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Pinellas education news: SPC registration, Eckerd students recognized, school volunteers and more

Six Eckerd College sophomores have been awarded the Hollings Scholarship awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The students are, clockwise from top left: Eliza Mills, Herbert Leavitt, Justin Chandler-Holtz,  Brianna Matthews, Rosemary Burkhalter-Castro and Tristan Shonat. [Photo courtesy of Eckerd College]
Six Eckerd College sophomores have been awarded the Hollings Scholarship awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The students are, clockwise from top left: Eliza Mills, Herbert Leavitt, Justin Chandler-Holtz, Brianna Matthews, Rosemary Burkhalter-Castro and Tristan Shonat. [Photo courtesy of Eckerd College]
Published May 4, 2018

>Students can register for fall, summer classes at SPC>

Registration is open at St. Petersburg College for the fall and summer semesters. The beginning dates for the upcoming terms are: summer, May 14; summer express, June 11; fall, Aug. 13; and fall express, Sept. 10. SPC has guaranteed scheduling, so no class will be canceled once it is posted. The last day to register for an online course for the regular summer session is May 13 and for the regular fall session is Aug. 12. For more information, visit spcollege.edu.

>Eckerd College students awarded Hollings scholarships>

Six sophomores at Eckerd College have been selected to receive the Hollings Scholarship awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and named after former U.S. Sen. Ernest Hollings of South Carolina, who supported ocean policy and conservation. Marine science majors Rosemary Burkhalter-Castro, Justin Chandler-Holtz, Herbert Leavitt, Brianna Matthews, Eliza Mills and Tristan Shonat will receive up to $9,500 in scholarship funding and a summer internship working with scientists at a NOAA facility. Eckerd has produced 80 Hollings winners since the award was established in 2005. Only 120 college sophomores across the country receive the scholarships each year.

>Summer arts camps offered for elementary, middle school kids>

The Pinellas County school system is accepting applications for summer art camps for students in grades 3-7. The four-day camps are offered at no cost, with help from the district's voter-approved special school tax. In the elementary and middle school digital arts camps, certified art teachers will focus on a digital media, including digital drawing, painting, photography, comics, stop-motion animation and movie-making. Projects will be exhibited in the online art gallery and movies will be posted on the Visual Arts YouTube channel. In the elementary visual arts camps, certified art teachers will focus on drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. Click here for more information.

>Pinellas honors its school volunteers>

The Pinellas County school system named 13 "Outstanding School Volunteers" at a ceremony last week, selecting three of them to represent the district in the state competition — Miranda Whittaker of McMullen Booth Elementary, Tracy Ellis of Ridgecrest Elementary and Francis Florio of Shore Acres Elementary. The other winners were Thomas Cappiello, Palm Harbor Middle; Carol Leiner, Countryside High; Keenan Murray, Clearwater High; William Nightingale, Ridgecrest Elementary; Lilian Cooper, Bauder Elementary; Ralph Franzese, Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary; Alfred Williams, Melrose Elementary; and Alisa Bergsten and Rachel Gonzalez, both of M.K. Rawlings Elementary. In addition, Sandy Lane Elementary was given the elementary level Family and Community Engagement Award, and Charles Coward of Gus A. Stavros Institute was honored for workforce development. An estimated 27,000 volunteers have donated nearly 500,000 hours of service in the district.

>Honors and awards>

William Kline, a junior from Lakewood High's Center for Advanced Technologies, was named a Top 100 student on STEM Premier, a platform that connects technical high school students with opportunities in college and work world. This year, more than 350,000 STEM Premier students competed for a spot in the Top 100. … Three Pinellas County students have been selected from nearly 5,300 candidates as semifinalists in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. They are Carson Hamel, a senior and valedictorian at Lakewood High's Center for Advanced Technologies, and Mitchell P. Greene and Hunter W. Holland, both of Shorecrest Preparatory School. They will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the Presidential Scholar Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. … The Lakewood High Jazz Ensemble participated in the 2018 New York City Jazz Festival, where the band performed at the Apollo Theater. The band previously won the Crescent City Musical Festival in New Orleans. The students produced a CD, Swinging on 54th, and the Spartan Band Boosters promoted the album to raise funds for the New York trip.

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>Elementary school lunches>

Monday: Chicken nuggets with roll, bean and cheese burrito, fruit and yogurt plate, turkey and cheese hoagie, sweet potato waffle fries, salsa cup, fresh veggie dippers.

Tuesday: School Favorites Day. Students choose the menu.

Wednesday: Chicken drumstick with hush puppy, macaroni and cheese, yogurt and fruit parfait, ham and cheese croissant, green beans, sliced cucumbers.

Thursday: Beef or pork tacos, garlic cheesy bread, chef salad, chicken caesar wrap, marinara cup, fiesta beans, side salad.

Friday: Pizza, chicken and broccoli penne alfredo with bread stick, chicken caesar salad, Italian sub, spinach or collard greens, fresh veggie dippers.

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