Bell, Florida

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Bell is a town in Gilchrist County, Florida, United States. The population was 349 at the 2000 census. Gilchrist County holds two towns, Bell & Trenton. It is situated in the northern part of the county. The Middle/High School is home to approximately 750 students. Bell was once the site of "Swamp Shooters", an alumni game where former University of Florida football players, such as Shane Matthews and Jacquez Green, would, along with volunteers from the audience and school faculty, participate in many different games often relating to the sport of basketball, but also some football competitions. Akin's BBQ, which is noted in many southern restaurant magazines, is a very popular place to dine.

One thing Bell has come to be noticed for is the excellent Bell High-Q teams. During the 07-08 season, the Varsity team held an undefeated record, and the JV team has won the district championship for the past three years (06-07, 07-08, 08-09).

Jady Gray has been elected twice (2008-2009 and 2009-2010) from Bell High School to serve as the Northern VP - Secondary for the Florida Health Occupations Students of America. In 2007, Jeffrey Lee Williams Jr. was elected to serve the Florida FFA Association as the Area II State Vice President. Jeffrey is one of the few to ever be elected to State FFA Office.

Another thing that Bell High School is known for is its excellent Criminal Justice Program. Each year it participates in the Florida Public Service Association Competition and won First place in State 2008-2009. Also, three of the BHS Criminal Justice Program Members are State Officers for F.P.S.A, including Sarah Nesmith, President, Larana Wingate, Historian, and Bobby Brito, Parliamentarian. (2009-2010) Four Of BHS's Criminal Justice Members are a part of the Florida Public Service Association's officer Team for 2010-2011. This including, President-Bobby Brito. Vice President- Larana Wingate. Historian-Juliette Dillon, and Secretary- Lacey Nobles.

It should also be noted that Bell High School's JROTC program is of incredibly high esteem. Having received the "Honor Unit With Distinction" award for seven years in a row, Bell High School's program is among the best it has to offer. It is currently run by SAI Col. McGill, AAI 1st Sgt. Mienholtz, Battalion Commander Kristina Hicks, XO Matthew Krienbihl, and Command Sergeant Major Daniel Freeman.

Geography

Bell is located at 29°45′16″N 82°51′42″W / 29.75444°N 82.86167°W / 29.75444; -82.86167 (29.754443, -82.861712)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 349 people, 125 households, and 91 families residing in the town. The population density was 213.5 people per square mile (82.7/km²). There were 149 housing units at an average density of 91.2/sq mi (35.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.99% White, 2.01% African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.43% from other races, and 0.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

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