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Nathanya M. Darby, a senior at Boca Ciega High School, and Julie Sauers, a Shorecrest Preparatory School senior, have been chosen as semifinalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. A total of 1,860 semifinalists were selected from 92,000 applicants. Darby and Sauers now will submit biographical questionnaires, two personal recommendations, school reports and essays. In April, 150 students will receive $1,000 to $5,000 for their educations.

St. Petersburg High

Departmental Students of the Month for January were Katherine Ewart, social studies; Emma Clack, math; Lisa Moy, business/computers; Shauna Barrow, English; Tameka Graham, driver's education; Shaunna Haynes, science; and Jason Gibson, drama/fine arts.

Lakewood High

Seniors Diana Alvarez and Julius Anderson have been recognized as February Students of the Month. Each received a $50 savings bond. Spartans of the Month were junior Lori Roseberry and sophomore Layton Hambrick.

Academic Teams

Academic teams from each Pinellas County high school will compete in countywide matches beginning at 4 p.m. today with preliminary rounds. Two teams will advance to the finals, which begin at 7 p.m. The competition will be at Pinellas Park High, 6305 118th Ave. N, Largo. The public is invited to attend.

Economics project wins

school a national award

An economics project has yielded a national award for 74th Street Elementary School. The Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, a non-profit group based in Pennsylvania, gave the school a George Washington Honor Medal for excellence in the category of schools for the entry titled "Operation Yellow Ribbon."

The project was the brainchild of teachers Anne Weller, Anne Gundel, Judy Frankland and Jennifer Holliday, who wanted their third-graders to learn more about the conflict in the Middle East. The pupils made and sold yellow ribbons as an economics project during the 1990-91 school year.

The money they made from the ribbons' sale was used to purchase games for Operation Desert Storm soldiers during the 1990 holidays. The soldiers then began corresponding with the pupils and visited them when the war ended.

The project won first place in the countywide Economics Fair elementary division. The pupils then entered the Freedoms Foundation's national competition. President Bush is the foundation's honorary chairman.

Principal Shirley Lorenzo said the award was a miniature flag with a bronze medallion. The school was notified in November that it had won the award.

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