Saint Stephen's Episcopal School students earn top honors
More than 1,200 students and teachers from across the country gathered for the National Junior Classical League's National Forum in Las Vegas at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas July 21-27 for competitions in academics, athletics, art, and the academic team style game known as Certamen. Fourteen Saint Stephen's students joined faculty members Alice and Geoff Revard at the National Forum, and they returned with several top 10 finishes (21 overall), all students placing in the top 25, a fourth place in Intermediate Certamen for Ethan Leuchter and Joseph Class (team captain), and a National Championship in Novice Certamen for MaryAnn Placheril (team captain).
In addition to these honors, Joseph Class took first place on the Greek Language test in his division (level 2), and was the best of show by attaining the highest score on that test including all students at all levels. Joseph achieved this while he studied Greek independently with assistance from Saint Stephen's teacher Geoff Revard.
Pictured, MaryAnn Placheril (National Champion) with Mr. Revard.
University Park Women's Club tours Riverwalk
On July 11, members of the University Park Women's Club toured the beautiful Riverwalk along the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton. The promenade includes butterfly gardens, performance shell, children's playground, beach volleyball and skate boarding areas. The ladies lunched at a local restaurant following the tour. From left, Katy Arrillaga, Polly Curran (UPWC Garden Group Chair), Chris Lukowitz, Judy McLeod, Carolyn Quick, Kay Winsauer, Susan Maliot, Barbara Williams, Lorraine MacDonald, Maria VanBrunt and Kathy Bondur.
Bradenton adult tap dancers win national titles
Bradenton students of That's Dancing! Dance Education for Adults won top honors at the Starpower National Talent Competition in Orlando in early July. The Starfire Competitive Tap Company of Bruce Colby, Susan Wilcox, Evelyn Sturn, Suzy Berinsky, Jeanne Wacker, Vickie Inglese, Mary Pickup, took top honors -- earning near perfect scores in all of their entries. The trio of Wilcox, Colby and Sturn took the "National Champion" title in the Adult Duo/Trio division, and Solo Champion Bruce Colby won top honors as the "National Champion" Adult Soloist.
In the Adult Small Group division the team was awarded second- and third-place "National Champion" titles. "National Champion" titles go to the highest scoring routines, regardless of dance style.
For more info on the performance groups or joining the adult dance program, please visit www.bonniegray.com, or www.facebook.com/StarfireTapCo.
Starfire Tap Dance Company National Champions, from left, Evie Sturn, Mary Pickup, Jeanne Wacker, Bruce Colby and Susan Wilcox. Not shown: Vickie Inglese and Suzy Berinsky.