Tag Archives: students

Elegant Home Tour

By Jesus Calo The Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) held its 17th Annual Elegant Home Tour, which featured four residences around Marco Island. Each home incorporated a mix of architectural and interior designs from various decor influences. The event allows the MIWC to take a step into an elegant home and witness the beauty of this island through architecture. Following ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Announces Exciting Project

By Samantha Husted On March 10th the Marco Island Center for the Arts unveiled an upcoming project with Cornell University. Bruce Graev, a Cornell University alumnus and Center for the Arts board member, is spearheading the partnership. He announced that the Center for the Arts was selected by the Cornell University Department of Architecture to take part in a collaborative ... Read More »

Shell Show Celebrates 37th Anniversary

By Samantha Husted  For three days a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible covered in over 200 pounds of seashells sat outside of the United Church of Marco Island. Passersby stopped to ogle at the vehicle, many getting out to take pictures and ponder its intricacy. The Volkswagen, also known as the Shell Love Bug, was there as part of the Marco ... Read More »

Award-winning Teachers

Submitted These six teachers have been recognized by the Florida Department of Education as being Highest Impact Teachers in the State of Florida, as a result of their students’ performance on one of the Florida Standards Assessments (FSAs). Read More »

I’m Just Wild About Stars and Candy…

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry “Stars on the Water” and Candy Morgan, that is. Eleven years ago, Candy Morgan visited me (the principal of Tommie Barfield Elementary at the time) with a proposal for an after-school support program for second graders called “Stars on the Water.” The original inspiration came from Reverend Kyle Bennett at St. Mark’s ... Read More »

Pitch Perfect Purduettes

By Jesus Calo It was once stated that music is the greatest communication in the world. In honor of music and the Purduettes 75th milestone anniversary, 60 collegiate performers took the stage at United Church of Marco Island. Who are the Purduettes, you ask? The ensemble was founded in 1942, when the original Purduettes fulfilled previously booked appearances of the ... Read More »

$1,200 Scholarship Offered by FSASE

Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections, is accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity until Wednesday, March 29. The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or ... Read More »

Fire Burns Collier Boulevard

UPDATE The fire is now 10% contained with over 6,000 acres affected. Road closure from Golden Gate Parkway to Rattlesnake Hammock. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Naples Club RV, Panther Walk RV, Forest Glen and the horse stables in and along Newman Road. Collier Schools reported that Lely Elementary was closed due to smoke, and all students had been ... Read More »

Tour de Marco 7 Sets Record

By Scott Shook A record crowd for Tour de Marco 7 equated to record fundraising for the Marco Y as riders enjoyed perfect weather while discovering Marco Island by bicycle, Sunday morning, February 26. “We had 253 participants and raised $6,000 for the Marco Y,” said Steve Reynolds, the director of this year’s tour. The previous record attendance was 200 ... Read More »

Kaitlin Creedon – When Irish Feet Are Dancing

By Maureen Chodaba “I danced in the morning when the world was begun, and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun…Dance then, wherever you may be. I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be, and I’ll lead you all in the dance, said he.” ~ From ... Read More »

Brace Yourself for the ‘Battlefield of Brotherhood’

By Jory Westberry The upcoming play, “Battlefield of Brotherhood” debuting in March is a unique collaboration of students from three local schools to portray historical events with attention to the personal interactions between races. Students from the Marco Island Charter Middle School, Lely High School and the Marco Island Academy have been learning and practicing their lines diligently for weeks ... Read More »

Kiwanis Launches “Christmas in July” Backpack Campaign

By Maureen Chodaba  Close your eyes and remember the days of childhood. Go back in your mind’s eye to recapture the feeling of going to school. Do you remember the challenges of learning? How about the social goals of fitting in and making friends? Did any other kids ever make fun of you? Hopefully, most of you were as fortunate ... Read More »

Shell Club Prepares for 7th Annual Shell Show

By Samantha Husted  In preparation for the Marco Island Shell Club’s 37th Annual Shell Show, Shell Club members met to create some one-of-a-kind shell art. The club members met at Dissler Hall at the United Church of Marco Island. The same location where the upcoming show will take place. Rows of large round tables were set up throughout the room. ... Read More »

MIA Holds Bridge Building Competition: The Winner Surprises Everyone (Except Mr. Wood)

By Barry Gwinn  Recently, there was a lot of cheering and clapping going on in Marco Island Academy’s (MIA) campus. It was coming from Room 301, where Frank Wood’s engineering students were going head-to-head in the school’s first-ever bridge building competition. Frank Wood, who also teaches physics, chemistry, and solar energy, had his students cheering, groaning, laughing and grimacing as ... Read More »

Taking Her Case to Tallahassee Jane Watt Keeps Fighting for Kids

By Barry Gwinn Jane Watt, the founder and chair of Marco Island Academy (MIA), spends her days (and most nights) fighting – “Fighting for Kids,” as her recent book was entitled. Her book chronicles the battle to establish a local high school on the island. Against great odds, she succeeded in doing this, and MIA opened its doors in 2011. ... Read More »

‘How It Ends’ – Best friends can make the worst enemies

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com If you have a teenager, will have a teenager, are a teenager, have ever been a teenager, or know a teenager, then “How It Ends” by Catherine Lo is a completely relevant read for you. This novel tackles the tough coming-of-age themes while delivering insight on girl friendships, why they end, and how they overcome complex ... Read More »

Under the Docks MIA Students Enrich Marco Canals

By Maria Lamb Ocean Habitats, Inc. of Ft. Myers has been hard at work in Marco Island installing artificial reef habitats underneath existing docks. To date, they have installed 108 habitats in Marco Island’s canals with an additional 20-plus scheduled for installation. This is great news for the health of our canals. According to David Wolff, Ocean Habitats’ president, this ... Read More »

Save the Date: Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk

By Jesus Calo Bring your walking shoes for a day of awareness. The 14th Annual Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk hosted by the SW Florida PSP Support Group. Day: Saturday March 18, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM Location: Mackle Park, Marco Island Registration: $25 per person, $10 for students. This includes a t-shirt and lunch. PSP is a ... Read More »

Never Say Never Writer Roy Eaton Overcame Challenges to Motivate Others

By Jessica Hernstadt Naples writer Roy Eaton, in his book “Soldier Boy,” describes life’s challenges as “numerous and complex.” Roy writes these words from experience. The first of his many life challenges began upon birth. In the spring of 1946, Roy Eaton was born in New London, Connecticut. A full month premature and weighing around two pounds, Roy’s underdeveloped lungs ... Read More »