Aug. 11-15: Teacher Planning Days
Aug. 12: Middle and high school registration/orientation
Aug. 13: Elementary school registration/orientation
Aug. 18: First day of school for students.
• The Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday hosts the Tween Summer Reading Club: In-beTween Gears at 11 a.m. today. Students entering grades 4-7 are welcome to make and fly paper airplanes. For information about other youth library events at Pasco County library branches, go to pascolibraries.org. For information about events at the New Port Richey Public Library, go to nprlibrary.org.
• Students ages 9-16 can design a helicopter of the future and compete for a $1,000 scholarship through the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge. The winner of the 2014 competition will receive the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award and scholarship and will be flown to Sikorsky's headquarters in Stratford, Conn., to tour the assembly line of the iconic Black Hawk and Seahawk military helicopters and meet with Sikorsky engineers. Sikorsky is co-sponsor of the annual challenge with By Kids For Kids, a Connecticut-based organization that inspires youngsters to become successful inventors. The event honors company founder Igor Sikorsky, who in 1939 led an engineering team that developed a vertical lift machine with a core design that is still used in 95 percent of helicopters flying today. To enter, go to www.helicopter2050.com. Deadline is Sept. 30.
• Seven Springs Middle student Kenna Main won $250 and "Honorable Mention" for her C-SPAN StudentCam project. Kenna created a C-SPAN documentary answering the question, "What is the most important issue Congress should consider in 2014?" To view her winning entry, go to www.viddler.com/v/25ae8678
• Students from Countryside Montessori School in Land O'Lakes were named second place winners of the 22nd annual ExploraVision STEM competition. Their entry, "WateRenew: Wave Power for Clean Water," was selected from 4,954 entries. As second place national winners, the students received a $5,000 savings bond and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with their families and coach for a gala awards weekend in June. They met with members of Congress and displayed their winning idea at Science Showcase on Capitol Hill. Winning students were Joseph Santana, Sophia Nobles and Catherine Tomasello. Their coach is Lorna Cohen.
• Sunlake High graduate Gabriella Rivera was one of seven students from the Tampa Bay area to receive the The Right Fit Foundation annual scholarship. Students were selected based upon their academic profile, an interview and other qualifications.
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