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Student arrested for selling drugs on Bell campus

By Cindy Jo Ayers The first week of school in Gilchrist County came and went with only one big incident. A Bell High School Student, Rachel Vanthul, allegedly made the mistake of bringing prescription drugs to school. Fortunately, Bell High School’s Resource Deputy Davidson, along with BHS staff, initiated an investigation into possible narcotic activity on the BHS campus. According ... Full Story »

Presley Paulling Recognized As Top STEM Student at BHS

By X. Leggett Congratulations to Presley Paulling, Bell High School’s top 2018-2019 11th grade student in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). Presley recently traveled in June with her parents to Orlando for an extraordinary two-day program designed to bring together scholars from around the state, connect them with employers that specialize in the STEM fields, and ... Full Story »

Big turnout for the Scholarship Showdown

By Cindy Jo Ayers A big crowd attended the Education Foundation of Gilchrist County’s Scholarship Showdown. The 7th annual event was very enteraining as ticket numbers were randomly selected until one last ticket remained and that ticket holder was the winner. This year’s big winner was Buddy Vickers who will receive $2500 from the Education Foundation. The second biggest winner ... Full Story »

Braley Hines wins State Speech Contest

Congratulations to Braley Hines for winning the Association of Florida Conservation District’s Annual State Speech Contest. Braley representedGilchrist Soil and Water Conservation District in mid July at the state competition. Braley competed against two young ladies from Area 1 and 2 to win. Braley has won the district contest in Gilchrist County for the past two years. She also represented ... Full Story »

Gilchrist Schools receive an A

By Janet Bradley Last week when the Florida Department of Education released school grades for 2018-2019, school officials were pleased with the results. Bell Elementary, Bell Middle/High School, Trenton Elementary, and Trenton Middle/High School all received an “A” grade, and the district received an overall “A” grade. The Gilchrist County School District has received a District grade of an “A” ... Full Story »

Gilchrist County’s Audrey Thomas wins 1st Place Able Trust Award

The Able Trust announced the winners of its 2019 Annual Jeannie Amendola Speech & Research Competition at its state finals that took place in Orlando. This year’s winners are: First Place: Audrey Thomas, 10th Grader, Gilchrist County High School High Tech Program. Second Place: Zeige McCrutcheon, 12th Grader, Duval County High School High Tech. Third Place: Liam Avelino, 11th Grader, ... Full Story »

Teachers make presentations to the Education Foundation

Three 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year made presentations to the Education Foundation of Gilchrist County Board Members a few weeks ago. Each teacher explained what they had used the $500 teacher grants provided by the Education Foundation for to enhance their teaching. Jamie Guy who teaches first grade at Trenton Elementary told board members she had purchased Hot Dots for ... Full Story »

Florida Department of Education Releases 2019 School Assessment Results

by Janet Bradley Last week Florida school districts received Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) scores for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, along with science and social studies scores. Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced improved state assessment results and indicated a later, shorter spring testing window allowed students to spend more time in the classroom learning and more time for ... Full Story »

Austin Bagby excels at Genius Olympics

Today, we have youth who are passionate about making improvements in our agricultural practices and production challenges. One such youth in our area is Austin Bagby, a Sr. graduate from Bell High School and member of Bell FFA. Austin would be the first to tell you about his love of agriculture, his milk cows and the outdoors. He has grown ... Full Story »

Bell FFA Attends the 91st State FFA Convention in Orlando

The Bell FFA Chapter had 24 FFA members and many adult Alumni members attend the 91st FFA Convention in Orlando. Three of our members Bertha Sutterfield, Carleigh Newsom and Janice Nazworth were on the FFA Courtesy Corp. These members help to keep everything running smoothly at the many contests and events. Caitlin Anthony and Austin Bagby received their FFA State ... Full Story »