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40 Westlake Christian School students compete in regional art competition

The Association of Christian Schools International hosted its 2011 Regional Art Competition on March 10 and 11 at Calvary Christian High School, Clearwater. More than 300 student artists representing 20 schools across Central Florida participated in the two-day competition. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade completed projects in artistic mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, and mixed media.

Under the direction of their visual arts director, Sandra Franklin, Westlake Christian School entered the work of 40 students into this competition. Eleven earned Superior ratings, 24 received Excellent ratings and five received Very Good ratings.

For the second consecutive year, a Westlake Christian School student took home a Best in Show award. Fifth-grade student Cheryl Rodts' work, Florida Through My Eyes, a triptych of charcoal drawings representing of local gulf sea life, received high marks for its color, technique and depth of detail.

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Palm Harbor Middle School's Odyssey of the Mind team — Madison Starnes, Amanda Deery, Ty Chamberlain, Connor Ennis, Sydney Phillips, Danielle Adams and Ariel Perry-Mills placed second in the regional tournament Feb. 21 at Strawberry Crest High, Dover. The team worked for many months under the guidance of their teacher and coach Susan Englert, who volunteers her time before and after school to provide the students the opportunity to participate.

The team evaluated ideas and made decisions on their own to develop and present an original performance for the regional competition. This included the creation of scripts, props and costumes and creative teamwork to solve the problem presented.

April 8, the team will compete for state awards at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. State-level winners will advance to battle to the world competition.

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For leadership in her personal and professional life and exhibiting an extraordinary commitment to Jesus Christ and others, Jayanne K. Roggenbaum of Palm Harbor has been named the recipient of the 2011 G. Roselyn Kerlin Women in Leadership Award at Taylor University in Upland, Ind.

"Jayanne serves with a sense of joy and calling," said Marty Songer, Taylor's director of alumni services. "She is a woman of great faith who has made significant accomplishments in the professional arena and as a wife and mother. Our students really enjoyed hearing her speak while she was on campus."

Roggenbaum, a 1987 Taylor alumna, was honored for her work as an educator and communicator. She is the assistant principal at Westlake Christian School, a K-8 school accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools in Palm Harbor. There, she serves as the instructional leader, supervising and evaluating teachers and working with students and families. Under her leadership, the educational community is embracing an even more collaborative way of work and integrating the hallmarks of Professional Learning Communities.

Before this assignment, Roggenbaum served as a school psychologist and participated on numerous leadership teams at the district, regional and state levels. She was elected by her peers as the president of the Michigan Association of School Psychologists and was subsequently appointed to and served as a delegate to the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services. In addition, Roggenbaum served on the Board of Trustees of Oakdale Christian Academy, a college-preparatory boarding school in Kentucky.

As a part of the community, Roggenbaum is the author of a column titled The School Psychologist, where she writes on a variety of issues facing students, parents and teachers. She is a frequent speaker on topics affecting children and families.

Roggenbaum and her husband, Doug, also a 1987 Taylor graduate, live in Palm Harbor with their two children.

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