Six students at St. Paul's School in Clearwater earned first-place awards at the Pinellas County Regional Science and Engineering Fair. All six will now advance to the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair next month in Orlando.
Judging took place Feb. 5 at Seminole High School and the awards ceremony was Feb. 8 in the Largo High School auditorium.
The winning students are Evan Miller, Pinellas County Best of Fair and First Place, Environmental Science; Caroline Hobson, First Place, Behavioral Science; Nicholas Caron, First Place, Biochemistry; Madison Jones; First Place, Chemistry; and Kristi Bears and Caroline Beck, First Place Team Project.
St. Paul's Middle School science teachers Pat Johnson and Laura Fauver guided the students throughout the entire process. Said Fauver, "We are so proud of all the students who participated in this event, and their accomplishments."
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Betty Fox of Clearwater celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at Highland Terrace Assisted Living Facility, where she's been a resident since August 2005. Entertainment was provided by Steve Wayne.
She was born in Boston on Feb. 19, 1911.
She lived most of her life in Rochester, N.Y., and worked 20 years as a glassblower for Taylor Instruments.
The centenarian says she did a lot of dancing in her day.
She has two sons, two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Fox is an active member of her community. She has a great attitude about life and looks forward to frequent visits from her son, Richard.
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Directions for Mental Health announced that its board of directors has appointed April Lott, a licensed clinical social worker, to serve as the company's president and chief executive officer.
In her new position, Lott will oversee programs that serve more than 9,000 people in Pinellas County each year, an annual budget of $12 million, and approximately 230 employees.
In his announcement letter to staff, donors and stakeholders, chairman of the board Matthew Chambers wrote, "We are extremely excited about the decision. … April possesses a unique combination of operational savvy and an unflagging compassion for our clients. She has a wealth of leadership experience totaling over 25 years, experience leading successful fundraising campaigns, and she has served as the CEO of a residential and family preservation program, and as the Executive Director of a non-profit academic service agency for at-risk youth." Lott is also a regular speaker and trainer in the mental health and human services field, and she is the mental health expert on Channel 10's Studio 10.
Lott is formerly Directions' chief operating officer and says she looks forward to the agency's future. "Moving forward, you will see Directions for Mental Health building upon its strong foundation in our community," Lott said. "We'll be reaching out to our donors and stakeholders even more, growing new partnerships, and continuing to provide the first-class, client-centered care Directions is known for."
Directions for Mental Health Inc., established in 1982, is a nonprofit organization committed to helping Pinellas County residents who are facing mental health challenges; making mental health care affordable and accessible to individuals and families; and developing innovative programs that change lives, while reducing crime, homelessness, drug abuse and child abuse.