Twenty-nine winning essays from three local elementary schools provide the inspiration for a special Flag Day ceremony this Sunday, June 14, at the Ocala/Marion County Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala. Start time is 3PM.
An essay contest, co-sponsored by Marion County Public Schools and Marion County veterans’ organizations, offered fourth and fifth graders the opportunity to tell the community “What the Flag Means to ME!”
Winning essays come from Harbour View Elementary, Madison Street Academy, and Romeo Elementary schools. Each of these student writers will be recognized at Sunday’s event and receive a certificate and special award:
A flag retirement ceremony will also be conducted by Marine Corps League Detachment 061.
Volunteers of the Year
Erma Sebexen spends lots of time at Belleview-Santos Elementary helping kindergarten students. With more than 70 hours so far, she is this year’s Volunteer of the Year for the entire school district. Meantime, the Henry “The Dude” Duda Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service goes to Belleview High School’s FFA Reading Pals. These students have collectively spent 450 hours reading with the youngest students at BSE. BHS Reading Pals members include Brandon Heald, Colby Fleet, Maddie Shannon, Cory McClure, Brittany Terry, Kaitlyn Morris, Justin McClure, Makayla Rector, Caitlin McClure, and Billy Terry. BSE’s Terri Robinson and Principal Fredna Wilkerson, along with School Board Member Carol Ely and Volunteer Coordinator Suzanne McGuire, helped celebrate the group’s accomplishment.
Forest Makes Its Mark
A trio of Forest High television production students captured second place in the nation for the Student Television Network (STN) competition this spring. Their efforts during the “Crazy 8” phase resulted in an award-winning animation in just eight hours. Avery Askren, Ronnie Query and Harley Sands worked together to capture the second-place finish. Veteran animator Tyler Goring captured “Best Film” in the animation category for his entry, “Afternoon Skating.” Forest sent 21 students to this year’s competition, which drew over 2,700 students from 162 schools worldwide.
Saluting Aspiring Scientists
Marion County was well represented at this year’s State Science Fair. Twelve local students appeared before the School Board to be recognized for great finishes and thousands of dollars in college scholarships. These middle and high school students invest hours of research, experimenting, and writing to improve their science studies. One student even walked away with a $14k college scholarship! Congratulations to all of these aspiring scientists!
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