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  • Darnell-Cookman Students Sweep the Envirothon Competition


    Three teams of high school students from Darnell-Cookman competed in the Envirothon this week.  The Envirothon is a hands-on environmental problem-solving competition for high school-aged students in the United States and Canada.  Participating teams complete training and testing in five natural resource categories: soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues.

    Students from the following Northeast Florida counties are invited to compete:  Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns.  The winner of the regional Envirothon goes on to represent their district at the state level at the 
    Florida Envirothon and possibly the national level competition.  Out of all the teams competing, Darnell-Cookman students took first place, second place and 3rd place in the competition.  The students on the team that took first place will be moving on to represent Duval County at the state-level competition in April.


    During the competition, students were asked to answer written questions and perform hands-on tasks that focused on Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife, Forestry, Soil / Land Use.  Next, they had to give a two-minute speech, addressing a question based on this year's Current Issue topic - Adapting to a Changing Climate.  Finally, students were given a written test covering information about the Current Issue. We are so proud of the 15 students that represented Darnell-Cookman and are excited to see what the members of the winning team will do at the State Envirothon competition next month.


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  • Every month Great Decisions travels to UNF to meet with other high schools and four colleges- UNF, Flager, JU, and FSCJ. The program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year.   

    Most recently, students had the opportunity to interact with former Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. 

    Malcolm Turnbull, former Prime Minister of Australia

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    Quiz Bowl       

    Mr. Casner


    Teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more.

    Beta Club                           


    Dr. Davis


    The idea of this club is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among High school students.



    Dr. Sowell


    Envirothon is an annual environmentally themed academic competition for high school aged students.

    Great Decisions                           


    Ms. Bottini


    National, grassroots foreign policy discussion group that brings global affairs to teachers and the classroom.

    Japanese Culture Club 

    Mr. Wang


    An organization that meets to discuss, show, and promote Japanese culture and  anime in a local community setting and can also focus on broadening Japanese cultural understanding.

    Chess Club             


    Mr. Casner


    Promotes the of playing the board game of chess

    Performing Arts Club       

    Mrs. Fagundes


    Students will learn proper breathing and singing techniques, appropriate performance etiquette, theatrical directions and staging, character building techniques, blocking, and choreography.

    National Honor Society 

    Mr. Percy


    Membership into the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a high school student. Student are invited to become members.

    National Junior Honor Society


     Ms. Temples


    Students are invited to join based on G.P.A. and will serve to elevate their  commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

    Science Club (Middle School) 

    Ms. Nanney


    Students explore science concepts in more depth


    Dr. Sowell


    Student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.


    Ms. Brooks


    Selected participants cheer for their team as a form of encouragement.

    Green Thumbs Club                            

    Mr. Percy


    Students will explore organic, local and sustainable agriculture

    5000 Role Models       

    Ms. Peeples


    The club is for males, grades 6-12, looking to develop leadership skills and connect with other positive students in the school and community.

    Home Economics Personal and Professional Development Club   

    Patricia Reynolds  

    Club members will pursue personal and professional development through practical life skills activities. Meetings will happen on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the cafeteria after school from 3:15 to 3:45. There will be dues of $50 for supplies (food, sewing, ect).