Hometown North Pinellas

Published April 30, 2015

m SCIENCE FAIR PRIZES FOR ESPIRITU SANTO CATHOLIC STUDENTS: Two students from Espiritu Santo Catholic School recently competed at the Science & Engineering Fair of Florida and came home with awards demonstrating their hard work and creativity. Lily Brames and Katelyn Chau, both in seventh grade, traveled to Orlando to participate in the statewide fair held March 31 through April 2.

Brames' project won the Polk County Regional Science and Engineering Fair Award for demonstrating outstanding creativity and innovation. Chau's project received the Mu Alpha Award Certificate of Recognition, awarded to the individual demonstrating the most challenging, thorough and creative investigation of a problem.

These projects were singled out among the 11,000 projects represented in the 37 regional fairs held around the state. Of those, only 840 projects advanced to the state fair.

PUBLIX PROGRAM TO BENEFIT FOSTER CHILDREN: As part of the Publix Gives Back to the Community program, Publix employees at its store at Gulf to Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road are supporting a nonprofit serving local foster children.

Fostering Hope Florida provides homes where siblings can live together in foster care and on April 17, more than 75 Publix employees visited to give a Fostering Hope House a makeover. After the big reveal, the kids enjoyed an afternoon of fun, including a bounce house, face-painting, storytelling, and planting a vegetable garden.

n SEA HAWK AWARDS HONOR THREE STUDENTS: At the third Sea Hawk Awards held by Safety Harbor Middle School, three eighth-graders were recognized by the Safety Harbor Kiwanis.

Chyanne Smailovic was chosen by her teacher Tricia Perez, who said Chyanne academically maintains A's and is always looking to do more. She always offers to help new students and those who may not have a partner to work with. Most importantly she is kind and courteous.

Katie Hart was selected by teacher Jen Fegel for being a kind and considerate person to everyone she meets. She enjoys helping others and always has a positive attitude while excelling in all of her classes.

Kate Brown, picked by teacher Michele Salmon, was recognized for being a quiet leader and hard worker. She is in advanced guitar class and gives up some of her mornings to tune 30 guitars for the class.