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Passion for Science started at FBHS

Dr. Jessica Lunt

Dr. Jessica Lunt is a FBHS graduate who obtained her B.S. in Marine Biology at the University of West Florida before heading to Texas. She joined the Smithsonian Marine Station in fall 2014 after receiving her PhD from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, where she focused on the effects of turbidity on oyster reef communities.

At SMS, Jessica is part of the Benthic Ecology group, working to understand the impacts of environmental variability on estuarine communities, including managing the long-term benthic monitoring project of the St Lucie Estuary and southern Indian River Lagoon

Jessica's favorite teachers from FBHS included Pete Bowyer, Mark Durr, and Ms. Cline. Her favorite memories from High School were spending time in the Envirothon team and Kathy Russell's influence and commitment. Thank you Dr. Lunt in all you do!

For more information on her work

http://www.sms.si.edu/Research.htm



A Family Affair

The Pages are grateful that they live in a community where public education is valued and supported!

For David and Kim Page, being a pirate is a family affair. Both graduated from FBHS, and as of 2019, so will all of their children, Annie 2011, Laura 2019 and their late son JC 2002.

David was the valedictorian of the class of 1976. He holds a bachelors degree from Mercer University, a doctor of medicine from the University of South Florida and a Masters degree in Public Health from John Hopkins University. After doing a residency in Family Practice, David worked as an ER physician and then spent 15 years in public health as both the Director of Nassau County Health Department and Assistant Director of the Duval County Health Department. He later served as District Health Direct over seven counties in South Georgia. In 2005, he left Public Health to open a private practice in Fernandina with Baptist Primary Care. David credits the late Betty Dressler, a long time science teacher at FBHS for giving him the tools necessary to be successful in college and medical school. "If you did well in Mrs. Dressler's , you were well prepared for college chemistry and physics." David's passion for health care accessibility can be seen in the many hours he donates as a regular volunteer with the Samaritans Clinic in Fernandina. In his free time he plays and sings in the folk mass band at Saint Peters Episcopal church, along with daughters Annie and Laura.

Kim graduated from FBHS in 1978. She earned a bachelors degree in English from Florida State University in a Juris Doctor from Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina. She helped form Alvarez & Page the first all-female law firm in Nassau County, and served as a city commissioner and mayor of Fernandina. Although she no longer practices law, Kim stays active as a board member on the FBHS foundation, the FBHS school advisory committee and as a mentor with Take Stock in Children. She is an advocate for public education and feels that the best thing about FBHS is the quality of the faculty and staff. "Our teachers are an integral part of our community, not just our school. They have a vested interest in seeing their students succeed. It was that way when I was a student and continues to be true today "

Annie Page Barnhill graduated from FBHS in 2011. She went on to graduate magna cum laude from Auburn University in 2015, with a degree in Elementary Education. Annie knew from the time she was a young child that she wanted to become a teacher. During her years at FBHS she was involved in Student Government, NHS, cheerleading and cross country. Annie credits these experiences with helping her to develop leadership skills as well as teaching her the importance of being part of a larger community. She used the leadership skills that she developed at FBHS while at Auburn University where she was elected Vice-President of the College of Education. Annie and her husband Austin live in Fernandina where she teaches kindergarten at Southside Elementary.

Laura Page is a member of the FBHS class of 2019. She is an Honor Student, and is involved in various school and community activities including Student Government, Teens for Change, Key Club, the Pirate tennis team and her youth group. She hopes to study something in the math or science field in college. She believes that the education she is receiving at FBHS is preparing her for success at the college level. Laura thinks that interactions between students and faculty are what make FBHS different from other schools. "The teachers really get to know their students and want them to do well. They always make themselves available to anyone who needs help "

The Pages are grateful that they live in a community where public education is valued and supported!

Where are they now?

Isabella Hower , Class of 2014

Isabella Hower graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 2014 and is a fourth year Bachelor of Health Science student at the University of Florida.  After earning her undergraduate degree in May 2018, Isabella plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree.  On top of maintaining straight A’s throughout college, Isabella works as a teaching assistant for public speaking classes at UF and is the president of the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) for the 2017-2018 academic year.  After being accepted into the University of Florida Bachelor of Health Science Honors Program that emphasizes undergraduate research, Isabella is working on her Honors Thesis research paper focusing on age-related differences in sleep quality and resulting pain perception.  In her spare time, Isabella loves playing tennis and going to the beach to hunt for shark teeth.