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Laura Mosby, a National Merit Finalist and a senior at Shorecrest Preparatory School, has been named a candidate in the 2003 Presidential Scholars Program. One of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating seniors, the nomination is based on superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership ability, and involvement in community and school activities.

Three students in the Center for Wellness and Medical Professions at Boca Ciega High School won awards in the regional Health Occupations Students of America competition. Senior Andrea Leary placed second in sports medicine. Stephanie Lawler, a junior, placed second in extemporaneous writing. Freshman Mohammed Ilias placed third in medical reading.

The students will represent their school at the state HOSA competition in April.

The Pinellas Association of Library Information Specialists has announced winners in the 12th annual district Book-a-Rama competition. The five students rose from a group of 35 regional contestants at 18 middle schools who presented three-minute talks about a book by assuming the role of a character or explaining the book's plot.

This year's winners were Jennifer Hiltz, Coachman Fundamental Middle School, for her talk on The Lost Flower Children; Ellen Nadeau, John F. Kennedy Middle School, who spoke on The Year My Parents Ruined My Life; Colleen Cherry, Madeira Beach Middle School, for her talk on Speak; Lashawnda Martin, Meadowlawn Middle School, who spoke on Out of the Dust; and Kathleen Lai, Seminole Middle School, for her talk on Socks.

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