School news, April 11

Local students named to Dean’s List Lauran Eschenroeder of Tarpon Springs, Chelsey Kruschwitz and Jamison Sweat both of Palm Harbor were all named to the Dean’s List at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga., for the fall quarter of 2012. Full-time, undergraduate students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above for the quarter to receive recognition on the Dean’s List. Here’s how it works: Using a desktop or laptop PC, visit the practice’s Facebook page at, and click on the “Supporting Schools — Vote Here” application icon under the cover photo. Follow the steps to select a school or schools and cast a vote.
At the end of the voting round, on April 15, the three schools with the most votes will enter a final round where one will be drawn to win a $1,000 donation. The other two schools each receive $250. “Education is at the heart of community success,” Albert said. “People move to an area because of the quality of its schools, and great schools yield strong advocacy in return. So the entire community prospers as a result of supporting local education.” Career Education Breakfast presents awards  The Pinellas Education Foundation’s annual Career Education Breakfast, held last month, was attended by nearly 200 of the community’s business and educational leaders who came together to raise funds for career education programs and initiatives in Pinellas County Schools. Keynote speaker Cheryl Carrier, director, Ford Next Generation Learning at Ford Motor Company Fund, announced that Pinellas County was named a Ford NGL Community, one of only 17 communities in the nation. During the event, business, educator and school leaders were recognized in several career education categories. Joe Sleppy, a senior from Osceola Fundamental High, Largo, will receive $10,000 to start a business as the winner of the Next Generation Entrepreneurs Program, a year-long business competition involving high school juniors and seniors which included business plan training, creativity workshops and mentoring. He won with his invention involving workout equipment for veterans (amputees). Debra Fischer, director of Finance Academy at Northeast High School, St. Petersburg, was named the 2013 Career Educator of the Year. She will receive a $2,000 classroom grant. Alex McKenna, president of McKenna Group International Inc., a company providing career transition coaching and counseling to senior executives and managers, was presented the Frances Stavros Career Education Champion Award. A $2,000 scholarship to the Frances Stavros Career Education Program will be awarded to a deserving student in his honor. The Academies of Pinellas Outstanding Achievement Awards for 2013 went to the following high schools: first place, Northeast High School, $5,000 award; second place, Clearwater High School, $3,000 award; third place, Boca Ciega High School, Gulfport, $2,000 award.

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