Here are a few memorable moments for some Pinellas County schools during the 2010-11 academic year.
ROBOTS RULE: In a regional competition in Knoxville, Tenn., East Lake High School's FIRST Robotics Team 79 (also known as FIRST Team Krunch) won the Chairman's Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a team for demonstrating the greatest commitment to spreading passion about science and technology in their school and community.
HI-TECH CLASSES: Students were equipped with Kindles at Clearwater High and iPads at schools such as Morgan Fitzgerald Middle and Gibbs High.
WRITING RECOGNITION: The J. Hop Times, the student newspaper of John Hopkins Middle, placed first in the 2011 Weekly Reader Student Publishing Contest for grades 7 to 12. Impressed with the articles and design of the paper, judges at the publishing company presented the school with $500, a Smart Board and round-trip tickets for a student, parent and teacher to attend the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
the BAND played on: For the first time, a band from Tampa Bay — Seminole High's 160-member Warhawk Band — marched in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Dunedin Highland Middle School students won top spots at the State History Fair, placing first in the junior group performance with a project called "Starvation in Ireland," and second with one called "Cuban Missile Crisis."
MATH MOOLAH: Thirty-seven Pinellas middle-school students edged out more than 2,700 of their peers nationwide to win $1,000 scholarships from the Raytheon Co. Awarded through its MathMovesU program, students from Clearwater Fundamental, Oak Grove, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Baypoint and Palm Harbor middle schools represent a quarter of the 150 winners nationwide and collectively scored $74,000 in scholarships.
FUTURE FILMMAKERS: About 290 students from 36 schools submitted projects in categories such as comedy, drama and animation at the district's Student Film Festival: Home of the Educational Media Awards. Best of Show awards were presented to Leila Davis Elementary, Oak Grove Middle and Clearwater High.
ETHICALLY SPEAKING: The district's fourth annual Ethics Bowl saw the largest number of high school teams participating since the event began in 2008. This year's winners: first place, St. Petersburg High, Team 2; second place, Countryside High; third place, St. Petersburg High, Team 1.
WINNING GOLD: Seventy-two students from the Pinellas Technical Education and Seminole Vocational Education centers and district high schools competed in the Skills USA national competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June. Students took home a total of 75 gold, silver and bronze medals.
PLAYING CARNEGIE: Students from St. Petersburg, Gibbs, Palm Harbor University and East Lake high schools received national Scholastic Art & Writing awards and were honored at Carnegie Hall in New York. Meanwhile, Largo High's concert choir was invited to perform John Rutter's Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
SCORING HIGH: Lakewood High's girl's basketball team took home the Class 4A championship this year.
Source: Pinellas County schools