Manatee students rank first in National TSA conference

July 10, 2014 

Manatee students rank first in national tech conference

BRADENTON -- For the eighth year in a row, Manatee County Technology Student Association competitors led the nation at the national TSA conference in Washington, D.C.

The 154 students representing 11 different county schools won 22 events, took second place seven times and collected nine third-place trophies. The students competed against more than 6,000 students nationwide to win top honors. Manatee County students enjoyed more top-10 finishes than any other school district in the nation with 43, according to the district.

"I want to congratulate all the students, their advisers and administration for continuing their eight year run of excellence at last week's National TSA Conference and also for their dedication and commitment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Superintendent Rick Mills.

Lincoln Memorial High celebrates 70th birthday

BRADENTON -- Lincoln Memorial High School Class of 1962 celebrated its 70th birthday with a lunch in June at the Pier 22 Restaurant in downtown Bradenton organized by Johncyna Williams McRae.

Class members enjoyed a birthday cake and shared stories of the past.

The class will celebrate its 55th class reunion in 2017.

Sarasota schools celebrate custodian team efforts

SARASOTA -- About 320 Sarasota County School District custodians converged July 3 on Riverview High School for the annual custodians professional development day.

Custodians studied categories ranging from cash management to CPR and defibrillator use to fire safety and security to Internet navigation. Many other classes focused on subjects that would benefit them and their families such as preparing for retirement, nutrition, home repair and health insurance.

"The goal of the event was to raise the professional level of our employees," said District Energy Manager Alisha Burris. "We hope by offering them opportunities to expand their knowledge in the personal and professional arenas, they will benefit, learn, and become healthier, informed, and productive."

The day also included a "Custodial Olympics," which included a golf cart rodeo, duct tape wars, Olympic games and building a spaghetti structure. All events were designed to strengthen skills at working together.

-- Herald staff reports

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