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TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs High School Winter Guard are the 2016 Winter Guard International Scholastic World Champions.

The ensemble was awarded the title April 9 at the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, with a score of 97.6. The cast of performers took the floor as the forerunner in the final field of 15 winter guard groups from around the nation. The 36-member ensemble along with three Tarpon Springs High School instrumentalists’ show is based on New York City and titled NY2.

Winter Guard International Scholastic World Class is made up of the most advanced programs and performers, according to the WGI website. Tarpon Springs Winter Guard was promoted from the Scholastic Open Class after the 2010 season and has competed at the Scholastic World level for five years.
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Achieving the Dream and St. Petersburg College recently announced that SPC will receive $25,000 over a two-year period to expand and strengthen financial empowerment activities designed to strengthen students’ money management skills and knowledge.

The grant, funded by OneMain Holdings Inc. and administered by Achieving the Dream, recognizes that students’ ability to manage their money, including financial aid, plays a significant role in students’ ability to persist and complete their studies. St. Petersburg College is one of five community colleges in the ATD network receiving grants to launch or expand student financial empowerment efforts.

“One of the challenges students face is in making wise decisions regarding student loans, along with understanding the serious consequences of defaulting on their student loans,” said Michael Bennett in a press release. Bennett is SPC’s associate vice president of Financial Assistance Services. “We are very excited to have been awarded this grant, especially during national Financial Literacy Month. The funds will go far in helping us educate students and provide much needed guidance on a peer-to-peer level.”
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CLEARWATER - The Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College will host a free Small Business Week Speaker Series at EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N.

All events are free and open to the public with meals are included. Seating is limited. Pre-registration is preferred. For information, call 727-341-4445 or email workforce@spcollege.edu.
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Students from Dunedin Highland Middle School and Forest Lakes Elementary School have been invited to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

More than 800 teams from around the world will compete in the finals in May.

Two teams from Dunedin Highland Middle School won awards at the Florida State Odyssey of the Mind tournament. The eighth-grade team took first place in their division and the seventh-grade team took second place. Both teams will advance to World Finals in Iowa in May. The Forest Lakes Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team has also been invited to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The team won first place in the Buccaneer Bay region for their division and came in second place at the state level.
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Thursday, April 21
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DUNEDIN - Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

In the third installment of Artistic Discovery DFAC’s Congressional District 13 Pinellas County High Schools art showcase, a number of talented area students were chosen for special recognition.
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DUNEDIN - Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

In the third installment of Artistic Discovery DFAC’s Congressional District 13 Pinellas County High Schools art showcase, a number of talented area students were chosen for special recognition.

Shorecrest Preparatory School 11th-grader Logan Gatherlim’s “Working Hands,” was chosen Best of Show. Bridget Davis, Lacey Sojka and Erin Stein received Artistic Merit awards. The awards were handed out April 10 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center by Congressman David Jolly. Gatherlim received to tickets to travel to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, where her work will be featured in the halls of Congress for the coming year.
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LARGO - Pinellas County Schools and community partners have created a summer reading program to help stop the Summer Reading Slide. Over the summer, many young people and their families lose access to critical supports that keep them safe, healthy and engaged in learning.

The goals of the Summer Reading Initiative are to put books into the hands of our students, track their progress and provide incentives for increasing school and community engagement in reading for all K-12 students.

During the week of April 25, the district will kick off its Fill the Bus book drive, with several drop-off locations, including local malls, Barnes & Noble stores and the Pinellas County Schools Administration building. Start collecting books now.
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The Ryan Wells Foundation turns local culinary students into celebrity chefs for the night

The Ryan Wells Foundation, a nonprofit organization, will host its 11th Evening with the Chefs Friday, April 22, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Sheraton Sand Key.
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Thursday, April 14
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EAST LAKE - Team 79 Krunch, a First Robotics Competition team from East Lake High School, made it to the regional competition in Rocket City, Alabama, this year.

The team took third place out of 63 teams competing at the Orlando Regional on March 11-12 at the University of Central Florida. Their record for the competition was 11-4. The team also won the Team Spirit Award, given by the FCA Foundation, in Orlando.

The team’s robot performed all of the challenges that it was designed to do, which included grappling a 6-foot high bar, retrieving “boulders” and firing them at a small goal and conquering several types of obstacles such as an area of rough terrain, a raised drawbridge and a lowered castle gate. Their placement sent the team to the next level.
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Wednesday, April 13
LARGO - Terry Boehm, the longtime president of the Pinellas Education Foundation and president of the newly formed Future Plans USA LLC, recently announced that he is leaving his position as president of the foundation early next year to focus on Future Plans, an innovative academic and career guidance service.

Gary Regoli, vice chair of the foundation and CEO of Achieva Credit Union, will lead the nationwide search for the foundation’s new president.

Boehm is scheduled to leave his position with the Foundation in January 2017 but will remain until new leadership can be secured. Regoli said that a national search for Boehm’s successor would likely take six to nine months.
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Students have access to free, personalized practice for the redesigned SAT through a partnership between Khan Academy and the College Board.

Pinellas County Schools has made it a priority to educate students and parents about the new SAT and how to prepare for the test. The district’s efforts to prepare students were recently acknowledged by the College Board, which owns the SAT.

The district is fifth in the nation for students who have linked their Khan Academy accounts to their College Board accounts to obtain personalized practice on the SAT.
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CLEARWATER - Morton Plant Mease’s sports medicine program will offer free sports physicals to student athletes Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m. to noon, at Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St., Palm Harbor.

For more than 15 years, the health system has provided free sports physicals to approximately 8,000 student athletes.

Morton Plant Mease physicians, certified athletic trainers, and physical therapists will check students’ height, weight, blood pressure, lungs, musculoskeletal system and vision. Students who wear glasses or contact lenses should bring them.
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