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December 11, 2009
Two Florida Educators Named Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows
Kevin Simmons, a high school science teacher at Eagle’s View Academy in Jacksonville and Anthonette Peña, an eighth grade science teacher with Palm Beach County Public Schools were recently selected as National Science Foundation Fellows through the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program.

December 11, 2009
Brevard County Elementary School Scores Big
Virginia Hamilton, a teacher of gifted and academically talented students at Tropical Elementary School in Brevard County recently won the Oasis of the Seas Getaway contest sponsored by Good Morning America.

December 11, 2009
Orange County School Garners Donation
Tangelo Park Elementary School in Orange County recently received $51,000 from Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., through its Bacardi Cares campaign.

December 11, 2009
Lee County Student Wins Safety Poster Contest
Tangi Perry, a fifth grade student at J. Colin English Elementary School in Lee County was recently named the state winner for the Florida WalkSafe™ Poster Contest.

December 11, 2009
Pensacola Junior College Marketing Team Wins State Awards
The Pensacola Junior College marketing team won nine top awards at the Florida Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention Nov. 18 – 20 in Orlando.

December 11, 2009
Lake-Sumter Community College Instructor Named “Professor of the Year”
Sybil Brown, a mathematics instructor at Lake-Sumter Community College, was named the Florida Association of Community College’s “Professor of the Year” at their annual convention held Nov. 18 – 20 in Orlando.

December 11, 2009
Tallahassee Community College Snags Awards in Model UN Conference
Tallahassee Community College’s (TCC) Model United Nations, an internationally recognized academic team that participates in simulations of the United Nations, recently earned high marks at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

December 04, 2009
Technological Education Awards Announced
The Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), a National Science Foundation Regional Center for Advanced Technical Education located on the Brandon campus of Hillsborough Community College, recently presented three awards at the Manufacturers Association of Florida’s Sixth Annual Summit.

December 04, 2009
Pensacola Junior College Marketing Team Wins Awards
The Pensacola Junior College marketing team won nine top awards at the Florida Association of Community Colleges (FACC) Annual Convention Nov. 18 – 20 in Orlando.

November 25, 2009
Palm Beach County Schools Alumnus Wins National Acclaim
Nicole McKessy, a 2005 graduate of Atlantic Community High School in Palm Beach County, has been selected as the Exemplary Academy Alumni for 2009 by the National Career Academy Coalition in conjunction with the school and the city of Delray Beach.

November 25, 2009
Lee County School Honored as a Good Neighbor
Lehigh Elementary School in Lee County was recently presented the Good Neighbor Award from State Farm Insurance.

November 25, 2009
Brevard School Earns National Ranking
Merritt Island Launch Area (MILA) Elementary School in Brevard County recently received national recognition as a National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) STARS School, one of only 44 in the nation to ever receive the distinction.

November 18, 2009
Tallahassee Community College Awarded $1.7 Million
The U.S. Army Research Office has awarded Tallahassee Community College (TCC) $1.7 million to support a new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.

November 18, 2009
Lake-Sumter Community College Awarded Workforce Grant
Lake-Sumter Community College was recently awarded a $95,000 grant through Workforce Central Florida to train electronic health record support technicians.

November 18, 2009
Valencia Community College’s Osceola Campus Receives National Hispanic Education Award
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has presented Valencia Community College’s Osceola Campus with its Outstanding HACU-Member Institution Award.

November 18, 2009
Brevard Biology Teacher Wins National Prize
Ms. Emily Torlak, a biology teacher at Eau Gallie High School in Brevard County, was recently named the winner of the Entomological Society of America’s President’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Secondary Education.

November 18, 2009
Orange County School Recognized as National Demonstration School
Howard Middle School in Orange County was recently selected as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration Site by the national center in San Diego, Calif.

November 18, 2009
Brevard School Wins ExxonMobil Grant
West Shore Jr. Sr. High School in Brevard County has received a $750 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance to support the school’s Senior Project Program.

November 18, 2009
St. Johns County Aerospace Academy Soars Above the Rest
The St. Johns County Aerospace Academy at St. Augustine High School has been named a National Model Career Academy, the highest designation awarded by the National Career Academy Coalition.

November 18, 2009
Polk State College’s Respiratory Care Program Accredited
The Respiratory Care Program at Polk State College was recently accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education and the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

November 18, 2009
Florida State College at Jacksonville Linking Services to Improve Graduation Rates
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National League of Cities recently announced Florida State College at Jacksonville, in collaboration with the City of Jacksonville, as one of seven organizations awarded a grant to boost college graduation rates by improving coordination between colleges, schools and cities.

November 12, 2009
Students ‘Book It’ to Win Statewide Breakfast Bookmark Contest
As part of Florida’s celebration of School Breakfast Week Sept. 14 – 18, a statewide bookmark contest with the theme, Ready, Set, Go…Book It to Eat School Breakfast, encouraged students to collect stickers for their “breakfast bookmark” each day they ate breakfast at school.

October 30, 2009
Lake-Sumter Community College Athletic Director Nationally Recognized
Mike Matulia, athletic director at Lake-Sumter Community College, was recently named one of 29 “Under Armour Athletic Directors of the Year” by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

October 30, 2009
Miami Dade College’s Center for Service Excellence Wins Award
After launching only one year ago, the Center for Service Excellence (CSE) at Miami Dade College has already been recognized for helping business succeed in tough economic times.

October 30, 2009
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Provost Named Among Great 100 Nurses
Dr. Bonnie Hesselberg, provost at State College of Florida (SCF), Manatee-Sarasota Lakewood Ranch campus and dean of nursing at SCF, was recently named one of the Great 100 Nurses by the Florida Nurses Association (FNA).

October 30, 2009
U.S. Department of Justice Awards Two Grants to Tallahassee Community College
Tallahassee Community College’s (TCC) Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) was recently awarded two grants from the U.S. Department of Justice to continue support for the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy.

October 30, 2009
Lee County Head Start Program Wins Federal Grant
The Head Start program in Lee County Schools was recently awarded a Head Start Body Start grant by the National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play to enhance the outdoor play space of the district’s Early Childhood Center.

October 30, 2009
Brevard Educator Named Florida’s Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year
Michelle Sirounis, a teacher at Lewis Carroll Elementary School in Merritt Island, has been named the 2009 Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year by the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport.

October 30, 2009
Polk School District Employee Wins National Farmworker Award
Nilda Soto, a 19-year employee with the Polk County School District, was recently named the winner of the Excellence Award from the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) during their national conference earlier this month in Arizona.

October 30, 2009
Administrator of the Year Recognized by Florida Music Educators’ Association
The Florida Music Educators’ Association (FMEA) recently selected Mark Tormoen, principal of Vierra High School in Brevard County, as their 2010 Administrator of the Year.

October 21, 2009
Lee County Student Earns High Rank
South Fort Myers High School JROTC Cadet Senada Bajraktarevic was recently promoted to Deputy Brigade Commander and subsequently promoted to Colonel, the highest rank in JROTC.

October 20, 2009
Green Schools Award Winners Announced
Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole recently announced the five winners for the Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green Schools Awards program.

October 20, 2009
Broward College Graduate Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award
Susan B. Hassmiller, senior advisor of nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., and a graduate of Broward College, has been named the recipient of the Florida Association of Community Colleges’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

October 20, 2009
Dairy Council of Florida Awards $5,000 to Polk County School
Dixieland Elementary in Lakeland, Fla., recently won a $5,000 first place award from The Dairy Council of Florida in the 2009 Expanding Breakfast Program.

October 20, 2009
Lee County Middle School Wins Statewide Music Award
Mariner Middle School in Cape Coral, Fla., was recently chosen as the Florida Music Educators’ Association’s (FMEA) Secondary School Innovative Project Award recipient for the school’s Reading Comes Alive with the Sound of Music program.

October 20, 2009
2009 Florida School Nurse of the Year Announced
The Florida Association of School Nurses recently announced that Connie Blackwell, a school nurse at Barron Collier High School in Lee County, as the 2009 School Nurse of the Year.

October 09, 2009
Marion County Schools Capture International Student Video Awards
Television production students in nine Marion County public schools recently won 33 awards in this year’s International Student Media Festival.

October 06, 2009
Pensacola Junior College Culinary Team Wins Bronze Medal
A Pensacola Junior College student culinary team won a bronze medal at the American Culinary Federation Florida State Championship Sept. 11, 2009 in Orlando.

October 06, 2009
Lee County High School Earns Prestigious Automotive Certification
South Fort Myers High School recently earned the esteemed Automotive Service Excellence Certification through the National Automotive Technical Education Foundation.

October 06, 2009
Lake City Community College Awarded $2 Million Grant
The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded Lake City Community College (LCCC) a $2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant for its “Project Excel” student success initiative.

October 06, 2009
Florida Colleges Benefit From Nursing Scholarships
The Foundation for Florida’s Community Colleges distributed $273,882 in September for nursing and allied health scholarships, with more than one million dollars awarded since 2006.

September 25, 2009
Fifteen Florida Schools Named to Participate in Butterflies in Space Program
Space Florida, in collaboration with BioServe of Colorado, announced earlier this month that 15 Florida elementary schools have been selected to participate in the Butterflies in Space progra

September 21, 2009
$10,000 Grant Supports Women in Science at Seminole Community College
Seminole Community College (SCC) has received a $10,000 grant from the PBS&J (Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan) Foundation, Inc., to help increase the number of women in science-related careers.

September 21, 2009
Walmart Foundation Grant Helps Miami-Dade College Train Displaced Workers
Miami Dade College is one of eight community colleges in the country selected to participate in the Walmart Brighter Futures Project.

September 21, 2009
Indian River State College Opens Public Safety Complex
The grand opening of the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at Indian River State College (IRSC) on September 11 opened the nation’s most comprehensive, technologically advanced public safety resource to hundreds of Treasure Coast residents.

September 10, 2009
Brevard Schools Foundation Snags $140,000 Donation for Math and Science Programs
Harris Corporation recently donated $140,000 to the Brevard Schools Foundation to support mathematics and science programs in Brevard County Public Schools.

September 10, 2009
Flagler County School Wins School Breakfast Grant
Bunnell Elementary in Flagler County was recently awarded a mini-grant from Action for Healthy Kids with support from the Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund.

August 11, 2009
Florida Wins Big at National Career and Technical Competition
Florida schools won more than 100 awards this year at the 45th Annual SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., making the Sunshine State the lead medal winning state in the nation.

July 31, 2009
Florida Districts Garner Grants for Teaching American History Project
Ten Florida School districts were recently awarded more than $9.6 million dollars in grants to help schools improve the teaching of American history. The Teaching American History grant program is designed to improve student achievement by enhancing teachers’ knowledge of traditional American history through intensive ongoing professional development in both content and research-based teaching strategies.

July 31, 2009
Florida Students Recognized at National Leadership Conference
More than 135 Florida students placed nationally during the Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events. The award winners received medals at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

July 20, 2009
Florida Schools Shine In National Healthy Schools Program
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation will honor 114 schools from across the nation at its Healthy Schools Forum Aug. 4-6, 2009.

July 16, 2009
U.S. Department of Education Awards Madison County School District Grant to Promote Safe Schools, Healthy Students
More than $32.8 million in grants have been awarded to 18 states and the District of Columbia as part of a joint effort by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice to support schools in creating safer and healthier learning environments.

July 16, 2009
Statewide Public Service Announcement Contest Winners
The Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR), Florida's state civil rights agency, held a statewide Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest for high school students (grades 9-12).

July 13, 2009
Florida Teachers Receive Presidential Awards
President Obama named more than 100 science, math, and engineering teachers and mentors as recipients of two prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence on July 9, 2009.

July 13, 2009
Manatee County School Wins First Place At National Technology Competition
Southeast High School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) team proved itself worthy of a championship crown when the 18-member team won six first place, three second place and two third place awards at the 31st Annual TSA National Conference in Denver, Colo.

July 06, 2009
Outstanding Agricultural Educators Announced
The Florida Association of Agricultural Educators (FAAE) announced the 2009 Outstanding Educator winners during the June 12 state FFA convention.

June 30, 2009
Florida Students Excel at National History Competition
Fifteen Florida students were announced as winners at the National History Day (NHD) competition in College Park, Md. The NHD competition is a year-long educational program that encourages students in grades six through 12 to learn research, writing, communication, and critical thinking skills through the process of historical discovery.

June 18, 2009
Microsoft Certified School Graduates First Class of Information Technology Certified Students
Dunbar High School’s Academy for Technology Excellence (ATE) program celebrated the graduation of its first four year graduates in May.

June 16, 2009
Mainland High School Takes Top Honors in International Science and Technology Fair
Mainland High School in Volusia County took top honors with “Suitable for a Disaster,” which described wearable sensors linked with disaster response communications infrastructure, in the U.S. Department of Commerce's 12th Annual Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF), a program administered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida in partnership with the United States Department of Commerce.

June 10, 2009
2009 Best Practice Awards Announced
The 17th annual Best Practice Awards in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Food Distribution Program encourages and rewards outstanding practices in schools and in School Food Service Authorities in the Southeast Region.

May 28, 2009
Three Florida Students Receive Vocational Youth Exchange Scholarships
Three graduating high school seniors from Florida will have an opportunity to live in Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program.

May 26, 2009
Santa Rosa County Elementary School Recognized as HealthierUS Challenge School
The Food Service Department of W.H. Rhodes Elementary School in Santa Rosa County has received the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Silver HealthierUS School Challenge award.

May 20, 2009
Palm Beach County School Wins National Sports Contest
Panther Run Elementary School in Palm Beach County recently won a heart monitor package by earning 8,325 points in the Physical Education Fun For Everyone contest sponsored by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

May 19, 2009
Brevard Schools Receive Music Demonstration Designation
Seven Brevard County schools were designated by the Florida Music Educator’s Association (FMEA) and the Florida Department of Education as Music Demonstration Schools.

May 18, 2009
Orange County School Recognized for Counseling Program
Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center in Orange County is one of 72 schools from 15 states that will be recognized June 29 for making exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs according to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

May 18, 2009
Indian River State College Instructor Named 2009 Adult Basic Education Teacher of the Year
Indian River State College instructor Judy Bracken has been named the recipient of the Commission on Adult Basic Education’s (COABE) 2009 Edgar M. Easley Award to the Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

May 15, 2009
Florida Sophomore Awarded U.S. Government Grant to Study Abroad
Nicole Green, a Palm Beach Central High School sophomore in Wellington, Fla., is one of 14 students to receive a U.S. Department of State-sponsored full scholarship to study abroad in Mali through the YES Abroad (Youth Exchange & Study) Program, implemented in part by AYUSA.

May 14, 2009
Florida Students Honored As Presidential Scholars
The Presidential Scholars program was created in 1964 to honor academic achievement and was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts.

May 13, 2009
Orlando Senior Selected As Top 10 Youth Volunteer
Shardy Camargo, a senior from Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, was chosen as one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers for 2009 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

May 11, 2009
Florida Middle School Places Third in National Science Competition
Congratulations to Abraham Lincoln Middle School for winning third place in the U.S. Department of Education National Science Bowl for designing, building, and racing its team’s hydrogen-fueled model car.

May 6, 2009
Florida Teacher of the Year Attends National Ceremony Honoring Educators
Jean Lamar, 2009 Florida Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year, attended the Rose Garden Ceremony to honor the nation’s top teachers.

May 6, 2009
Three Florida Educators Recognized for Innovative Leadership at National Conference
Three Florida educators received major awards to recognize their leadership in educational innovation.

May 5, 2009
Polk Schools, Central Florida Aerospace Academy Receive $1.4 Million NASA Grant
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Polk Public Schools a $1.4 million education grant to enhance Kathleen High School’s Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), an aviation-oriented high school/career academy located on the campus of the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In.

May 5, 2009
Governor Crist Announces 2009 Governor's Sterling Award Recipients
Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Sterling Council announced that Tropic Isle Elementary School in Lee County is one of four organizations that will receive the prestigious Governor's Sterling Award for 2009.

April 30, 2009
Florida Virtual School Receives 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning
Florida Virtual School (FLVS) joined other education leaders at the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2009 National Conference in St. Louis, MO, where they were honored with the 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning.

April 29, 2009
Okaloosa Students Raise Money for Charity
Students in Okaloosa County elected "Teacher Homecoming King and Queen," pied a principal, held a gigantic garage sale and organized various other fundraisers to help raise more than $30,000 for The Children's Neighborhood.

April 28, 2009
Osceola School to Test Touch Screen Table for Early Education
Harmony Community School in Osceola County is one of 12 schools across North America, and the only school in Florida, to be selected as a BETA tester of the SMART Table.

April 21, 2009
Florida Teen Trendsetters™ Recognized for Excellence in Leadership
Florida high school teens, serving in Volunteer USA’s Teen Trendsetters™ Reading Mentors programs, are being honored this month throughout the state.

April 20, 2009
Third Graders To Serve Gourmet Meals
Third grade entrepreneurs from Gulf Breeze Elementary School are busy preparing for a restaurant grand opening.

April 20, 2009
Kennedy Center For Performing Arts Lauds Polk Schools
The John F. Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., announced that the Polk County Public Schools have been chosen as the 21st annual recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Alliance for Arts Education Network and National School Boards Association Award.

April 17, 2009
Tampa Teacher Receives National Award for Building Community Partnerships
Tampa teacher Julia Cobb Barnes has been selected by the National Civic League as a winner of the 2009 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors In Education award.

April 15, 2009
Apopka High School Awarded Grant From U.S. Department of Agriculture
Apopka High School in Orange County will earn the distinction of becoming a national and state demonstration site for plant and plant tissue development.

April 7, 2009
Two Florida Teachers Win Leavey Awards For Entrepreneurship Education
Congratulations to Joshua Clearman of Key West High School and Frank Pizzo of Deerfield Beach High School, who were recently selected as the winners of the 2009 Leavey Awards presented by the Freedoms Foundation and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation.

April 2, 2009
Palatka Students Reach Goal of Reading Sunshine State Young Reader Award Books
The 5th grade class at Kelley Smith Elementary School in Palatka, Fla., set a goal for the year to accomplish the unthinkable.

March 31, 2009
Community Service Grants Awarded to Florida Schools
Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is awarding service grants of up to $10,000 each to 17 SkillsUSA chapters for innovative projects or enhancements within their communities.

March 25, 2009
National Foundation To Award Grants to Outstanding Music Programs
Two Florida schools will soon be awarded grants to support their music programs.

March 16, 2009
Volusia Student Wins National Award for Video
Sylvia Walka, a senior from Atlantic High School in Port Orange, won first place in the Future Educators Association (FEA) Inside Our Schools 2020 Challenge video-making competition, which is designed to give young people the chance to share their views on what teaching and learning will be like in the year 2020.

March 12, 2009
Top Speakers to Attend National Science Symposium
Twenty-one 11th and 12th grade students were selected out of approximately 80 applicants to present their research in the National Science Symposium.

March 12, 2009
Florida Students Win Spring Break Video Contest
Students in Florida were honored by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for their winning submissions in the 2009 “Why Not?” Spring Break video contest.

March 11, 2009
School Districts Honored for High Quality Systems
The Meritorious Budget Award for excellence is given by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) to honor school districts for their high-quality preparation and issuance of a school system’s annual budget.

March 11, 2009
Florida Educator to Receive the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Ricardo V. Soria, assistant principal of Choctawahatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., has been named the 2009 recipient of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.

March 06, 2009
Three Florida Students Win National Awards for Aspirations in Computing
Alexis Gill, a senior at Ed White High School in Jacksonville, Garima Gupta, a junior at Stanton College Prep High School in Jacksonville and Mayra Alejandra Reyes, a senior at Miami Springs Senior High in Miami Springs, recently received the 2009 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Awards for Aspirations in Computing.

March 05, 2009
Duval County Principal Named Arts Administrator of the Year
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Principal, Jackie Cornelius has been selected as the 2009 Florida Network of Arts Administrators, Administrator of the Year. ...continued>>

February 26, 2009
Rymfire Elementary School Named Apple Distinguished School
Flagler County Public School Rymfire Elementary has received the esteemed honor of being selected as an Apple Distinguished School.

February 25, 2009
Brevard County School Receives National Recognition For Physical Education Program
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) announced Fairglen Elementary School in Cocoa, Fla., as one of the newest recipients of its STARS recognition for exemplary school physical education programs.

February 24, 2009
Youth Advisory Board Grants Funds For Florida Service Learning Projects
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, supported by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, has announced that it will award $722,070 to several Florida organizations for youth-led, service-learning based projects.

February 24, 2009
Five Florida Schools Obtain Character Recognition
The State Schools of Character (SSOC) competition is a way for schools and districts in to receive recognition at the state level for exemplary character education programs.

February 17, 2009
Florida Healthy Kids Announces Winners of Statewide PSA Contest
High school juniors Luke and David Consolo from Osceola County School for the Arts received the top award during the Florida Healthy Kids statewide “Act Out for Health” PSA contest.

February 13, 2009
Alachua County School Wins State Culinary Competition
A team of students from Eastside High School in Alachua County took top honors in the state’s premier culinary competition.

February 12, 2009
Cape Coral Middle School Wins National Student Crew Contest
Gulf Middle School in Cape Coral, Fla., recently won a $2,000 shopping spree for books through the Fall 2008 National Student Crew Contest.

February 11, 2009
Florida Teachers Awarded NASA Fellowships
The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project awards one-year fellowships to educators annually. This year, 10 of the 40 recipients were Florida educators.

February 5, 2009
Central Florida Students Receive Grand Prize in Earth Day Challenge
Thousands of dollars worth of digital arts technology and a workshop for up to 60 students was awarded to University High School in Orange County.

February 5, 2009
Seminole County High School Students Win 2008 No Boundaries National Competition
Lyman High School Aerospace students were awarded the 2008 No Boundaries National Competition, a USA TODAY education initiative in partnership with NASA which encourages students to explore future careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

February 2, 2009
Tallahassee Music Specialist Recognized As Music Educator of the Year
Martha B. Stanley has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Music Educator of the Year by the Florida Music Educators Association.

January 30, 2009
Bartow Middle School Leads Way In Health Care Studies
Seven Bartow Middle School students in Polk County won awards at a regional Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) organization.

January 29, 2009
Manatee County School Wins National Football League Challenge
Tara Elementary School in Manatee County was recognized for its participation in the National Football League (NFL) Play 60 What Moves U Challenge, a physical activity program.

January 27, 2009
Superintendent Recognized For Economic Development
The Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) selected Orange County Superintendent Ronald Blocker as this year’s winner of the EDC Chairman’s Award.

January 21, 2009
Jones High School Principal Honored With Award For Civic Affairs
The Hankins/Johnson Education Foundation of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated has announced the selection of Dr. Bridget Williams, principal of Jones High School in Orange County, as a 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Drum Major Award honoree.

January 16, 2009
Port Charlotte High School’s Model UN Team Captures World Championship
More than 20 foreign countries and 130 schools around the globe brought nearly 3,000 student delegates to compete in the world’s largest, most competitive and prestigious Model United Nations Conference.

January 16, 2009
Dunbar High School Recognized As First Microsoft Certified High School In Nation
Dunbar High School in Lee County has been recognized as the first Microsoft Certified High School in the nation for its computer certification program. Since the program’s inception, more than 712 Industry Standard Information Technology computer certifications have been earned through the Microsoft training. Additionally, more than 450 IT Certification Tests were passed by students in 2007-2008. Of the students enrolled in the Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technicians track, 100 percent have become certified.

January 15, 2009
Florida Students Designated Regional Sunshine State Scholars in Mathematics and Science
Graduating seniors from 10 high schools throughout the state have been designated as Regional Sunshine State Scholars in Mathematics and Science.

January 13, 2009
High School Counselor Named National Mentor of the Year
Donna Cross, a guidance counselor at Lakeland’s Kathleen High, was named the 2008 Mentor of the Year by the Virginia-based Ron Brown Scholar Program.

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