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High School Seniors to be Honored by City Commission

FSDB seniors Samantha Washburn (Deaf Department) and Gage Vanderwerf (Blind Department) holding diplomas, wearing their graduation cap and gown.

At the conclusion of each academic year, Historic City News reports the names of a graduating senior from each of St. Johns County’s high schools; chosen for his or her leadership and service to school, to community, and to other students.

The St. Augustine City Commission will recognize the students at the beginning of the regular meeting on Monday, May 13th, with the presentation of the 2019 Citizenship Awards.

The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St. The meeting is open to the public and will be broadcast live on Government TV/Comcast Channel 3 as well as on where it may be seen on demand the day following the ceremony.

Award recipients, selected by each school, receive a commemorative plaque, a city lapel pin, and $200 to assist with further educational endeavors.

Congratulations to the 2019 Citizenship Award recipients:

  • Ruchi Patel, Allen D. Nease High School

  • Amanda Higley, Bartram Trail High School

  • Matthew Ortiz, Creekside High School

  • Martin Vanderwerf, FSDB Blind Department

  • Samantha Washburn, FSDB Deaf Department

  • Marisa Flowers, Pedro Menendez High School

  • Grace Freedman, Ponte Vedra High School

  • Nicolo Sapienza, St. Augustine High School

  • Isaac Mills, St. Johns Technical High School

  • Gisselle Santiago, St. Joseph Academy


About FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. For a campus tour or to inquire about eligibility for enrollment, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit


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