Gulf Coast High

Today's Learners - Tomorrow's Leaders

Yearbooks can be ordered in room 5-134
Student Announcements:

 May 18th 

Attention Shark Volleyball Fans! The day that you have been waiting for is finally here! The 6th annual Shark Coed Volleyball Tournament will be held May 23rd and 24th in the Shark Tank. Get together with 4 of your friends and sign up now. All you need is a team of 5…3 guys and 2 girls or 3 girls and 2 guys. Get an entry form from Coach G or Coach Wright and turn it back in with $10 per person by next Monday May 22nd. If you need help finding a team, talk to Coach G and she will help you out. That’s the Shark Coed Volleyball Tournament May 23rd & 24th.  Sign up now!!!

Congratulations to the baseball team as they won their regional semifinal game last night 3-2.  They now advance to the regional final next Tuesday May 23rd here at Gulf Coast first pitch is 7:00.

Come out and support our coaches/teachers and student/athlete’s.

Congratulate the GCHS Sharks Debate team for winning 2nd place in the district!  While I would have loved to have taken the 1st place spot... Public Forum debate isn't easy! These kids really worked hard to show the other schools what they are made of!  ...and I will admit... the other schools came VERY prepared because they were a little afraid of our reputation!!!!  (Unfortunately, Lely was able to pull out a win in the very last round...darnit!)  I'm so proud of our 1st year Debate team!!!!!    

May 9th 

Applications for Student Government Officers are being accepted now.  Please see Dr. Rockhold in 5-230 to obtain one.  Students running for Student Government officer positions should be able to articulate their prior involvement in Student Government.  Elections will take place Monday, May 15th through Friday, May 19th via Angel.  Good luck to all candidates.

Parent Surveys went home with the interims and it asked that they be returned to the school.
April 28th

a precautionary boil water notice along the Immokalee Rd. Corridor.  There was a line break near our area.  We are in the process of bagging all of our water fountains and we will work with the District to bring in water bottles for tomorrow if needed.  The County will let us know when it is safe to use our water fountains.


Seussical the Musical!!!! J

7pm tonight, 2pm & 7pm tomorrow!


The PBS Scholarship Application is now available in the Guidance and the Attendance and Discipline Offices.
April 26th

Announcement:  Congratulations to the Girls Tennis team for winning their first-ever State Championship.  The Lady Sharks beat defending champion West Boca in the first round, Miami-Doralle in the semifinals and Chiles High School to clinch it.  Junior Viva Lahss, Sophomore Emma High Der Shite, Freshman Shale Booshard, Sophomore Kee Kee Anderson, Freshman Emma Shilling, and Sophomore MJ Castay Yahnose all contributed to the victories.  Other members of the team are Marina Shank Lepoor, Alex Hinding, Yoola Sourbeer, Audrey Sanchez, and Elizabeth Chin.

April 24th
  The next Student Government Meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd during lunch in Dr. Rockhold’s room 5-230.  Officers and representatives should attend.
Congratulations to Jake Fecher and Ramana Housman who took first place at the Southwest Florida Programming Competition. The competition is open to all southwest Florida public and private schools as well as home schooled students. This is the second consecutive year a Gulf Coast team won first place. Blake Anderson won third place and Dillon Lewis came in fourth. Three other GC teams finished in the top ten.  
April 21st
Friday, April 21st , is the Day of Silence, a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and their allies.  By keeping silent for the day, participating  students are trying to echo the silence which is caused by anti-LGBT bullying, name calling and harassment.  This will be the 15th year that Gulf Coast students are participating and I know that many of you already know about it but there are new staff members that may wonder what this is all about.  
that seniors may go onto Angel to nominate a boy and girl for Prom Court.  The Prom Court will be announced Monday, May 1st and the King and Queen will be revealed at Prom

The Girls Tennis team won the Regional Championship yesterday.  We will travel to Altamonte Springs for the State Finals.  Student-athletes will miss school on Monday, April 23 and possibly Tuesday, April 24 (pending Monday’s results).they won the Regional Championship by defeating Venice, 4-1. Freshman Emma Schilling clinched the victory for the Sharks.
Junior Viva Lahss, Sophomore Emma High Der Shite, and Freshman Shale Booshard were also winners.

All current juniors who are registered for AICE Global Studies must attend a mandatory meeting during lunch on Wednesday, April 26th in the Media Center.


There will be a meeting for all girls interested in playing basketball next year today at lunch in coach Woodruff’s room 4 -106.

We will go over spring open gym schedule, summer schedule and team camps.

April 20th
Our Spring musical Seussical opens tomorrow, Friday, April 21st.

This productions “hook”, to follow in the footsteps of the Addams Family “Toe-tag” and the Up the Down Staircase, “teacher/student pass” is: Family-Friendly!  We are offering Complimentary teacher tickets when you purchase a ticket for a child 0 – 12 years old at $5.00 each, or 2 for 1 tickets for students – 2 for $10.00. 

The hope is that you will bring your family or purchase a ticket for a student that might not normally attend, or cannot afford it.

 Thank you all for your continued interest and support.

 Our performance dates and times are as follows:

 Friday, April 21st, 7pm Opening Night

Saturday, April 22nd, 2pm & 7pm

Thursday, April 27th, 7pm

Friday, April 28th, 7pm

Saturday, April 29th, 2pm & 7pm

Please go to the  Chipotle in Mercato this evening between 5 and 9 pm  to help support the Gulf Coast High School Model UN team.  Proceeds will help support the team's competition expenses. Let them know you are from GCHS.    
April 19th

Congratulations to the boys tennis team for a very successful season finishing 2nd in the Collier County Conference and  2nd in District play. Also, congratulations to David Vilys for winning the district title at #1 singles and advancing to the state competition next week. Seniors Anthony Amodio, Keenan Khalil and Nick Jagodzinski were a big part of our success this year and we thank them for their effort and dedication to the team.


 All students who intend on taking AP Literature and Composition next year, please go to room 5-125 immediately at the start of  lunch on Thursday (April 27) for a meeting regarding next year’s syllabus and this summer’s reading assignments.  If you cannot attend, please see Mrs. Gorence before Thursday
: Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis Team as they defeated Fort Myers in the Regional Semifinals. Winners included Junior Viva Lahss, Sophomore Emma High Der Shite, Freshman Shale Bouchard, and Freshman Emma Schilling.

The Girls Varsity Tennis team travels to Venice on Thursday for the Regional Championship.

Reminder we’ll have senior assembly Thursday during 4th period in the gym.

April 13th
 Congratulations to the Girls Tennis team who earned back to back District championships. Viva Lahss and Emma High Der Shite automatically qualified for the State Finals by winning singles and doubles matches. Freshman, Shale Bouchard and Sophomore, Kee Kee Anderson also won singles championships.  Sophomore, MJ Castayahnos partnered with Shale Bouchard to win a doubles championship.
April 10th

The Day of Silence is coming up on April 21, 2017.  Any students that want to participate MUST attend an orientation meeting on one of the following dates: Monday, April 10th, Tuesday, April 11th, Tuesday April 18th, or Wednesday, April 19th

in Room 5-235 during lunch.  See you there.

Friday, April 21st , is the Day of Silence, a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and their allies.  By keeping silent for the day, participating  students are trying to echo the silence which is caused by anti-LGBT bullying, name calling and harassment.  This will be the 15th year that Gulf Coast students are participating and I know that many of you already know about it but there are new staff members that may wonder what this is all about.


In order for students to officially participate, they are required to attend a meeting of the GSA to find out about the Day of Silence and its purpose.  This is not to be used to avoid participating in class or skipping out on an oral presentation.  I will forward a list of those students that are officially participating to you the day before but students will also be instructed that if they have a scheduled oral presentation set for April 21st, they are still required to participate unless they have spoken to you to make other plans in advance.  At lunch, participating students will be invited to a pizza party in room 5-235 so that they can speak about their experience of the day up to that point. 


While this is not meant to be a disruption to the educational process, every year students share about others making comments or thinking it’s a game to try to get them to speak.  You could use this as a teachable moment and still move on with your lesson for the day.  Statistically speaking, 5-10% of our students fit into the LGBT category and many more have family or friends that do.  Having to hear things like “fag, queer, dyke” and the still ever popular “that’s so gay” only serve to hurt a young person’s self-esteem.  It takes a lot of guts for these students to stand up and say (by their silence) that they think it’s wrong and needs to stop.


Thank you in advance for supporting our students and their silence.


Daily testing Schedule for 4/10 through 4/21:

1st       7:10 – 7:59

2nd       8:05 – 8:54

3rd       9:00 – 9:54

4th       10:00 – 10:49

LUNCH  10:49 – 11:26

5th       11:26 – 12:15

6th       12:21 – 1:10

7th       1:16 – 2:05

We will run 2 test sessions (150 minutes), each day.  Each session will use 6 labs and the learning lab.  **No CTE labs will need to be used.

Session 1:  7:30 – 10:00

Session 2: 11:30 – 2:00

April 5th

The fishing club will meet today in 5-227 during lunch.

 GCHS is hosting an Advanced Studies Night on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 6:00 PM-7:30 P.M.  The meeting begins with an introduction in the Auditorium and then parents and students will rotate through 3 sessions to meet with teachers.  Students who have multiple advanced studies classes will be able to meet with the additional teachers during the last “open session”.  This is an important night for advanced studies students and their parents to meet the teacher, learn about course expectations and requirements, and receive any summer reading assignments
March 28 

Anyone who is interested in trying out for GC cheerleading there will be an informational meeting for BOTH FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL CHEERLEADERS! Again, if you are interested in cheerleading at GC for either football, basketball, or both seasons there will be a meeting held in Coach Hartz room 4-100 on April 5th at the start of lunch. Do not be late. We will begin promptly!


Seniors - If you have not yet pick up your Graduation Announcements and packages that you have ordered, please do so as soon as possible in the Activities Office.


March 24
  Congratulations to our School-Related Employee of the Year! Yesterday, I got to go to Gulf Coast High School with the prize patrol and honor Kathy Macri with the award! It was certainly an exciting morning and I was thrilled to be a part of it. Congratulations, Kathy! Here’s a video from yesterday. C. Patton

There will be a Relay for Life meeting in room 5-232 during lunch tomorrow. If you could mention it during the announcements tomorrow, we’d greatly appreciate it.

March 23

There will be a mandatory meeting for all girls who played basketball this year – both Varsity and JV in Coach Woodruff’s room Thursday at lunch.


The Gulf Coast Model UN team has finished the year with it’s fourth major win.  The team took first place overall at the Southwest Florida Model United Nations competition, hosted at FGCU.  This marks the end of a strong season for the team after they took first place at Georgia Tech, Columbia University and the University of Florida, as well as finishing fourth at the College of William and Mary.  The following students took home awards at FGCU:


First Place:  Lydia McCurdy, Jessica Butehorn, Nicole Garcia, Madisyn Tedrow, Jenia Browne

Second Place:  Daniela Kyle, Elaine Kim, Michael Mizell

Third Place:  Robert Beatty, Brianna Pawlyshyn, Marcos Damian-Noyola, Alyssa Zinn

Fourth Place:  Peyton Batiato, Carly Lindsay, Matthew Holzaepfel, Kendall Roy

Position Paper Awards:  Peyton Batiato (3rd), Ethan Upson (7th), Jose Chang (8th)


The following students won cash scholarships for points earned at this competition over the past four years:   Nicole Garcia, Robert Beatty, Lydia McCurdy, Jessica Butehorn


Congratulations on a great season!

March 21-

There will be a mandatory meeting for all girls who played basketball this year – both Varsity and JV in Coach Woodruff’s room Thursday at lunch.

Congratulations to the Girls' Tennis team who won their seventh match in a row.  Sophomores Emma Highder-shite, Kee-kee Anderson, Audrey Sanchez, and MJ Castay-yanose won matches.  Freshman Marina Shenk-laahpoor also won for the Lady Sharks.  
The Gulf Coast Academic World Quest teams placed 1st and 2nd at the county competition.  The first place team was comprised of Robert Beatty, Will McCann, Dylan Lewis, and Jake Fecher.  The first place team will now head to Washington D.C. to compete at the national level.  Best of luck to the team! 
March 10th-

Attention seniors if you ordered your graduation announcements they will be delivered and ready for pickup on Wednesday March 22nd during lunch in the activities conference room.  If you still owe money make sure you bring a check with you.  Again seniors if you ordered your graduation announcements they will be in the Activities conference room Wednesday March 22nd.


The HOSA fundraiser for NAMI ends today. If you would be so kind as to let me know if you have any donations in the NAMI envelope,  I will send a HOSA student for the envelope during 7th period today.  Or, if you'd rather, you can send a student with the donations during 7th period, or just stick the envelope in my mailbox on your way through the mailroom.

March 8th-
Attention Junior Class for Student Government. There will be a brief meeting in Ms. Weston’s room today during lunch. Please be prompt.”
March 7th-  

“Ladies listen up! As prom season approaches and you go shopping for a new dress, it’s time to get rid of the old ones collecting dust in the back of your closet. Help make another girls night especially memorable by donating your dress to the “Dream Dress Drive.” Please bring your gently used dresses of any size and color to Ms. Weston in Room 5-241 so they can be donated to deserving girls in need in our community. Thank you for your help!”

March 6th- 

The Medical Academy thanks all students who signed up to donate blood during our Blood Drive Tuesday and Wednesday. Here are some important reminders:

  • You will receive your appointment ticket today during 7th period.  It is your hall pass to go to the Gym Lobby for your appointment.

  • Be sure to bring your signed parent permission form with you to your appointment. You cannot donate without it.

  • Bring photo ID and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

  • Most importantly, be sure to eat a really good breakfast and lunch on the day of your donation. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after donating.

     If you haven’t signed up to donate, but would like to, Medical Academy students will be out in the courtyard at lunch to sign up students.

     Thanks for saving lives!

March 3th-

HOSA, the club for Future Health Professionals, announces their Spring Fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We ask your please donate to help promote research on mental illness. You can place your donations in the envelopes that have been placed in classrooms through Thursday, March 10th. Please donate today!


Here’s a link to a student-created Powtoon:

February 28 -
 Fishing Club meeting Wednesday, MARCH 1st!

The Medical Academy, in association with the Community Blood Center, announces the GCH Spring Blood Drive to be held next Tuesday and Wednesday from 7 am until 3 pm. Students who would like to donate can sign up at lunch in the courtyard. Medical Academy students will be signing up donors at lunch in the cafeteria, in front of building 6, in front of building 4, and at the Shark. Students must be at least 16 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. All students who sign up to donate must bring their signed parent permission form to their appointment. Remember, one donation can save three lives! Sign up today!

 February 27 - 
Folks, I am more than happy to announce that our JROTC JLAB team has advanced to the JROTC Academic and Leadership Championship at Washington DC for the fourth year in a row (please see attachment). Out of 1,406 JROTC teams that competed this year, only the top 24 academic teams in the Nation are invited to compete for the final round at the Catholic University in Washington DC from June 23 - 27. Once again we are the only team from Collier County that are sending our cadets to this highly competitive event. When you get a chance please congratulate the following cadets for their outstanding accomplishment (Aleah Sadaty - Team Captain, Emily Damon, Ryan Garry, Jan Barrios, Adam Benson, Thai Tran). Ricardo (Rick) J. Mitchell

February 24th -

Please join me in congratulating Faith Hundley on her 1st place finish in the high school division of the Laws of Life Essay Contest.  There were 4,500 papers submitted for this contest (grades 1-12) and Faith was in the final four.  Last night she delivered a moving speech based on her essay and received a $600 prize in addition to a beautiful medal. 


February 22 -

Mike Guitard would like everyone that has been a member of this year’s wrestling team to attend a short mandatory meeting Thursday right after school in the cafeteria.  2:10 – 2:30. 

The Gulf Coast girls basketball team will be playing in the state Final Four this Friday at 2:00.
 Attention all girls basketball fans if you are interested in attending Saturday’s Championship game in Lakeland we’ll have some seats available on a charter bus. We have permission forms in the activities office for you to take home get signed by your parent or guardian. Cost of the trip is $40.00 cash only this will help pay for the charter bus as well as your ticket to the game.

You must bring in the completed form with your cash only to the Activities office by Thursday 2:00.

 First come first serve, once we sell out of seats we can not order another bus.

 If for some reason we don’t get to the final you will receive a full refund on Monday February 27th.  

February 21st -
The Lady Shark basketball team would like to thank all the fans especially the awesome GC Cheerleaders who have come out and supported us during the playoffs on our run at a state title. We couldn't have accomplished all of this without you. Here is the video from Friday's regional championship win.

February 15th -

We will be selling student tickets for $2.00 in the Activities Office during lunch for Fridays Regional Championship basketball game featuring Palm Harbor University High School Hurricanes and your Lady Sharks. Come out and show your support as your Lady Sharks continue their success in the playoffs.


The Lady Shark basketball team won their regional semifinal over defending state runner up Lakewood Ranch 72-66 in overtime. Yasmeen Chang scored 30 points to lead the team. Marina Hodo, Bessline Verneau, and Maycie Macdonald played incredible defense. The team hosts Palm Harbopr on Friday to advance to the state Final Four.

February 6th -

The fishing club will meet Wednesday, February 8th in 5-227 during lunch.





Congratulations to the following students for their performances in the Talent Show:

 First Place - Jessica Daniels – singing (All I Ask – Adele)

Second Place - Nathaniel Giroux – guitar & singing (Lost Myself – Giroux)

Third Place - Christian Ziegler – singing (song from Les Miserable)

 Also with great performances:

 Samantha Carbone – piano & singing (Hallelujah)

Na’ila Stewart & Rahja Flowers-Mitchell – singing (Hurt – Christina Aguilera)

GCHS Step Team – dancing (battle song from Drumline)

 Our MC’s, Michelle Rydzik and Michelle Stegawski, did a great job hosting and keeping the show on track.

 A big thank you to all of the Student Government officers and representatives who helped make this show great.  Thank you also to Dr. Cox, Ms. Weston, Mr. Grillo, Ms. Del Cristo, Ms. Stephens, and Dr. Rockhold.

January 31st -
“Come support your GC Sharks at this year’s talent show on Friday, February 3rd at 7:00. Tickets are 5 dollars and can be purchased at the shark during lunch or at the door on the day of the show. Bring friends and have fun at our annual talent show!”


Congratulations to the Gulf Coast Chapter of HOSA – Future Health Professions who brought home 33 medals from the Regional Leadership Conference at South Ft. Myers High School on January 21st.  These students have qualified to compete at the HOSA State Leadership Conference in April at the Orlando World Marriott Conference Center.  Congratulations, Sharks!


January 30th -
 “If you took the ASVAB Test, the test scores are in.  Please see Chief Ford in room 6-175 to pick up your scores”


The Gulf Coast Model UN team took another first place with their Best Large Delegation win at the University of Florida last weekend. 


won the following individual awards:  8 first place awards, 4 second place awards, 3 third place awards, and 6 fourth place awards. 

As a result of the effort of every member of the team, GCHS brought home BEST Large Delegation – or 1st place overall. 

 Here is a list of the students who brought home an individual award:

 1st Place

Jordan Waldrop

Marcos Damien- Noyola

Stevie Gauta


Carly Lindsay

Elisabeth Govern

Madi Tedrow

Michael Mizell

Jenia Browne

 2nd Place

Jessica Butehorn

Gabe Rosales

Emily Sage

Spencer Gauta

 3rd Place

Lydia McCurdy

Robert Beatty

Kacie O’Connor

 4th Place

Peyton Batiato

Zia Barnes

Claire Bower

Alyssa Zinn

Catherine Schilling

Jose Chang

Kendall Roy

Olivia Ricard

 Position Paper Awards

Jordan Waldrop

Jessica Butehorn

Elisabeth Govern

Connor Bligh

Robert Brus



The National Council for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Alliance Award for Aspirations in Computing for 2017 has been announced and Gulf Coast placed tops in the nation for the second consecutive year. This year senior Jenna Smith was selected as a national runner-up, placing her in the nation's top group of females pursuing information technology and computing  related activities. Jenna has been invited to attend next months school board meeting and will be awarded a certificate from the board. Jenna is the only student in our region to ever win the award all four years. In addition, we had 17 other students selected as regional winners. The southwest region extends from Sarasota to Miami Florida and over half the winners came from GCHS. We also had four runner-ups in our regional. There will be a banquet later this year to honors all the winners. If you know any of these students, please take the time to congratulate them. They are very proud of their work in our computer science classes and all of them participated in the development of a new geometry app currently on the Apple app store. It is difficult taking a course which has been normally dominated by males but we are trying to change that here at GCHS - so this is our success as well as theirs 

January 26th -

ATTENTION SENIORS!!!  The location for Grad Nite has changed.  Instead of Busch Gardens, we will now attend Grad Bash at Universal and Islands of Adventure.  If you already purchased your ticket, you do not need to do anything else.  We are, however, opening up more tickets.  The new cost is $150.  This ticket includes the bus ride, both parks and Jason Derulo in concert.   If you want to attend Universal Orlando’s all night party ONLY for Seniors, see Ms. Layne in room 5-130 immediately. 

January 25th

“Attention Students.  Are you in need of volunteer hours.  Mu Alpha Theta has a perfect opportunity Saturday February 4th.  No worries, you won’t have to do math, just help out with a competition.  Please see Dillion Lewis, Ramana Housman, Jake Fecher, or Ms. Walters in room 5-251.”

January 24th
 Talent Show “Will all members of the talent show committee meet in Ms. Weston’s room at the beginning of lunch for a brief meeting. also announcers/teleprompters  -  auditions for the talent show will begin immediately after school in the auditorium.
January 23rd

The Lady Shark girls basketball team continued their amazing season Friday night beating Barron Collier 51 – 48. This win earns the team the Collier County Athletic Conference Championship and moves their record to 21 wins and 2 losses. Ysmeen Chang led the team with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Mya Giusto had 11 points and 6 assists. Claire Belfore and Rhegan Venvertloh combined for 17 points. Here are some of highlights of the game.

 January 20th

The Lady Sharks basketball team won their 20th game of the season last night defeating district opponent Riverdale 64 – 22 last night. Claire Belfore led the team in scoring with 21 points. The team’s next game is this Friday at Barron.


January 18th 

The Gulf Coast Model UN team won Best Large Delegation at the Columbia Model UN competition in New York City this past weekend. GCMUN took home more awards than any school in the competition's history and had an average score of outstanding.


The following students took home awards:


First Place: Elisabeth Govern, Elisabeth Maggio, Carly Lindsay, Michael Mizell, Jess Butehorn, Nicole Garcia, Spencer Gauta, Madi Tedrow, Jenia Browne


Second Place: Stevie Gauta, Lydia McCurdy


Third Place: Peyton Batiato, Grace Hansen, Alyssa Zinn, Valentina Rendon, Robert Beatty, Brianna Pawlyshyn, Gabe Rosales

January 13th 

In case you haven’t noticed, we are getting a few water bottle refill stations put in to replace some already standing water fountains.  A big shout out to Mr. Mikulski for getting this done!! J

Not only is the filtration system excellent and gives you crisp tasting water, just after one was installed in building 4 yesterday, 21 water bottles have been saved- just for yesterday half a day! (the fountain keeps count)

 It takes a water bottle 500 to a 1000 years to degrade! According to Pacific Research Institute, Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.'s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year3.

Water bottles have BPA and other chemicals that leach into our bodies.  And let’s not forget how much money is spent in these each year.By taking back the Tap with our reusable water bottles, we really can make a difference in doing good for the planet, our bodies, and our wallet.  Please encourage your students to be mindful of our new water fountains and to encourage them to use them.  Water is the best hydration our bodies need to be healthy!

 Here are some facts you might want to share with your students


January 12th 

A meeting will be held at lunch today (Thursday) in the gym for any girls interested in girls lacrosse.


All boys interested in trying out for lax, Varsity Lacrosse tryouts January 16th at 9am 

JV lacrosse tryouts  January 17th after school.  Make sure you have all your paperwork updated on register my athlete before you will be allowed to try out.




January 11th 

The Lady Shark girls basketball team moved to 17 – 2 on the season with a 80 to 45 victory over North Port last night. Bessline Verneau started her first varsity game and played incredible. Yasmeen Chang scored 21, Jordan Cloutier scored 19, Claire Belfore scored 16, and Mya Giusto scored 14 in the win. With this win the Lady Sharks win the district championship for the regular season and clinch home court advantage for the district tournament. The next home game is tonight against Estero at 7:00. If you haven’t seen this exciting team play come out tonight and see what all the hype is about,


Laureate Presentations 2016-17












Presentation Title

Wed., 2/15















Joey Muradaz



Getting Busy: Reforming American Sexual Education


Matthew Holzaefel



The Truth is Out There: Evaluating the Possibility of Extraterrestrial Life


Jake Fecher





Shalena Hoang



Veganism: Is The Grass Really Greener?


Elizabeth Roach



The Path to Freedom: The Effectiveness of Assimilation Programs on Human Trafficking Victims






Thurs., 2/16










Jonathan Curran



Restoring the Working Class: Increasing the U.S Minimum Wage and its Benefits to the Economy


Nicole Garcia



Lone-Wolf Terrorism: A Rising Threat To The Western World


Carly Liberman



The American Dream… All Just A Dream?


Gabe Gomez



Trump's Wall: Can We Fix It?


Julio Valdes



Should Zoos Be Shot Down?


Grace Eugenides



A Long Shot: Revisiting Gun Control Within America






Tues., 2/21










Elisabeth Govern



Cultural Evolution vs. Revolution: Expanding The Concept of Chinese Cultural Identity


Shelby Luckey



A Split from Reality


Valentina Rendon



If You Ain't Foreign You Borin': The Effects of Outsourcing


Grace Hansen



Organs: Yours, Mine, and the US Government's


Peyton Batiato



Shut Yo Mouth: The Consequences of Political Correctness


Anthony Bordanaro



The Refugee Crisis: Has Europe had Enough?






Wed., 2/22










Andrew Mizell



Driving Darkness Out With Darkness: Will the War on Terror Ever End?


Sara Klausner



The Power of Nothing… Is the Placebo Effect a Useful Medical Treatment?


Robert Beatty



From Israel to ISIS: The Failed US Policies in the Middle East


Yamoaa Gyimah



Voodoo or Voodon't: The Divide Between Traditional Religions and Modern Society


Dayana Perrogon














Thurs., 2/23










Ariana Amaris



The Attack of GMOs on The Envrionment


Jordan Waldrop



Judicial Activism v. Judicial Restraint


Jessica Butehorn



Isolationism: The Death of the American Dream


Lydia McCurdy



How Low Can You Go: The Debate Over the Federal Minimum Wage


Carly Lindsay



Red, White, and Misunderstood: The Story of America's Teenagers


Abby McCollum



The Flynn Effect: Are You Smarter Than Your Parents?

January 10th -
“ Gulf Coast, do you have talent? Then get your act together and prepare an audition for the upcoming talent show. Auditions will take place in the auditorium Tuesday, January 24th, immediately following school. The talent show will take place Friday night, February 3rd at 7 P.M. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Please see Dr. Rockhold with any questions concerning your act! See you there!”
 Fishing Club meets Wednesday at lunch
January 9th-

Attention ASTRONOMERS… Do you like astronomy, we are starting an “Engineers in Astronomy” Club”.  If you are interested in “Deep Space, Planetary systems, galaxies, and more we have the club for you.  We currently received a Celestron 8” telescope that can track the 40,000 item data base that comes with.  Also, if you are interested in Astrophysics and Astro-photography, this is the club for you.  Our first meeting will be Wednesday, 01/10/2017 in room 6-172.  No equipment needed, we have the main telescope and will be accumulating more.  See you Wednesday.  Note, if you are interested in doing a project above and beyond for research, patients, innovations, and for college… this is the club for you.”


All SGA members in the Talent Show Committee, please attend a meeting in Ms. Weston’s room today at lunch. Thank you!


Congratulations to the following Shark Swimmers and Divers on their selection to the Naples Daily News 2016-2017 All Area Team.  These selections were made from the 9 high schools in Naples with swim teams.

 Senior swimmer Kayla Tennant and sophomore diver Olivia Ricard are 2 of the 3 finalists for swimmer and diver of the year.  The finalist award will be announced in May at the Naples Daily News and Fort Myers News Press Awards Ceremony.

 Freshman Brooke Boling and senior Allison Moore were 2 of the 5 girls selected for All Area, First Team.  Freshman Madison Moore was named All Area Second Team.  Honorable Mention selections went to Jill Austin, Alicia Evans, Kailey Goede, Natasha Valdes, and Zoe Hendrickx. Senior diver Andrew Mizell, junior swimmer Cole Gutknecht, and sophomore Emmett Gillen were 3 of the 5 boys selected for All Area, First Team.  Freshman diver Jaedyn Procacci was named All Area, Second Team.  Honorable Mention selections went to seniors Justin Fales, Tanner Fales, Pierce Gillen, Xavier Korda, John Mattucci, and Keiran Rowan. The Coach of the Year for Girls Swimming is Coach Lawson

January 5th-

Senior quotes can now be submitted through Angel for yearbook - the deadline is  Wednesday, Jan. 11th”

January 4th-

Attention all girls interested in playing tennis.  There will be a meeting on Thursday, January 5.  The meeting will take place in Room 6-167 at the beginning of lunch.


On January 18th, Gulf Coast High School in partnership with the Naples Branch of the English-Speaking Union, will hold its annual qualifying contest for the National Shakespeare Competition. This Competition has engaged more than 300,000 young people since its inception in 1983 - Students read, analyze, perform, and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in three qualifying stages: at the school, community, and national levels. Approximately 2,500 teachers and 20,000 students in nearly 60 ESU Branch communities participate each year. In order to compete at the community level, a student must successfully compete at the school level, which is determined through the memorization and delivery of one Shakespearean sonnet and one 15-20-line monologue from one of Shakespeare’s plays.  The winner of the school competition will then compete in April at the community level.  Each ESU Branch community winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to compete in the National Competition. For more information or to sign up for the school competition to be held January 18, please see Mrs. Gorence in room 5-125.  

December 15th

Congratulations to the GCH MAO.  Precalculus, statistics and algebra 2 all scored in the top 10 for teams.  William Anderson also took home 9th place individual for statistics.  (then he drove to Miami to get his congressional app award).

Seniors – Last call for Grad Nite tickets!  You can place your deposit with Ms. Layne in room 5-130.  Make a $50 deposit now and pay the rest in February!  Don’t miss the most fun night overnight trip of your Senior year!  Tickets will only be on sale until we leave for break, so get that deposit in now to Ms. Layne in room 5-130.  
      Just wanted to inform you of a small handful of our band students that have been accepted to perform and participate in the Florida Music Educators Association’s Convention in Tampa, FL this coming January. It is run through the Florida Bandmasters Association and it basically entails blind recorded auditions and our Sharks were selected from thousands of other students in the state. This means that these five students are amongst the best in the state of Florida on their chosen instrument. Please do congratulate them, should you know them or have them in your classes. If you do indeed have them as students, please take note of their dates of absences, as the conference is a multiday event starting on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017. Thanks as always for supporting our kids and all you do help them succeed
December 13th
  The Lady Shark girls basketball team plays at home tonight. They take on district rival Riverdale at 7:00. Be there to support this incredibly talented undefeated team as they try to win their 11th straight game to start the season. Don’t miss out on the Varsity Athlete Shootout at halftime.
December 12th
  The Lady Shark basketball team moved their record to 10 - 0 remaining undefeated with a 73 - 27 victory over Naples on Friday. The team is averaging 70 points and 9 made three pointers a game. Come watch this exciting team as they play at home Tuesday night after 6 straight road games. They host district rival Riverdale at 7:00. Watch the highlights from Friday's victory over Naples.
December 9th

The Lady Shark girls basketball team remained undefeated last night defeating a 9-1 Palmetto Ridge team by a score of 68-31.  Claire Belfore, Yasmeen Chang, and Jordan Cloutier combined for 47 points. Mya Giusto ran the offense and played incredible defense from her point guard position. Maycie Macdonald and Marina Hodo played huge inside. Alexa Ruane and Savannah Reimer both knocked down three pointers. The team looks to remain undefeated when they travel to Naples High School for tonight’s game.

December 7th

The Lady Shark basketball remained undefeated running their record to 8-0 on the season with a 80 – 41 victory over North Port. The girls turned a 6 point halftime lead into a blowout win in their first district game.  Yasmeen Chang scored 29 points. Claire Belfore, Savannah Reimer, Jordan Cloutier, and Mya Giusto combined for 35 more points in the win. Marina Hodo played incredible defense on North Port’s 6’1’ center shutting her down in the second half. The team’s next game is Thursday night @ Palmetto Ridge 7:00

December 2nd

There will be an informational meeting for any boys interested in playing tennis this year on Wednesday December 7th right after school in Dr. Rockhold’s classroom, 5-230.

December 1st

Lady Shark girls basketball swept Barron Collier last night winning both Varsity and Junior Varsity games. Varsity Lady Sharks won 52-39 behind Jordan Cloutier 17 points. Rhegan Venvertloh and Yasmeen Chang added 12 points each. Claire Belfore showed great leadership and defense holding her girl scoreless the entire game. Maycie Macdonald and Marina Hodo dominated in the paint controlling the boards in the win. The team is still undefeated at 4-0 and flies to New York tomorrow for three games over the weekend.


GCHS Football will be having a spirit night at Tijuana Flats off Immokalee Road, Wednesday December 7th from 5-8pm please come out and support


The boys basketball program is selling the LocalLinxs coupon books as a fundraiser. They cost $20 and have tons of great local coupons. I have the books in my classroom. If anyone is interested, send me an email and I will get one to you. Thank you! Patrick Diemert


November 28th

 Game Club - Are you confident in your skill in games like Smash Brothers, Pokken, or card games?  Well this gaming tournament is open to everybody!  On November 28th, after school, in Room 6-165, Game Club is hosting a 3-game tournament for anyone to join.  The only thing you need to bring is $2 or canned food to enter the competition and all proceeds go to charity.  So if you want to have fun. Win prizes, and help someone in need, come and join us in this exciting competition!  Sign up in 6-165 at any time.

November 17th
 The Lady Sharks basketball team won their opening game last night defeating Lely 78 – 21. Yasmeen Chang scored 31 points to lead the scoring. All girls played well. The team plays their home opener this Friday at 7. Please come out and support  the team

Congratulations to the Model UN Team who recently competed at William and Mary University. The team spent the weekend debating and solving world issues with 70 other schools.

Shelby Luckey, Carly Lindsay, Jenia Browne, Jess Butehorn, Spencer Gauta, and Robe­­­­­­­rt Beatty placed first.

Madi Tedrow, Tomas Panqueva, and Valentia Rendon placed second.

Elisabeth Maggio, Brianna, Pawlyshyn, Nicole Garcia, Gabe Rosales, and Jordan Waldrop placed third.

Overall, the team won fourth place in large delegations thanks to everyone’s hard work and effective diplomacy.

Prism Concert - We will have 3 performances this year.  The dates/times are as follows: Friday, November 18 @ 7pm, Saturday, November 19 @ 1pm, and Saturday, November 19 at 7pm 
November 9th - Student Government officers and representatives attending the Fall Festival at Vineyards on Thursday please see Dr. Rockhold in 5-230.

The Boys cross country team competed at the State Meet on Saturday.  The top 5 runners on the team ran as a pack.  They finished within 28 seconds of each other.  The team finished 14th out of 24 elite teams in the State.  All the summer workouts and 5am practices paid off for the team. Nick Kamen was 1st for the Sharks finishing with a time of 17:12.  Cooper Back finished right behind Nick running a 17:13.  Chris Reynolds finished with a time of 17:26.  John Amaya  ran a strong race running a time of 17:37, out kicking a local rival number one runner from the Blue School.  Finishing the scoring for the sharks was Will McCann running a 17:40.  Also competing for Gulf Coast at the State meet was Anthony Bordanaro and Cale Schad.  Special congratulations to Will McCann and Anthony Bordanaro for putting in the hard work for 4 years to make the team successful.  The boys are ranked 4th in the State going into the next cross country season 

November 8th -

“There will be a meeting for all players who made a boys basketball team in Coach Diemert’s room, portable 308,  Thursday at lunch. This meeting will explain fundraisers the basketball team will participate in this year. See you there.”


NHS Sponsor, Tracy Tyo, hosted the NHS Induction Ceremony and reception for 103 students (126 were actually selected for NHS) last night.Students must have a 3.9 weighted or unweighted GPA, 45 documented hours of community service, and demonstrate leadership potential in order to be eligible.  Congratulations to our new NHS members!

November 2nd

Mu Alpha Theta will be conducting team rounds after school Today in the media center.  All members should try and attend this event.  Also, Yankee Candle orders are in.  Please pick up from Walters ASAP.

Football pictures are in, if you had your picture taken please stop into the activities office and pick up your football pictures.

November 1st

2016 graduate, Noah Zimm, with the assistance of AP Calculus AB teacher, David Jacinto, was recently recognized by the College Board.  He was one of 18 students worldwide (over 300,000 students took the exam) who received a perfect score on the AP Calculus exam!  Way to go Noah and Mr. Jacinto!


Good morning, first of all congratulations to our football coaches, staff, and players on winning the first ever football district championship in school history - Next week we’ll start selling tickets to the public, prices are as follow; pregame student tickets $5, adult tickets $8, and reserved $10. 

October 31 

Congratulations to the girls  swimmers and divers winning the Region Meet Saturday night and the boys on their third place finish out of over 30 schools.  The girls beat host Estero by a score of 244 points to 242.5 points, a narrow one-and-a-half points.  Everyone had their best performances this year. Diver Olivia Ricard won again besting her school record along with fellow Region champion Andrew Mizell.  Natasha Valdes, Jaedyn Procacci, and Xavier Korda will accompany them to states this week. Emmett Gillen was Region champion for the boys in the 100-yard butterfly and will go to states with team mates Pierce Gillen, Cole Gutknecht, John Mattucci, and Keiran Rowan in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay, 200 Individual Medley, and 100 Butterfly.  

October 28 - Fall Rising Stars Concert yesterday was great! Thank you Ms.Buonamici for your great work with our students and for laying such a great foundation for our rising star middle schoolers!

October 26 -

Thursday morning October 27th is picture retakes are occurring 1st and 2nd period in the auditorium  

pictures can be retaken only if student purchased pictures or was absent the original picture day.

We will have absent students photo tickets in auditorium.

students that purchased photos please bring photos with you.

The girls basketball team is looking for a few freshmen female athletes to join the freshmen team this year. First practice is this Thursday at 2:30 to 4:00. Please check with activities to get all necessary paperwork. See you Thursday 
October 21
  Boys basketball tryouts will start November 1st. Freshman will try out from 4:30-6:30. JV and Varsity tryouts will be from 6:30-8:30. See you there.”

Congratulations to the girls and boys shark swimmers and divers for their first and second place finish at yesterdays’ district meet.

 Cole Gutknecht and Andrew Mizell were district champions for the boys. Brooke Boling and Olivia Ricard were district champions along with the 200 freestyle relay of Brooke Boling, Zoe Hendrickx, Madison Moore, and Kayla Tennant.  Allison Moore, Alicia Evans, Kailey Goede, and Jill Austin swam an outstanding 400 freestyle relay finishing in second place.  

Drama play - Up the down staircase If you have time this Saturday, please see this awesome play.  It highlights the ups and downs of teaching in the inner city during the 1960's.  We have great new talent in our theater dept. and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.  Saturday has a 2:00 matinee and an 8:00 pm performance 
October 19- Congratulations to the GC Model United Nations team for winning first place at the Georgia Tech Model UN competition! Third place awards went to:  Madi Tedrow, Daniela Kyle, Lydia McCurdy, and Brianna Pawlyshawn

 Second place awards went to: Sara Klausner, Kacie O’Connor, Carly Lindsay, Spencer Gauta, and ­­Matthew Holzaepfel

 First place awards went to:  Valentina Rendon, Alyssa Zinn, Nicole Garcia, Elaine Kim, Jess Butehorn, and Michael Mizell  

October 18

There will be a meeting for all girls interested in joining the  basketball teams this year on Thursday in Coach Woodruff’s room 4 – 106. The meeting is for all teams – Varsity, JV, and Freshmen. Tryouts begin next Monday.

The Girls Golf Team placed second in the Regional Tournament yesterday with a score of 343. With the runner-up finish the Sharks clinched a spot in the State Tournament which will be played Tuesday and Wednesday of next week at Howie in the Hills, FL. The Sharks were led my seniors Vasy Montague and Mackenzie Kopka who posted score of 81 and 82 respectively. Other top scorers for the Sharks were Cristal Olguin with a 90, Sierra Studer with a 91 Maggie Samson with a 94.

 Fishing Club Meeting Wednesday, October 19th in room 5-227
October 11
Congratulations to the girls varsity volleyball team for the district win over Riverdale last night. The sharks were led by Emily Damon with 13 kills and7 digs, Morgan Brucato with 10 kills, Jen Underhill with 34 assists and 4 aces. Last nights win guarantees that the sharks will host the district tournament next week. Plan to come out and support the sharks as they play for the district championship next Thursday, October 20. The JV sharks also finished out their season with a win. Congratulations ladies!

October 6
Congratulations to the girls varsity volleyball team for their one win over Naples last night. The sharks were led by Gabby Curran with 12 kills and 8 digs, Paige burgess with 8 kills and Cassidy Rion with 10 digs. The win clinched a third consecutive conference championship for the sharks! Congratulations ladies!


There will be a meeting for all girls swimmers and divers at the start of lunch in Coach Hunter’s room 5-254 on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

October 5

There will be a meeting at lunch for all boy swimmers and divers at the start of lunch on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in Coach Hunter’s room 5-254.

Attention all Shark Volleyball fans! Next Tuesday, October 11th, the volleyball team will be hosting the 1st Annual Shark Volleyball 4on4 Classic. The classic will be a tournament where teams of 4 GC students compete for volleyball immortality. The teams of 4 can have any mix of students...this is not a coed tournament. There will be 2 divisions: freshman/sophomore and junior/senior. A winner will be crowned from each division and t-shirts will be awarded. The cost is $10 a player. Please see Coach G in the gym or Coach Wright in room 5-248 for an entry form this week. Entry fees and forms are due on Monday October 10. That's the Shark Volleyball 4on4 Classic next Tuesday after school in the Shark Tank. Get a team together and sign up now 
A meeting for any girls interested in playing lacrosse will be held on Thursday, October 6 in the gym lobby by the locker rooms during lunch.  
October 4

Congratulations to the boys swimmers and divers in their second place finish in a field of 42 teams in Saturday's FSPA Swim Meet on the east coast and the girls 12th place finish. Everyone had personal best performances.  Divers Andrew Mizell and Jaedyn Procacci finished 3rd and 5th.  Other outstanding performances were from Cole Gutknecht, Emmett Gillen, John Mattucci, Justin & Tanner Fales, Jesse Katzeff, Frank Laputa, Tommy Connor, and Rory Bowles. Divers Olivia Ricard and Natasha Valdes finished 5th and 15th.  Other outstanding swims were performed by Brooke Boling, Zoe Hendrickx, Madison Moore, Alicia Evans, Ava Dobrydney and Morgan French.  

Attention GC STUDENTS! The GC CHEERLEADERS will be selling ANTI-KITTY COMMITTEE WHITE T-SHIRTS for our WHITE OUT GAME THIS WEEK! T-shirts will be sold at lunch by the shark and the cafeteria for $15.00! Get your Anti-Kitty Committee shirt today before they run out!

The Gulf Coast Sharks and Barron Collier Cougars Golf Teams faced off today in the annual Catfish Cup at Bonita Bay Country Club. The boys and girls teams faced off in a combined scramble, alternate shot, and best-ball format to decide the winner of cup. The Sharks finished on top by a score of 50 1/2 to 39 ½ in a dominating performance!!!! … GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SHARKS!!!!

There will be a meeting at lunch for all boy swimmers and divers at the start of lunch on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 in Coach Hunter’s room 5-254.

September 30 - There will be a HOSA meeting today at lunch in Ms. Ellard's room, 6-161

The Gulf Coast High School Girls Golf Team won their match against Golden Gate and Lely High School on Thursday at Hibiscus Golf Club. The Sharks had a winning score of 216  Top Scorers for the Sharks were

Junior Azeller Dietter with a 52

Freshman Rachael Longfellow with a 52

Freshman Nikki Martin with a 54

Freshman Jo'Lee Stahl with a 55

Freshman Mackenzie Meador with a 58

The Sharks will be in action again on Saturday at 1pm against Barron Collier HS in the Catfish Cup at Bonita Bay Golf Club.


Here is the Model UN Competition Schedule:


October 10th and 11th:  Georgia Tech  (9th through 12th graders)


November 10th and 11th:  William and Mary (mostly upper classmen)


January 11th, 12th, 13th :  Columbia University (mostly upper classmen)


January 20th:   5th, 6th, and 7th periods  University of Florida (9th – 12th graders)


March 9th and 10th:  FGCU  (mostly upper classmen)

September 29 -
 Congratulations to the girls varsity volleyball team for their dominating victory over a Barron Collier in the Shark Tank last night. The Sharks were led by Gabby Curran with 19 kills and 11 digs, Morgan Brucato and Paige burgess each with 7 kills and Emily Damon with 14 digs. The Sharks would like to thank the fans for their enthusiastic support. The jv and freshmen Sharks also beat the Cougars making it an overall great night for Gulf Coast. Congratulations ladies!
September 28 -

Seniors: the last day to nominate superlatives is Friday – Also senior portraits Must be taken before thanksgiving break if you want to be in the yearbook.”

  For those of you who may not know, tonight is the big home volleyball game with Barron. If you have never been it's a HUGE event every year. The gym is packed and it's crazy! Come on out to support the girls if you can. Hope to see you all there!
September 27

The Gulf Coast Girls Golf Team competed in the Crutchfield-Hawkins Invitational Tournament on Monday 9/26. The Sharks competed against the best teams in the state and finished 8th overall with a score of 333.

The top scorers for the Sharks were

Vasy Montague with a 78

Cristal Olguin with an 82

Mackenzie Kopka with an 83

and Sierra Studer with a 90

The Sharks will be in action again on Thursday in a tri-match against Lely and Golden Gate at Hibiscus Golf Club starting at 3:3

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team for their conference victory over lely last night in the shark tank! The sharks were led by seniors Britney Betlach, Morgan Brucato, Jade Fitzgerald, Cassidy Rion, Jenny Underhill and Maddy Waara. The freshman and JV sharks were also victorious. Congratulations ladies! 

Attention shark volleyball fans! Wednesday night is the rematch with the blue school in the shark tank! The freshman play at 5, JV at 6 and varsity at 7:00. The game will be a blackout so wear all black and get there early because you know the seats will fill up fast. The sharks need the support of the best fans in Southwest Florida. That's shark volleyball versus Barron Collier Wednesday night at 7:00 in the shark tank. Come out, wear black, get loud and support your shark volleyball team!


September 26 -

The Blackout signs you see around campus are meant to be subtle reminders to the whole student body about the blackout games this week and next. I thought since the games were announced by Coach  Capasso that the student body would understand the reference. It was definitely NOT meant to offend anyone. Please, if a student asks, explain that the reference is for the upcoming volleyball game on Wednesday against Barron and next week’s away football game against Barron. It was a reminder for students to think about purchasing a shirt.


Congratulations to the girls and boys swimmers and divers for winning both meets against Barron Collier on Saturday.

 Outstanding performances for the girls came from Zoe Hendrickx, Allison Moore, Kayla Tennant, Brooke Boling, Madison Moore, Kailey Goede, Suzanne Logan, Ava Dobrydney, Jill Austin, and divers Olivia Ricard, Natasha Valdes, and Olivia Gegenwarth.

 For the boys:  Stefano Martin, Jesse Katzef, John Mattucci, Pierce Gillen, Emmett Gillen, Tanner Fales, Justin Fales, Cole Gutknecht, Keiran Rowan, and divers Andrew Mizell, Xavier Korda, and Jaedyn Procacci had a great meet.

September 21

Congratulations to the girls varsity volleyball team for their dominating victory over North port in the shark tank last night! The sharks were led by Britney Betlach with 10 aces and 6 digs, Gabby Curran with 9 kills, Emily Damon with 8 kills and 6 digs and Alyssa Hoppensteadt with 8 kills and 3 digs. The Jv Sharks were also victorious. The sharks have two huge matches next week. Next Monday is senior night versus lely and next Wednesday night is the big rematch with Barron Collier. Both matches are in the Shark Tank and the barron match will be a blackout. Make your plans now!

GCHS National Honor Society is accepting applications for new members from September 21 to September 30, 2016.

 Criteria to apply:

Junior or Senior, 3.9 GPA and at least 45 hours of volunteer service recorded with Guidance. 

 All applications are due on Friday, September 30, 2016.

 Students who want to apply can get an application from Guidance during lunch or after school only. 

Students return completed applications to Guidance during lunch or after school only.

 Trying to keep this easy for our Guidance office staff. If students ask to get an application during class, let them know the appropriate times.  Any questions please email or call me 71424.


Seniors, you can now nominate senior superlatives in Angel – nominations will be available until next Friday.

September 19th-

Congratulations to the boys and girls swimmers and divers on their 3rd and 4th place finish at the Tarpon Invitational meet this past weekend in Punta Gorda against some very strong competition from Sarasota schools.The divers had an outstanding day with Olivia Ricard setting a meet, pool, and school record in the diving and Natasha Valdes finishing 4th.  Andrew Mizell, Jaedyn Procacci, and Xavier Korda finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd with Jaedyn breaking the freshman record that was set in 2002. For the girls Zoe Hendrickx, Madison Moore, Allison Moore, Brooke Bolling, Alicia Evans, Suzanne Logan, Jill Austin, and kailey Goede had great swims. For the boys Cole Gutknecht, Emmett Gillen, John Mattucci, Pierce Gillen, Tanner Fales, Justin Fales, and Keiran Rowan led the way. Our next meet is Saturday against Barron Collier.

September 16th-

The Gulf Coast Girls Golf Team won their match on Thursday at Vineyards Country Club by a score of 166 to 196 against Canterbury.The top scorers for the Sharks were:

Vasy Montague with a 35

Cristal Olguin with a 41

Mackenzie Kopka with a 44

and Maggie Samson with a 46

 The Sharks will be in action again on Tuesday against Naples High on Tuesday 9/20 at 3:30 at Vineyards CC

This Saturday marks the 6th annual “Naples Take A Soldier Fishing” event.  One hundred and forty five active duty soldiers will arrive in Naples tomorrow from the MacDill Air Force base in Tampa and they will be housed at the Naples Beach Club. Their totally free weekend includes the Captain’s Dinner and live entertainment Friday night, the fishing tournament on Saturday (65 local boat captains donate their time, gas and boat) and the banquet that night at the Lely Player’s Club Resort and Spa. This year’s event will take place at the Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club and the public is encouraged to attend the weigh-in ceremonies which run from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Our goal is to have a couple hundred people at the event to cheer the soldiers on as they take their turn on the weigh-in stage with Steve Loyd, a former GCHS YRD.We have raised over 70K for this event and the community support has been fantastic!  The soldiers are extremely appreciative and they so look forward to this weekend that, when the signup sheet is posted at MacDill, it is full within 30 minutes.  Unfortunately for some, they get deployed overseas at the last moment, which makes for a very happy soldier who is on the waiting list! So, if you have some time and would like to thank these heroes for their service and sacrifices, please come on down! 

September 15th-
September 13th
-Congratulations to the Girls varsity volleyball team for their total annihilation of palmetto ridge in the shark tank last night. The Sharks were led by Britney Betlach with 7 aces & 6 digs; Cassidy Rion with 4 aces & 4 digs and Maddy Waara with 2 aces, 4 kills & 4 digs. The jv Sharks were also victorious - Tonight the Sharks open their home district schedule by hosting a tough Riverdale team in the Shark Tank. The Sharks need the support of their fans as they begin the quest to defend their district title. The games are at 5, 6 & 7:00. Come out, get loud and support your Sharks. That's a girls district volleyball showdown tonight in the shark tank at 7:00. Be there!

“The GEEC’s  (Girls Entering Engineering Club) -There will be a GEEC’s meeting today during lunch in room 6-173.”

“All boys and girls interested in throwing shot put or discus in the 2017 Track Season, please see Coach Baldwin in room 5-243 today or Wednesday for information on offseason conditioning.”


Spanish Academic Team Tryouts will be held on Sept. 20th and the 22nd  after school in room 5-222.  The team is made up of 16 delegates and 16 alternates.  Anyone enrolled in Spanish class is eligible to tryout.  Practice speech topics can be found on under odd years.  Competition dates are March 9th-11th  in Orlando Florida.  Good luck to all!”

September 12th -
 the Key Club will be meeting Wednesday at lunch in the gym

​Congratulations to the boys and girls shark swimmers and divers for their first and second place finish in the 19th annual Shark Relays held Saturday.  It was a true team effort by all.  Sophomore diver Olivia Ricard once again established a new 6-dive record.  Diver Jaedyn Procacci set a 6-dive freshman breaking R.J. Ciesielski's 2005 mark with a score of 167.05 - Justin Fales, Tommy Connor, Jeremiah Villasante,and Emmett Gillen set a school record in the 200 backstroke relay.  


The Gulf Coast High School Girls Golf Team won the St. John Neumann Invitational on Saturday at Hibiscus Golf Club.

The Sharks had a score of 356  -  The Sharks were led by Senior Mackenzie Kopka with a score of 80, Junior Cristal Olguin with a score of 90, and Sophomore Maggie Samson with a score of 89. The Sharks will be in action next on Monday as the take on Charlotte High School in a District contest.

September 7th -
We will be having Shark Olympics at 4:00pm THIS Thursday on the field. We'll be doing fun and messy activities like water balloon dodgeball, hippity-hop races, egg tosses, tug-a-war, and slip'n'slides with marshmallow drops. Come out with your fellow students and join us for a great time this Thursday at Shark Olympics. We hope to see you there!
September 6th -

Circle of Friends will meet Wednesday’s in room 5-250 During lunch

 All are welcome to attend  

There will be a Relay for Life meeting in room 5-232 during lunch on Thursday, September 9th

Congratulations to our new Freshman Student Government Class Officers:

 President – Meghan Kampmeyer

Vice Presient – Gabriella Velez

Secretary – Dorian Galvez

 All Student Government officers and representatives must attend the Student Government meetings Tuesdays during lunch in Dr. Rockhold’s room 5-230.


Congratulations to the Girls and Boys Shark Swimmers and Divers on their victory over Naples High and Community School on Saturday. Senior diver Andrew Mizell set a new school record in the 6-Dive with a score of 258.10 breaking R.J. Ciesielski’s 2007 record.   Other outstanding performances were from Justin and Tanner Fales, Pierce and Emmett Gillen, Cole Gutknecht, and Keiran Rowan.Outstanding performers for the girls were Kayla Tennant, Brooke Boling, Zoe Hendrickx, Madison Moore, Allison Moore, Alicia Evans, and Natasha Valdes. Our next meet is the 19th Annual Shark Relays this Saturday at the Norris Pool.

September 2 -
Anyone interested in participating in Scholar Bowl this year should come to the meeting in room 5-245 after school on September 12th.


Fishing Club Meeting Wednesday, September 7th
in room 5-227

FCA will be meeting today in the Gym at Lunchtime!!! Be sure to be there for the raffle!!!!

Homecoming Court 2016


Gustavo Arbois                         Lexi Holt


Blake Sorenson               Olivia Gegenworth


Andrew Seneski                   Savannah Zafiris


Peter George                       Melanie Antonio

Sebastian Grisales               Sharon Lauster

Taj Howie                           Dayana Perrogon

Zach Lang                                 Daisy Raye

Kyle Leonia                     Angelina Scalogna

September 1 -

HOSA, the club for future health professionals, will meet today at lunch in Ms. Ellard’s room, 6-161. We will elect officers today, so be sure to attend this important meeting. HOSA is open to all Sharks who are interested in a career in health care.

See you at lunch!

August 31 -

“There will be a Track and Field meeting this Friday, 9/2, during lunch in Coach Grillo’s room P-305, for all students interested in running, jumping, and throwing this spring.  We will be covering offseason conditioning schedule and important paperwork for the season.”

Homecoming Events 2016

September 6th through September 10th

Homecoming Week Spirit Days (Underclassmen)

Monday – No School

Tuesday – Decades Day

Wednesday – Holiday Day

Thursday – Character Day (Shark Olympics)

Friday – GC Spirit Day (Football Game)

Shark Olympics

Thursday, September 8th

On the back practice field next to the tennis courts

Starting at 4:00pm

Pep Rally

Friday, September 9th

End of the day

Introducing Homecoming Court

Announcing Homecoming King and Queen

Football Game

Friday, September 9th

GCHS vs. Miami Pace


Introducing Homecoming Court (before game)

Announcing King and Queen (before game)

GCHS Hall of Fame Induction

Friday, September 9th

Ceremony at halftime of football game

Homecoming Dance

Saturday, September 10th

7:00pm to 10:30pm

Theme: The Rio Carnival

 August 30-
Congratulations to the Shark volleyball team for their total domination of Lely last night! The sharks were victorious in all three matches with the freshman, JV and varsity teams all winning in straight sets! Great job ladies!

 August 29 -

Nominations for Homecoming Court can be made through Angel until the end of the day on Wednesday, August 31st.

 The Homecoming Court will be notified on Thursday, September 1st and filmed on Friday, September 2nd for the announcements on Tuesday, September 6th. Voting for Homecoming King and Queen will take place Tuesday, September 6th through Thursday, September 8th, and the Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at the Pep Rally on Friday, September 9th.


“There will be a Track and Field meeting this Tuesday, 8/30, during lunch in Coach Grillo’s room P-305, for all students interested in running, jumping, and throwing this spring.  We will be covering offseason conditioning schedule and important paperwork for the season.”


Congratulations to the girls and boys Shark swimmers and divers on their victory over Lely and Community School on Saturday.

 Sophomore Diver Olivia Ricard set a school record in the diving event breaking the old school record that stood for 19-years. 

 Outstanding performances were also turned in by Brooke Boling, Zoe Hendrickx, Madison Moore, Alison Moore, Jill Austin

 Outstandig perfprmers for the boys were Cole Gutknecht, Emmett Gillen, Stefano Martin, Rory Bowles, Jeff Katzeff, Mitch mandigo and Andrew Mizell.

There will be a brief Student Government meeting on Tuesday, August 30th during lunch in Dr. Rockhold’s room 5-230 to discuss Homecoming.  All officers, representatives, and anyone interested in Student Government should attend.


Monday, August 29th during lunch will be your last opportunity to purchase a Homecoming ticket for $30.  This includes a general admission student ticket to the football game.


Freshman Student Government Officer elections will take place on Angel from Monday, August 29th through Friday, September 2nd.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 6th.

The Girls Golf Team won the Naples Eagle Invitational on Saturday with a combined score of 342 - The Sharks were led with a 3-under par, 69 shot by Senior Vasy Montague which earned her 1st place in the tournament as well. The Sharks will face off against Ft. Myers HS today at 3:30 in a match at Ft. Myers CC

 August 25 -

There will be a meeting for all boys interested in playing soccer this year in Coach Scott’s room 5-140, on Wednesday, August 31, at the beginning of lunch. Please attend the meeting to pick up information regarding workouts and tryout dates.

 Attention all Model UN newbies! Meeting in Ms. Soulard’s room 4-111 during lunch on Friday, August 26
 August 24 -

If you are attending the Model UN trip to Georgia in October and you did not sign up for your flight, please see Ms. Layne in room 5-130 by the end of this week.  If you have not signed up for a flight by lunch on Friday, she will place you on whichever flight and seat is available. 

 All freshmen girls interested in playing basketball this year please attend a meeting in Coach Woodruff’s room 4 – 106 on Friday during lunch

The Gulf Coast High School Girls Golf Team defeated Barron Collier High School and Community School of Naples in a tri-match on Tuesday August 23. The final score of the match was:

 August 22 -

Come join the winning tradition! The girls and boys cross country team practices every day from 2:30 to 4:00. We welcome and encourage all athletes of every talent level. Please stop by Mr. Pembroke’s room, #5-242 any day this week.


There will be an informative meeting Thursday at the beginning of lunch in coach Garcia’s room (4-108) for any student interested in baseball.  Please arrive on time.


Boys basketball will be holding an athleticism test Wednesday, August 24th from 6:30-8:00 pm in the gym. Players interested in trying out should attend. See you there.”

August 18 - There will be a mandatory meeting for all girls interested in playing girls basketball this season at lunch this Friday in coach Woodruff’s room 4 – 106. See you there
 Club Rush will be at lunch on 8/30
 August 17 -

Any one new to GCHS that is interested in cheerleading-there will be a tryout today and Thursday Aug 17th & and 18th from 6-8pm in the cafeteria. If you have questions, please stop by room 4-100 to see Coach Hartz. See you there!

There will be a meeting for anyone interested in trying out for boys basketball Thursday at lunch in Coach Diemert’s room, portable 308.

Homecoming tickets will go on sale next week for $20 Monday through Thursday.  Friday the price will go up to $25.00.  This year with your purchase of your homecoming ticket you will receive a ticket to the homecoming game on September 9th. If you are planning on brining someone from another school permission forms are located in the activities office pick one up and get it approved before you try to purchase that person’s ticket next week.

Thank you for coming out and supporting our girls last night in the volleyball match against ECS, if you missed it you missed a great match. the girls are in action again Thursday night as they take on Community School of Naples.

 August 16 - there will be a meeting for anyone interested in trying out for boys basketball Thursday at lunch in Coach Diemert’s room, portable 308
 Incoming Freshmen who wish to run for Student Government Freshmen Class Officer positions must come with current officers, representatives, and anyone else wishing to be a part of Student Government, to the general Student Government meeting on Tuesday, August 16th at the beginning of lunch in Dr. Rockhold’s room (5-230).  Each candidate must fill out and submit a ‘Student Government Class Officer Expectations’ sheet to be turned into Dr. Rockhold (5-230) no later than Friday, August 26th at 3:00pm to be put on the ballot.  Students may only run for one position.  Failure to complete requirements will disqualify you from holding an officer position.  Elections will be held on Monday, August 29th through Friday, September 2nd via Angel.  Winners will be announced on Monday, September 5th.  All officers and representatives will attend Student Government meetings every Tuesday in 5-230 starting at the beginning of lunch
 August 15 - First Day of School

Any one new to GCHS that is interested in cheerleading-there will be a tryout THIS WEEK on Wed and Thursday Aug 17th & and 18th from 6-8pm in the cafeteria. If you have questions, please stop by room 4-100 to see Coach Hartz. See you there!

Any girls that are interested in trying out TOMORROW for girl’s golf need to come see Coach Maya in room 4-101 at lunchtime today.

Student government will hold its first meeting tomorrow in room 5-230 at lunch be prompt.  If you are a freshmen wishing to run for office, please attend this meeting as well.

Tomorrow night our volleyball team is in action in a preseason contest at 7 against ECS.  Come out and support our girl’s tickets are $3.

Friday night our football team opens its season at home against Immokalee kickoff is set for 7:00 make sure you’re there supporting our cheerleaders, band, and football teams.

Homecoming tickets will go on sale next week for $20 Monday through Thursday.  Friday the price will go up to $25.00.  This year with your purchase of your homecoming ticket you will receive a ticket to the homecoming game on September 9th.