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By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 3, 2002

Opera Guild honors four Pinellas music students

The Florida Suncoast Opera Guild recognized four Pinellas County music students for their performances at its 33rd annual vocal competition on March 2.

The guild awarded a $500 first-place prize to Naomi Ardjimand-Kermani, 16, from Palm Harbor University High School; a $300 second-place prize to Jessica Thomas, 17, from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High; a $150 third-place prize to Boris Damianov, 16, also from PCCA; and a $100 fourth-place prize to Amy Maddox, 17, from Indian Rocks Christian School.

A panel of three music professionals chose the students from 18 performers who sang two songs or arias and gave each entrant a private evaluation after the performance.

Junior nominated for youth forum on medicine

Lisa Shad, daughter of Jan and Steve Shad of St. Petersburg, is a nominee for the National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine. The Washington, D.C.-based organization, which recognizes students with leadership potential who plan to pursue careers in medicine, chose Shad to attend a forum at Boston University July 7 through 16.

A junior at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High, Shad, 17, is listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students and has received outstanding academic student awards for 2001 and 2002. She works part time as a nurse helper at Mease Countryside Hospital and volunteers at All Children's Hospital.

Senior named Good Citizen of the Year

The Caravel Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution presented Noel Wells, daughter of Suzanne and Jack Wells of St. Petersburg, with its Good Citizen of the Year award for 2002. The organization chose Wells, 17, for her leadership skills, academic record and extracurricular activities, and for placing first in the DAR's spontaneous writing competition for her essay on patriotism.

The Shorecrest Preparatory senior recently hosted a remembrance ceremony for victims of Sept. 11 at the school which was attended by more than 2,000 community members. She is student council president, president of a student chapter of Students Against Drunk Driving, and volunteers at All Children's Hospital. She served twice as captain of the swim team, was voted most valuable member of the team, and was a two-time state finalist in swimming.

WPDS-Ch. 14 wins 3 top Communicator Awards

WPDS-Ch. 14, Pinellas County Schools' television station, received three top awards and two honorable mentions at the 2001 Communicator Awards, an international competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field.

Channel 14 won an award of excellence for Harassment, a video in which students use role playing to demonstrate how to diffuse harassment situations.

A one-minute black-and-white commercial for the school system's audiovisual repair service also won an award of excellence.

Read to Win, a series of public service announcements encouraging students to read, won an award of distinction.

The station also won honorable mention awards for its 2001 Outstanding Educator of the Year video and for a new station identification announcement.

Local woman makes National Honor Roll

Heather Jennifer Jennings, daughter of Bonnie and Douglas Jennings of St. Petersburg, has been named to the 2001-2002 National Honor Roll Society. The Lakewood High senior plans to attend Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Va.

Seminole High guard unit receives top honor

Seminole High's Winter Guard earned first place for the Scholastic "A" category at the "Colors in the Heartland" competition in Frostproof. The school's "B" color guard was second in its category.

Students compete in National Geographic Bee

Eight Pinellas County students will test their geographic knowledge Friday at the state competition of the 2002 National Geographic Bee. These students are among 108 Florida students who will compete for a chance to go to the national finals in Washington, D.C., in May:

Meera K. Bhakta, Kennedy Middle School; Brian C. Garrity, Our Lady of Lourdes School; James H. Bedell, Ridgecrest Elementary; Michael R. Shutler, Palm Harbor Middle School; Savon Shah, Pinellas Park Middle School; Timothy B. VanCleve, Safety Harbor Middle School; Adam R. Kraus, Holy Family Catholic School; and Everett Rogers, Seminole Middle School.

Time Warner announces foundation awards

Time Warner Communications and the Pinellas County Education Foundation recently announced the 2002 Cable in the Classroom recipients. Each received up to $1,000 to fund classroom projects that use educational programming available through Time Warner Cable broadcasts.

This year's winners are David Dusseault, Southside Fundamental Middle; Nicole C. Jacquay, Madeira Beach Middle; Monika Jordan, Richard L. Sanders Exceptional Student Education Center; Mary Katica, Dunedin Highland Middle; Jennifer Kennedy, Forest Lakes Elementary; Nora Maddox, North Ward Elementary; Jacquelin Martin, Skycrest Elementary; Carol Mutert, Azalea Elementary; Leslie Pohley, Largo Middle; Sherrie Williams, Dixie Hollins High; and Lynn Wolf, Bay Point Elementary.

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