Junior Residents

All the latest news and stories about our neighborhood’s junior residents.

Called to the office: Meet your new principal!

Called to the office: Meet your new principal!

There’s a new teacher at the helm of John N.C. John Stockton Elementary School in Ortega Forest. The Resident is pleased to introduce you to Charlene McEarl, who was named principal of the neighborhood school this summer. Join us as we welcome McEarl to the neighborhood and get to know this longtime educator:   Name: […]

The sun has come out: Local actress takes school lead in “Annie”

The sun has come out: Local actress takes school lead in “Annie”

Fishweir Elementary School student, Jetti Godwin, scored one of the biggest roles of her acting career last month when she was asked to play Annie in the school’s end-of-the-year production. Godwin, a starlet in the making who began working on her lines in early January, said she was nervous when she came on stage. But […]

Alumni return for reunion party

Alumni return for reunion party

Graduates from the St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School’s Class of 2006 returned to their Ortega alma mater for a reunion party. The gathering commemorated the students’ recent graduation from high school. Held in the school’s new Lori Schiavone Commons, the reunion gathered former teachers and students — many council leaders and team captains at their […]

Fishing for compliments

Fishing for compliments

By Ally Schneider, Lily El Hassan, Brendan Farrell and Abbie Miller   Mrs. Ossi, the 7th grade religion teacher at San Jose Catholic School, suggested to her students that we do a Lenten project at school We all enthusiastically agreed. When it came time to choose the project, everyone poured in their ideas. The number one […]

Students’ creativity brings light to Wolfson patients

Students’ creativity brings light to Wolfson patients

By Morgan McGovern and Erin Corbett   During the Lenten season, the 7th graders at San Jose Catholic School were asked to come up with ideas for a project to give back to the community. Morgan came up with the idea of taking three strips of bandanas and braiding them together into a bracelet.  She thought it […]

Record-breaker: Bolles swimmer to represent Singapore in Olympics

Record-breaker: Bolles swimmer to represent Singapore in Olympics

Bolles student Joseph Schooling, a rising junior at the school’s San Jose campus, is now the youngest athlete ever to be named Singapore’s Sportsman of the Year. The competitive swimmer will also represent his country in swimming during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Final exams in Jacksonville, however, kept him from attending the ceremony in his […]

Children’s chorus headed to Ireland

The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus will be performing in Ireland this June as part of its first international tour. The young singers, many of them local residents, will spend six nights and seven days traveling throughout Ireland. Some of their stops include Dublin, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny and Wicklow. The choir will perform with […]

Chris Craft boat inspires student’s derby car

Chris Craft boat inspires student’s derby car

Gunnar
Davidson, a second grader at John Stockton Elementary School, was on a roll
last month with his homemade pinewood derby car. Like many Boy Scouts his age,
Davidson competed in the annual derby races earlier this year as part of troop
activities. Davidson, however, stood out from the pack with his car—a
built-to-scale replica of a wooden Chris-Craft boat. Davidson’s father Michael
and uncle Mark Brundick helped out with the design. Named “Crazy Daisy,” the
car beat about 85 cars to win the Pinewood Derby for his Cub Scout Pack 522 at
Ortega Methodist Church last month. The car also won the prestigious “Best in
Show” category.

Crazy
Daisy later placed third in the Wolves Den for the Great Miccosukee District,
which means a slot in the upcoming state race competition.