This year, Palm Harbor's Westlake Christian School entered the Pinellas County Regional Science and Engineering Fair for the first time.
Eighth-grader T.J. Parisi, sixth-grader Haley Barnett, and the sixth-grade team of Abigail Machtel and Olivia Kerper represented the school. Two of those three entries were recognized as superior and won awards.
Abigail Machtel and Olivia Kerper's team project, The Effect of Gibberellic Acid on Paseolus Lunatus, which compared the effects of plant growth after soaking seeds in different combinations of growth hormone, was one of five honored among scores of entries.
Haley Barnett's project, What Would My College Fund Be? compared the effects of investing in the stock market at regular intervals versus investing in certificates of deposit, and measured the subsequent account growth. She won first place in the Mathematics Division and took the coveted Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society Award. Haley will represent Westlake and Pinellas County at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair in Orlando on March 23-25.
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Clearwater stylists raised funds for children at a special Valentine-themed event Feb. 12 at Intuition Salon and Spa, located in downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street District.
Proceeds from salon and spa treatments benefitted Bless the Children, a nonprofit charitable organization headquartered in Clearwater, whose mission is "to free orphaned, abandoned and impoverished children from the chains of poverty by empowering them with health, shelter, nutritional and educational support so that they may become productive members of society."
"Bless the Children is a fabulous organization," said celebrity stylist and Intuition owner Dawn Shannon. "We have been doing events for and with them for a few years now, and we're more than happy to contribute to the good works they do."
Several stylists from the Cleveland Street district were involved in the event, which also featured music, refreshments and raffles.
Zachary Ferguson of Clearwater's Boy Scout Troop 222 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout Feb. 26 during a Court of Honor ceremony.
Friends and family helped out with Zachary's service project, which consisted of refurbishing extremely damaged storage containers for Global Family Fellowship.
Zachary attends Dunedin High where he is enrolled in the Academy of Architectural Design and Building Technologies.
He works part-time and frequently volunteers as a lifeguard. He enjoys whitewater rafting, kayaking and hiking.