TARPON SPRINGS - Four Tarpon Springs High seniors signed letters May 5, committing to their schools of choice largely based on the academic qualifications of the schools rather than just their football records.
Justin “J.O.K.” Oliver-Kendrick signed with Urbana University, a Division II school based in Urbana, Ohio. Julio “D.J.” Mosquera and Noble Katzer are both headed to Geneva College, a Division III school in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Anthony Croxton II signed with Methodist University, a Division III school in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
“Methodist, they’re known for championships. Anthony is going there, and the expectation there is to win championships,” football head coach Mike Lube explained to the friends and family gathered to celebrate the milestone May 5. “Urbana and Geneva, when you graduate from there, you’re looking at making six figures. That’s the kind of expectation you have from an educational standpoint.”
Pinellas County Schools was awarded the Distinguished Service Award during the 30th annual Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference on May 12.
Pinellas County Emergency Management nominated the district.
For more than 20 years, Pinellas County has partnered with Pinellas County Schools to ensure the citizens have safe places to seek shelter when storms impact the Tampa Bay area. Even prior to school districts being required to make property available for use as shelters in the event of the a storm, Pinellas County Schools has voluntarily opened their facilities as shelters in coordination with Emergency Management.
The Pinellas Education Foundation recently hosted its 13th annual Walker’s Rising Stars Scholarship Competition, presented by Bill Edwards Presents Inc. and sponsored by Kane’s Furniture and Crown Automotive Group.
The event was attended by an estimated 700-member audience at Mahaffey Theater on May 9 and had approximately 4,500 virtual fans through its Fan Favorite online voting on Facebook. The Pinellas Education Foundation gave approximately $60,000 in scholarships and prizes.
The Ryan Wells Foundation provided scholarships for the three finalists in the Culinary Arts category. The finalists in Culinary Arts were:
The Museum of Florida History recently announced the winners of the annual Florida History Fair contest held in Tallahassee May 1-3.
More than 50,000 students from around Florida participated in Florida History Fair this year and the top entries from each county competed at the state contest. At the event, outstanding history teachers from across the state were also recognized and presented with awards.
“The students and teachers who participated in this year’s Florida History Fair are a shining example of the talent and creativity in Florida schools,” said Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “I’d like to recognize all of the students who devoted hours to researching their topics and perfecting their presentations, including the award winners who will represent Florida at the National History Day contest in Washington, D.C. I’d also like to recognize the teachers honored with awards this year whose dedication inspires students to cultivate their interest in history.”
TAMPA - With about 700,000 food-insecure people living in Tampa Bay, the University of South Florida and Feeding Tampa Bay recently formed the Hunger Action Alliance, a strategic partnership to find solutions to this complex problem.
The USF College of Arts and Sciences, USF College of Public Health and Feeding Tampa Bay will work together to improve hunger relief efforts and study the long-term health effects of food insecurity.
“USF’s partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay fills the critical void in understanding how food insecurity impacts our community and allows us to develop solutions to end hunger,” said Eric Eisenberg, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “I am proud that our researchers are committed to improving the lives of Tampa Bay citizens.”
ST. PETERSBURG - A new summer program of 25 noncredit classes and area activities will be offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College during May, June and August.
Topics include the Songs of America, the Tragedy of Richard Nixon, the U.S. Supreme Court, the film “Dr. Strangelove,” Political Comedians, Majorie Kinnan Rawlings, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the film “Jaws,” The Career of Danny Kaye, the Culture of Vienna and Ethel Merman’s Broadway and several others.
Many of the classes meet for a single morning or afternoon session of two hours or less.
The Pinellas County School district is accepting late applications for magnet, fundamental and career programs. Parents are encouraged to apply to programs with available seats, which include:
Center for Journalism & Media Studies at Melrose Elementary, Montessori Academy at Gulfport Elementary, Center for Innovation & Digital Learning at Kings Highway Elementary, International Studies programs at John Hopkins and Largo Middle schools, Center for Journalism & Multimedia at John Hopkins Middle,
Also: Cambridge Pre-AICE at Pinellas Park Middle, Leadership Conservatory for the Arts with Cambridge Pre-AICE at Tarpon Middle, Engineering Gateway to Technology at Azalea Middle, Cambridge AICE programs at Clearwater, Dixie and Tarpon Springs high schools, Business Economics Technology Academy at Gibbs High, Center for Journalism & Multimedia and Academy for Aquatic Management Systems & Environmental Technology at Lakewood High.
Registration for Pinellas County School’s Summer Bridge program is underway. Summer Bridge programs provide engaging activities and intensive instruction over the summer to ensure that students are prepared for maximum success when the next school year begins.
Summer Bridge is especially important for students performing below grade level or who need extra support to be successful.
Most Summer Bridge programs will run Monday through Thursday from June 20 to July 14.
School Resource Officer Cathi Long has been named the Pinellas County Schools SRO of the Year. Long, of the Clearwater Police Department, was chosen from 12 nominees.
Long has worked at Countryside High School for three years. She was chosen because of her commitment to restorative justice for students in setting up a Teen Court at Countryside to help students work through discipline.
The Teen Court program focuses on teen truancy and juvenile arbitration. The class is held during the school day and coaches students in how to be an effective “jury of peers.” Court is held every Wednesday and Thursday and contains an individualized plan of consequences and education for students who commit nonviolent misdemeanor crimes or who have chronic juvenile truancy.
LARGO - The Pinellas Education Foundation awarded a total of $30,000 to the top three winners of its Next Generation Entrepreneurs and Next Generation Tech Programs at an awards ceremony April 27.
First place for each program received $10,000, second place received $3,500 and third place received $1,500. Winners can use the funds to either start their business or to go to college or technical school. Finalists in both programs took part in many different workshops and mentor opportunities with local entrepreneurs in order to hone their product concepts.
Pinellas County Schools is offering several summer STEM camps for students in grades 4-7. The science, technology, engineering and mathematics camps will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at specific schools on the following dates:
* June 20-23 at Pinellas Technical College (St. Petersburg)
CLEARWATER - In celebration of the 46th anniversary of Earth Day April 22, Pinellas County recognized St. Petersburg High School student J.C. Pritchett III, whose photo is the centerpiece of the 2016 Watershed: LiveWorkPlay public outreach campaign.
Taken on St. Pete Beach, the photo of silhouetted hands held in the shape of a heart with the water behind, was the winner of this year’s watershed photo contest, which was open to Pinellas County high school students. Teens were asked to take a photo of where they live, go to school or play and post it to Instagram. A committee that included high school students chose the winning photo. Pritchett received the prize of a canoe trip for six at Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg.