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Top of the class

Student achievers

By Times Staff Writer
Published May 11, 2005

Six St. Petersburg High School students will travel to the University of Colorado on May 20-25 for the Odyssey of the Mind world competition.

Alyson Walker, Alison Griner, Tina Gromadzki, Kendyl Tash, Andrew Buckspan and Taylor Hoel will compete against more than 800 teams for the world championship. Their team is the only one from Pinellas County to advance from the state finals held last month at the University of Central Florida.

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Rowan Stanley, a student at Sunflower School in Gulfport, won Best of Show in the Kids at Art division of the Mainsail Arts Festival.

Rowan, 11, participated in a digital photography project. Her photograph won a $500 award.

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The Wellington School band won a superior rating recently at the Busch Gardens Classic Band Festival in the Falk Theater at the University of Tampa.

The band was assessed for its tone, intonation, balance, technique, interpretation and choice of music. Festival judges gave comments to help students improve.

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Sixteen Pinellas students won gold, silver and bronze awards in the 2005 Drop Savers Water Conservation T-shirt design and bumper sticker slogan contests sponsored by Pinellas County Utilities.

The contest, encouraged students to create a T-shirt design or bumper sticker slogan illustrating a water conservation idea.

Winners of gold awards were Madeline Wilkes and Richa Panara, Ridgecrest Elementary; Jessica Jones, San Jose Elementary; Somata Thach, John Hopkins Middle School; and Courtney King, St. Petersburg High School.

Silver award winners were Chloe Beaver, Ridgecrest Elementary; Sabrina Hammond, First Baptist Christian; Kendal Freedman, Skycrest Christian; Elizabeth Botkin, Madeira Beach Middle School; and Nikki Pham, St. Petersburg High School.

Bronze award winners were Rachel Richardson, Skycrest Christian; Lauren Hastings, Sawgrass Lake Elementary; Nora Khatcherian, Curlew Creek Elementary; Kayla Williams, John Hopkins Middle School; and Kathryn Gandeza, St. Petersburg High School.

Louken Thompson from Lakewood High School won the bumper sticker slogan contest.

[Last modified May 11, 2005, 00:46:18]

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