Tonight, June 3, Everglades City celebrates our high school graduation with seven bright young adults making the transition. Although we may have one of the smallest graduating classes in the state, we believe our students are just as qualified to compete with the best. We have one student who has enlisted in the U.S. Army, two students with plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University, three students to attend Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology (one in culinary arts, two in nursing) and one to attend Edison State College. During the Awards ceremony held on May 13, it was announced that twenty four students from high school were listed on the Honor Roll and ten scholarships were awarded to all seven senior graduates. We’re very proud of these individuals and wish them success in the years to come!
The art students of Mr. Paul Tribble will be exhibiting their work during the summer months at the Museum of the Everglades. Mr. Tribble has been teaching at Everglades City School for over 30 years and is well respected by the community, his students and his colleagues. He has been a mentor to the children under his care, and many graduates return to seek his advice. Everyone is welcome to stop by our Museum of the Everglades Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.
The Smallwood Store and Museum continues to be closed with no available access. At the request of the County Commissioners, the county has filed a lawsuit (along with the Smallwood Store owners) against Florida-Georgia Grove LLP who bulldozed Mamie Street on April 24. An archaeologist hired by the property owners has visited the site, and her report to the State and the County is pending. Chokoloskee residents continue to be concerned about the destruction of the intact Indian mound and have voiced their opinions to our county commissioners.
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Patricia Huff has lived in Everglades City for the past 16 years and is the Publisher of the local newspaper The Mullet Rapper.