Manatee Y Technological High School holds first graduation
Manatee Y Technological High School graduated its first class of 13 students May 31 at the Spanish Courtyard of the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. Nick Bollettieri of NBTA and IMG Academy, was the keynote speaker. The graduates were Kelvin Derice Arrington, Hildus Dawes, Keith Brandon Dean, Tron Luckesta Edmond, Sandra Michelle Garcia, Laquinton Trevon Hart, Carneshia Ariel McCants, William Scott Myers, Dannika Shakela Oliver, Crystal Marie Palacios, Marquis Ray Trice, Ashley Nicole Watson and Davon T. Whitfield. Students scheduled to graduate this summer include Ray Rashaud Benbow, Devontaé Jerrod Cummings, Brittany Lakesha Ferguson, Allayha Lochelle Gandy, Jermain Roman Griffin and Erica Denise Lee.
Manatee County Florida State History Fair Team takes honors in Tallahassee
Twenty-three students from Manatee County area schools competed at Florida History Fair in May in Tallahassee. They were part of the 1,100 students from across the state, representing 32 counties, who traveled to the state capital for the competition. During the three-day event, more than 200 judges evaluated some 631 entries in five categories: historical papers, documentaries, exhibit boards, websites and performances. Many Manatee County team projects merited excellent and superior ratings and five advanced to the final rounds. The 2012-13 Manatee County History Fair Team, above, included, back row from left: Emily Akers, Cypress Potter, Damien Brobek, Jacob Owens, Drew Jankowski, Taylore Homan and Jesus Urieta; middle row: Massimo Ottey, Nicholas Barbarito, Kaitlin Folsom, Allison Stewart, Becca Elek, Molly Mendoza, Alysa Ness and Josh DeGaetano; front row: Ryley Ober, Samantha Copeland, Andrew Deitz, Margaret Stewart, Taylor Trevithick, Kerina Adamson and Lilyanne Pepe. (Not pictured: Marina Masterson.)