NATURE COAST TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL: The Shark Theater will present the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, in the school's Black Box Theater, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students.
PINE GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: The School Advisory Council will meet from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. May 6 in Room 800. For information, call 797-7090.
• The school's public performance of its spring musical, The Wizard of Oz, presented by the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus, will be at 7 p.m. May 13 and 14 in the cafeteria.
• Patty Doyle's Poetry Cafe for parents will be from 6 to 7 p.m. May 18 in Room 700.
NATURE COAST TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL: The automotive department team traveled to Seminole State College in Sanford to compete in the Ford/AAA Skills Florida State Finals on April 16. The vehicle on which senior Joshua Duquette, 18, and junior Jonathan Harris, 16, worked had nine intentionally inserted faults. They completed the fixes in just under 59 minutes. The team finished 31 minutes ahead of its closest competitor, but two minor written errors on the repair order resulted in demerits, which negated its first-place finish. Duquette and Harris finished second and received more than $50,000 in scholarships and awards. The scholarships offered to the students were $6,000 each from Nashville Auto Diesel College; $8,000 each from Ohio Technical College; $1,000 each from Seminole State College; $5,000 each from Universal Technical Institute; $6,000 each from the University of Northwestern Ohio; and $1,500 each from either Ford FACT or Ford ASSET. The students also received gifts of tools and goody bags from NAPA and Matco Tools. The school's automotive department thanked Brooksville's Autoway Ford for its sponsorship and support over the past three years, allowing the students to use a loaner car for training each year as well as providing financial support.
• Joe Mallozzi, regional representative for Myers Tire Supply, conducted a one-day training course for Nature Coast automotive students on tire repair. Topics included the latest in patching and plugging techniques, the proper use and disposal of materials, as well the legal responsibilities of tire repair technicians. Upon completion of the course, students received a certificate from Myers Tire. This course was one in a series given throughout the year where guest instructors provide training for students.
• The school played host to a chamber of commerce Business After Business Mixer for community members and businesses to see the career programs provided at Nature Coast. Guests were treated to hors d'oeuvres prepared by the culinary students. The highlighted programs were engineering, the health science academy, networking and PC support, and Web design.