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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23:  Actor Dante Basco attends Funimation Films presents "Your Name." Theatrical Premiere in Los Angeles, CA at Yamashiro Hollywood on March 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Funimation Films)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Actor Dante Basco attends Funimation Films presents "Your Name." Theatrical Premiere in Los Angeles, CA at Yamashiro Hollywood on March 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Funimation Films)
Published Feb. 7, 2018

Final step in school choice process starts next week

One more step remains for Pinellas County families who applied last month for a magnet, fundamental or career program for the 2018-19 school year. They will need to log into the school district's Student Reservation System at Feb. 14-21 to see the status of their application and accept an invitation or choose to remain on a program's waiting list. This step is required: those who fail to take this step will have their invitation voided after Feb. 21. For information about the process, visit or call (727) 588-6210.

USF to recognize top young alums

Seven University of South Florida alumni age 35 and younger, including two USF St. Petersburg graduates, will be recognized at a May 18 ceremony as Outstanding Young Alumni for their professional and charitable contributions. The group also will participate in a panel discussion where they will share some of their secrets for success. This year's Outstanding Young Alumni are:

Hannibal L. Baldwin, 2011 finance grad, USF St. Petersburg — co-founder and co-CEO of the tech company SiteZeus; co-founder of the Yogurtology franchise; and co-founder of B3 Ventures private equity and venture capital fund.

Reuben Pressman, 2011 entrepreneurship grad, USF St. Petersburg — founder and CEO of Presence, an education technology platform used by higher educational institutions to increase student engagement, graduation rates and workforce readiness. Deeply involved in community nonprofits and economic development in St. Petersburg.

R. Grant Baxley, 2007 management information systems grad — founder and CEO of TeleVoIPs, a Tampa-based telecom company; named Emerging Technology Leader of the Year, Technology Connector of the Year; earned TeleVoIPs a USF Fast 56 award for growing businesses.

Vincent Terrell Jackson, 2016 management grad — former San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver; co-owner of businesses including CTV Capital real estate investment firm and Cask Social Kitchen; founder-president of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, a Pro Players Insiders Top 10 NFL Player Foundation.

Maja Lacevic, 2009 English and international studies grad — arrived in the U.S. as a Bosnian war refugee and is now a business transactions and health care attorney with Trenam Law; has served with several groups including USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and the Hillsborough County Bar Association's Young Lawyer Division.

Joel Raney, 2011 civil engineering grad — CEO of Raney's Inc., an online retailer of custom accessories for trucks that has made repeat appearances on Inc. 5000's list of fastest-growing companies and is a two-time top 25 USF Fast 56 award recipient; founder of South Florida Strong, a USF apparel company.

Dr. Venessa Walker, 2004 biomedical sciences grad — owner of Walker Chiropractic and Wellness Center and an international health and wellness speaker; works on numerous charitable causes, from USF alumni groups to religious groups to civic groups, including Boys and Girls Clubs and the Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the Links, Inc.

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Lectures on energy, the arts and animal rights at Eckerd College

Eckerd College will host three public lectures next week. On Monday, a discussion entitled "Climate Change: Are We Losing the Fossil-Free Energy Market to China?" will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Galbraith Auditorium. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, actor, voice actor and dancer Dante Basco, right, will discuss his work in many culturally significant projects and share some of his poetry in Fox Hall. Also on Tuesday, in Galbraith Auditorium, Mikael Nielsen, a campaign manager with the nonprofit animal rights organization Mercy For Animals, will speak about the connection between what we eat and how it impacts animals and our environment. His talk will begin at 7 p.m. These events are free and open to the public. The Eckerd campus is at 4200 54th Ave. S in St. Petersburg.

Elementary school lunch menus

Monday: Breaded chicken sandwich, loaded BBQ pork and cheese tots with roll, fruit and yogurt plate, turkey and cheese hoagie, cooked carrots or roasted butternut squash, fresh veggie dippers.

Tuesday: Not so sloppy Joe bread bowl, corn dog, veggie double dipper salad, Jamwich Kit, baked beans, romaine side salad.

Wednesday: Teriyaki beef dippers with rice, stuffed shells, yogurt and fruit parfait, ham and cheese croissant, steamed broccoli, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Chicken and waffle, bacon cheeseburger, chef salad, chicken caesar wrap, vegetable blend, side salad.

Friday: Fish sticks with corn muffin loaf, chicken caesar salad, Italian sub, corn, fresh veggie dippers.