Manatee students compete at Florida State History Fair

May 30, 2014 

Students win Florida History Fair honors

MANATEE -- Almost 30 Manatee County students competed at the recent Florida State History Fair competition in Tallahassee.

The annual statewide competition for middle and high school students is sponsored by the Museum of Florida. The 2013-14 theme was rights and responsibilities in history. Students entered one of five categories.

Hannah Arduini from Haile Middle School won third place for her junior historical paper covering women's suffrage. Arduini will head to Maryland this summer to represent Florida at National History Day in College Park.

Emily Akers from the Manatee School for the Arts won the Florida Lighthouse and Maritime Heritage Award for a documentary on fisherman's rights and responsibilities.

Kaili Gruwell from R. Dan Nolan Middle School won the Mapping History award for a project concerning Native Americans.

Students from the Manatee School for the Arts won the Outstanding County award for a group performance on the Scopes Monkey trial.

Students display art at Manatee schools exhibit

BRADENTON -- More than 250 pieces of student artwork from 17 different schools is on display through June 6 at the ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton.

The event is part of the first Manatee County Schools Art Exhibit.

The galleries were made possible by a grant from the Mary E. Parker Foundation. Two students received a scholarship to take art classes at ArtCenter Manatee.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Healthy Teens Coalition gives prevention awards

BRADENTON -- Four honors were given by the Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee to individuals and groups making significant contributions in reducing teen pregnancy and increasing youth health and welfare during the second annual Teen Pregnancy Prevention Recognition Awards last week.

May is national Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month.

Dr. Marilyn Steele, a Manatee County resident since 1990, was named Adult of the Year.

The Steele Family Endowment Fund provided the seed grant for the HTC's new Teen Health Educator program.

Ella Biggins, chairwoman of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Committee of the Manatee County Youth Commission, was named Youth of the Year.

The Service Club of Manatee County was named Nonprofit of the Year.

The Manatee County Board of Commissioners were named Elected Officials of the Year.

Volunteers bring books to Sarasota elementary

SARASOTA -- Volunteers from the Goodwill Manasota Good Readers program will present books to students at Alta Vista Elementary School Friday.

Alta Vista is a Title 1 school and 94 percent of students live in households that fall below the poverty line.

The Good Readers program tries to engage students and develop a love for reading while improving student academic achievement.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, volunteers will read to students and present them with books to keep.

-- Herald staff report

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