Jemy Marie Jacob, Scott Christopher Kruger and Alicia Vivian Cooney each received $500 scholarships from the Brandon Kiwanis Club. Jemy attends Armwood High and is 19th in her graduation class with a grade-point average of 4.24. She is president of the student government. Scott ranks fourth in his senior class at Bloomingdale with a grade-point average of 5.28. Scott is a National Merit Scholar. Alicia, a senior at Brandon High, ranks 31 in her class and has a 4.2 grade-point average. She is a member of the National Honor Society. All three graduates are members of many clubs and organizations in addition to working an average of 20 hours a week outside their schools.Belle Witter Elementary
Witter's 1991 Science Olympics award winners are: Lucky Lengths: first place, Chris Johnston, first grade; Bridges: first place, Gerrard Williams and Nick Guyett, fifth grade; cantilevers: honorable mention, Max Rathbone and Nathan Sade, sixth grade.
West Shore Elementary
Pupils at West Shore Elementary celebrated the end of the school year with several activities. On May 29 there was a banquet for the sixth-grade pupils with the Monroe Junior High chorus entertaining. On May 31 a faculty/sixth grade softball game was played and today recognition and awards will be given to pupils between 9 and 10:30 a.m.
In correlation with Memorial Day and the Fourth of July sixth-grade pupils at Thonotosassa Elementary School performed "Freedom Bound," a story about immigrants arriving in the United States. The children were dressed as their great-grandparents and represented many countries. The theme was "The Search for Freedom."
Kindergarten teachers and aides were honored by the parents and pupils with a brunch recently. Homeroom parents organized the brunch and food ranged from traditional breakfast items to a variety of ethnic cuisine.
The Temple Terrace Rotary recently contributed $500 to each of the school's publishing departments. Dr. Harris Feinstein and John Owens of the Rotary met with the publishing heads from the schools and toured the publishing facilities at Lewis.
Morgan Woods Elementary
Five finalists in the "My Favorite Older Person" essay contest at Morgan Woods were Amy George, Ricky Ojeda, Brian Nellis, Angela Coleman and Jennifer McClain. The pupils competed with more than 3,000 entries countrywide.
The crew of K.N.O.W. _ T.V., the Morgan Woods' morning show, was honored at Morgan Woods with a button to wear and a breakfast in their honor. Crew members are Kelly Byrne, Jerry Dupree, Ryan Grandinetti, Katie Harris, Alex Justi, David Mols, Kyle Paggio, Ray Romero, Devon Sobut and Jeff Witherington.
Clair Mel Elementary
Seven pupils were awarded savings bonds by Consolidated Credit Corp. for receiving all A's on their report cards. The names were drawn from the names of 40 pupils who were eligible for the prizes. The winners are: Brandi Dallas, Jocelyn Dennard, Thomas McIntosh, Maryssa Davis, Monique McKinney, Roshon McClroy and Priscilla Pereira.
Madison Junior High
The Language Arts Academic Awards Competition was held recently at Madison. Top pupils in grades 7 through 9 were selected from each school to participate. Madison representatives were Kanda Coryell, Johnny Gibbs and Sandra Zapata.
Plant High School
Plant High is the only public high school among the 10 Florida secondary schools named national Blue Ribbon schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander. Plant High principal Dr. James Hamilton said his school is extremely honored to be ranked among the nation's top 200 public schools and private schools. Each blue-ribbon school will receive a specially designed flag to be flown over the school and a plaque commemorating the achievement. This year, for the first time, schools were asked to report their progress toward achieving the national education goals adopted by President Bush and the governors.
Pierce Junior High
The Pierce Junior High advisory council recently produced a video presentation that focused on a youngster's ability to make logical decisions regarding nutrition. The video program was sent to the state School Food Service Office in Tallahassee, where it was awarded the Region IV Nutrition Award for the 1990-91 school year. The participating students were: Miquel DeLaRosa, Chris Grivna, Tony Williams, Laura Gomez, Holly Vega, Kera Ziegler, Ramon Lugo, Tony Bennett, Heather Carpenter, Adam Chapman and Fernando Vega.
Tampa Palms Elementary
A xeriscape garden and wooden bench will be dedicated at 11 a.m. today at Tampa Palms Elementary. The bench was an addition to the project that was financed through a Classroom Teachers Association grant. The bench was purchased by Jackie Masters' fourth-graders who have been studying economics through a project called EconoKids. During a dedication ceremony fourth-grader Kate Gibbons will give a speech and children will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Profits from the sale of hand-made items were used for the bench for the garden. The annual relays took place this week with grade-level competitions each morning. Events included jump-rope races, tire drags, sack races and tug-of-wars
Greco Junior High
Buried near the flagpole in Greco Junior High's courtyard is a time capsule that the faculty hopes future school officials will open in the year 2012. The time capsule was created to commemorate the school's first year as a pilot middle school for Hillsborough County Public Schools. Greco is one of five schools in this program. Books, pictures and posters representing each of the six teams from the school were enclosed in the capsule along with a proclamation, the middle school's mission statement and a list of popular books.
Daniel Grossman, a senior at Bloomingdale and heading for Harvard this fall, is the winner of the mathematics Program to Recognize Initiative and Distinction in Education (PRIDE) award. Daniel recently was honored by the School Board of Hillsborough County for winning the district, regional and state mathematics competition.
Using their personal stories, students from 12 Hillsborough County junior high schools wrote essays on how they are holding onto their dreams in the second annual "Hold Onto Your Dreams" essay contest, sponsored by McDonald's. Aimed at "at-risk" students, the essay contest creates a learning climate that bolsters self-esteem and promotes positive attitudes. Winners who recently were recognized by the School Board of Hillsborough County are: seventh-grade, first place, Sherisse Garnet, Sligh Junior High; second place, Aisha Smith, Marshall Junior High; third place, Donald Miller, Sligh Junior High; honorable mention, Jason Jurgens, Franklin Junior High. Eighth grade, first place, Sergio Ferra, Middleton Junior High; second place, Cynthia Martinez, Adams Junior High; third place, Adolpho Rodriguez, Hill Junior High; honorable mention, Michah Chattin, Dowdell Junior High; ninth grade, first place, Dackery McDonald, Middleton Junior High; second place, Bernard Owens, Middleton Junior High; third place, Randy Newton, Middleton Junior High and honorable mention, Bennie Williams, Hill Junior High.
Officers for the Bishop-Eton School-Parent-Teachers Club were elected for the 1991-92 school year. They are Luther Yonce, president; Steve Edwards, first vice president; Nancy Wolfe-Maltby, second vice president; Barbara Langford, corresponding secretary; Linda Metcalf, recording secretary; Alburta Palmer, treasurer; Susan Ault, historian and Laurie Smith, parliamentarian. Committee chairperson is Smith.