By TIMES STAFF
Published May 23, 2007
DISTRICT WINS CHARACTER AWARD
The Pinellas County School District has been named the only school district in the United States to win the National Schools of Character award from the Character Education Partnership. Only 10 schools and districts are selected for the prestigious award by the CEP each year. The district also will receive the State District of Character award, a precursor to the national award, from the University of Central Florida and the Golden Rule Foundation today in Orlando.
The awards program honors schools or districts that excel in exemplifying the Character Education Partnership's Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education and demonstrate an outstanding character education initiative that yields positive results in student behavior, school climate and academic performance.
Cross Bayou Elementary in Pinellas Park was one of 10 National Schools of Character award winners last year.
8 students honored with Merit Scholarships
Eight Pinellas students have been named college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
They are among 2, 200 high school seniors chosen thus far for scholarships underwritten by more than 190 higher education institutions.
- Melissa L. Balmer, a 2007 graduate of the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School, received a merit scholarship from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
- Guilherme Nettesheim, a 2007 graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at Palm Harbor University High School, received a merit scholarship from the University of Chicago.
- Chelsea M. Daniel and Lara K. Musser, 2007 graduates of the International Baccalaureate program at Palm Harbor University High School, both received merit scholarships from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
- John J. Bavlsik, a 2007 graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at Palm Harbor University High School, received a merit scholarship from Boston University.
- Evan D. Schwartz, a 2007 graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg High School, received a merit scholarship from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
- Scott F. Lee, a 2007 graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg High School, received a merit scholarship from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
- Mark R. Selby, a 2007 graduate of St. Petersburg High School, received a merit scholarship from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Sponsor colleges and universities - 115 private and 79 public institutions - are in 44 states and the District of Columbia.
College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2, 000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.
'Weekly Reader' honors 2 student newspapers
The student newspapers at Melrose Elementary School and John Hopkins Middle School, both in St. Petersburg, have been named the best in the nation by the Weekly Reader's 2007 What's Your Story? Student Publishing Awards.
The awards recognize the best in nonfiction publications and individual writing by students.
The publications were judged on criteria that includes crisp, clear, interesting writing, engaging display type, clean, attractive layout of pages, effective use of photos and illustrations, and consistent use of grammatical principles.
Prizes include a $500 check to the winning school, a plaque, a visit to the school by a Weekly Reader editor, and a year's classroom subscription to a Weekly Reader publication.
The schools will be honored at the annual Association for Educational Publishers luncheon in June in Washington, D.C.
Boca Ciega salutatorian wins $1, 500 scholarship
Derek P. Nieber, a 2007 graduate and salutatorian of Boca Ciega High School, has received a $1, 500 scholarship from the Best Buy Children's Foundation.
Recipients are chosen based on community service and academic achievement.
Nieber, the son of Dr. Matthew and Nanda Nieber of St. Petersburg, plans to attend the University of Florida Honors College in Gainesville, where he will major in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Seminole High students win FAU scholarships
Two 2007 graduates from Seminole High School have been awarded $12, 000 four-year academic scholarships by Florida Atlantic University's Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College.
- Kevin C. Pels, 17, is the son of Simon and Marguerite Pels of Seminole.
- Lindsay McCullough, 18, is the daughter of Donna Hale and Greg McCullough of Seminole.
Established in 1961, FAU serves more than 25, 000 students on six campuses statewide.
Two students spell well in annual Lutheran bee
Students from Our Savior Lutheran School in St. Petersburg recently competed in the annual Lutheran Schools Regional Spelling Bee at St. Paul Lutheran School in Lakeland.
Maja Haerle won the third-grade division, and Shilo Moore won the middle school division.
The competition included Lutheran schools from Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Polk counties. Our Savior Lutheran, 5843 Fourth Ave. S, for students age 3 to grade 8, is celebrating its 25th year.
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