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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

Creekside Environmental Sciences Academy Student Places 1st in State GIS StoryMaps Competition

CONGRATULATIONS to Creekside’s Academy of Environmental Sciences students who won the ESRI 2023 Florida GIS StoryMaps competition! This year’s competition topic was Living in the Sunshine State.

Lauren Griffin won FIRST PLACE in the state of Florida for her StoryMap on Forensics in the Sunshine State. Check out her StoryMap here:

Grey Kohl received Second Place with her StoryMap on Habitat Fragmentation:

Honorable Mentions for the state competition include:

The Florida GIS StoryMaps competition is part of a national competition held by ESRI. The Florida Geographic Alliance hosts a state competition annually as part of ESRI initiatives to expand GIS technology applications and skills to youth. Students in the Academy of Environmental Sciences have partnered with ESRI Geographic initiatives for over 14 years and learn geographic information systems and spatial analysis to use in their university studies and future career pathways.

Lauren Griffin will represent her classmates and the Academy of Environmental Sciences at the Central Florida GIS conference held this September as she shares her StoryMap and explorations in GIS with community partners from around the state. CONGRATULATIONS Lauren and all Awardees of the 2023 Florida GIS StoryMap competition!

Creekside FBLA Members Place at State Leadership Conference

Qualifying FBLA members attended the State Leadership Conference in Orlando this spring. Congratulations to the following students on their accomplishments:

  • Alexander Sheridan, 1st Place, Information Management
  • Luke Dixon, 2nd Place, Information Management
  • Charlie Aaronson, 5th Place, Business Law
  • Aiden Chang, 2nd Place, Computer Applications
  • Megan Hayes and Maya Shternshus, 5th Place, Graphic Design
  • Marshall Reich, 5th Place, Insurance & Risk Management
  • Alexander Sheridan, 1st Place, Introduction to Business Concepts
  • Charlotte Romano, 2nd Place, Introduction to Business Presentation
  • Harshitha Bandaru and Varshitha Inturi, 5th Place, Introduction to Event Planning
  • Kenny Tran, 3rd Place, Personal Finance
  • Matthew Bravo, 2nd Place, Political Science
  • Ben York, 4th Place, Spreadsheet Applications
  • Rohit Bongu, 3rd Place, Future Business Leader
  • Krisha Shah, $2000 Business Through Education Scholarship Recipient
  • Nikhil Patel, Region II FBLA State Vice President for the 2023-2024 School Year

Nikhil had four amazing campaign managers:  Makaela Kennair, Sahara Butler, Luke Dixon, and Cooper Maurer.

Creekside Sweeps ACE Regional Competition

Creekside students were awarded the following awards at the 2023 Northeast Florida ACE Regional Competition:

  • School of the Future RFP:  Best Proposal and Best Presentation
  • Community Support RFP:  Best Presentation
  • Best Overall — All RFP’s
  • $10,000 Scholarship:  Lauren Castillo
  • $3000 Scholarship:  Erin Philip
  • $2500 Scholarship:  Anaye Varde
  • $2000 Scholarship:  Brandon Shaw
  • $1500 Scholarship:  Gwynn Williams
  • $1500 Scholarship:  Carter Smith