The 2019 ACE Conference started out with a bang with the Forest Hill High School Army JROTC Color Guard presentation of Colors and the National Anthem sung by a local Dreyfoos School of the Arts Student. We were welcomed to West Palm Beach by Dr. Peter Licata, Regional Superintendent of the School District of Palm Beach County. Heard remarks from Carol Bailey, Adult Education Director, Florida Department of Education and Dr. Eric Hall, Chancellor for Innovation, Florida Department of Education. Recognized our 2019 Student Success Story Winners and presented the President’s Award. We concluded with Andrés Ruzo of National Geographic delivering a thoughtful, inspiring and interesting keynote address on discovery and conservation. Tying back his message to the role that education plays in exploration. The Grand Opening General session served as a great way to kick off the 2019 ACE Conference.