CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Central Catholic High School community inducted six alumni into the CCC Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 25, during halftime of the football game. The inductees were Colin McCarthy (2006), Cameron Martin (2009), Molly Malloy-Crawley (1986), Craig Gilman (1981), Ken Jewell (1985) and Chris Marquardt (1988).
Colin McCarthy earned six varsity letters at CCC as a member of the football and basketball teams. He remains CCC’s all-time tackle and sack leader and was named All-State his senior year. Colin attended the University of Miami on a football scholarship where he was selected team captain and All-ACC his senior year. He was awarded the Plumer Award for leadership, motivation and spirit and was a Butkus Award candidate. Colin was drafted in 2011 by the Tennessee Titans and played from 2011-2015 before shoulder injuries led to his retirement earlier this year.
Cameron Martin earned four varsity letters as a member of the CCC swim team and was a two-time Florida State Champion. Cameron was a two-time Academic All-American, five-time All-American swimmer and ten-time school record holder. After graduating from CCC, Cameron accepted a scholarship to swim for the University of Florida. He led the UF team to the SEC Championship and was named Academic All-American and All-American. Cameron continues to assist with the UF swim team while working towards his Ph.D.
LARGO - Test scores released recently by the Florida Department of Education show Pinellas students performed as well or better than the rest of the state for the majority of grade levels and subject areas on the 2015 Florida Standards Assessment.
The state has released the results for the new Florida Standards Assessment, which was given for the first time last year (2014-15) and is designed to measure the new, more rigorous Florida standards. This is the first year that students across Florida have been tested on the new standards.
The first year of this assessment is designed to provide school districts with a baseline that is aligned to the tougher standards. The scores are not comparable to the previous FCAT assessment that was designed around different, less rigorous standards.
GULFPORT - Largo’s Brandon Drayton shined on both sides of the ball to lead Largo to a dominating 47-0 victory over district foe Boca Ciega in Gulfport on Oct. 2.
The senior caught a touchdown pass, returned an interception for a touchdown and had a fumble recovery to lead the way for the Packers (4-1, 2-0), who led 27-0 after the first quarter, 40-0 at halftime, and scored touchdowns in five different ways in the first half.
Seniors Isaiah Thomas and John Clark helped contribute to the blowout on offense. Thomas completed 3 of 5 passes for 63 yards, but also had two carries for 76 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
OLDSMAR - Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis, city council members and City Manager Bruce Haddock celebrated the ribbon cutting for the new Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College, at 127 State St. W. in Oldsmar, Sept. 15.
Formerly the Oldsmar Senior Center, the new facility will have courses in manufacturing, business management and technology, according to the SPC press release from Rita Farlow, director of marketing and strategic communications.
“The goal is to bring training options to a specific area of the county, where local businesses have expressed the need to close skills gaps and to expand education opportunities for residents in north Pinellas,” Farlow said.
Achieving the Dream recently announced St. Petersburg College earned Leader College distinction - a national designation awarded to community colleges that commit to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.
St. Petersburg College has shown how data can inform policy and practice to help community college students achieve their goals, resulting in improved skills, better employability and economic growth for families, communities, and the nation as a whole. SPC was the only college in Florida selected to receive the designation this year.
The college was recognized for its efforts to narrow achievement gaps and improve student success rates. From Fall 2011 to Fall 2013, SPC saw course success rates (identified as an A, B or C grade) for First-Time-In-College African-American students in all enrolled courses increased by 8 percentage points, while Hispanic students increased 9.1 percentage points. Additionally, St. Petersburg College saw increases in student persistence rates, particularly among minority FTIC students.
ST. PETERSBURG - Eckerd College is offering students and their parents a new way to beat the rising cost of college tuition as the latest school to join Private College 529 Plan, a pre-paid tuition plan that enables participating families to lock in today’s tuition rates for future education.
Eckerd joins more than 280 participating private colleges and universities that make up Private College 529 Plan. Member institutions sponsored the plan for families who value a private college education for their children.
By pre-purchasing tuition, families can potentially save thousands of dollars - avoiding future increases in tuition as well as stock market volatility. Eckerd College is the seventh Florida institution to join Private College 529 Plan.
ST. PETERSBURG - Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will usher in the St. Petersburg College Foundation’s new Distinguished Speakers Series Monday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m., at the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N.
Proceeds from the event, The Wozniak Project: An Evening with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, will support Foundation scholarships for SPC students. Known as one of the most important innovators of our time, Wozniak will lead a lively, interactive discussion customized for his audience.
ST. PETERSBURG - Largo sophomore Cameron Tisdale made his one 23-yard catch and one carry count Sept. 18 in a Class 6A, District 9 matchup against Dixie Hollins. The sophomore cashed both in for touchdowns as the Packers (3-1, 1-0) rolled past the Rebels (0-4, 0-1) in a balanced effort on both sides of the ball for a 28-0 victory.
Seniors Benjie Wright and John Clark led the way for the Packers’ offense. Clark had 14 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown, while Wright had 217 all-purpose yards, including 125 on punt returns.
Largo’s defense stifled the Rebels, racking up six sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
PINELLAS PARK - Juvenile Welfare Board and Pinellas County Schools hosted the launch event for “Kindergarten Counts” Sept. 18 at Skyview Elementary, 8601 60th Street North, in Pinellas Park.
As part of Attendance Awareness Month, Pinellas County Schools and JWB are reminding kindergarteners and their parents of the importance of being in class each day. During the launch event, representatives handed out free coloring books to promote school attendance
Findings from a recent study found that absences of Pinellas County children were high among kindergarteners. In response, JWB launched “Kindergarten Counts,” an initiative aimed at promoting the importance of good school attendance starting early in kindergarten. School attendance is one factor associated with grade-level reading proficiency.
ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg College joins Florida State College at Jacksonville and Broward College in receiving a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that will increase apprenticeships and help close the workforce skills gaps in the information technology, manufacturing, healthcare and construction and trades industries in Florida.
FSCJ is leading the Florida Apprenticeship consortium, the only group in Florida to be awarded the federal grant, and one of only five in the South region, which spans from Texas to North Carolina.
Under the American Apprenticeship Grant program, the Department of Labor chose 46 public/private partnerships to receive $175 million to train and hire more than 34,000 new apprentices in high-growth and high-tech industries. The partnerships will combine the efforts of employers, colleges, industry organizations, state and regional Registered Apprenticeship systems, state and regional workforce investment systems, school districts, community nonprofits and state agencies to expand high-quality apprenticeships.
Tampa Bay Rays and Helios Education Foundation recognized a new class of scholars for 2015-16 during a pregame presentation at Tropicana Field Sept. 13.
Beginning in 2012, the Rays and Helios Education Foundation teamed up to provide $1 million in college scholarships for students participating in Take Stock in Children in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee and Pasco counties over a five-year period.
The new scholars were joined by their Take Stock in Children mentors and representatives from Helios Education Foundation and the Rays.
ST. PETERSBURG - For the third year in a row, John Hopkins Middle School’s J. Hop Times is a finalist for the 2014 Pacemaker Awards from the National Scholastic Press Association.
The award is presented to the nation’s top schools for scholastic journalism excellence. The Pacemaker Award is the highest honor given in the scholastic press industry.
Launched by NSPA in 1927, the award is judged and awarded based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.