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November 2, 2011
Chipola Brain Bowl Team Finishes Second in Valencia Tournament
The Chipola College Brain Bowl team finished second behind the University of Florida (UF) at the MAGNI Mirror Tournament held on Oct. 15, 2011, at Valencia College.

November 2, 2011
Lake-Sumter Community College Named in Top Digital-Savvy Survey
Lake-Sumter Community College was recently ranked number five among the top 10 schools in its category as a Digital Community College Survey winner.

November 2, 2011
Seminole State Students Going to NASA
Matthew Hopper and Brandon Carpenter, both honors students at Seminole State College of Florida, will travel to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in November to develop a prototype vehicle to roam Mars.

November 2, 2011
Polk County Teacher Named Runner-Up Beginning Teacher of the Year
English and Pre-IB teacher Karen Murray of Haines City High School in Polk County has been recognized as the state's Beginning Teacher of the Year Runner Up from the Florida Council of Teachers of English (FTCE).

November 2, 2011
Brevard County School Named a Finalist in Recycling Contest
Lockmar Elementary School in Brevard County is one of 10 finalists in the nationwide Box that Rocks Design Contest sponsored by TerraCycle, a national recycling system program for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste.

November 2, 2011
Florida College System Presents Best Practices Awards
From new technology to increased retention and progression rates, several Florida colleges were recently honored with Best Practices Awards from the Florida College System (FCS).

September 20, 2011
Valencia and Miami-Dade Colleges Named as Finalists for The Aspen Prize
The Aspen Institute has named Miami-Dade College and Valencia College as two of the 10 finalists for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

September 20, 2011
Hillsborough County Principal Named American Heart Association's Principal of the Year
Karen Bass, principal of Mary E. Bryant Elementary School in Hillsborough County, has been named the American Heart Association's (AHA) Principal of the Year.

September 9, 2011
Indian River State College Awarded National Science Foundation Grant
The National Science Foundation has awarded Indian River State College (IRSC) a $70,000 Advanced Technical Education Grant to plan a Southeast Regional Center for Optics and Photonics Education and Training.

September 9, 2011
Grant to Help Pensacola State College Assist Victims of Gulf Oil Spill
Pensacola State College will use a $125,000 grant from the Fund for Gulf Communities - Florida to assist with tuition for Adult Education/GED and baccalaureate students.

August 9, 2011
Hillsborough Orchestra Sets World Record
A combined student-alumni orchestra played for a Guinness World Record on May 11, 2011, at Williams Middle Magnet School in Hillsborough County.

August 9, 2011
Orange County Educator Earns National Award
Deborah Wasylik, a biology teacher at Dr. Phillips High School in Orange County, was honored with the Life Sciences Educator Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and Caliper Life Sciences, Inc.

August 9, 2011
National Science Foundation Center of Excellence Receives Best Practice Award
Florida Advanced Technological Education (FLATE), the National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence in Manufacturing at Hillsborough Community College in Bradenton, was recently recognized by STEMflorida, Inc., for their outreach efforts to launch a national STEM-focused credential system that meets the educational and workforce needs of local manufacturers.

May 13, 2011
Students Compete in State History Fair
More than 950 middle and high school students traveled to Tallahassee from all over the state to participate in the Florida History Fair state contest May 1 - 3, 2011.

April 15, 2011
America’s Young Heroes Contest Winners Announced
Twenty-six students from nine different Florida schools have been named winners in the America’s Young Heroes contest to promote respect and prevent bullying.

March 21, 2011
Seminole County Middle School Receives Honorable Mention
The Magnet Schools of America recently honored Milwee Middle School in Seminole County with an Honorable Mention based on the school’s commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful diversity efforts, and the consistent delivery of high quality education to students.

March 21, 2011
Polk County Student Plays Carnegie Hall
Jacob Booher, a senior at Winter Haven High School in Polk County, was selected in 2010 for the American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall which showcases talented high school performers.

February 17, 2011
Outstanding School Volunteers Recognized
The 2011 Outstanding School Volunteers have been named by the Florida Department of Education in recognition of their exemplary dedication and commitment to quality education in Florida.

February 7, 2011
KidCare Act-Out for Health Contest Winners Announced
After reviewing more than 400 entries from middle and high school students from across the state, the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation announced the winners of the 2010-2011 Florida KidCare Act-Out for Health public service announcement (PSA) and billboard contests.

January 26, 2011
Lee County Nurse Named 2011 Florida School Nurse of the Year
Corinne Nelson, the Lee County Schools Health Specialist for the Early Head Start and Head Start programs, has been named the 2011 School Nurse of the Year by the Florida Association of School Nurses.

January 26, 2011
Broward College Awarded Grant for Student Success Initiative
The Gateway to College National Network has awarded a $250,000 Project DEgree grant to Broward College to participate in a national student success pilot program.

January 26, 2011
Lake-Sumter Community College Nursing Program Earns National Accreditation
After months of intensive preparation, the nursing program at Lake-Sumter Community College has earned accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

January 26, 2011
Edison State College Professors Honored
Joyce Collins, a professor with the Edison State College School of Education, and English professor Amada Pollitt with the college’s Hendry/Glades Center, have been selected for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award.

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