and IB freshmen Sadie Thurston and Kelly Costeira.
IB Students Rowing with Evans Row Club
Rowing, or crew, a sport commonly found in private or prep schools, but not public schools, is growing in popularity in North Florida and a newly formed club has attracted two Nease pre-IB students. Max Nelson, a 9th grader, and Joe Girouard, a 10th grader, who transferred from the Tampa area this year.
Evans Rowing Club offers competitive high school rowing teams on two levels, novice (beginners) and varsity. Located on Julington Creek, ERC has come out of the shoot with a bang. Competing throughout Florida, as well as at select out-of-state competitions and ERC has already had some impressive finishes. In November, at the Head of the Schuykill in Philadelphia, ERC had a second place finish out of 47 teams and Coach Evans placed first in his master’s 8 race. Spring competitions are just about to start and the teams have a busy schedule across the state.
The benefits of crew are numerous. Rowers are focused, team players. Time management is a required skill and the sport seems to attract the serious student. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that rowing is a total body workout. To the untrained eye, it looks like an upper body sport. Although upper body strength is important, the strength of the rowing stroke comes from the legs. Rowing is one of the few athletic activities that work all of the body’s major muscle groups. Cross-country skiers and long distance speed skaters are comparable in terms of the physical demands the sport places on the athletes.
Another benefit, especially important to IB parents and students, is the tremendous scholarship opportunities for rowers, especially girls. Crew is experiencing enormous growth as a collegiate sport. At the very least, crew is a sport that adds much to a college resume.
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