+ Tech takeover
Manatee County schools dominated a state technology competition with five of six top-three finishes earned by Manatee County schools during the 35th annual Technology Student Association State Competition late February.
Of those wins, four were by East County schools.
Braden River, Southeast and Lakewood Ranch high schools took first, second and third, respectively.
Braden River earned 25 top-three finishes.
Nolan Middle School captured first in the middle school division, while Johnson Middle placed third.
Manatee County students took home 109 of 222 possible trophies.