Benefit concert planned
The Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel will present a special benefit concert featuring Phil Dirt and the Dozers to benefit the center’s educational programs.
The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23. Tickets are $20 each, with special pricing for groups. Call the box office at (813) 794-8772 to order tickets or for additional information.
Bishop McLaughlin open house
Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High is hosting an admissions open house from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 for seventh- and eighth-graders at, 13651 Hays Road in Spring Hill.
Those attending will have a chance to meet the school’s faculty and learn about financial aid and transportation.
Additional information is available by visiting www.bmchs.com or by calling Kathy Hinton-Scott, director of admissions, at (727) 857-2600 ext. 244.
Oakstead Elementary spring sprint
Oakstead Elementary is hosting its third annual Spring Sprint for a Healthier Generation on March 16. The 5K starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 1-mile at 8:15 a.m.
Participants of all ages are welcome, and awards will be given in categories beginning for children less than age 5 through adults older than age 60.
The event encourages families, as well as office workers, to get out and exercise together.
The packet pickup is March 15 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Oakstead, 19925 Lake Patience Road in Land O’ Lakes. On race day, the packet pickup begins at 6 a.m. at Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St. in Land O’ Lakes. Early bird pricing is available. To find out more, visit https://sites.google.com/site/oaksteadspringsprint/.
Seeking nominees for youth award
The Hillsborough County Commission is seeking nominees through Feb. 28 for its Youth Excellence and Achievement Awards (YEA! Awards).
Awards nominations can be submitted for both middle and high school students in each of the following categories:
—Leadership – demonstrating positive impact on others in an ongoing endeavor, such as sports, academics and the arts
—Success despite difficult odds – overcoming tremendous personal difficulty to attain success and have a positive impact on others
—Volunteer or community service – allocating their discretionary time to helping others or completing a project that has added to the betterment of the community
The awards will be presented at a county commission meeting in the spring.
For additional information on the YEA! Awards, call (813) 274-6787.
Hillsborough schools get federal grant
The Hillsborough County public school district has received a $500,000 federal grant for a school-based health center. The grant was authorized under the Affordable Care Act and will allow the school district to construct a health center to provide services to children from economically distressed families living around the University of South Florida.
Saint Leo’s new business Affairs VP
Jeanne T. Plecenik has joined Saint Leo University as its vice president of business affairs. In her new role, she oversees finance, risk management, regulatory issues, human resources, technology services and facilities operations.
Before joining Saint Leo, she was vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
She currently is a doctoral candidate in finance and accounting at Pace University in New York City.
Moore Mickens’ students of the month
The Moore Mickens Education Center announced the students of the month for December: Abbie Musgrove, Jesse Malone, Ashley Nottingham and Maria Rosales.
These students were honored on Jan. 24 for achieving a 4.0 grade point average (GPA): Kelly Butterfield, Dustin Chancey, Mark Jordan, Edward Lombardi, Abbie Musgrove, Steven Reid, Jacob Stanley and Celeste Toj Yat.
These students were honored for achieving a 3.2 GPA or better: Tyler Bedell, Gilberto Bonew-Davila, Shay Cook, Ricky Costner, Amber Denney, Tyler Dennis, David Graves, Cassie Greene, Laelah Haynes, Ivan Hernandez, Dylan Hodock, Rachael Kolaric, Tabitha Lee, Wanice Matthews, Jose Mendoza, Jarrett Mobelini, Kristi Morris, George Newkirk, Jasmine Oquendo, Samantha Petersen, Donald Pitts, Sabrina Remick, Ingrid Rodriguez, Oswaldo Rodriguez, Joshua Taylor, Richard Thomas, Kaitlyn Thompson, Kate-Lyn Traver and Angelica Tull.
Odessa student makes achievement list
Jason Getreu, of Odessa, made the fall 2012 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 445 students recognized for scholastic success. To be eligible, a student must previously earn at least 15 credit hours, be enrolled in three to 14 hours of courses and earn a 3.5 or higher grade point average.
Lutz resident achieves dean’s list
Jaime Maier, of Lutz, earned a spot on the Loyola Marymount University Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. Students named to the dean’s list have completed 15 semester hours and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Additionally, a student must have completed all of his or her courses and never received an F in any course.
Hillsborough Choice applications
The Hillsborough Choice application period for elementary schools closes February 14. Applications are available online at http://choice.mysdhc.org.
Upcoming MOSI events
The Home School Inventor Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). Prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit www.campfun.org.
The MOSI Robo Club will meet from 10 a.m. until noon on Feb. 23. This program, which is geared for children ages 9 through 14, gives kids a chance to work with electronics, build with parts and program robots to solve exciting challenges. Preregistration is requested. For more information, call (813) 987-6000.
The MOSI Game Designers Club will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 23. Video game enthusiasts join the MOSI Game Designers Club. The club, designed for kids ages 11 through 17, provides a chance to learn about the latest gaming technologies and upcoming gaming releases. Preregistration is requested. For more information, call (813) 987-6000.