Sarasota, Florida – April 11, 2014 – Last night, an audience of over 300 family members, educators and donors honored the area’s most promising young scientists, engineers and inventors with monetary awards, other prizes, and – for two top-scoring high school students – a chance to compete in the international arena at the 25th annual Regional Science, Engineering and Technology Fair Awards.
John Scalzi, ABC 7 television meteorologist, served as master of ceremonies at the annual awards ceremony, held for the first time at Sarasota County Technical Institute’s Conference Center.
“You all carry with you the eternal question of ‘why,’ and it will keep you young,” Scalzi promised the honorees. Superintendent Lori White, school board members, district leaders and fair sponsors joined him to congratulate the 56 students from grades 3-12 whose projects scored at the top in 21 research categories this year.
Susan Scott, executive director of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, presented first place awards in each category in elementary (grades 3-5), middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). Students took home more than $12,500 in cash gifts and additional special prizes for exceptional achievement.
The fair’s major sponsors presented scholarships to six outstanding high school participants. The two overall winners, Cardinal Mooney’s Courtney Astore and Sarasota High’s Rebecca Elsishans, will represent Sarasota County next month at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, all expenses paid by the Education Foundation. Read More....
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PINE VIEW VICTORIOUS AT 2014 ACADEMIC OLYMPICS FINALS TOURNAMENT
MVP Awards Honor Top Players From Ten Teams
Sarasota, Florida – April 9, 2014 – Fans and families were on the edges of their seats during the final two matches of the Education Foundation’s Academic Olympics season on the last Saturday in March. Teams were neck-in-neck all the way, with the lead switching back and forth all afternoon.
In the last minutes of the Championship Game, perennial rivals Pine View and Riverview were tied 100-100 going into the third of three rounds.
But the Pine View Pythons scored big with answers to the final Team Questions and went on to claim the “Culture Vulture” trophy with a final score of 194-156.
The action kicked off at 9 a.m. in the School Board Chambers at The Landings. Riverview’s Rams bested the Sarasota High Sailors 209-129 in the first match of the day. The morning’s other match featured Pine View vs. Venice High’s spirited Indians, with the Pythons victorious at 201-105. After lunch, Sarasota played Venice for third place honors in one of the closest matches of the entire season. In the end, the Sailors edged out the Indians in a nail-biter, 132-124.
Nine weeks of round robin competition were held January–March, featuring top players from ten area high schools, culminated in the intellectual “final four” on March 29.
For the first time in the program’s history, the Most Valuable Player from each of the ten participating high school teams were honored. Each MVP received a $250 award from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.
The 2014 MVPs from each school were Booker High’s Sarah Bell; Cardinal Mooney’s Nick Etz; Imagine School at North Port’s Michael DeHay; North Port High’s Nick Sawyer; Pine View’s Thomas Chaffee; Riverview High’s Turner Means; Sarasota High’s Nathaniel Folkins; Sarasota Military Academy’s Alex Bardenhagan; Suncoast Polytechnical High’s Erik Palm; and Venice High’s Patrizio Murdocca. Read More...