Manatee students shine at science and engineering fair – News – Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Big ups to the students who represented our town at the 64th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida in Lakeland over spring break.

Among them are King Middle’s Carly Stella and Zoe Thornton. Carly got a $25 award from Martin County Regional Science and Engineering Fair for exemplifying the nature of science and creativity. Zoe got a certificate from the American Meteorological Society for outstanding scientific endeavors in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

Southeast’s Elijah Gelongo got a $50 award from the Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair for demonstrating outstanding research in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Category.

Manatee’s Madison Burt got third place in physics.

Manatee’s Emma Johnston and Bradenton Christian’s Nico Geraldo and Zach Vanzant received Recognition Awards.

The team was led by teachers Britany Devlin, King Middle, and Steven Craig, Southeast.

• Say it ain’t so! Anne Kinnan hit the Big 7-0!

• So has John Barry!

• Well done to the Manasota Flames Under-12 girls soccer team, who went 10-2 and just captured the division championship in the USA League. The players are Genavieve Agustin, Ellie Ameres, Milena Anderson, Juliana Bartz, Lily Bosque, Naomi Cuadros-Berdejo, Ava Guseman, Violet Johnson, Destiny Lara, Ava Petzold, Evelyn Pauguga, Sophia Puccia and Marley Yochem. The coach is Michael Ameres and the manager, Rob Petzold.

• Ross Hodges is 39. Again.

• So is Jean Shea.

• And Mike Sicard.

• Neil Spirtas, too.

• Six Manatee Technical College students medaled at the state level of the Florida Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference. MTC’s pharmacy technician program had five medalists, including Brenda Baxcajay, first; Anna Zantiso, fourth; and Isaias Zelaya, fifth, in pharmacology knowledge; and Marisol Sanchez-Silos, second, and Samantha Cowie, third, in pharmacy science. Akera Sanders, an optometric assisting student, was third in medical reading.

Baxcajay, Sanchez-Silos, Cowie, and Sanders also advanced to the FHP international level in June.

• Good luck to Ron Lambert. The Lakewood Ranch High band director will move onto Parrish Community High.

• Southeast High’s Athletic Booster Golf Tournament is April 20th at River Club, 6600 River Club Boulevard, Bradenton. For details, call Athletic Director Joe Collis at 941-741-3366, ext. 2013.

• That’s 10 years of wedded bliss for Katie and Matthew O’Brien.

• Make it nine for Sherri and yours truly.

• And four for Toni and Grant Jefferies.

• A bow to Sheila Halpin, early learning specialist and liaison for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, who was awarded the 2018-2019 Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award for outstanding and meritorious service to humanity by Bradenton’s Florida Lodge No. 1511. She was nominated by Superintendent Cynthia Saunders and the Manatee County School Board.

• Lindsay Hussey is 29. Again.

• So is Katie Locke.

• And Marcus Francis, who will always be that teenager patrolling the secondary at Hawkins Stadium under those Friday night lights.

• The Glass Onion Beatles Band performs Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., in Realize Bradenton’s Music in the Park series at the Mosaic Amphitheatre on Bradenton’s Riverwalk.

• Lastly, if you want to get a rise out of David Potter, just ask him: What’s wrong with the Red Sox?


Vin’s People runs Sundays. Email Vin Mannix at [email protected] Or call 941-962-5944. Twitter: @vinmannix

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