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Achievers

By DONNA WINCHESTER

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 27, 2001


Northeast High students fare well at Latin forum

Three Northeast High School world language students took state honors at the 52nd Florida State Latin Forum from a field of 1,200 Latin students in Florida.

Tai Phetsanghane placed sixth in History of the Roman Empire Level II and third in Classical Mythology Level II. Alicia Baker placed fourth in Greek Derivatives Level II and Jon Foster placed second in Greek Derivatives Level I.

In the National Latin Exam Level I, Joshua Levinsky and Chris Armey placed cum laude; Karen Sando, Heather Johnston and Tiffany Nelson placed magna cum laude; and Jamie Toon placed maxima cum laude and earned a silver medal.

At Level II, James Bartha, Nicole Devore, Chantal Johnston and Marina Itric placed magna cum laude; Tai Phetsanghane placed magna cum laude and a silver medal; and Alicia Baker placed summa cum laude and a gold medal.

Gibbs student honored as presidential scholar

Presidential scholar Kevin Rivard, son of Deborah and Paul Rivard of St. Petersburg, was among those honored Monday in a ceremony at Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Rivard was one of 121 presidential scholars honored nationwide during Presidential Scholars National Recognition Week. A 2001 graduate of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, Rivard's awards include the 2000-2001 National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Talent Search and the 2001 Music for Youth Foundation's $25,000 cash prize.

He plans to attend the Juilliard School in New York in the fall.

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