Valedictorian 2019

Laura Page

Laura Page received more than $570,000 in merit scholarship offers. This fall she will attend Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to major in chemistry and economics. She plans to follow in her Dad's footsteps and become a physician. Laura feels that the quality of the education she received at FBHS was second to none. She credits her teachers for giving her the educational foundation necessary to be successful at a top-tier university. She also wanted to thank them for always being accessible to their students and caring about them on a personal level. She feels that Dr. Glackin, Mr. Weiser, Mr. Monaghan and Mr. Davis have probably had the greatest influence on her education.  When asked what advice she would offer underclassmen, she stated, "Do your homework and don't be afraid to ask your teacher for help."




Brody Mandelbaum, Salutatorian of FBHS class of 2019, will continue his studies as a Lombardi Scholar in the honors program at the University of Florida next fall.  As part of this prestigious program  he will receive a $21,600 scholarship to stack with his Bright Futures Scholarship and   participate in exclusive fully funded summer travel experiences each year including an Outward Bound leadership retreat and trips to Peru, South Africa and Mexico. Brody leaves in late June to join the other 10 Lombardi/Stamps Scholars for five weeks in vibrant Merida, Mexico, where they'll study at the local university and enjoy the ecology of the Yucatan Peninsula. In addition to his institutional scholarship, Brody received an additional $14.250 in private scholarships for which he is both honored and grateful. At UF Brody plans to major in finance and political science. Long term plans include investment banking and a business venture in sustainability and vertical farming.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!!

John Brown


After graduation in May, John Brown will be attending the University of North Florida and has auditioned and been accepted to the Saxophone Studio and the Music Education program. His favorite memories are all of the straight superior Mighty Marching Pirates competitions, Symphonic and Jazz Band and playing with the Rose Quartet, rated Superior for the first time in their history at All State Solo/Ensemble this year.

Allie Gelis


Allison "Allie" Gelis was awarded scholarships from The American Legion Auxillary and Next Gen Personal Finance. She was inducted into the International Thespian Society. She auditioned for and was accepted to The Florida School of the Arts where she will be majoring in Musical Theater. 🎭

Chris Pulwicz


Chris Pulwicz will be attending Florida Southern College, where he was awarded the Watson Scholarship for a total of $68,000 over four years. He plans to continue running track at FSC and major in Computer Science with a special interest in Cyber Security..

Joseph Fallon


Joseph Fallon will be working with Fernandina Beach Ocean Rescue for the summer and will be attending Ave Maria University in the fall on an academic and football scholarship. He is also joining the army national guard.

Nathan Pascual


Nathan Pascual will be reporting to the United States Military Academy at West Point on July 1st. He wants to be an Army Officer, taking inspiration from his great-grandfather who served under General Douglas MacArthur during World War II. He is grateful to all his teachers, especially Dr. Glackin, who kindled the flame to pursue West Point.  

Julia Cox


Julia Cox will he attending Appalachian State University in the fall, majoring in “communication sciences and disorders” and go on to be a speech pathologist. The faculty and staff at FBHS have supported her every step of the way and helped her to achieve her goals! “I wouldn’t have wanted to go to school anywhere else. The tight-knit community of FBHS has made my high school experience memorable and noteworthy.”

Casey Puentes


Casey Puentes will be attending University of Maryland’s Computer Science Program. He has been selected to participate in Googles Computer Science Summer Institute in the new Seattle,Washington Headquarters for the month of July. Be on the look out for the game “CUBZ!”, the first app to be released by Two Students LLC, the business he is the co-owner of!

Noah Loum


After graduating from FBHS, Noah will attend Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL to major in music education and pursue a career as a music teacher and band director.  Noah's favorite memories of FBHS are "being able to put on a good show and express the emotions of many others through music."

Michael MacNair


Michael has wanted to be a Florida Gator since he was a little boy. He looks forward to starting school there this year and majoring in Biochemistry. Go Gators!

Cole Strain


After an accomplished FBHS Career, many merit scholarship offers and college acceptances, Cole has chosen to attend one of the top ranked computer science programs in the world. In the fall, Cole will be headed to UCLA Samueli College of Engineering and Computer Science, Go Bruins!

Brooke Long


 Brooke  will be attending the University of Florida this fall  on a National Merit Scholarship with plans to pursue studies in the field of neuroscience.
Brooke is very thankful for her teachers and mentors at FBHS, who have helped shape her to become the person she is today.
Go Gators!!!! 

Zack Sjuggerud



Zack is very excited to be attending University of Central Florida starting this summer.  He felt this was a perfect fit for him since it is a big school with a ton to offer while not being too far from friends, family, and the coast.  

He has loved his time at FBHS.  Teachers like Mr. Monaghan, Mr. Weiser, and Ms. French always brightened his days.  He hopes to study finance at UCF and play recreational soccer.

Emily Conner



Emily  will be attending Florida State College of Jacksonville to earn an AA degree in Business and her cosmetology certification with plans to open a salon and express her creativity as a make up artist. She intends to attend Clark Atlanta University after finishing her AA.Emily is attending FSCJ on the Take Stock in Children scholarship.  FBHS staff and her mentors Penny Glackin and Robyn Nemes provided Emily with priceless opportunities to learn and grow as both a student and a person.

Christian Von Mohr



received $55,000 in scholarship monies and the leadership scholarship award to study computer science at Ave Maria University in the Fall!

Emily Stillwell



After graduating, Emily will attend the University of North Florida, where she’ll major in Computer Science and Math. 

Emily has been a member of Little Women for three years. She served on her local club's board as well as at the State level. She was a member of FBHS High-Q for four years. She has performed in shows at Amelia Musical Playhouse including Charlotte's Web and 


Emily has worked at Nana Teresa's Bake Shop and as a camp instructor at RAD. 

Emily's favorite memory and one of her proudest achievements of high school, is her volunteer work and exhibit at the Amelia Island Museum of History. 

Claire Cunningham


 Claire will be attending The University of South Florida this fall, majoring in Biomedical Sciences as she aspires to join the medical field. She has participated in numerous clubs throughout high school, her favorites being Beach Buddies, Student Government, National Honors Society, and Spanish Honors Society. Through the guidance and opportunities presented to her from the faculty, Claire has taken part in leadership programs such as Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, Youth Leadership of Nassau,  Young Leaders Conference, and Girls State during her time in high school. Claire believes the key to loving school, especially FBHS, is to be involved in anything or everything, “Find something you’re passionate about or just enjoy doing. You’ll meet the right friends and get to know your teachers and faculty better. It’s all about making connections with those you meet: that’s how to have a fulfilling high school experience.” 

Wesley Bees


 Wesley Bees will be attending Florida State University in the fall and is receiving a University Freshman Scholarship of $9,600 awarded for his combined weighted GPA and SAT scores.  He plans to study mechanical engineering.