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Renaissance Center recognizes 12 students

By PAULETTE LASH RITCHIE

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 2000


INVERNESS -- Every nine weeks the Renaissance Center holds an awards ceremony to reward students who have made the effort to improve in behavior, academics or both. It's a chance, said school psychologist Andy Nott, to brag about the positive accomplishments of those students.

The Renaissance Center serves students who have difficulties being successful at their home schools.

The school recently held its first awards ceremony for the new year and 12 of the school's 100 studentswere honored.

Matt Dey received the Principal's Award. James Stokes received two awards, one for academic excellence and one for social studies. The academic improvement awards went to Thorne Norris and Michael Webb. Ryan Couch and Trevor Wellman received awards for behavioral improvement. Matt Jones received a math award and Kristy Robinson received the language arts award.

John Pendergast won the science award and Brian Pummill received a social studies award. Cody Lovell received a language arts award and Steven Stiller got the English award.

High school language arts teacher Wanda McClellan organized the celebration beginning a couple of weeks ahead of time. She tied the construction of decorations into her lessons and she says her students didn't knew they were doing anything besides their studies until she pulled it all together.

The honored students were chosen through nominations from teachers and the final selections were made by groups of their teachers. Selected students received invitations to the celebration and plaques. Those were funded by the School Advisory Enhancement Council.

"A lot of our students have never been recognized for a positive accomplishment and they all have talents," said McClellen. "We call it our celebration of student success. They're real proud of those plagues. It's a real self-esteem boost."

Two local Scouts receive Boy Scout of the Year honors

The Withlacoochee District of the Gulf Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America, has awarded two Boy Scouts the district's Boy Scout of the Year. Derik Hilbert, an Eagle Scout of Troop 421 in Spring Hill and Danny Aumack, a Life Scout in Troop 302 in Inverness were said to be examples for all area Scouts to follow. They were awarded a special off-shore charter fishing trip donated by Captain Frank Bourgeois of the Always Fishing Guide Service, Spring Hill.

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