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Top achievers

By DONNA WINCHESTER

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 11, 2001


Kristen Hollingworth, daughter of Cheryl and Larry Hollingworth of St. Petersburg, is a United States Achievement Academy national award winner.

Kristen's science teacher at St. Petersburg High School nominated her for the award for her academic excellence in science.

The United States Achievement Academy is an organization similar to Who's Who Among American High School Students. It recognizes middle and high school students for academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities and enthusiasm.

Kristen's name will appear in the United States Achievement Academy official yearbook, which is published nationally.

Several Pinellas County Center for the Arts and Boca Ciega High School students were recognized in the 2001 Artistic Discovery competition for high school students in Florida's 10th Congressional District.

Michael Vasquez, a senior at PCCA, won Best of Show. PCCA senior Christin Ripley, junior Ryan Nicholas and sophomore Jamie Waters won awards of merit.

Honorable mentions went to Boca Ciega senior Lloyd Wood Jr.; PCCA seniors Derek Donnelly and Rebecca Ingram; Boca Ciega sophomore Kelli Kreighbaum; and PCCA sophomore Erik Hagen.

The Pinellas County Education Foundation awarded a $100 U.S. Savings Bond to the Best of Show winner. Each Award of Merit recipient will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

Southwest Airlines provided two tickets for the Best of Show winner to attend the June 19 opening of the national exhibition in Washington, D.C., where the students' work will remain on display in the Capitol through 2001.

The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg gave a one-year membership to each of the honorees.

Alyson Walker, daughter of Delores and Robert Walker of St. Petersburg, is one of 34 Nestle's Very Best in Youth winners. The nationwide program is sponsored by Nestle and Reading Is Fundamental.

Alyson, a sixth-grader at Shorecrest Preparatory School, was selected for her academic achievements, citizenship and community involvement.

A $1,000 donation will be made in her name to the charity of her choice. She will attend a black-tie awards ceremony in Los Angeles in August to accept the award and she will be featured in a full-page advertisement in USA Today.

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