LARGO – The Pinellas Education Foundation hosted the 2014 Career Education Breakfast March 19 at the Achieva Conference Center in the Gus A. Stavros Institute.
The keynote speakers were Kyle and Danny Mastronardo. These entrepreneurs and founders of Nardo’s Natural, a family-owned organic skincare line, appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” They shared their inspiring story.
The event also featured Academies of Pinellas Awards, Frances Stavros Career Champion Award, Career Educator Award and $10,000 Next Generation Entrepreneur Grant Award.
During the breakfast reception, a showcase of student skills and programs from the Academies of Pinellas programs was displayed in Finance Park and Enterprise Village. Featured programs included:
• Boca Ciega – Center for Wellness and Medical Programs
• Dixie Hollins – Culinary Arts
• Lakewood – Robotics
• Osceola Fundamental – Culinary Arts
• Pinellas Park – First Responders
In addition, the 2014 finalists for the Next Generation Entrepreneurs program presented ideas and innovations during the breakfast reception. The finalists are:
• Tristan Jackson, Kevin Corkan and Zach Sollman from Palm Harbor University High School who developed Smart Screens.
• Connor Mackin from Country side High School who developed Trixie Treats, natural healthy treats for dogs.
• Jason Wilkinson, Shea Akerman and Jason Williams from East Lake High School who developed a Universal Soldering Attachment.