McNeal Elementary playwrights recognized

April 24, 2013 

McNeal Elementary playwrights recognized

MANATEE -- McNeal Elementary School received recognition during the "2013 Young Playwright Festival" sponsored by Florida Studio Theatre. Three McNeal students joined 15 playwrights chosen from 3,000 international entries to have a professional production of their play performed in Sarasota.

McNeal Elementary School winners are: fourth-graders Clay Barone for "Pressed," and Blake Wood for "Tuna Trouble;" and third-grader Zander Moricz for "Rebecca's Sunday Secret."

Third-grader Nathaniel Klein, second-grader Mixon Rixon and fourth-grader Hannah Miller received honorable mentions.

Play productions and awards ceremony will be part of the Sarasota Festival of New Plays Saturday, May 11.

2 Braden River sixth-graders in National History Bee

MANATEE -- Braden River Middle School sixth-graders John Lin and Spencer Schmidt have qualified for the June 1 National History Bee in Atlanta. Lin and Schmidt qualified after victories at the regional history bee in Orlando. Lin also qualified for the statewide Florida Geography Bee.

Kiwanis Educational Leadership Luncheon May 11

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Kiwanis Club "Kiwanis Educational Leadership Luncheon" is Saturday, May 11, at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch.

Speakers will include state Sens. Nancy Detert and Bill Galvano; President Carol Probstfeld of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota; Bonnie Jones, regional vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee; and Manatee County School Superintendent Rick Mills.

Topics will include recent educational funding, legislative initiatives and plans for the educational needs of the community.

The cost is $35 per ticket. For reservations call Jane Grace at 941-758-4878 or e-mail

Palmetto Elementary gearing up for Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

PALMETTO -- Palmetto Elementary School students have been learning about the culture of Mexico as they prepare to celebrate their 12th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival.

Parents and community members are invited to come celebrate with music, food and student performances at 630 p.m. Friday, May 3.

This year's theme is "Viva Florida" in honor of the 500 years since Ponce de Leon discovered the Sunshine State.

Call Minnie Rivera at 723-4822, ext. 2000.

Compiled by Erica Earl.

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