School briefs: Manatee High student awarded National Merit scholarship

May 7, 2014 

Manatee Highstudent wins National Merit scholarship

MANATEE -- Joshua J. Fleck, a Manatee High School student, is the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

His probable career field is biomedical engineering.

Fleck is one of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists. Winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's graduating high school seniors.

Virtual schools open house slated for Thursday

MANATEE -- Manatee County Virtual Schools' open house is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the School Support Center, 215 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Parents and students are invited to learn about the opportunities for students to take online course and talk to other parents and students about their virtual course experiences.

Manatee Virtual Programs challenge students in grades K through 12, who want to learn using technology, to explore language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and some electives in a flexible, personalized learning environment. All online courses are taught by highly qualified, Florida certified teachers.

The district offers full and part-time online courses to meet the needs of students.

Information: 941-708-8770, ext. 2178.

School district recognizes nutritional professionals

MANATEE -- To celebrate their hard work and commitment, the School Nutrition Association organizes School Nutrition Employee Week May 5-9 within the Manatee School District. The week is an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to local students each day.

All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored with thanks, cards, and recognition from students, school staff, parents, and the community. Each school will be recognizing their nutrition professionals in their

own way. The district office will also be thanking each school staff and visiting with them to personally recognize them.

Get the details about School Lunch Superhero Day at To learn more about the school nutrition program in Manatee County visit

Operation Prom to highlight dangers of drunk driving

BRADENTON -- Members of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's Emergency Medicine Club will stage its Operation Prom event 1 p.m. May 8 at Bayshore High School's Balvanz Stadium, 5401 34th St. W.

Emergency operations crews from Manatee County will respond to a drunken driving crash re-enactment as though it was a real incident. Responders will include: Emergency Medical Services, Manatee County Sheriff's Office, East Manatee Fire Rescue and BayFlite.

High school students will observe emergency responses to every aspect of a car accident, including sobriety testing, extrication of a passenger, and ambulance and BayFlite transport of passengers injured and killed in the "crash". The purpose of this staging is to emphasize to high school students the dangers and consequences of driving drunk. The annual event takes place during prom season.

Southeast High School students win TV awards

MANATEE -- SETV is once again sitting on top of the state of Florida in broadcasting. Southeast High School won its eighth consecutive state championship in SkillsUSA Broadcast News Program.

The school swept first, second, and third places.

Juniors Danny Shevlin, Sydney Mitchell, Luiz Walle and Gabby Murphy will be going for the school's fourth national championship in five years in Kansas City in June. Mallory Robinson and Kevin Weger won the TV Video Production award.

-- Herald staff reports

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