Southeast High School students win SkillsUSA competition

July 1, 2014 

Southeast High students win at national SkillsUSA

BRADENTON -- Southeast High School students from the career technology television production program won the SkillsUSA national competition for the fourth time in five years.

The winning team -- Luizangel Walle, Gabby Murphy, Sydney Mitchell and Danny Shevlin -- wrote, produced and shot a three-minute news video in a few hours. Southeast High also won the national SkillsUSA broadcast news competition in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Iris Lopez and Mallory Robinson placed third in the nation in TV video production competition where students produced a 60-second video.

"I am very proud of the way these students represented Southeast High and the Manatee County School District," said Mike Sanders, SHS director of television, in a statement. "They have worked long and hard to develop their skills and they were able to demonstrate those skills on a national stage."

Florida foster care youths head off to summer camp

SARASOTA -- More than three dozen children in Florida's foster care system are going to summer camp this week.

The Department of Children and Families and the Sarasota Y/Safe Children Coalition, along with local sponsors, will kick off the third "Camp for Champions" on Monday.

The camp is open to current and former foster youth between the ages of 10 and 17. The children will spend three days attending the "Sea and Tree Kids" camp building self-confidence and strengthening life skills, according to organizers.

On the first day, campers go to Turtle Beach followed by an afternoon of swimming in an Olympic-size pool. On day two, campers will visit TreeUmph! adventure course to experience the ropes course and zip line. On the final day, the campers tour the University of South Florida athletic facilities and learn about higher education, including science through hands-on activities.

Student learn to plant, grow and cook at camp

SARASOTA -- For the past two weeks, students in the Temple Beth Sholom Schools' plant camp learned how to plant, grow, harvest and cook culinary treats from the school's 20-bed garden.

The 12 children in camp from June 16-27 learned social skills, problem solving and how to follow directions, according to organizers.

The garden produces everything from kale and collards to cotton and tomatoes. The plot is also sprinkled with herbs such as basil and rosemary.

"The garden allows for a natural and organic evolution of problem solving," said Shonna Brady, plant camp teacher, in a statement. "It's a fun, real opportunity for the kids to learn outside and gain first-hand experience on what it takes to grow food."

-- Herald staff reports

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