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Pre-Swing Fundamentals Part 4: Ball Position

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Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers every to live, wrote a book called, “Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf” in 1957. This book is relevant to this day. The golf industry of today has radar systems, launch monitors, high speed cameras, balance boards and many other technological devises that confirms Hogan knew what he was talking about. As most good players in Hogan’s area, he grew up working at a golf course as an Assistant Golf Professional and caddie. The good players were students of the game, and gave lesson at the local country club to make a ... Read More »

School Supplies Needed

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By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com It’s hard to believe this summer is almost over and that another school year is quickly approaching. With two school-age children of my own, I’m already feeling the pinch of needing two sets of school supplies. I can usually only afford to get a few things at a time on my tight budget, and I’m not alone. According to The Education Foundation/Champions for Learning, more than 64 percent of Collier County schools had more than half of their students receiving free or reduced lunch during 2013-14. Thankfully, there will be some welcome relief, and to this ... Read More »

Camp Able 2014: Going Beyond Special Needs

Campers kayak and paddle board with Capri Fish House on Isles of Capri. PHOTOS BY ALEXANDRA DIAZ

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Schaeffer McHenry, Ellie Bennett, Gage Wheeler and Mary Evelyn Webb could not be more different. McHenry is a junior at the Air force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; Webb is a Mississippi native who attends the University of Mississippi. Bennett and Wheeler both attend Lely High School. Bennett is a bubbly, talkative junior, and Wheeler is a senior, quiet and a young man of few words. The one thing these four have in common: A special connection with people who have special needs. McHenry’s 23-year-old cousin, Sara, has Down Syndrome. Webb’s mother suffers from Huntington’s ... Read More »

S4TL

Gage Wheeler, Christy Thorstenson, Diana Vickers and Jessica Simon speak to Rotary Club members. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Five young students entering into their senior year of high school were chosen by the Sunrise Rotary Club and the Noontime Rotary Club to attend a weeklong Students 4 Tomorrow’s Leaders (S4TL) program. The program was held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Students from all over Central and South Florida converged on the campus, where past S4TL attendees greeted them as they arrived and divided them into groups. The students were housed on campus and had all meals there during the weeklong camp. Team building exercises and motivational speakers are presented throughout the week ... Read More »

MIA Inaugural Summer Camp with an Environmental Twist

Dr. Richard Murphy (left), director of education for the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Oceans Futures Society, gives students an outdoor lesson near Tigertail Beach.

By Noelle H. Lowery  noelle@coastalbreezenews.com The first-ever Ambassadors of the Environment Camp in Florida was a rousing success for the joint partnership between Marco Island Academy and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society. It was a journey that began five years ago when MIA Founder and Chair Jane Watt discovered the Ambassadors of the Environment Program through the Ocean Futures Society and its director, Dr. Richard Murphy. Currently, the active, hands-on outdoor education program has locations in California, French Polynesia, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, Hawaii, and Turks and Caicos. Many of the programs are affiliated with the Ritz-Carlton or a cruise ... Read More »

Final Semester Honor Rolls

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Collier County School District released the final honor rolls for the last quarter of the 2013-14 school year. Listed below are students from schools which fall into the Coastal Breeze News distribution area. Congratulations to all the students below! Best wishes for continued success in the 2014-15.   Everglades City School Elementary Straight A Honors Alexis Hendrickson   Lely Elementary School Elementary Honor Rolls Amar Ahmed, Katira Davis, Angel Diaz, Kyler Howard, Sarah Lucrecio, Taylor Savage, Sebastian Serna, Jacob Simmons-Rosen   Parkside Elementary School Elementary “A” Honor Roll Ruby Armas, Alondra Bautista, Jonathan Garcia-Lopez, Fabiola ... Read More »

Planning for the Future at MIA

Jane Watt and Melissa Scott are all smiles these days and rightly so. The leaders of Marco Island Academy are celebrating the testing gains their students made in 2014 — both in the end of course tests and the FCAT-2.0. MIA’s first-time test-takers made the largest gains of any high school in Collier County in Algebra and the second largest for both U.S. History and Reading. Overall, in learning gains, MIA ranked first amongst all Collier County high schools in Biology and U.S. History, second in Geometry and third in Algebra. “This really sets us up for success,” says Scott, ... Read More »

COASTAL COMMENTS

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net Last week, during a meeting with people from the fuel industry, I questioned whether all this oil that everyone seems to be drilling for is sent out of the country for other counties to use. They said something about sending the Florida oil to refineries. “That wasn’t the question,” I stated. “Does it stay here, or is it sent to foreign countries?” They said it all stays here. I felt a little uneasy about their answer because I’ve heard just the opposite, but took them at their word. My question now is: We continue to hear about ... Read More »

Youth See Police and Fire-Rescue Service Up Close

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By Val Simon Each year, the Marco Island Police Department works closely with the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department to present a Police/Fire Academy through the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department. The weeklong camp was headed up by MIPD Officer Al Schettino and Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden. The academy — designed for students in the sixth through eighth grades — gives a hands-on look at the variety of training and skills each of these professions require. It’s an ideal camp for children interested in law enforcement, firefighting or emergency services. They cover everything these first responders do on a ... Read More »

A Celebration of Success

Faculty, staff and members of the class of 2014 prepare for the MIA’s first-ever graduation ceremony, which was held at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Family, faculty, staff and school board members joined together Friday, May 30, to salute and celebrate the first-ever graduating class of the Marco Island Academy. The ceremony was held in the Capri Ballroom at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. Among the local dignitaries in attendance were MIA Founder and Chairwoman Jane Watt, former MIA principal George Andreozzi, current Principal Melissa Scott and Marco Island Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The ceremony marked the end of a week filled with nervous excitement and anxious anticipation for the 20 students who made up MIA’s class of ... Read More »

Manatee Middle School Hurricanes ‘ROAR’

Karina Miranda and Seraphanime Garcia paired up with a presentation  on manatees and Florida panthers. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Nancy Richie At Manatee Middle School, the teachers and sixth-grade students didn’t slow down just because school was winding down for the summer. For eight weeks, they worked hard, researching their own Southwest Florida backyards. This hands-on, end-of-the-school-year research assignment is part of the Collier County Public School (CCPS) Pre-Laureate writing program. CCPS’s most capable students have the opportunity to pursue an AP Laureate diploma, the most demanding CCPS diploma available. This Laureate Program continues to grow with 80 Laureate graduates from five high schools this past year, compared with just three at one school when the program began ... Read More »

Hodges’ Innovative STEM Programs

Hodges University announced today that it will begin offering STEM programs in a competency-based learning format beginning this fall. Competency-based learning (CBL) is a self-paced, academically rigorous and highly affordable degree completion option especially designed for adult learners and non-traditional students.  Hodges is one of the first four-year institutions in the State of Florida to offer a CBL version of an associate or bachelor’s degree program. Programs to be offered in the new format are an Associate and Bachelor’s in Computer Information Technology and an Associate and Bachelor’s in Digital Design and Graphics. Instead of enrolling in a specific number ... Read More »

Summer Science Events

The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting numerous science-based activities and events for students. Events include engaging educational lectures, a watercolor exhibit and free admission for several events. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection encourages students and parents to join us for these fun-filled educational events. The following activities and events will be held at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Watercolor Exhibit: May 29 – September 29; Kids Free Fridays: June 6 – August 1 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) World Oceans Day: Monday, June 9; Coral Reef Awareness, Tuesday, July 15; Smokey the Bear’s Birthday, Friday, August 8. For more ... Read More »

Seven 2014-15 Scholarships Awarded by Naples Press Club

Three Naples Press Club Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Renewable Scholarships were recently awarded to recipients all of whom are graduates of Collier County high schools. Sarah Grace Davenport (Golden Gate High School-2014), a Graduate of Distinction, will attend FGCU and major in journalism. Melissa Gomez (Lely High School-2014), a Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete, will attend the University of Florida and major in journalism. John Marshall Wix III (Golden Gate High School-2011) is a junior at FGCU, majoring in journalism. Three students who previously held the NPC $1,000 Renewal Scholarships were again awarded the scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. Oscar Santiago-Torres ... Read More »

The Island Theater Summer Camp

Summer’s here…. what are the kids going to do???? How about the ITC summer camp?  This exciting and fun three-week theater program will introduce young people to all aspects of the theater, including creating props and costumes, music, choreography, and technical aspects of putting on a show. All activities are designed to develop imagination, creativity, concentration, character, teamwork and professionalism. All participants will be cast in the 2014 Holiday production of The Music Man, Jr. The Camp Program includes: Acting workshops; Lessons on bringing a character to life through voice, movement and imagination; Creative, hands-on experience with the technical side ... Read More »

MICMS 8th Grade Promotions

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com June 4 marked the end of the school year for Collier County Public Schools. It also marked a milestone in the educational careers of Marco Island Charter Middle School’s 2014 eighth-grade class — the annual promotion ceremony. This year, MICMS sent 139 students onto high school during its 16th such ceremony, 35 with high honors and 44 with honors. Held in the gymnasium, the evening’s event was marked by a processional of the students accompanied by the traditional graduation song “Pomp and Circumstance,” a warm welcome by Principal George Abounader, student remarks, the presentation of ... Read More »

Class of 2014: ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ at MIA

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Across the United States this spring, more than 3.3 million high school seniors are donning caps and gowns to do the graduation walk, but few of these soon-to-be graduates will be as proud as the 20 students who make up the first graduating class of the Marco Island Academy. Their graduation ceremony is today — Friday, May 30 — at 6 PM in the Capri Ballroom at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. This first graduation ceremony is the culmination of five years of blood, sweat and tears, trials and errors, and ups and downs ... Read More »

The Four Pre-Swing Fundamentals: Part 1 of 4

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org The four pre-swing fundamentals of the golf swing are grip, stance, alignment and ball position. The pre-swing fundamentals are the most important elements to becoming a better golfer. There are a million different ways to swing the club and make the golf ball go towards the target, however correct pre-swing fundamentals are universal. Bad fundamentals lead to bad habits in the golf swing. I teach golfers who aim 30 yards right of their target. The student will hit the first shot 30 yards right of their target, turn to me and say, “See, I told ... Read More »

Honoring artists, scholars

MIFA scholarship awardees (l-r) Christopher Niemczyk, Richard Stein, Theodore Schimek and Tyler MacDonald. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) held a special Scholarship Awards Luncheon for Marco Island students on Saturday, May 24. Scholarships were presented to local students pursuing college studies in the arts: Christopher Niemczyk, Theodore Schimek, Richard Stein and Tyler MacDonald. Niemczyk, who is studying accounting and music, played his guitar as luncheon attendees arrived. His mother, Donna, expressed her gratitude to MIFA, “We appreciate everything you guys do for the kids on Marco Island. It means so much to them that they’ve got your support and you’re watching out for them. When they ... Read More »

Kiwanis Sponsors Summer Reading at Manatee

Gayle Thawley talks with students. PHOTOS BY TAMMY MILARO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Manatee Elementary School’s Summer Reading Program kicked off with the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island’s Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program this week. This first-time summer reading event fulfilled its promise for a fun time for the students. The school-wide summer theme is “A day without reading is like a day without sunshine.” Grades K-1 were given a “My Summer Sketchbook,” and grades 2-4 were given a “My Summer Reading Journal” to support the school’s already strong emphasis on reading books. These summer workbooks were in addition to the free RIF book each student received. RIF ... Read More »