Fine arts students score big
Land O’ Lakes Christian School students turned in an impressive performance at the Sun-Shine State Association of Christian Schools’ Fine Arts Competition, snaring 26 first-place honors, 18 second-place awards and eight third-place awards. Many students also will compete in the American Association of Christian Schools National Competition in South Carolina, April 10 to April 12. Six students received $1,000 scholarships to Clearwater Christian College for their accomplishments. They were:
–Abbie Nichols, Katie Avriett, Seth Templeton, Andrew Shelburne in music.
–Olivia de la Rosa in communications arts
–Katie Frazier in English.
The school’s Readers’ Theatre also won first place for its presentation of “The Cat in the Hat.”
MOSI spring break camp
MOSI is offering spring break camps for kindergarteners through fifth-graders in Pasco County and private schools. The Powerful Paper camp will explore paper 100 ways, including making paper from scratch. The camp is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 2 through April 6. The program fee is $223 per child, or $168 for MOSI members. For more information, visit www.campfun.org or call (813) 987-6000. The Museum of Science & Industry is at 4801 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa.
The dean’s list
Local students were named to the dean’s list at Emory College, the undergraduate, liberal arts college of Emory University in Atlanta, for the 2011 fall semester. Students must be in the top 20 percent of Emory College or have approximately a 3.81 grade point average or higher to be named to the dean’s list. The students are:
–Michael Filer of Lutz, son of Frederick and Jolie Filer.
–Tristin Kauchick of Lutz, daughter of James and Kay Kauchick.
Odessa student in select group
Nico Tavella, of Odessa, a student at Hillsborough High School, is in a select group of 250 students across the country asked to participate in an intensive weeklong study of journalism and media at George Mason University. Tavella was chosen based on academic accomplishments and demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies. National youth correspondents participate in hands-on learning through simulations that challenge them to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media.
Moore Mickens students of the month
Moore Mickens Education Center has announced students of the month for February. They are: Kate-Lyn Traver, Jorge Zamora, Richard Costner and Yolanda Castillo.
Jorge Zamora was chosen as the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month.
Liberty Middle fares well at history contest
Liberty Middle School students brought home awards from the Hillsborough County School District’s History Fair on Feb. 24. Teacher Simon Meshbesher and David Dick, an intern from the University of South Florida, directed the team. Maya Patel won in the individual website category with her project on India’s Green Revolution to feed the country’s growing population. Maya was recognized as “Most Enthusiastic about the Topic.”
Bailie Franklin and Junie Kim entered the group website category with a project on the historic Brown vs. Board of Education case, which fought school segregation. A group made up of Sayan Chatterjee, Austin Leto and David Alves won third place in the website division for their Vietnam War-era project, which included an interactive timeline, interactive audio pieces, and primary sources.
Teachers can win Disney vacation
The Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels are partnering with Walt Disney World to honor outstanding kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers in the 2012 A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney essay contest.
The fourth annual contest, which runs through April 13, asks first- through 12th-graders to nominate their favorite teacher by writing an essay of no more than 300 words and submitting it via www.downtowndisneyhotels.com. The essay should explain how the teacher has made a difference in the student’s life and will be judged on its relevance to theme, creativity, originality, and the merit of the teacher’s accomplishments as outlined in the essay. Seven winners will be chosen, and those students and their favorite teacher nominees each will win a vacation prize package that includes accommodations, park passes, meals and gas.
Contest winners will be notified by May 1.