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Three educators honored for being exceptional too

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 15, 2002

The Suncoast Council of Exceptional Children honored three educators at its 24th annual spring awards banquet.

Susan B. Johnson from Cypress Elementary received the Jack R. Lamb Rookie Teacher of the Year award. Margaret "Pam" Bryant from Northwest Elementary received the Exceptional Student Education Teacher of the Year award and Susan Daniels, principal at Ponce de Leon Elementary, received the Administrator of the Year award.

The council recognizes individuals who make extraordinary contributions to children enrolled in exceptional student education programs.

Eighth-graders to present environmental project

A group of Madeira Beach Middle School eighth-graders will present an environmental project at the Wheelabrator Technologies Environmental Symposium 2002 next week in Naples. They will participate with students from three other Florida schools in the two-day conference.

Under the guidance of social studies teacher Kyle Wright, the students spent six months investigating waste management and setting up a paper recycling program at the school.

Participating students include Ashley Allwood, Cat D'Anjou, Kevin Bellemore, Jesse Collins, Karishma Huda, Erica Johnson, Daniel Lewarne, Katie Martens, Regina Scott, Braxon Shenn and Josh Shiverdecker.

Black bear essay wins student second place

Megan Harrison, a fifth-grader at Perkins Elementary, won second place in a Defenders of Wildlife contest for her essay on the Florida black bear. Megan, 10, was the only local winner in the contest, which attracted Florida students in grades three through seven.

A representative of Defenders of Wildlife will visit the school today and present Megan with a $500 savings bond.

Student wins recognition for strength in science

Stella Naco, daughter of Elvira and Antoni Naco of St. Petersburg, is a United States Achievement Academy award winner in science. One of her teachers at Riviera Middle School nominated her for the national award.

The United States Achievement Academy recognizes students for their academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, enthusiasm and motivation to learn and improve. Stella's name will appear in the United States Achievement Academy official yearbook, which is published nationally.

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