IB @ Nease High School

Fall 2019

Happy Fall

Our IB Nease family continues to grow, as we welcomed 128 new freshman students. We have new upperclassmen families joining our Diploma Program from China, India, and Norway. Currently, we are 416 students strong, with 111 students graduating in 2020.

We have had a busy and eventful first Quarter.

Below you will find recent events, such as the IB Pinning Ceremony, Student Spotlights in the IB Learner Profile, Senior CAS Projects, Semi-finalists for National Merit, Alumni News, Upcoming Service Projects and much more!

Congratulations Class of 2019


Number of IB students: 86

Average new SAT score: 1390 (RW 690, M 700)

Average ACT score: 30 (composite)

Average GPA: 4.3 (weighted)

11 National Merit Finalists

IB tests passed: 93%; IB diplomas received: 93%

AP tests passed during HS: 83% (525 out of 634)

Accepted to over 108 colleges and universities

Attending 23 different colleges and universities to include:

Harvard College, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, University of California-Berkeley, University of Florida (38 students)

95% Florida Bright Futures Scholarships

Offered over $2.8 million in college scholarships

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Class of 2019 IB Reunion

Wednesday, Dec. 18th 2019 at 11:30am

5096 Big Island Drive

Jacksonville, FL

2019 Graduates! Please join us for an afternoon of food and fun. All students will receive a sealed envelope with diploma and/or certificates at the event. Cost is 25$ per person. I look forward to seeing you there.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Alumni Spotlight- Diana Wildes

Diana's CAS project was a funky sock fundraiser through We Help Two. It was able to help a student's life change. With her fundraising and sponsorship she was able to provide a leg to an amputee who could not afford one!
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IB Acronym of the Month - EE (Extended Essay)

What is the EE?

It is an independent piece of research, culminating with a 4,000-word paper.

The extended essay provides:

  • practical preparation for undergraduate research
  • an opportunity for students to investigate a topic of personal interest to them, which relates to one of the student's six Diploma Programme (DP) subjects, or takes the interdisciplinary approach of a World Studies extended essay.

Through the research process for the extended essay, students develop skills in:

  • formulating an appropriate research question
  • engaging in a personal exploration of the topic
  • communicating ideas
  • developing an argument.

Participation in this process develops the capacity to analyze, synthesize and evaluate knowledge.

Seniors are currently DONE with their EEs and Juniors will begin theirs during second quarter. Click here to view exemplar essays that have been graded, annotated, and published by IB.

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Congratulations National Merit Semi-Finalists

Camille Aguilar, Sanya Bansal, Nikitha Raju, Victoria Vo, Rishabh Singh, Leon Durante, Josh Prohofsky, Grace Bachmann.

All Nease Semi-Finalists are current IB students.

15 Commended Students Recognized

Padma Adimula, Elkhan Bagirov, Cecilia Bottenhorn, Hope Cruse, Grayson Eastman, Kayla Ehrlich, Taylor Hampson, Taylor Ingrassia, Joshua Jacobs, Mackenzie Ki, Grace Kim, Cindy Ko, Emma Murphy, Ryan Neill, and Rutva Patel

Congratulations to Leon Durante!

Senior IB student, Leon Durante, was selected as St. Johns County School District's U.S. Presidential Scholars Student Nominee for Academics. There was a competitive pool of applicants from all 5 high schools and the committee was confident in nominating Leon. You can go on-line and see a full description at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html

Senior Class Project Habitat for Humanity

Saturday, Nov. 9th 2019 at 7:30pm

813 Broach Street

St. Augustine, FL

Seniors will be participating in our annual Habitat for Humanity Build on December 7th and 14th.

IB Students Tackle Mental Health

Congratulations to Rishabh Singh!

Rishabh was selected as one of two St. Johns County students as a Sunshine State Scholar. This scholarship is awarded to students who have extensive backgrounds and interests in STEM. To see more information, visit http://www.fldoe.org/academics/sunscholars/.

Freshman Only! Youth Leadership Jacksonville

Nomination Essay is due to Mrs. Kennedy by November 15th. The nomination essay should address how they meet criteria and why they would like to be committed to this program.

We have had many IB students selected in the past. Please submit so you can be one of the six selected to submit an application.

Class of 2020 Pinning Ceremony

Amy Case- Alumni Speaker for Pinning

Amy Case, IB class of 2009, was the featured speaker of the evening. Amy provided a realistic, humorous, and down-to-earth discussion of what IB has done and is still doing for her in her current career. We are very proud to have Amy Case as one our own teachers in the Nease IB Program.
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Junior Class Project- SOUPer Bowl

Thursday, Jan. 30th, 7pm

10550 Ray Road

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Juniors mark your calendar. Join us as we support HUGS ACROSS THE COUNTY as they provide food for families across our county. Sign-Up Genius is below for volunteer spots.

  • Inquirers
  • Open-Minded
  • Knowledgeable
  • Caring
  • Thinkers
  • Risk-Takers
  • Communicators
  • Balanced
  • Principled
  • Reflective

Student Spotlights

Mina Salonius (9th)- Thinker

Mina has such an inquisitive mind. She always tries to take her understanding of the material a step further and apply the concepts outside of the classroom. She comes in with a lot of enthusiasm and ready to learn.

Hailey Bradshaw (12th) - Principled

Hailey holds herself to high standards and works hard to reach her own goals. Despite many challenges from injuries, to a busy lifestyle, Hailey pushes through any obstacles in front of her to complete all obligations she has committed to.

Virginia Peery (12th)- Inquirer

Virginia has really embraced the spirit of the Extended Essay—she demonstrates a passionate sense of curiosity and has taken great pride in her research. She is a fantastic model of a student who strives to learn independently, moving beyond minimum expectations of learning.

Jameson Gilliam, Sophia Nguyen, Will Lloyd, John Zorn (11th)- Communicators & Reflective

These students have volunteered to lead our 11th grade TOK classes through a class CAS project providing classroom supplies and resources to IB schools in the Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Dorian. They have been wonderful in communicating with the affected schools and outside volunteers, coordinating collection efforts, and logistics for supply delivery. We are very proud of their effort and tenacity!

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Nease Rookie Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to our Pre-IB Spanish teacher, Ms. Jessica Sundstrom, representing Nease as the Rookie Teacher of the Year. Best of luck in your interviews for St. Johns County Rookie Teacher of the Year.

College Fair 2019

Our annual college fair was a huge success! Over 90 schools were represented.

Our panelist included:

  • Lyndsey Holland, Assistant Director of Admissions, UCF
  • Dee Greer, Alumni Ambassador, Cornell University
  • Anna Hopkins, Assistant Director of Admissions, Florida Southern College
  • Laurel Weijer, Assistant Director of Counselor Relations, UF
  • Bob Rowe, Associate Director of Admissions, FIT

Please join us next year as we continue to grow this event.

Florida Recognizes the Rigor of the IB Program

All Seniors need to apply by December! Click the Icon above to access the website. Remember IB students who EARN the IB diploma will be waived from the GPA and test score requirement. Students will only need 100 hours of community service to earn the full scholarship.

Sophomore Class Project Relay for Life

Saturday, April 4th, 11am-11pm

10550 Ray Road

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Sophomores mark your calendar. Make sure you use the sign-up genius to sign up for fundraising and times for the day of the event. See you there!

CAS Project Highlights

Emma Simes- Writing Fair

In this project, I hope to work cooperatively with other IB students to create an event dedicated to students who enjoy reading, writing, and other literature-related topics. I want to create a communal safe space where students' works and ideas can be spread and shared among those interested in helping create and encourage a love for writing and reading alike.

Maya Albold- Women's March

In this project, I organized a team of student activists to hold a march and rally dedicated to women's reproductive health and freedom. Responsibilities included managing social media platforms, advertising the march in various locations, establishing a partnership with an international organization, creating signage for the event, tabling at the event, and coordinating event logistics

Anish Kallikuri- Nease Benches

My project was to fundraise enough money to build 2 benches for Nease High School near the bus loop in order to reduce student traffic and provide a nice area for students to sit. It also helps by getting kids out of the way of teachers who are trying to get to their cars before the buses leave.

Taylor Hampson- 5K for K9 for Warriors

We are raising money to benefit K9S FOR WARRIORS, INC, and any donation or ticket purchase will help make an impact. A group of high school students set out to create a 5K and Fun Run on Veterans' Day to support our local non-profit organization. We will be hosting this event on November 11, 2019.

Andrew Knee- Web Application for Bus Transportation at Nease

With this project, we will create an application that will help our school with a certain task. This could be making various applications for different purposes that makes the administration of the school easier or helps the education of other students.

IB Socials are Underway!

6 IB Socials are planned throughout the year to allow IB students the opportunity to relax, have fun, and spend with time all class levels.

Congratulations to Grayson Eastman

Crowned 2019 Homecoming Queen!
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Freshman Class Project IB Beach Clean-Up

Saturday, April 18th, 8am


Mark Your Calendar Freshman! Join us for our annual beach clean up, where we cover 40 miles of beach. Enjoy time with your friends as we give back to our community!

Join our IB Boosters

We are a non-profit charitable organization run by a volunteer board of parents. Parent participation, whether on an occasional or routine basis, contributes to the success of our students in the IB program. During the school year the IB Boosters hold open monthly board meetings.


Upcoming Meeting Dates: November 19th, December, 17th, January 21st, February 25th (6pm), March 26th, & April 30th. All Meetings take place at 10AM in the Nease Media Center.