Manatee Tech students win 71 Florida Skills medals
BRADENTON -- Manatee Technical College students won 71 medals recently at the 2015 Florida SkillsUSA Conference in Lakeland.
The 34 first-place winners will head to the national championships in Louisville, Ky., in June.
Students from high schools, technical centers and colleges statewide competed in more than 100 skill and leadership contests.
A mother and daughter won gold medals: culinary arts student Elizabeth Steinke placed first in the high school division of restaurant service. Her mother, Kelly Steinke, a business technology student, was on the winning Quiz Bowl team in the college division with teammates Annie Gooch, Bob Craig, Marshal Gaunt and Cheyenne DeHart.
Manatee County students seek Odyssey of Mind funds
BRADENTON -- Students from Southeast High School are preparing to go to the World Finals Tournament at Michigan State University.
The team is looking for support to cover the cost of the May 20-23 trip estimated at $1,000 a student.
Information: BucBay.com, FloridaOdysseyoftheMind.com or OdysseyoftheMind.com, call 813-545-7046, or email Laurie.Filardo@BucBay.com
Career Connections offering scholarships for graduates
BRADENTON -- A local, student-created career connection program is offering three scholarships to Manatee County graduating seniors.
The top scholarship is $1,000, second and third are $500 each for high school seniors in Manatee County who participated in Career Connections. Applicants must submit an essay with a maximum of 400 words on the benefits of a mentor/student relationship.
Email essays to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due May 15.
MTC student wins Florida design contest
BRADENTON -- Manatee Technical College student Jimmy Strumpf won best digital design in the 2015 Career and Technical Education photography contest for the Florida Association of Career and Technical Education. He also designed the winning logo for WellYOU, the new wellness program of the Manatee County School District.
He took second place at the 2015 Regional SkillsUSA competition in studio portrait and digital design. He also wrestled throughout high school until a knee injury benched him this year. District wellness coordinator Ro Mohamed worked with Marina Proskurina's digital design students at MTC to rebrand the district's new tiered health and wellness initiative.
Strumpf will graduate this year and plans to get a bachelor's degree in business.
-- Herald staff reports