Student awards: Jesuit High School freshman Michael Lee won a cash award and a pin in the final round of the Rotary District 6980 Speech Contest at Rotary's Camp Florida in Brandon this month. Lee was the only freshman to qualify for the round. This year's topic was "Peace Through Service." Lee is also a member of Jesuit's Speech and Debate Team. …
Students from Stewart Middle School were selected for the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Daniel Knox, Rebecca Gaschler, Brianna Schroeder and Alyssa Schroeder received medals at an awards ceremony at New College of Florida in Sarasota last month. The program identifies academically talented seventh-graders and invites them to take the ACT or SAT in middle school to give them more insight into their academic abilities. …
Students from Stewart also attended the Energy Whiz Olympics at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa this month. The Hydrogen Challenge Team of Andrew Butt, Blake Motzer, Michael Dean, Tommy Tran, Quentin Snyder and Lars Tatum won first place for middle schools and the WOW Award for best overall for middle and high schools. The team of Nick Trejo, Yanelys Lanz, Nicole Durate, Katie Miller, Erin Piacitelli and Zack Weber also won third place in solar oven design.
Class NASA contest: Students at FishHawk Creek Elementary School were among the winners of the ISS EarthKAM Erosion Challenge, and participated in a video conference with a NASA astronaut from the Johnson Space Center in Houston this month. For a week in April, more than 90 science students at the school participated in the contest. They used the EarthKAM website to look at a digital camera onboard the International Space Station to find locations on Earth that showed weathering and erosion, and wrote descriptions of the locations. The contest is part of a NASA educational outreach program to teach students about Earth from the perspective of space.
Musical performance: The Community School of the Arts at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS will present Les Misérables School Edition at Blake High School, 1701 N Boulevard, Tampa, June 6-9 at 7 p.m., with additional 2 p.m. performances June 8-9.
The show will feature a 24-piece orchestra and a cast of more than 70 high school, middle school and elementary school students from the Tampa Bay area.
Tickets are $15. Tickets may be purchased at the Blake High School for the Performing Arts box office the day of the event, or at Corbett Preparatory School by calling (813) 961-3087. For information, call the Community School of the Arts at (813) 961-3087, ext. 335.
School donation: Corbett Preparatory School of IDS sent the first of several planned shipments of gently worn school shirts to students at L'Ecole du Village in Haiti last month. The school is in Ile a Vache, a small island south of the mainland of Haiti, with 132 students in grades preK-5.
Girls on the Run: Twenty students in grades 3-5 at Lithia Springs Elementary School ran in a 5K race this month at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry campus as part of the school's Girls on the Run club. They trained for the race for three months. They learned about strengthening and stretching activities, warmup and other physical activities as part of the training. The students also raised money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing by making and selling duct tape bracelets. They raised more than $200.