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Schools name candidates for top Support Employee

By Times staff reports
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published November 28, 2001

Pinellas County Schools information services department has announced finalists and semifinalists for the 2001-2002 Support Employee of the Year. They will be honored at a breakfast Jan. 11 at the Sheraton Sand Key, where the Support Employee of the Year will be named.

Finalists are Karen Cox, a licensed practical nurse at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Center; Karen Gardner, a teacher assistant at Safety Harbor Elementary; James Hawblitzel, head plant operator at Bay Park Partnership; Rosemary Ingersoll, food service manager at Seminole Middle; Richard Mahoney, video equipment specialist at Instructional Television Programs/Production; Roberta Ogdie, a teacher assistant at Mount Vernon Elementary; Judith Polinsky, a secretary-bookkeeper at Ridgecrest Elementary; Debra Rothgeb, a secretary at Largo High; Mary Seary, a secretary-bookkeeper at Highland Lakes Elementary; and Mentha Thomas, food services manager at Gibbs High.

Semifinalists are Jean Boerwinkle, a teacher assistant at Blanton Elementary; Joyce Ferrero, a secretary-bookkeeper at Oldsmar Elementary; JoAnn Lersch, a clerk specialist at Blanton Elementary; Deborah Michel, an exceptional student education teacher assistant at Seminole Vocational Education Center; Nancy Nieset, a secretary at Bay Point Middle; Piper Prichard, a bookkeeper at Madeira Beach Middle; Melissa Rodriguez, a bilingual assistant at Blanton Elementary; Nicole Schwing, a clerical assistant at Mount Vernon Elementary; LaTanya Smith, an exceptional student education teacher assistant at Blanton Elementary; and Carol Tuorto, a physical education assistant at Starkey Elementary.

Palm Harbor high school to host math competition

The 11th annual Pinellas County mathematics team competition is scheduled for Dec. 7 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Palm Harbor University High, 1900 Omaha St. The competition covers algebra I, geometry, algebra II, precalculus and calculus.

Sponsored by the Pinellas Council of Teachers of Mathematics and teacher advisers of high school Mu Alpha Theta chapters, the event is expected to attract as many as 500 public and private high school students.

For information, call Renee Fish, Palm Harbor University High, 669-1311, ext. 196, or Suzanne Davis, secondary math su rvisor for Pinellas County Schools, 588-6127.

Seniors: Deadline Dec. 17 to apply for scholarships

This year's deadline for high school seniors to apply for Pinellas County Education Foundation scholarships is Dec. 17.

Hundreds of scholarships totaling more than $400,000 are available from music and the arts to education, computer technology, science and business.

Interested students can view choices and apply for scholarships online at the foundation's Web site,

Several schools in need of mentors, role models

The Community Involvement Office has announced critical needs at several south county schools.

Two Doorways students are seeking an African-American male mentor and role model at Bauder Elementary, 12755 86th Ave. N, Seminole; struggling students at Northwest Elementary, 5601 22nd Ave. N, need mentors; four Doorways students need mentors at Westgate Elementary, 3560 58th St. N; and a special needs second-grader with vision problems and delayed learning at Tyrone Elementary, 2401 66th St. N, needs a male role model.

For information or to volunteer, call Community Involvement, 488-6405.

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