Bradenton Christian School opens new athletic building

BRADENTON -- Bradenton Christian School recently held a dedication ceremony for the school's new Mary Jane Spencer Athletic Building. The building is named after Mary Jane Spencer, who loved Christian education, teaching Bible school and Sunday school and sacrificed to send her four children through Christian schools.

All of the 600-plus K-12 students of BCS surrounded the building as Winston Spencer opened with prayer.

The high school choir sang "Majesty" and superintendent Dan Vande Pol spoke about how this building will be a face to the community and a positive first impression. The building features a weight room, locker room, ticket office and concessions. Key contributors to this project including Dr. Joe Ganey, Bob and Mary Anne Spencer, Bob Spencer Sr., Don and Marilyn Bouwer, Norm Meekhof, Davy Windham, Jan Braam, and Ron Leunk, who all cut the ribbon at once to officially open the building.

Southeast High School student awarded $25,000 National Merit Scholarship

BRADENTON -- Andrew Klein, a senior at Southeast High, earned a National Merit Scholarship of $2,500 by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

National Merit Scholarship winners are chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists, which represents less than 1 percent of the nation's high school seniors, according to officials. Finalists for the scholarships are determined by performances on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Winners of the scholarships are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Sugg Middle School helps raise money for quake-stricken Nepal

BRADENTON -- Sugg Middle School held a "Support Nepal" day recently to educate students about the recent earthquakes and to raise money to help provide relief.

Teachers Rachel Kutz and Dana Mills worked with Principal Darlene Proue to organize the day in which all teachers taught the same lesson plans. The first two periods of the day focused on the country of Nepal, the next two periods focused on plate tectonics and earthquakes, the fifth period examined media coverage, sixth period was devoted to students writing as if they were a victim of the earthquake and seventh period involved the concept of global outreach, according to the school.

Three containers have been placed in the school's cafeteria to collect loose change. The grades will compete to see who can most fill their container. The money raised will be donated to relief efforts in Nepal through Shelterbox.

Manatee High School Class of 1965 plans reunion Oct. 30-31

BRADENTON -- Plans are in the works for the Manatee High School Class of 1965 50th reunion.

The reunion will be held Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.

Organizers are trying to get in touch with as many classmates as possible via email, but are looking to get in touch with others.

A list is available at

-- Herald staff reports