Westlake Christian School's elementary and middle school Battle of the Books teams made it through the preliminary rounds to land a spot in the 2012 Battle of the Books District Finals on May 31, where each placed third.
The Battle of the Books is a "quiz bowl" competition in which teams of students try to identify titles and authors of the annual Sunshine State Young Readers Award selections. Questions are based on plots, settings and characters.
Westlake has entered the competitive event for several years and in 2010 its middle school team became the first private school team to ever make the Pinellas County Battle of the Books District Finals.
The elementary team, The Dactylic Dragons, is made up of Jacob Giner (fifth grade), Andrew Hanis (fifth grade), Claudia Berger (fourth grade) and Julianna Snukis (fifth grade). They are coached by Laura Giner and Sabrina Berger,
The middle school team, The Killer Eagles, is made up of Peyton Hazama (eighth grade), Jacob Singleton (seventh grade) and Ricky Pucci (sixth grade). The team is coached by Dori Hazama.
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American Legion Post 238, Safety Harbor, announces its 2012 Boys State Delegates. They are Dane Johansen, a student at Calvary Christian High School and son of Ward and Pam Johansen; Ben Murray, a student at Calvary Christian High School and son of Mark and Surachanee Murray; and Kevin Griffith, a student at Palm Harbor University High and son of Pat and Lisa Griffith.
Boys State is a "leadership action program" where qualified high school juniors take part in a practical government course. It is designed to develop a working knowledge of the structure of government and hopes to offer youth a better perspective of practical government operations.
The American Legion has established certain qualifications for the prospective delegates that require a 3.2 GPA or above, an interest in governmental process and leadership qualities, as well as loyalty and service to school and community.
All three are currently juniors at their respective schools and will attend Boy's State in Tallahassee in July.
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Amanda LaPlante of Clearwater received the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, on June 10 at the Manatee Convention Center, Palmetto. She has been accepted into the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
She earned her bachelor's in Biomedical Science from the University of South Florida and is a 2003 graduate from the Medical Magnet Program at Palm Harbor University High School.
Doctors of osteopathic medicine provide all of the benefits of modern medicine, including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose and evaluate injury and offer the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
The doctor is the daughter of Joyce LaPlante of Clearwater.
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On June 9, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Council honored 45 Gold Award recipients for 2011-2012 during a formal ceremony at the Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa.
To receive the highest award in Girl Scouting, the young women completed projects focused on a variety of community issues that will have a lasting impact, including bringing awareness to the plight in northern Uganda, creating memory books for foster children, raising awareness about pet obesity and texting while driving, developing reading programs for younger children and planting 5,000 salt marsh plugs.
The Gold Award recipients are from Clearwater, Dunedin, Land O'Lakes, Lutz, Ocala, Odessa, Palm Harbor, Plant City, Riverview, Seminole, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, Temple Terrace and Venice.
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