3 Manatee County students to attend science camp

3 Manatee County students to attend science camp

BRADENTON -- Three State College of Florida Collegiate School students were selected from more than 246 applicants to attend a weeklong science, technology, engineering and math camp in St. Petersburg

Amara Bailey of Ellenton, Alexa Brutus of Lakewood Ranch and Ermeline Constant of Parrish were selected to attend the American Association of University Women National Tech Trek Program at Eckerd College.

The Manatee campers have big ideas:

Constant wants to bring clean water to impoverished countries around the world by creating innovative technology.

Bailey plans a career in the medical field.

Brutus wants to be a lawyer.

Attendees pay a $50 fee.

Volunteers needed for summer exchange students

BRADENTON -- Dash International, specialists in foreign exchange student placement, is looking for spots in private high schools across Florida next year and volunteer host families.

A host home is needed for a 16-year-old girl from the Czech Republic and a 16-year-old boy from Thailand, who will arrive in August before school starts.

Host families are asked to provide room and board in exchange for greater exposure to a foreign culture, according to organizers

Information: Call 844-528-1145 or go to

Ringling project wins award for two graphic artists

SARASOTA -- Ringling College of Art and Design announced Thursday seniors Michelle Kwon and Michael Bidinger won Best Computer Animated Short for their thesis film "Jinxy Jenkins and Lucky Lou" at the 42nd Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques Computer Animation Festival.

The five-day conference focuses on computer graphics and interactive techniques, including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world, according to organizers.

SCF Foundation names two new directors to board

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida Foundation Board of Directors has named Chris Romine and Pamela Swain to the board.

Romine, a senior vice president and managing director of Northern Trust Bank in Bradenton, is a SCF alumnus from then-Manatee Junior College. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, and a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

Romine has served on the SCF Audit Committee and the South Florida Museum, Humane Society of Manatee County and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens boards.

Swain, a co-owner of Saramar, Swain Properties, Swain SEV Properties and Swain Enterprises in Sarasota, has a bachelor's degree in education from Virginia Tech and was a teacher in Virginia Beach public schools from 1985-2000. She served on the SCF Foundation Scholarship Committee the past two years and was on the inaugural Avenues des Artistes Committee this year.

-- Herald staff reports