Four Pinellas County schools earned awards in the annual Jim Harbin Student Media Festival at the Florida Association for Media Education conference.
Maximo Elementary won first place in music for grades three through five for The Drug Free Song, and Lakewood High School earned first place in news for Fast Forward Morning Show.
Second-place awards went to Countryside High School in two categories. Undercover won for drama, and 911 Reduce the Abuse won for instructional.
Honorable mentions went to Ozona Elementary for Historical Ozona and Lakewood High for FOX ThirteenMagazine.
First-place videos will be entered in the national competition.
Winners named in art contest
Quentin Richardson, a student at Tyrone Middle School, received a $500 savings bond for his artwork titled Bay Area Christmas in the Florida Holiday Fantasy Middle School art contest, sponsored by the Florida Lottery and Largo Recreation and Parks Department.
Honorable mentions went to Michael Heintz, Largo Middle; Patrick Garcia and Jorge Mena, both of Meadowlawn Middle; and Laura McClure and Bailey Quillin, both of John Hopkins Middle.
Oak Grove Middle student
wins essay competition
Onchantho Am, a student at Oak Grove Middle School, was the first-place winner and recipient of a $50 gift certificate in the art/essay contest, Who is My Champion? The annual competition is sponsored by Clearwater Association of Life Underwriters for children in fourth through eighth grades who reside at Jasmine Court, formerly known as Condon Gardens, in Clearwater.
Clearwater Discovery student Christina Procter won second place and Julia Le, Oak Grove Middle, placed third.
Honorable mentions were received by Oak Grove Middle students Borin Am and Onchanthotheum Am; Cypress Woods Elementary pupils Chanda Am and Reneasha Burney; Leila G. Davis Elementary student Lisa Procter; Curlew Creek Elementary pupil Pisa Xayapheth and Tiara Richardson.
The winners were honored at a holiday program and luncheon Dec. 16 at Tucson's restaurant.
Palm Harbor University High School principal Alec Liem recognized 15 outstanding students at a recent brunch. Honorees include Jeff Adams, Brenda Corace, Craig Degenhardt, Alicia Fontaine, Heather Harding, Chayil Leonard, Sabrina Moody, Patoula Panagos, Ian Peterson, Andrew Reeves, Stephanie Shrum, Thomas Tucker Taylor, Alison Titus, Bonnie Whitley and James Wyatt.
Lynn Corrigan of Clearwater graduated with honors from the University of Florida on Dec. 19 with a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. She is a member of Golden Key National Honor Society and a past officer of Alpha Xi Delta National Fraternity. Corrigan, a 1993 graduate of Countryside High School, is the daughter of Michael and Flora Corrigan.