Stanton College Preparatory School

Deesha Philyaw
Courtesy Deesha Philyaw

Jacksonville native Deesha Philyaw has won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and is using her spotlight to uplift other Black women writers. 

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

As Jacksonville residents grapple with whether to remove the city’s Confederate monuments a group of area high school students are offering a more conciliatory alternative to the normally fractious debate among adults.


  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed an upcoming conference on the future of healthcare with Duval County Medical Society CEO Bryan Campbell and president Dr. Sunil Joshi (00:58). We heard about ways to prevent childhood drownings with Winston Family YMCA Aquatics Director Cindi Partee and Murphco of Florida Vice President Josh Harrison (29:47), who nearly drowned when he was a child. We spoke with best-selling author Issac Lidsky (37:46) and we met Stanton Preparatory School students Ashlie Malone, Arvind Sommi, Walker Miller and Haley Lee (45:03), who placed in the top 10 of the recent national Academic Worldquest.  


Milind Mishra‏ via Twitter

Stanton College Preparatory School administrators apologized this week after students protested fliers they saw as demeaning women. Students raised awareness of the fliers online using the Twitter hashtag, #SCPGoodGirl.


WJCT News

WJCT’s quarterly program Community Thread started a conversation about the politics of arts education this month.

The program reflected a national debate over whether science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, programs should include the arts, or what’s called a “STEAM” approach.


Florida Memory

Tuesday marks 115 years since a fire destroyed 146 blocks of Jacksonville. The inferno began at a LaVilla mattress factory on the corner of Beaver and Davis Streets.

The fire not only destroyed the city, but marked a turning point for one of the city’s African-American leaders, James Weldon Johnson.


Farryn James

A Jacksonville high school student is hoping to bring attention to the city’s high murder rate with The Golden Shoes Project.  It’s a series of installations of gold-painted shoes meant to commemorate lives lost to violence.           

Stanton High School sophomore Jack Lagoy says the intent is to stop the violence. 

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Two Jacksonville girls are celebrating a $1,500 dollar prize for their short film about recycling.