JUNIOR RESIDENTS

Historic pitch on Opening Day

Historic pitch on Opening Day

Opening day kicked off Feb. 24 at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, as the ceremonies for the Navy Ortega Lakeshore’s (NOL) debut games and opening action began its 58th season. With the ceremonial first pitch, NAS Jax Executive Officer Capt. Michael Connor threw out a pitch that made history. It was the first opening day […]

Initial project snafu teaches Eagle Scout big lesson

Initial project snafu teaches Eagle Scout big lesson

Although an unexpected hitch derailed his first final project, San Marco’s Parker Joyce was able to begin again, learning valuable business lessons on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout. Prior to his 18th birthday, Joyce, a senior at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, earned the Boy Scouts’ coveted Eagle Scout rank and admission into […]

Teen singers perform for Pope at Vatican

Teen singers perform  for Pope at Vatican

Teenagers from Jacksonville helped Pope Francis ring in the new year when members of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus Touring Choir (JCC) joined with the Upper School Chorale and Honors Chorale from the Episcopal School of Jacksonville to perform during the Papal Mass at the Vatican Jan.1. Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods were well-represented in both choral organizations […]

Former Bolles baseball player heading for NFL

Former Bolles baseball player heading for NFL

Hayden Hurst, 24, is going pro and his father, Jerry Hurst, hopes his son gets drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers next April. Although that’s considered heresy in a town that flaunts teal and gold, Hurst the father was born in Pittsburgh and lived there until his father was transferred to Jacksonville. “I bleed black and […]

Childhood friends wear crowns at rival colleges

Childhood friends wear crowns at rival colleges

Emily Galant, of San Marco, and her lifelong friend, Devon Leasure, met in Sue Rosner’s kindergarten class at Assumption Catholic School in 2001. After graduating from the St. Nicholas-based grade school, Galant headed to Episcopal School of Jacksonville and Leasure to Stanton College Preparatory School, both graduating in 2014. The childhood friends were each crowned […]

Magnet school students show off knowledge with museum exhibit

Magnet school students show off knowledge with museum exhibit

Ortega Elementary School, a museum magnet school since 2011, held its annual Museum Exhibit Night Dec. 7 when students proudly showed off their knowledge in many subjects, including science, social studies, biology and geography. The 94-year-old neighborhood school transitioned seven years ago to a magnet when the Duval County Public School District used a $1.2 […]

San Marco area students win Hispanic Heritage awards

San Marco area students win Hispanic Heritage awards

Two students from the San Marco area were the winners in the Duval County Public Schools Hispanic Heritage Essay contest. San Marco’s Andrew Lopez, a sophomore at Stanton College Preparatory School, won the high school competition, while Carlos Hernandez of Dupont Middle School was the middle school winner. A recognition ceremony was held Nov. 3 […]

New basketball club positive addition to neighborhood

New basketball club positive addition to neighborhood

Champions Basketball Club’s newest location at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in San Marco is a very positive addition to the community, according to parents whose children are enrolled in the club. Led by Coach Phillip Hobbs, founder of Champions Basketball Club and head boys basketball coach for St. Johns Country Day School, the club focuses […]