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By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 28, 2001

Gibbs class of 1968 to host community awards ceremony

Gibbs Senior High Class of 1968 Inc. will host its seventh annual community awards ceremony tonight at 7:30 at the Enoch D. Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S.

The non-profit organization will present awards totaling $9,500 to Hospice of Florida, Happy Workers Children's Center, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, People of Color Aids Coalition, American Red Cross, Enoch D. Davis Center, Boys and Girls Club Northside, Boys and Girls Club Southside, Total Kids Outreach, CASA and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

For information, call Sylvia Wells-Moore, 866-9009 or 893-2255.

High school seniors, college sophomores invited to USF-St. Petersburg campus

The University of South Florida-St. Petersburg will host an open house for high school seniors and graduating community college sophomores from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday in the Florida Center for Teachers building, Room 118.

The event will give prospective students the opportunity to tour the campus, receive financial aid information and discover areas of study available under the USF colleges of arts and sciences, business administration, education and nursing. Representatives will be available from the honors program, the learning community and student activities.

The campus is located at 140 Seventh Ave. S. For information, call John Vassel, 553-1002.

10 $5,000 scholarships to be awarded nationwide to female spring graduates

Ten $5,000 Chevrolet-Michelle Kwan REWARDS scholarships will be awarded nationwide to female students who will graduate from high school this spring.

Eligibility requirements include a 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale; demonstrated academic and athletic excellence through school teams, intramural activities, organized athletic clubs or other community-based sports organizations; leadership and community involvement; U.S. citizenship or legal residency; intention to enroll in an accredited two- or four-year university for fall term 2001; plans to continue athletic involvement in college; and financial need.

Applications must be postmarked by March 31. For information or to receive an application, visit or call 1-888- 377-5233.

Holocaust museum to hold teacher appreciation event

The Florida Holocaust Museum will host a teacher appreciation evening from 5 to 9 p.m. March 13. The guest speaker will be Holocaust scholar Larry Langer, an expert on Holocaust testimonies and author of The Game Continues: Chess in the Art of Samuel Bak, Pre-empting the Holocaust and Art from the Ashes: A Holocaust Anthology.

The evening will include docent-led tours of the museum, previews of educational resources, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment.

The museum is at 55 Fifth St. S. For information or to reserve a seat, call 820-0100.

Support workers contend for employee of the year award

Several St. Petersburg-area school employees are finalists for the Support Employee of the Year award. They include:

Teresa Bach, a secretary for the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School;Donna Cornetta, a data prep clerk at Lakewood Elementary; Joan Gordon, a paraprofessional at Lealman Avenue Elementary;Penny Kelly, an exceptional student education teacher assistant at Carwise Middle School; andKim Tatarka, an exceptional student education teacher assistant at Nina Harris Exceptional Education Center.

Semifinalists includeDouglas McKeever, head plant operator at Bay Vista Fundamental; andBlanca Rivera, a bilingual assistant at John Hopkins Middle School.

The Support Employee of the Year will be named at a breakfast sponsored by the Pinellas County Teachers Credit Union at 7:30 a.m. March 13 at the Sheraton Sand Key, Clearwater Beach.

Italian students invited to apply for $1,000 scholarship

Students of Italian heritage who are planning to attend accredited universities are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. The award is offered by Italian-American Women of Today, a non-profit cultural and educational organization that supports women of Italian ancestry.

The application deadline is March 30. For information or applications, call scholarship chairwoman Josephine Carbone, 796-4611.

Cash prizes will be awarded for essays with patriotic theme

Gateway American Legion Post 357 of St. Petersburg is accepting entries for the Bill Rine Memorial essay contest. This year's theme is "With Liberty and Justice for All."

The contest is open to Pinellas County 11th- and 12th-grade students, but each school will be limited to five entries. Essays, not to exceed 400 words, must be accompanied by an entry form verified by the student's teacher.

Four cash prizes will be awarded totaling $2,500. Deadline for submissions is April 20.

Entry forms are available at For information, call Harold Macking, 823-8525.

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