Roundup of Manatee County school notes

May 13, 2014 

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Collis, left, is shown with Braden River VFW Post Commander David Daily.PROVIDED PHOTO

'Fine Arts Showcase' features students

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Fine Arts students from Lakewood Ranch High School will put on a "Fine Arts Showcase" at Lakewood Ranch Main Street 5-8 p.m. Thursday . Students will display and sell their artworks, the Lakewood Ranch High Drama students will perform and the Lakewood Ranch High Orchestra will provide musical entertainment.

Information: Michelle Todoroff at 941-727-6100, ext. 2201.

McNeal Elementary wins 'Math Superstars' Trophy

EAST MANATEE -- Sixty-eight talented fourth- and fifth-grade students from 22 schools around the district competed in the annual "Math Superstars Competition" on May 1 at Manatee Technical Institute's main campus on State Road 70.

The students competed for cash prizes and a trophy to display at their school for a year. The event was sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

The team from McNeal Elementary took home the first place trophy followed in order by Willis, Anna Maria, Stewart and Bashaw.

Nolan Elementary adds cornhole sets to PE classes

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- With the help of Lowe's Home Improvement, 7395 52nd Place E., Nolan Middle School students will be able to participate in cornhole tournaments as a new addition to the physical education curriculum.

Led by Ray Bros and Lowe's, Nolan Middle School's Technology Student Association (TSA) helped make this effort possible.

Volunteers working to build eight cornhole sets included Morgan Kirchman and her grandmother who handmade 64 bean bags; TSA students who designed the cornhole boards using SolidWorks, and a team of students who were responsible for construction and painting.

JROTC instructor is VFW post's teacher of the year

EAST MANATEE -- Braden River VFW Post 12055 has presented its teacher of the year award to retired Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew Collis, a Junior ROTC instructor at Braden River High School.

This award is presented annually to recognize performance in teaching innovation, creative use of resources, and passion.

Collis is retired from the Army after 22 years as an infantry soldier. He has been a teacher for the last 12 years at Braden River High School.

Among his accomplishments, he has coached the school's Raider Team to six state championships and the drill team to two state championships.

-- Herald staff reports

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