Manatee County middle- and high-school students participated in the 2013 Future Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference last month, in Nashville, competed against 3,600 students nationwide and brought home nine medals.
The Students Taking Action with Recognition, or STAR, events in which Manatee’s youth participated are meant to build proficiency and achievement in leadership and job-related skills.
From Braden River Middle School, Sidney Oake, Kyla Johnson and Hannah McWilliam took home gold medals for Chapter Showcase Manual; Michelle Sobolewski took home a gold medal for Career Investigation; and Elizabeth Gape and Liana Price received silver medals for Chapter Showcase Display.
From Lakewood Ranch High School: Nicoletta Freer and Jessica Zelitt earned gold medals for Chapter Showcase Display; Hailey Todoroff took home a gold medal for Food Innovations; Taylor Nafziger and Meghan Neu earned silver medals for Chapter Showcase Manual; Micaela Figueroa and Kiona Poyner earned silver medals for Entrepreneurship; Christina Rothenberger and Julie Smith took home silver medals for Interpersonal Communications; and Alexis Gregor, Charlotte Price and Cassandra Rankin won bronze medals for Chapter Showcase Display.
Jill Bergeron and Elaine Bergeron advise the groups of students from Braden River Middle and Lakewood Ranch High.
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12 LWRBA March Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
12 March Membership Luncheon
15 Irish Celtic 5K, Lakewood Ranch
8:00 am - 10:00 am
15 Palma Sola Botanical Park plants, antiques and crafts sale
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
22 5th Annual Ponies for Pups
22 Lakewood Ranch Community Fund 'Havana Nights' Gala
23 The Bridal EXPO
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
26 LWRBA March Executive Briefing
7:30 am - 9:00 am
PHOTO GALLERY: Polo Under the Palms
With sunglasses and drinks in hand, attendees of the fourth Polo Under the Palms event March 8 at the Sarasota Polo Club grounds, enjoyed the sunshine and a polo match. Proceeds from food and drink sales benefited research, education and patient care programs at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Center for Building Hope.
PHOTO GALLERY: Just Play Sports Fest
Attendees of the Just Play Sports Fest March 8, munched on snow cones, enjoyed a backyard tailgate party with live music from Gamble Creek, and spent the afternoon at Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch playing cornhole, and other games. The day began with a 5K run in the morning, and continued with a lacrosse tournament, which lasted throughout the day, in addition to the outdoor festival. Event coordinator Todd Herrick planned to charge event participates $10 for adults and $5 for children, but decided to waive the fees and promote the sale of raffle tickets for prizes. Proceeds from the sports-centered event benefited The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
PHOTO GALLERY: International Women's Day
Ladies in Sarasota and Manatee counties celebrated International Women's Day March 8, during a special luncheon at the Polo Grill and Bar in Lakewood Ranch.