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Broward School Superintendent Vickie Cartwright Finally Makes Statement On FTX Hackathon And Crypto Summit

Video courtesy of Chris Nelson

Broward School Superintendent Vickie Cartwright finally addressed the growing scandal surrounding an FTX Hackathon won by three Broward students. As REDBROWARD first reported in November, the 2022 FTX Hackathon and Crypto Summit offered a one million dollar prize to students from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach schools. The prize was split between Broward students and students from an Alonzo Mourning school in Miami.

In November, FTX imploded after investors learned of accounting irregularities by founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) and his partners. Bankman-Fried was arrested last month by Federal authorities. Experts believe FTX will attempt to collect the prize money from the students due to alleged fraud by SBF.

The FTX Hackathon was the brainchild of his SBF’s father Joe Bankman. His aunt Barbara Miller organized the event with the help of Broward School Board Member Debbi Hixon. Miller is a Democrat political consultant with close ties to numerous School Board Members.

In an exclusive interview with REDBROWARD last November, Hixon confirmed each student received a $15,000 scholarship for winning the Hackathon. The $500,000 grand prize was deposited with an entity at Florida International University (FIU).

Last night at a Broward Schools town hall in Pompano Beach, activist Chris Nelson asked Superintendent Cartwright and Hixon about the FTX matter.

Cartwright read the following statement:

“The FTX charity hackathon was open to students from across south Florida. The competition was not organized by Broward County Public Schools and the District was not a recipient of any funds from FTX.”

But questions still remain.

Did any organization with ties to the District act as a “bridge” between the District and FTX. Did any of these organizations or foundations receive money from FTX?

Why did FIU get the $500,000 prize won by Broward students?

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony Yells At Deputies After Close Encounter With Local Activist; “I Am The Most Important Person” In Broward He Declares

Chris Nelson with two hard working members of the Broward Sheriffs Office (BSO)

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony flew into a closed door rage against his deputies at Wednesday’s special Broward County Commission meeting in Parkland following an attempted handshake from a local activist. Tony joined numerous elected officials and reporters for the swearing ceremony of new County Commissioners Torey Alston and Jared Moskowitz at Parkland City Hall. Chris Nelson, a local resident who gained notoriety for highlighting the hypocrisy of officials during the COVID-19 lockdown, also attended the ceremony.

On his Facebook page, Nelson shared photographs and video of his encounters with Broward’s elected elite. County Commissioners Mark Bogen, Tim Ryan and Jared Moskowitz posed with Nelson. But Nelson’s attempted interaction with the notoriously thin-skinned Sheriff Tony ended with BSO deputies getting yelled at by their boss.

According to a longtime BSO official, Sheriff Tony did not appreciated close contact with the Broward resident. The official told REDBROWARD that Tony took two deputies into a Parkland City Hall conference room and demanded they disable their body cameras.

Once inside the room, Tony excoriated the deputies for failing to keep a twenty-five foot buffer between himself and the public. Tony told his deputies he is “the most important person” in Broward County. Tony said punishment would result if they failed to maintain the buffer.

Video posted by Nelson after the ceremony shows Sheriff Tony gladly posing for pictures with everyone but Nelson. Also, the layout of city hall made any twenty-five foot buffer impractical. Deputies would need to keep Nelson or any member of public out of the public building when Tony was present.

More to come…

courtesy Chris Nelson