Armwood senior wins student media event
Armwood High School senior Erin Ireland won first place in Hillsborough County's Jim Harbin Student Media Festival competition for the most outstanding television public service announcement.
Ireland's 30-second PSA focused on the dangers of smoking.
The video also won first place in a contest sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
The segment will run on WTOG Ch. 44 and the Hillsborough County Education Channel through the end of May.
Ireland was also awarded the $10,000 Paul Nuzzo Scholarship given annually to the most outstanding journalism student at Armwood High School.
She will attend the University of Florida in the fall as a journalism student.
McLane Middle's robotics team excels
The robotics team at McLane Middle School swept all three places at the recent Energy Whiz Olympics (Junior Solar Sprint) in Cocoa.
Teams from all over Florida competed with a theme of solar energy. McLane entered three teams for the solar vehicle race and won.
Eighth-grade teams took first and third places while the seventh-graders took second.
School devoted to nonviolence enrolling
The Taylor Peace Academy, which officials say is Florida's first elementary school devoted to nonviolence, conflict resolution and peace education, seeks to enroll 162 students in grades K-3 for the 2008-09 school year.
The school has scheduled two informational sessions:
• Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
• May 27, 4 to 7 p.m.
All open houses will be held at the Temple Terrace Public Library, 202 Bullard Parkway.
For more information, call (813) 514-1370 or log onto www.taylorpeaceacademy.com.