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. The Florida Council
on Economics Education awarded Ms. Sibson for her enthusiasm for
teaching and mentoring. Since teaching at FLVS, she sponsored teams
for the Florida Stock Market game for more than a decade, and has
served as a curriculum writer of the FLVS online economics class.
The award is based on demonstrated leadership
in financial literacy, free enterprise and economic education over
a sustained period of time.
Florida Students Take Top Prizes During National
Florida students were honored during the National
History Day competition at the University of Maryland, June 1519.
Floridas delegation of 58 students participated in the largest
turnout ever recorded for the national competition.
Seven Florida entries were finalists in the competition,
which awards prizes to the top three entries in each division and
Nicholas Gupta, a student at Gulf Breeze Middle
School in Gulf Breeze (Santa Rosa County), earned first place in
the Junior Individual Exhibit category for his entry, The
Munich Compromise: Acts of Desperation and Deception.
Kieran Wilson, a student at Tuskawilla Middle School
in Oviedo (Seminole County), received the Junior Division Outstanding
State Award for his historical paper, Protecting the River
of Grass: Conflicts and Compromises Over the Everglades.
The Senior Division Outstanding State Award was
presented to Andrew Clark, Doug Nesvik, and Amanda Patton for their
senior group performance titled, Eyeball to Eyeball: The Conflict
and Compromise of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
For the complete list of Florida winners,
visit the National History Day Web site at www.nhd.org/ud/php/entryResultsByStatePublic.php?cid=8#FL.
Middle School Receives Prestigious National
Environmental Education Award
The Wakulla County School District is a co-recipient
of the 2007 Coastal America Partnership Award. Superintendent David
Miller and Riversprings Middle School Principal Dod Walker accepted
the plaque and letter on behalf of the school from President George
W. Bush acknowledging their involvement in the award-winning Learning
in Florida's Environment (LIFE) program. For more on the story,
Valencia Community College Student Wins National
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.
Caldwell won a Student Gold ADDY for his
ad campaign, "Go Hybrid Power." The series depicts a hybrid
car that leaves a grass tire-mark trail wherever it goes. Caldwell
also won a Student Silver ADDY for an interactive folded brochure
that he created for Go Hybrid Power.