PALM HARBOR - Palm Harbor University High School students Jennifer Gilby and Gabrielle Hines represented their city by placing first in senior group exhibit category during the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., June 12-16.
Sophomores in the international baccalaureate program at the time, Gilby and Hines were the only students at their high school to participate in the program.
EAST LAKE - Two former East Lake Eagles baseball standouts are making the jump to the pros.
Pitchers Travis MacGregor and Christian James both received calls from clubs during June’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and both signed contracts with their respective suitors two weeks ago.
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected MacGregor with the 68th overall pick in the second round, two slots behind another Pinellas County high school prospect, Lakewood’s Bo Bichette. According to an MLB.com report, MacGregor agreed to a $900,000 signing bonus. He has already reported to Bradenton to begin his professional career with the Pirates’ Gulf Coast League rookie affiliate and is awaiting his first appearance.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Junior League of St. Petersburg will host a Back to School Care Fair on Saturday, July 30, 8 a.m. to noon, at Enoch Davis Recreation Center, 1111 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg.
The event will provide school physicals, medical screenings, backpacks with school supplies, an educational street fair and community resource information. All services and supplies are made available at no cost to participants.
LARGO - A change in Federal Aviation Administration regulations for drone operators is expected to bring Florida 3,000 new jobs and $632 million in economic impact by 2017 according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
Overall, more than 100,000 Unmanned Aerial Systems jobs over the next 10 years are expected to make an economic impact of $82 billion.
CLEARWATER - The University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Tsongas Industrial History Center announced that it has selected Maryanne Hipple of Clearwater High School to participate in Inventing America - Lowell and the Industrial Revolution, a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture teacher workshop.
Hipple was selected from an applicant group of 224 teachers from around the United States. NEH Landmarks Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music and related subjects in the humanities.
SEMINOLE - In the wake of Christopher Andrew Leinonen’s death, his longtime friend Catherine McCarthy can’t help but wonder what her life would be like if she had never met him.
“I think about that. Would I be more shut off to the world? It’s sad to think about all the other people who didn’t have a Drew in their life,” she said.
Friends of Leinonen - known as Chris while at Seminole High School and Drew later in life - say he always had more foresight than most teenagers. The 2003 SHS grad, who founded the school’s chapter of the Gay Straight Alliance, “was definitely ahead of his time,” said Andrea Laing, one of his best friends since high school.
ST. PETERSBURG - BETA (Business, Economics, Technology Academy) and First Responder Academy Teachers from Gibbs High School stepped out of the classroom recently to participate in Ford Next Generation Learning Externships sponsored by Bank of America through the Pinellas Education Foundation.
They had hands-on experiences and shadowed the professional teams in businesses that connect to their academy instruction.
LARGO - The Pinellas County School Food Service Department has announced details for the 2016 Summer BreakSpot Program. Each summer, the district’s Food Service Department provides breakfast, lunch and/or an afternoon snack to the children of Pinellas County at no charge.
The program provides nutritious meals to children who may not otherwise have access to healthy food when school is out. Food Service serves more than 7,000 lunches, 3,000 breakfasts and 1,500 afternoon snacks each summer at locations throughout the county. Breakfast options include cereal, juice or fruit and milk, lunch includes a sandwich or wrap, fruit, vegetable, juice and milk.
LARGO - As part of Pinellas County Schools’ Summer Reading initiative, the school district has created a summer reading site to help students stay on top of their reading and log their summer reading time.
The site is available at www.pcsb.org/summerreading. Students will have a chance to win weekly prizes like movie passes, sports tickets and tablets, just for logging reading time. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the district has plenty of books for Pinellas County Schools students.