Nine East County students won first-place at the Lockheed Martin Manatee Regional Science and Engineering Fair recently. The troupe will advance to the 60th annual State Science and Engineering Fair, held March 31 through April 2, in Lakeland.
A short film written and directed by Braden River High student Carrie Dutting, "Alike" won first place at the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival shorts competition, held Jan. 23 and Jan. 24. Dutting also won the Young Prodigy Award.
Families at McNeal Elementary School enjoyed a day of carnival-style games, pizza and hot dogs, a silent auction and other festivities during the school's Winter Carnival Jan. 24, at the school.
Freedom Elementary School's Parent Teacher Organization hosted a special winter wonderland-themed Father/Daughter Dance Jan. 23.
In the new year, East County students pledge to play outside, read more, help the elderly, be nicer to their siblings and maybe even buy a pet goat.
Students from East County schools share their holiday wishes.
Two East County high schools received "A" grades and had high graduation rates in the 2013-2014 school year, a Florida Department of Education report shows.