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Third prize in welding for student

Branden Muehlbrandt, a welding student at the Pinellas Technical Education Center-Largo campus, finished third in a field of 27 candidates in the 1993 Weld Trials co-sponsored by the American Welding Society and Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.

Muehlbrandt was awarded a $500 scholarship and $1,000 from the welding industry.

The winner of the competition, which was April 26-29 at the International Welding Exposition in Houston, will represent the United States at the International Youth Skills Olympics in July in Taipei, Taiwan.

Muehlbrandt, who qualified for the competition by winning a gold medal in the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America's National Olympic Skills Contest last year in Louisville, Ky., is eligible to compete again two years from now.

Area teachers

get state awards

Pinellas County schools had three winners in the 13th annual Florida Awards for Excellence in the Teaching of Economics.

Highland Lakes Elementary School teachers Melissa Bailey, Linda Bremer and Cathi Cottingham placed first in the kindergarten through third grade category for the "Panther Pins Inc." project.

Woodlawn Elementary School teachers Debra Linguanti and Valerie Wostbrock placed second in the open category for the "Multicultural Magnets _ Bonding Nations" project.

Third place in the open category went to Eisenhower Elementary School teachers Suzanne Battista, Marilyn Jacobs and Susan Spaulding for their project "Is That Really True?"

Winning projects were selected for their emphasis on economic concepts, quality of documentation, creativity, development of thinking skills, adaptability by other teachers and validity of evaluation procedures. The projects are entered in the national competition sponsored by the National Council on Economic Education located in New York.