SEMINOLE - Starkey Elementary School is committed to making a difference not only in the local community, but in the global community.
Recently the Principal's Multicultural Advisory Committee learned about the Kiwanis campaign for children called The Eliminate Project at their school. The Eliminate Project seeks to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This disease is harming women and about 60,000 innocent babies each year in developing countries such as India, South Sudan and Nigeria.
The students voted unanimously to partner with the Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole to take a stand for the health of mothers and newborns in developing countries through the Eliminate Project.
PALM HARBOR - Lisa Bitting, an International Baccalaureate teacher at Palm Harbor University High School, was selected by the National Federation of State High School Coaches Associations to receive the 2014 South Sectional Coach of the Year Award.
The Southern section includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Bitting, a Seminole High School grad, coaches the boys swimming and diving team at PHUHS.
PALM HARBOR - Westlake Christian School’s robotics teams earned half the awards for the middle school game division at a local Robofest competition held at Nielsen headquarters on March 14.
Robofest is a festival of competitions and events with autonomous robots that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Students design, construct, and program the robots. The game division presents students with a specific challenge, part of which is unveiled during the competition. No adult assistance is allowed for Robofest competitors. The “WallEs,” composed of Keily Ulatowski (eighth grade), Cameron Smith (seventh grade), and Olivia Schick (sixth grade) earned second place in the Middle School Game division.
"Tru Blu 2.0," composed of Tristan Lopez (eighth grade), Nick Norrie (eighth grade), and Caleb Smith (seventh grade) won the People's Choice Award for the most popular robot in the Game division.
Pinellas County Schools STEM Academies have more than tripled within nearly a year.
Due to the high demand for STEM, an offshoot of the popular after school program will be offered over the summer as STEM camps. Students entering grades 4 through 8 can apply to participate in the two-week summer camps held at eight schools across the county.
PALM HARBOR - The Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the Bill and Louise Hoskins Visual Art Scholarship Program.
This year’s scholarship will be $1,000, to be awarded to a graduating senior who is pursuing higher education in the field of visual arts.
This annual scholarship is available to qualified applicants who reside in the Palm Harbor area, which is the unincorporated area that comprises Palm Harbor, Ozona, Crystal Beach, and East Lake. The area is defined by residences in the following zip codes: 34681, 34683, 34684, 34685, 34688 and 34677.
SEMINOLE - As Dr. James Olliver, provost at St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus, prepares to retire at the end of May, an interim provost has been chosen to fill his position.
Mark Strickland, associate provost of SPC’s downtown St. Petersburg campus, will assume the role of interim provost in Seminole starting June 1.
In his role as associate provost, Strickland has been a major contributor in the implementation and success of the College Experience, along with assisting and serving on numerous college-wide initiatives and committees. In addition to his contributions as an associate provost, he also has been the athletic director since 2007. He’s served in various leadership roles with the Florida College System Activities Association.
ST. PETERSBURG - A broad cross-section of community leaders will submit to questions from citizens when the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions continues a unique design for civic dialog at its second Speed Date Your Local Leaders program, set for Wednesday, April 22, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Museum of Fine Arts, 235 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.
The event includes free pizza.
St. Pete College’s Policy Institute is dedicated to elevating civic engagement through public forums that offer in-depth exploration of today’s critical issues. The Speed Date format gives community members a special way to connect with community leaders in an informal setting.
CLEARWATER - The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall recently announced its Summer Arts 2015 program.
Kicking off June 8, the classes explore talents, help children discover new friends, allow for experiences with professional arts instructors and encourage performances of what has been learned on a stage in a professional setting at Ruth Eckerd Hall. All classes at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts are literacy based and a visual arts specialist teaches arts and crafts sessions daily. Classes are enrolling now.
SEMINOLE - Mark Trotter, a Seminole resident and senior at Keswick Christian School, has been selected for the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America and the National YoungArts Program.
A French horn player, Trotter is one of 114 young musicians selected for the NYO-USA. The members of the 2015 orchestra - all ages 16-19, hailing from 37 states - have been recognized by Carnegie Hall as being among the finest players in the country, following a comprehensive audition process. This summer’s NYO-USA will feature 39 returning musicians from the 2013 and 2014 orchestras. The program is free for all participants.
SEMINOLE - St. Petersburg College’s Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions held its first New Ideas Conference March 27 at the Seminole campus.
Congressman David Jolly served as the event’s honorary host.
“For the college, for Seminole and for the Pinellas County area, my vision was to bring in national thought leaders and pair them with our local thought leaders to really highlight the intellect resources and talent we have here on policy issues,” Jolly said.