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Cheer Express teams excel at Cheersport

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Six teams from Oldsmar's Cheer Express All Stars competed against nearly 1,000 other teams for national championship honors at Cheersport, the 2013 National Cheer and Dance Championship, Feb. 16 and 17 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

When the final scores were tallied, the Junior Red, Junior White and Senior White teams from Cheer Express All Stars were awarded first place. Senior Elite Pink took second place, Senior Red finished sixth and Senior Silver was awarded a bid to the cheerleading Worlds competition at Disney World for the seventh straight year.

The Cheer Express All Stars Junior Red, level 2, beat 116 teams to have the highest score in the division, and won a fully paid bid to the Summit competition at the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, where only the best teams in America are invited to compete. Junior White and Senior White also received bids to the Summit.

The Cheerleading Worlds and Dance Worlds are hosted by the International All Star Federation in Orlando every April and include competitive teams from countries around the world.

Cheer Express All Stars, 640 Douglas Road E, Oldsmar, has 14 teams that compete throughout the state and nationally. In nine years of competing, Cheer Express has won more than 170 state and national titles.

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Fourteen Saint Paul's Middle School students competed at the Pinellas Regional Science and Engineering Fair Feb. 9 at Seminole Middle School.

Eighth-grader Taylor Tveten and seventh-graders Chase Fagen, Lily Landau and Tara Martin received top honors and were selected to attend the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair March 26-28 in Lakeland.

First-place winners included Chase Fagen (biochemistry), Lily Landau (botany) and Tara Martin (physics).

Second-place winners included Taylor Tveten (botany), Noah Kraus (behavioral science), Davis Harrison (engineering) and Daniel Abood and Anuj Bhatia (team projects). The third-place winners were Evelyn Hove (environmental science), Andy Hoffman and Josh Temko (team projects-tie) and Sydney Allen and Tatiana Falk (team projects-tie). Special awards went to Tara Martin, who received the Science Supervisor's Award for Ingenuity and Enthusiasm, and also to Chase Fagen, Lily Landau and Taylor Tveten, who all received the U.S. Navy Junior Science Award.

Saint Paul's alumni Kristi Bears and Samantha Rubin competed as a team in the high school science fair. The girls took first place and were awarded the Tony Redlow Marine Science Award in the team project category for their project, entitled "Poseidon's Plummeting pH."

They were also selected to compete at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in March.

The students were recognized at an awards ceremony the evening of Feb. 13 at Largo High.

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Guardian Angels Catholic School participated in the Diocese of St. Petersburg Annual Catholic Schools Science Fair for seventh-graders Feb. 6 at St. Raphael Catholic School, St. Petersburg. There, students from Guardian Angels took second and third place out of more than 200 students.

Jill Foster and Gabriela Pinero-Crespo received a second place award for "Heatwork and Crystal Formation," and Anne Bauer earned a third place win for "Vaulting for the Distance."

Guardian Angels Catholic School, 2270 Evans Road, Clearwater, is a private school that serves students in grades K-8.

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Cheer Express teams excel at Cheersport 03/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 7:18pm]

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