Good For You | by Nova Beall
St. Cecelia School won several awards at this year's Mighty Mu Math Competition Dec. 8 at Palm Harbor University High School.
This was the Clearwater school's first time competing in the math competition held annually for Pinellas County students in grades 4 through 8.
Winners in the Individual Test category were Ethan Moore (fourth grade), 10th place; Michael Marcotte (fifth grade), ninth place; Lauren Franks (seventh grade), seventh place; and Jennifer Spencer (seventh grade), second place.
St. Cecelia's seventh grade came in second place overall in the Team Test. Team members included Ana Dunn, Zach Ezell and Jennifer Spencer.
The school took home the Mighty Mu Cow with a first place and perfect score of 20/20 in the Interschool Competition where students, teachers and parents worked together to answer 20 challenging questions.
The student's success was made possible with the support of sponsors Beth Lusnia and Carol Spankus; team coaches David Wehrman, Rob Hansen, Peter Rivellini, Melissa Diaz and Sandra Marcotte; and parent volunteers Kate Hart, Anthony Marcotte, Amy Worman, and Jennifer and John West.
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Christina Bateman Binder of Clearwater received a doctor of philosophy degree Dec. 14 from the University of Southern Mississippi at fall commencement exercises on its Hattiesburg campus.
The degree was conferred by Southern Miss interim president Aubrey Lucas during a ceremony at Reed Green Coliseum.
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