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Creekside Sprinter Ranks #1 in the World

CONGRATULATIONS  to Christian Miller, Creekside High School senior, who holds many youth sprint records, but on April 20, 2024, he moved to the top of the world rankings by running a 9.93-second 100-meter dash at the Pure Athletics Spring Invitational in Clermont.  Not only did Christian trim more than a tenth of a second off his personal best time, but he jumped to No. 1 on the 2024 World Athletics list.

Miss Creekside 2025

Congratulations to all of the amazing Miss Creekside 2025 contestants on shining so brightly at the pageant on Saturday night!  Laurn Wygonik was named Most Photogenic and Miss Congeniality. Tia Patel won the People’s Choice Award and Best Publicity.  Kamm Khosh won Best Interview and Best Formalwear. Elizabeth Talbot was named Most Scholarly, Megan Hayes was named Most Talented, and Priyanka Cingirkonda  and Katie Clarke received Top 5 Awards. Karina Castillo  was named 2nd Runner Up, Charlotte Romano was named 1st Runner Up, and Elizabeth Talbot was crowned Miss Creekside 2025. A special thank you goes out to the junior escorts, the hardworking tech team, and all of the student and faculty supporters who helped to make the pageant a success.

Drop Savers State Poster Contest

Congratulations to Saniya Aleem on her 3rd place State win in the Drop Savers Poster Contest, sponsored by St. Johns County Utilities.  Special recognition was given to Saniya at the St. Johns County Board of County Commission’s meeting on April 16.  Saniya’s creative contribution emphasizes the significance of youth involvement in promoting water conservation initiatives.  Click here to read full story.

2024 National ACE Scholarship Winner

During 2018, CMiC, a long-time national ACE sponsor, and the family of the company’s late founder Allen Berg, announced a pledge of $10 million to advance the construction industry in memory of its founder, Allen Berg. The initial grant established the CMiC-Allen Berg Memorial Scholarship Awards, administered through the ACE Mentor Program of America. These scholarships are multi-year awards aimed at talented, deserving ACE high school seniors intending to pursue post-secondary education and training leading to careers in architecture, engineering, construction or the skilled crafts. Each of the 77 ACE affiliates across the country may nominate one student for consideration. This year, Cooper Maurer of Creekside High School was our Northeast Florida nomination. He won a scholarship in the amount of $20,000 to be provided over four years with additional mentoring support during his time in school. The Northeast Florida affiliate has had five winners in six years including four from Creekside. Cooper joins past Creekside winners Kendall Reckamp, Tarynn Kaelin, and Leighanna Goldman.

Creekside FBLA State Winners

Creekside’s FBLA chapter traveled to Orlando to attend the FBLA State Leadership Conference from March 15th through the 17th.  100 qualifying students competed in 51 different events over the course of the weekend.  This year was a record-breaking year for Florida FBLA ,with over 5200 people in attendance at the State Leadership Conference from around the state. The following 14 students placed in the top 4 of their respective events.  13 competitors qualified to move on to National level competition this summer!

1st Place Winners:

  • Alexander Sheridan in Agribusiness
  • Aiden Chang in Computer Applications
  • Shri Abhinaya Balasubramanian in Digital Animation
  • Nikhil Kumar in Future Business Leader
  • Marissa Lee in Word Processing

2nd Place Winners:

  • Aiden Chang in Information Management (State-level event)
  • Benjamin York in Computer Applications
  • Bryn Fremont in Future Business Educator
  • Amrita Ketireddy in Networking Infrastructures
  • Prateek Kalusani and Yaozhou Xiong in Introduction to Programming

3rd Place Winners:

  • Ethan Glocke in Information Management (State-level event)
  • Lalitha Kantam in Business Communication

4th Place Winners:

  • Jennay Gabbidon and Leighaina Clement in Business Management

Congratulations to these students on a job very well done.

2024 National Merit Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the following students for qualifying for the 2024 National Merit Scholarship:

  • Iesha Alam
  • George Ayanleke
  • Sahara Butler
  • Julia Diab
  • Kate Franklin
  • Manish Kota
  • Nithila Neminathan
  • Luke Noce
  • Brewer Sicilian
  • Jack Singletary
  • Gideon Steenson
  • Sasha Steenson
  • Benjamin York

Annual Chili Cook-off Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2024 Chili Cook-off winners:

  • Chili Best Spiciest Chili- #14 Odette (Don’t Fear the Reaper)
  • Best Vegetarian- #11 Stradley (Veggie Cheese Chili)
  • Best White- #13 Safer (White Creamy Chicken)
  • Best Overall- #10 Ayres (Vegan Curry)

Creekside Student Wins Pivotal Essay Scholarship

Creekside’s senior, Tyler Gunther, placed second in the International Pivotal Essay Contest scored by Global Priorities Institute through Oxford University, winning a $7,000 scholarship.

“The Pivotal Essay Contest is a worldwide competition for high school students interested in creating original ideas about how humanity can protect the long-term future. Tyler Gunther’s essay outlined a hypothetical set of policies governments could put into place in order to better protect the interests of future generations. Tyler spent many hours researching his essay, but mainly drew inspiration from Professor William MacAskill’s 2020 Book, What We Owe The Future.”

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National Merit Semifinalists Announced

Congratulations to the following students for qualifying as a Semifinalist in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

  • Iesha Alam
  • George Ayanleke
  • Sahara Butler
  • Julia Diab
  • Kate Franklin
  • Manish Kota
  • Nithila Neminathan
  • Luke Noce
  • Brewer Sicilian
  • Jack Singletary
  • Gideon Steenson
  • Sasha Steenson
  • Benjamin York