'Impact' students at Randall, Armwood: Students from Randall Middle School and Armwood High School won two of the three Making an Impact awards announced today by Kids Voting USA.
Randall students Madison Dowdy, Hunter Harvey, Elizabeth Hoepner, and Alisa Reneau won the sixth- through eighth-grade Making an Impact award. Tiara Brooks, Jessica Ireland, Tori Wilson, Michael Himes and Stephanie Walker from Armwood won the ninth- through 12th-grade award.
The Randall students won for the Randall Area Youth Service Council (RAYS) 2011 project on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. They involved the school in creating a display in the shape of a flag, made up of individual markers bearing the names of each 9/11 victim. RAYS is an elective course initiated by the school's service learning coordinator, Kristy Verdi.
The Armwood students were selected for their Ought to Be a Law proposal to allow certain homeless students classified as "unaccompanied youth" the right to petition the court for emancipation. The students and their sponsor, Tony Pirotta, proposed the bill, helped write it and have lobbied legislators for their support. House Bill 1351 has unanimously passed the Florida House of Representatives and is on the calendar for consideration by the full Florida Senate on Monday.
Woman's Club scholarship opportunity: The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club will award a $500 scholarship to a senior high school girl who volunteers in the community.
The scholarship application is available online at thebjwc.com and must be postmarked on or before April 1.
For information, call (813) 244-4758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should get We Deliver award? Nominations are being accepted now through March 30 for the sixth-annual We Deliver award, which is given to a school employee who has exceeded his or her job duties and expectations.
Anyone who knows a teacher, secretary, clerk, custodian, principal, aide, bus driver, maintenance worker, lunchroom worker or other staff member who fits the description is encouraged to submit a nomination.
The nomination form can be accessed at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/wedeliver. Paper nominations can be faxed to (813) 272-4510 or mailed to Office of Communications, School Administrative Center, 901 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602.