Erik Johanson, 18, a senior at the Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School, was awarded second runnerup in the American Legion Department of Florida's High School Oratorical Contest. Erik represented American Legion Post 252, District 16, Seminole, at the American Legion's Department of Florida Spring Convention at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa on Feb. 20. His speech, entitled "How to Interpret the Constitution," was judged on both memorized oratorical skills and extemporaneous speaking skills. Erik received a $1,000 scholarship to the college of his choice.
Jasmine Steele, 16, of Seminole, a senior at Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo, has been selected as a distinguished finalist for Florida in the 2006 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, which honors outstanding youth volunteers.
Jasmine helped create and hosted a health-conscious cable television show titled Kids Can Cook Too!. Jasmine did research and wrote scripts for the program, which was designed to help kids make good decisions about nutrition in order to combat childhood obesity and diabetes.
Several Pinellas County students have been awarded scholarships from the Q Motorsports Family Student Racer Scholarship Program. The students, who were judged on academics, sanctioned motorsports participation and community service, include:
+ Courtney Andries, 19, Pinellas Park, a 2003 honors graduate of Pinellas Park High and criminology major at the University of South Florida, $1,500 Sunshine Speedway Scholarship.
+ Nick Andries, 13, Pinellas Park, student at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, $750 Sunshine Speedway Scholarship Award.
+ Dustin Chisholm, 18, Seminole, 2005 Seminole High School graduate and freshman at St. Petersburg College, $1000 Sunshine Speedway Scholarship Award.
+ Chase Diamond, 13, Seminole, student at Seminole Middle School, $250 Tri-City Kart Club Scholarship Award.
+ Allison Erlenbusch, 17, St. Petersburg, student at Dixie Hollins High School, $750 Mrs. Eleanor Morse Scholarship Award.
+ Camryn Fredrickson, 7, Palm Harbor, student at Curlew Creek Elementary School, $250 Barry and Sheri Fletcher Scholarship Award.
+ Max Kimer, 8, St. Petersburg, student at Ridgecrest Elementary School, $250 Jill Marie Honorary Scholarship Award.
+ Dale Shelton, 16, St. Petersburg, student at Lakewood High School, $1,000 Dave Pletcher Racing, Racing Helping Racers/Wild Bill Revard Memorial Scholarship Award.
+ Chris Zimmerman, 13, Largo, student at Osceola Middle School, $500 Racers Helping Racers/Wild Bill Revard Memorial Scholarship Award.
Eight schools participated in the local level of the 2006 MATHCOUNTS competition on Feb. 4 at Safety Harbor Middle School. Individual finishers were:
+ First place: Philip Bauer, Grade 8, Safety Harbor Middle School.
+ Second place: Preet Patel, Grade 7, Bay Point Middle School, St. Petersburg.
+ Third place: Alex Jablonski, Grade 8, Lutheran Church of the Cross Day School, St. Petersburg.
+ Fourth place: Ambika Anand, Grade 7, Safety Harbor Middle School.
The top schools were:
+ First place: Bay Point Middle School.
+ Second place: Safety Harbor Middle School.
+ Third place: Canterbury School of Florida, St. Petersburg.
The top two schools will go to the state competition in Orlando on March 31. MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement.