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December 22, 2008
Educational Channel Wins National Award
The Florida Education Channel received the Platinum-Best of Show Aurora Award in the Educational Documentary category for their original documentary, Teachers Doing Real Science in the Real World.

December 22, 2008
Santa Rosa County Teacher Earns National Award
Jeri Martin is one of seven teachers in the United States to win an Educator Achievement Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation.

December 18, 2008
Leon County Elementary School Wins Technology Grand Prize
Samsung’s Hope for Education, Microsoft Corporation, and DIRECTV, Inc, along with teen music star Jordan Pruitt, presented Oak Ridge Elementary School in Tallahassee with more than $200,000 in technology products, software, cash grants and educational television programming packages at a special assembly for students, teachers and local dignitaries.

December 17, 2008
Chipola Auto Tech Program Wins Exemplary Award
Chipola Junior College’s earned the National Automotive Training Education Foundation (NATEF) certification for its master automotive program.

December 17, 2008
Two Outstanding Florida High School Students Selected For U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program
Two outstanding Florida high school seniors have been selected to represent the state and will be able to witness federal government in action as part of the United States Senate Youth Program funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

December 05, 2008
Social Studies Specialist Wins National Award
Jason Caros, Volusia County’s K-12 social studies specialist, is the recipient of the Mel Miller Outstanding Social Studies Supervisor award from the National Social Studies Supervisors Association.

December 03, 2008
Claywell 5th Grader Wins National Contest
Tyler Smith, a fifth grader at Claywell Elementary School in Tampa, recently won first place in the American Geological Institute's (AGI) visual arts contest.

December 02, 2008
Panama City Middle School Wins National First Place Award for Journalism Project
A cartoon-covered book titled Hornet Action Tales brought home a national First Place award for Jinks Middle School in Panama City.

November 24, 2008
Miami-Dade Principal Douglas Rodriguez Wins Statewide Council for Educational Change Award
Principal Douglas Rodriguez of Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High, was honored with the 6th Annual Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award, bestowed by the Council for Educational Change.

November 18, 2008
History Teacher Honored With Warren Tracy Beginning Teacher Award
Matt Susin, history teacher at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School in Brevard County received The Warren Tracy Beginning Teacher Award at the recent Florida Council for Social Studies (FCSS) state conference.

November 12, 2008
Middle School Teacher Wins Distinguished Educator Award
Jane Feber, language arts teacher at Mandarin Middle School in Jacksonville, received the National Middle School Association's (NMSA) Distinguished Educator Award.

November 12, 2008
Hillsborough County Student Selected As State Wendy's High School Heisman Award Winner
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award was introduced in 1994, and recognizes student scholar athletes and their accomplishments.

November 10, 2008
Florida Science Finalists for the K-6 2008 Presidential Award For Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Announced
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

November 10, 2008
Department Honors Homeless Education Award Recipients
The Florida Department of Education Homeless Education Program would like to congratulate the individuals and school districts for their outstanding service to children and youth experiencing homelessness during the 2007-2008 school year.

November 07, 2008
Largo Middle School Teacher Named Outstanding School Science Teacher
Leslie Pohley, who has spent her entire 30-year science teaching career in the same classroom at Largo Middle in Pinellas County, has been named the state’s 2008 Outstanding Middle School Science Teacher by the Florida Association of Science Teachers.

November 04, 2008
Sunshine State Teachers Receive Scholarships For Gifted Programs
Four Florida teachers recently received the Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund for Diverse Talent Development from the National Association for Gifted Children.

November 03, 2008
Okaloosa County Students Are Most “Ready to Work”
Okaloosa County is not the largest school district in the state, but it boasts the most students who have been certified as "Ready to Work."

November 03, 2008
Panama City High School Band To Perform at National Championship Game
Arnold High School’s 2008-2009 Blue Thunder Marching Band has been selected to perform during the half-time festivities at the 2009 Bowl Championship Series National Championship game in Miami.

October 28, 2008
Nine Florida Schools honored at 3rd Annual Healthy Schools Forum
The third annual Healthy Schools Forum was held in Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 4-6, 2008, where 43 schools from across the nation received awards.

October 23, 2008
Miami Springs Middle School Ranked as One of America’s Healthiest Schools
Miami Springs Middle School in Miami Springs, Fla., was one of 10 schools in the nation to be named one of America’s Healthiest Schools by Health magazine.

October 14, 2008
Science Teacher Receives Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Kitchka Petrova, a science teacher at Ponce de Leon Middle School in Coral Gables, Fla., is one of fifteen teachers selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to receive a 2008-2009 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship.

October 06, 2008
Florida’s 2008 American Star of Teaching
Sandra Prew, a fourth and fifth grade language arts teacher at Key Largo School was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2008 American Star of Teaching.

October 02, 2008
All Members of Manatee Community College Radiography Class Pass National Exam
The entire 2008 Manatee Community College (MCC) radiography class passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination on the first attempt. ...continued>>

October 02, 2008
Seminole Community College Women's Golf Coach Named LPGA Southeast Coach of the Year
Seminole Community College (SCC) Women’s Golf Coach Christa Teno has been named Southeast Coach of the Year this September by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional membership.

October 02, 2008
Pasco-Hernando Community College Students Win Coca-Cola Scholarships
Two Pasco-Hernando Community College students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

September 25, 2008
Godby High School Construction Academy Sells First Home
The Godby High School Construction Academy recently sold its first home in Leon County.

September 17, 2008
Hillsborough Senior Honored by Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) announced Maria Liliana Carrillo, a senior from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Fla., as the recipient of the Academic Excellence and Leadership Award.

September 17, 2008
Jupiter Elementary First School in Florida to Earn USDA HealthierUS School Challenge Silver Award
Jupiter Elementary School in Brevard County is the first school in Florida to earn the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) HealthierUS School Challenge Silver Award.

September 10, 2008
Pinellas Teachers Receive Awards From State Developmental Disabilities Council
Three teachers from Kings Highway Elementary in Pinellas County received the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s 2008 “You Make a Difference” award.

September 10, 2008
Brevard Public Schools Awarded Grant to Launch “Space Explorers” Program
Brevard Public Schools recently received special funding for some elementary students to explore the space outside their classrooms.

September 05, 2008
Three Florida Teachers Selected as Finalists for Presidential Award
Timothy Kenney, a math teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary, in Duval County, and two Brevard County elementary science teachers, Michelle Ferro, West Melbourne Elementary School, and Wendy Shelden, Ralph Williams, Jr. Elementary School, were selected as Florida finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

August 28, 2008
Air Force Association Names National Aerospace Teacher of the Year
Leo Murphy, the former Director of the US Navy's Aviation Training School in Pensacola, will be honored by the Air Force Association as the National Aerospace Teacher of the Year.

August 19, 2008
Senior Honored As Davidson Fellow
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship rewards students who have completed a significant piece of research projects on categories such as math, science, literature, music, technology, and philosophy.

August 07, 2008
All-Academic List Ranks SCC Women's Basketball Team
The Seminole Community College's (SCC) women's basketball team is the only nationally ranked junior college team to also make the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Academic Top 25.

August 04, 2008
Florida Students Win At Career Education Clubs of Florida
The Career Education Clubs of Florida (CECF) recently announced its state leadership conference winners.

July 29, 2008
Chamberlain High School Students Win National Competition
Chamberlain High School students Katrina McNeal and Danielle Gray won top honors at the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Meeting.

July 23, 2008
Brevard County School Board Hailed as Leader in Florida Arts Education
The Brevard County School Board has been named the 2008 honoree for the School Board Award from the Arts for a Complete Education/Florida Alliance for Arts Education (ACE/FAAE).

July 23, 2008
Grant Enhances Math, Science, and Energy Education In Osceola County
The Education Foundation of Osceola County has been awarded a grant in the amount of $25,000 by the Progress Energy Foundation.

July 22, 2008
School Awarded for Integration of Economics Classes
Polk County school Gause Academy in Bartow, Fla., received a Governor’s Award for Excellence for its integration of economics into business classes.

July 18, 2008
Escambia County Junior Wins National Silver Medal
Barrett White, a junior at Washington High School in Escambia County, was recently recognized at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

July 15, 2008
Statewide Reading Leader Awards
Fourteen Statewide Literacy Leader awardees were recognized during the 7th Annual Just Read, Florida! Leadership Conference.

July 11, 2008
Miami Dade College Students Selected For Latina Leadership Institute
Two Miami Dade College Kendall Campus students were selected for the prestigious Latinas Learning to Lead Summer Youth Institute, a week-long comprehensive program held in Washington, D.C., to train the next generation of Latina leaders.

July 09, 2008
Florida Virtual School Receives Better Government Competition Award
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) recently won the Better Government Competition (BGC) Award from the Pioneer Institute, an independent, non-partisan, privately funded research organization.

July 01, 2008
Florida Students Recognized For Outstanding Achievement In The Arts
Twenty-three graduating public high school seniors from across Florida were recently recognized by Jeb and Columba Bush and the Foundation for Excellence in Education as the 2008 Arts for Life! Scholarship Program award winners.

June 27, 2008
Valencia Community College Student Wins National Awards
Valencia Community College graphic-design student Charles Caldwell in Orlando received two ADDY Awards in the national student advertising competition hosted by the American Advertising Federation this year.

June 26, 2008
Florida Students Take Top Prizes During National History Day
Florida students were honored during the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, June 15–19.

June 26, 2008
Middle School Receives Prestigious National Environmental Education Award
The Wakulla County School District is a co-recipient of the 2007 Coastal America Partnership Award.

June 20, 2008
Florida Council on Economics Education Recognizes Economics Teacher of the Year
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) teacher Patricia Sibson received the 2008 Economic Educator of the Year for her leadership in teaching economics for more than 15 years.

June 12, 2008
2008 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals
Four schools from Florida recently placed in the top three of their respective divisions at the 2008 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

June 11, 2008
Two Duval County Elementary Schools Honored for Counseling Programs
Carter G. Woodson Elementary School and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Duval County are two of 62 schools from 15 states that will be recognized for making exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs according to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

June 10, 2008
Melbourne History Teacher To Attend Presidential Academy for American History and Civics
Christopher Carl, a History teacher at Melbourne High School, has been accepted into the Presidential Academy for American History and Civics.

June 10, 2008
Brain Bowl Regional Coach of the Year
For the second consecutive year Patricia Campbell, an English teacher at Lake-Sumter Community College, has been named the Brain Bowl Regional Coach of the Year for the East-Central Region.

May 30, 2008
North Dade Eighth Grader Named One of America’s Top 10 Youth Volunteers
Bria Brown, an eighth grader at North Dade Middle School in Opa Locka, Fla., received the 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

May 29, 2008
Teacher Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction
Lake Brantley High School teacher Bradley Willis in Seminole County was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

May 29, 2008
Florida Students Win in High-Tech Competition
Several Florida teams won first place prizes at this year’s national eCYBERMISSION competition.

May 23, 2008
2008 Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Scholarship Recipients
Five graduating high school seniors from Florida will get the opportunity to live in Germany in the coming year as part of the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Scholarship Program.

May 21, 2008
Florida Schools To Share Best Practices At Conference
English Estates Elementary in Fern Park, Atlantic Technical Center in Coconut Creek, and Marion Technical Institute in Ocala have been selected as model schools for 2008 by the International Center for Leadership in Education.

May 20, 2008
Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad Grant Awarded
The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded the Fulbright Hays Group Project Abroad grant to the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies.

May 13, 2008
Seminole Community College Kitchen and Bath Program Wins National Recognition
Seminole Community College’s (SCC) Interior Design Program was one of only seven schools awarded a "Most Outstanding Annual Requirements" trophy at the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2008 conference.

May 13, 2008
Tampa Student Group Named "Chapter of The Year" By Junior State of America
The Junior State of America (JSA) awarded the student-run JSA Chapter at C. Leon King High School in Tampa with the "Professor E.A. Rogers Chapter of the Year Award."

May 8, 2008
Seminole Community College Recognized For High Outcomes
Seminole Community College’s (SCC) Respiratory Care Program at the Altamonte Springs Campus, was recently lauded for its high ratio of credentialed therapists by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

May 6, 2008
Florida Students Named U.S. Presidential Scholars
Five Florida high school students were announced as 2008 United States Presidential Scholars. The U. S. Presidential Scholars program honors students for academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and service at school and in their community.

May 2, 2008
Florida High Schools Honored for Excellent Student Councils
The National Association of Student Councils (NASC) has recognized five Florida high schools with the National Gold Council of Excellence Awards. The NASC provides national recognition for student councils that consistently provide quality leadership activities and service to their schools and communities. This award provides broader recognition for the most worthy efforts of NASC member schools.

May 1, 2008
Pine Ridge High Wins $10,000 Goody’s Good Deeds for Schools Grant
Goody’s Family Clothing, Inc., has awarded Pine Ridge High School a $10,000 check that will be used toward purchasing software and a mobile laptop lab to enhance foreign language instruction.

April 30, 2008
Hamilton County Student Awarded $180,000 ROTC Scholarship
Chad Billington, a senior at Hamilton County High School, has received a $180,000 Navy ROTC scholarship.

April 30, 2008
Three Florida School Districts Honored for Music Education
The NAMM Foundation announced that Brevard Public Schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools, and Polk County Schools have been recognized in the ninth annual “Best Communities for Music Education” survey

April 28, 2008
Immokalee High School BETA Club Wins First Place
Immokalee High School (IHS) BETA Club members recently won first place honors at the 66th Annual Florida BETA Club Convention held in Daytona Beach.

April 23, 2008
Oak Ridge High School Hotel Magnet Students Win National Title
Student teams from around the country competed in the fifth annual National Lodging Management Competition sponsored by the American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute.

April 18, 2008
Indian River Community College Wins Award From National Group
Indian River Community College (IRCC) has won recognition from a national education group for its successful efforts to enhance the college's culture to foster change.

April 17, 2008
Marion County Automotive Program Earns Nationally Recognized Certification
Vanguard High School’s automotive training program has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

April 15, 2008
Florida Sunshine State Scholars
The Sunshine State Scholars Program, a mathematics and science recognition program for high school seniors throughout Florida, recently announced its regional scholars for 2008.

April 14, 2008
Lee County Middle School Wins Odyssey of the Mind
Gulf Middle School students in Lee County recently won first place during the Odyssey of the Mind competition.

April 14, 2008
Florida PTA Announces 2007-2008 Reflections Recipients
The Florida Parent Teacher Association (PTA) recently announced the 2007-2008 Reflections Recipients.

April 11, 2008
Orange County Public School Student Achieves Perfect Score On ACT
This year only one Florida student out of 29,000 statewide earned a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.

April 10, 2008
Rutherford High School Senior Wins State Voice Competition
Rutherford High School senior Darius Jackson in Panama City, Fla., recently won first place in the Grady-Rayam Negro Spiritual Competition in Lakeland, Fla.

April 7, 2008
Gulf Breeze Schools Set To Compete In National Event
Students from Gulf Breeze Middle School and Gulf Breeze High School are preparing to represent not only their schools but the entire state of Florida.

April 1, 2008
2008 Flight of Teacher Liaisons Selected
Six Florida public school teachers were recently selected by the Space Foundation as 2008 Flight of Teacher Liaisons.

March 28, 2008
Sixth Grader Wins National Art Award
Sixth grader Amanda Tutera from Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School, recently won the national award in the Unilever International Schools Art Project (USIAP).

March 26, 2008
Marion County Teacher Recognized for Her Animation
Karin Gunn, a West Port High School photography and digital animation instructor, has been named one of the nation’s best by the National Art Education Association.

March 26, 2008
Duval County Teacher Receives Target Grant
Mai D. Keisling, an art teacher at Paxon School for Advanced Studies, was recently selected to receive a $1,000 Target Field Trip Grant.

March 26, 2008
Marion Technical Institute Named Model School
Marion Technical Institute (MTI) has been selected as a Model High School by the International Center for Leadership in Education.

March 26, 2008
School Administrator Honored for Contributions to Health
Pinellas County Schools Pre K-12 Health Education Supervisor Peggy Johns was recently honored at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Steps Program’s Action Institute.

March 24, 2008
Oviedo High School Wins State Marksmanship Team Competition
The Oviedo High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) recently won the state championship as the best NJROTC Marksmanship Team.

March 19, 2008
Brevard Robotics Teams Lead Regional Competition
Eight Brevard public high schools recently competed in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Florida Regional Competition.

March 18, 2008
Rutherford Student Government Association Receives Medallion Award
The Rutherford High School Student Government Association was recently named a Bronze Medallion Council at the Florida Association of Student Councils Convention held in Gainesville, Fla. ...continued>>

March 12, 2008
Okaloosa County Teacher Named Science Teacher of the Year
Meigs Middle School Science teacher Greer Harvell in Okaloosa County was named the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Shell Science Teacher of the Year.

March 12, 2008
Choctawhatchee High School Student Wins ADDY Award
Andrea Todd, a sophomore at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, is the first student to receive the Emerald Coast Advertising Federation's ADDY award.

March 04, 2008
Escambia County Teacher Receives National Recognition For Technology
Don Manderson, Director of Information Technology for the School District of Escambia County, recently received the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) “Making it Happen in Technology” award at the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders meeting for his contributions to the successful integration of technology in education

March 03, 2008
Florida Schools Honored By Magnet Schools of America
Seventeen Florida magnet schools were recently recognized by Magnet Schools of America (MSA) as the 2008 Schools of Excellence.

March 03, 2008
Two Plant City Teachers Recognized for Excellence
Teachers Tecca Kilmer and Janice Rivers Lancaster were recently recognized for their work at Turkey Creek Middle School in Plant City.

February 29, 2008
“LIFE” Program Engages Middle School Students in Beach Nourishment Project
The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) program recently hosted middle school students from Clearwater’s Kennedy Middle School at Honeymoon Island State Park for a three-day series of labs centered on the park’s recent beach nourishment project.

February 29, 2008
Seminole Community College Professor and Student Win State Awards
A Seminole Community College (SCC) professor and a student were named Teacher of the Year and Student of the Year by the Florida African American Educators Association (FAAEA).

February 29, 2008
Polk County Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
Eleven Polk County area high school seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists.

February 29, 2008
Five Elementaries Win National Magnet Awards
Campbell Park Elementary, Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary and Maximo Elementary each have been selected a 2008 Magnet Schools of America (MSA) Magnet School of Excellence.

February 14, 2008
Polk Superintendent Named Administrator of the Year by Music Association
Polk County Superintendent Gail F. McKinzie, Ph.D. was announced as the 2007-2008 Administrator of the Year by the Florida Music Educators’ Association.

February 14, 2008
Brevard Public Schools Earns National Civic Star Award for Second Year
Brevard Public Schools’(BPS) partnership to create the Melbourne High School Academy of Business and Finance has been selected as the Florida winner for the 2008 National Civic Star Award.

February 14, 2008
Tallahassee Community College Honors Students
For the ninth consecutive year, members of Tallahassee Community College’s (TCC) Honors Program have been named winners in the annual Florida Collegiate Honors Council Writing Contest.

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