Tag Archives: students

The Future is Bright

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On a daily basis we seem to be barraged by story after story of what we can’t get accomplished or what is wrong within our nation and the world. Reports of violence, corruption and disappointment seem to sell better as the news of the day. Don’t get me wrong, not all is perfect, ... Read More »

Understand Impact Physics to Improve Your Game

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Golfers want information to be communicated in a simple, understandable form, because human performance has its own sociological complexities. We do not need other complex information clogging the brain when trying to hit a golf ball. Golfers enjoy simple swing thoughts that work more often than not. However, how we get to those solutions ... Read More »

Art Center as Artistic Installation

By Don Manley The Marco Island Center for the Arts is examining utilizing a cutting-edge building method for the organization’s proposed facilities expansion. Graduate and postgraduate architecture students at New York’s Cornell University are collaborating with the Center on the design of a “stressed membrane structure” constructed of fiberglass and Teflon. The technology creates strong, energy efficient buildings offering abundant ... Read More »

Eagle Lakes Community Park 

Eagle Lakes Community Park, located at 11565 Tamiami Trail E., has something for everyone. Whether you want to spend some time in nature, play sports or work on your fitness, this is the park for you. Eagle Lakes Community Park is listed on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s birding trail list. The park offers three retention ponds that ... Read More »

Chamber Awards Students at ‘After Five’

By Allison Ouverson Fourteen high school students and their families were recently celebrated at the Chamber’s “After Five” event at CJ’s on the Bay. The students received scholarships from Leadership Marco and the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s Education Committee handed out $18,000, funded by proceeds from events like Wet Paint Live and Souper Bowl. The Chamber’s Executive ... Read More »

Lely High School’s Top 100

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Each year Lely High School recognizes the top 100 scholars in the school, 25 per grade level. It is a celebration presented by the National Honor Society (NHS) and shared with parents and grandparents. An award ceremony took place at a dinner at the Naples Hilton in recognition of the student’s achievements. This year’s NHS ... Read More »

St. Mark’s Preschool Graduation | Next Stop Kindergarten!

By Jodi Pree  On Wednesday, May 17 at 6 PM, the St. Mark’s sanctuary was filled with excited, camera-ready parents and family members anticipating the graduation march of their five-year-olds. While parents waited anxiously, the dedicated teachers hurried to make sure every graduate had their cap and gown on perfectly and were lined up in their proper places, but with ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Reserve to Expand Goodland Facility

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Goodland is awash in saltwater coming from the west and freshwater coming from the east. During the rainy season, the freshwater wins, often bringing with it an alligator or two. For the rest of the year, salt water prevails. But always, at some point, the rivers from the land and the tides from the ocean ... Read More »

‘A Texan’s Promise’ by Shelley Gray

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Maybe he wouldn’t leave her when he found out the truth. Maybe, just maybe, everything was going to be okay.” I should start out by admitting that I’m a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray and her Amish novels. I’ve even made the trek to Sarasota, Florida for one of her book talks and signings at The ... Read More »

Grand Chess Champions

By Wade Keller In the past two Saturdays at CHESS K-12, Marco Library, the top eight students have qualified for the Round Robin tournament on May 27. The grand champions are: Hassan Ali, 4th grade, Tommie Barfield Dylan Blazier, 12th grade, Naples High Cameron Cook, 12th grade, Naples High Michael Distel, 5th grade, Tommie Barfield Michael Gurgenidze, 5th grade, Home School Herlan Henriquez, ... Read More »

MIA Track Team Sends Three to Regionals, One to State

By Barry Gwinn Tiny Marco Island Academy (currently 205 students and counting) continues to develop standout athletes among the 17 teams they field for varsity sports. The latest are on the track and field team, coached by local chef, Bruce Kretschmer, and assisted by newly appointed MIA Athletic Director, Damon Coiro.  On Thursday April 20, the team traveled to the ... Read More »

MICMS Students Honored

Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) students were recently honored with 33 other public middle school students from Collier County at the Naples Optimist Club’s annual “Youth Appreciation Program.” The program was televised live on the Education Channel and held in the District School Board’s MLK Administration building in Naples. The MICMS students who were honored are McKenna Broxson ... Read More »

MIA Students Get Crash Course in Robotics

By Barry Gwinn and Danya Zarate This winter, Frank Wood has gotten a second wind and hit his stride. His classroom is filling up with additional equipment and a lot more shelving to put it on. His engineering students never look at the clock during class, except to make sure they have enough time to complete what they are doing. ... Read More »

Where Did All Those Kids Come From? Goodland Changes Gears

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Monday morning March 13th dawned clear and cold in Goodland. The early morning temperatures were to be in the 50’s all week. At 9:00, as happens every Monday, the ladies of Joanie’s’ Juke Box popular exercise class began filing out of the Goodland Community Center into the chilly morning air to return to their homes. ... Read More »

MIA Students Build Mini Reefs – Build it and the fish will come

By Maria Lamb Marco Island Academy science teacher Jerry Miller’s class was a hub of activity on May 4. That day his students paired up in teams to construct mini reefs, to be installed under docks in various locations on Marco Island. According to Miller, “The students are doing something positive for the community by helping restore the quality of ... Read More »


All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org  “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” ~ Molière Let us get right down to the nitty gritty of human performance. This message is specifically for those who complain about the progress of their golf games without analyzing their actions, and honestly ... Read More »

Woman’s Club Donates to Children’s Hospital

By Debbie Roddy The Marco Island Woman’s Club is both a civic-minded organization and an active social network with a long, proud history of serving the community. It is well known for generous contributions, ranging from providing college scholarships for deserving Marco Island high school students to restoring the Marco Island Cemetery and maintaining the garden therein. The Club has ... Read More »

Remember…Look Up As You Swing!

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Those who have read my articles over the past two years understand how much I despise common misconceptions shared between playing partners. Advice like: You lifted your head; you took your eye off the ball; keep your left arm straight; follow through, etc., etc. As well-intentioned as they are, such pearls of wisdom have ... Read More »

Scholarships Available for Local Arts Majors

Submitted Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. With the cost of a higher education ... Read More »

When Art Meets Function: Cornell University Architecture Students Come to Marco

By Samantha Husted In early March, the Marco Island Center for the Arts announced an exciting new partnership with Cornell University. The Center was selected by Cornell to take part in an architectural design project to create the blueprints for a “stressed membrane fabric structure.” On April 4th, six Cornell architecture students, along with their teaching assistant Caroline Niederpruem and ... Read More »