• Front Page,  News

    The Twenty-Fourth Annual Navy Ball by Julia Jordan

    The twenty fourth annual Navy Ball was held on April 15, 2017 at World Golf Village. Navy Ball is a formal event in which NJROTC members celebrate their time in the program and commemorate the military. Here are some pictures of some of the highlights of the night!  

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    Wired Takes a Win (or Three) at STN by Denise Uy

    During the last week of March, a select group of thirteen students received the opportunity to represent Nease’s student broadcast program Wired at the Student Television Network Convention in Anaheim, California. The students received several awards at the convention: Regional Southeast Broadcast Excellence, First Honorable Mention for the anchor team (or 4th place) and First Place for Crazy 8s. The project submitted for the Broadcast Excellence awardwas completed in November of 2016, as a preconference competition. Crazy 8s is the convention’s morning broadcast news show competition, where students groups are granted only eight hours to put together an entire news show with only a stripped-down lead to begin with. Wired’s performance in the convention places them as the top student program in southeast America for Broadcast Excellence. Mr. Cooler, the teacher sponsor for Wired, sums up…

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    Sports Commitments by Maggie McElhaney

    Name: Matt Combs Sport: Lacrosse School: The University of Montevallo “It was not my first choice, the school I wanted to go to pretty much got my hopes up and then shut me down. I chose this school because I really like the structure and how their schooling system works plus I would be the first ever Men’s Lacrosse team at that school which I like a lot. I had more offers but I really liked this school. I haven’t given much thought about play professionally, I’m just humbled that I am still able to play.” Name: Mikey Leisle Sport: Football School: United States Military Academy at West Point “So I play football and I am going to The United States Military Academy at West…

  • Entertainment,  Front Page

    27 Things to do with The Vertical by Fara Supre, Dasha Charapko and Alexandra Hudson

    When the time comes for a new issue of The Vertical to be distributed around school, the newspaper staff is always careful to make sure a copy is available for everyone to read. In the days after distribution, it’s always great to see people picking up the paper and reading. We also have noticed students using the paper to do other things, so to help those students who want to do more than just read it, we came up with…. 27 Things to do with The Vertical 1. Impress and horrify the people around you by eating an entire wad of the paper. 2. Create a paper mache significant other who will care about…

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    Senior Timeline by Fara Supre

    “Allen D. Nease High School seniors have witnessed a lot over the past four years, from new trends to coming and going of friends each student have their own history. But what about in the broader spectrum of things? This timeline was created to show the history Nease seniors have been apart of.” ~Alex Hudson, Copy Editor, Co-contributor Events of 2013:  February 2: The Harlem Shake comes out March 13: Pope Francis becomes the first Latin American Pope April 15: The Boston Marathon bombings July 14: George Zimmerman is found not guilty of the second- degree murder and manslaughter of Trayvon Martin July 15: Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West have a baby girl named North…

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    Panther Pranks by Taylor Leksander

    With the school year coming to an end, the class of 2017 is starting to say their goodbyes to teachers, students, friends, and even the walls of Nease High School. Senior year consists of many memorable activities, one being the classic senior pranks. Since the opening year of Nease in 1981 pranks have always been a tradition. So since the beginning years of Nease, what have been some of the pranks at our very own school? The seniors will go to multiple extremes and there is no telling what they will do each year to prank the school. After asking multiple teachers that have been to Nease or have been working here awhile, some of Nease’s old senior pranks were discovered. One year the seniors posted the dean’s…

  • Feature,  Front Page

    Beyond Nease: Seniors After High School by Vikki Damon

    After their graduation ceremony in May, the graduating class of 2017 will officially be making their way out of the halls of Nease High School and forging their own new paths in the world. Many seniors at Nease have shared their aspirations for themselves after they graduate: whether it is through college, trade school, professional sports, the fine arts, the military, etc. Several seniors are taking their academic skills to universities later this year. Senior Alexis Gilliard, actively involved in Nease’s theatre program, has been accepted into Molloy College, where she will take part in the BFA Theatre Arts Program. She says, “My plan is to attend there in the fall and, like for most,…

  • Feature,  Front Page

    The Sea-sun for a Staycation by Natalja Gontrum

    Residing in sunny Florida allows for a plethora of near-by vacation attractions. The options are seemingly limitless for those who love to travel or just visit discover beautiful places. While everyone knows that Florida is the home of Disney, Universal and a multitude of beaches, there are more options for someone seeking a bit of adventure. Following are some recommended “stay-cation” sweet spots, all four hours or closer and relatively affordable. *the distance to each location is from Allen D. Nease High School Amelia Island- 1 hour trip -13 miles of beaches -Rated one of Florida’s top 10 beaches -Historic location due to being the south’s deepest natural harbor -Whale sitting in the winter for…

  • Feature

    Prom on a Budget by Maggie McElhaney, Taylor Leksander, and Julia Jordan

    All girls look for the perfect prom dress, but often at an un-perfect price. However, the perfect dress is still out there and at a much more affordable price! Check out these prom dress “dupes” to make your heart and your wallet smile! 1. Red and Bling Price: $397.99 at Star 33 vs. Price: $199 at Prom Girl 2. Sleek and Dark Price: $377.99 at Star 33 vs. Price: $189 at Prom Girl 3. Elegant Two-Pieces                           Price: $298 at Prom Girl vs. Price: $198 at Prom Girl

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    Q&A with Kunze: Learn More About Our New Principal by Denise Uy and Alexander Brailsford

    In January, St. John’s County Schools selected Lisa Kunze, the former principal at Swiss Point Middle School, to become Nease’s new principal after Mr. Dresback left. The Vertical conducted a brief Q&A with Mrs. Kunze in order to learn more about our new principal. Describe your experience in public education so far. What are your favorite aspects of being an educator? “This is my 25th year in public education. I taught Biology and Earth Space Science at Mandarin High in the 90s and then went into administration, where I have been the last 18 years. My favorite aspects of being an educator are being around students and working with the…