68 from Stephen Foster named to elementary honor society

Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.

Sixty-eight high achieving students from Stephen Foster Elementary School’s traditional and magnet programs were recently inducted into Alachua County’s first National Elementary Honor Society.

Established in 2008 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in cooperation with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Elementary Honor Society, or NEHS, recognizes elementary students in both public and private elementary schools for outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated personal responsibility, to provide meaningful service to the school and community, and to develop essential leadership skills in the students.

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The North Florida Elite Panthers earned Grand Champion for their Mini level 1 team at the Florida Cheer and Dance Association Central Florida Championship held recently in Gainesville. The Mini level 1 team placed first overall in their division, while the Youth and Tiny teams won first places in each of their divisions.

The North Florida Elite Panthers were represented with four individual routines by Bailey Nelson, Charity Packham, McKenzie Etcher and Calee Harrison, with all the girls winning first place in their divisions.

Charity, a member of the Mini and Youth teams, won the Youth level award for best jumps.

Tryouts will be held in May for next season’s teams.

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Gainesville resident Burton D. Burt was named to the fall 2012 President’s List at Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga. Burt holds a 4.0 grade point average.

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Sarah Carey, director of public relations at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named 2012 John S. Detweiler Professional of the Year by the Gainesville chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Carey is being recognized for more than 20 years of work exemplifying the mission and standards set by the public relations profession.

The award honors longtime chapter member and UF professor emeritus, John S. Detweiler, who served for many years as chairman of the public relations department in the UF College of Journalism and Communications.

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Jennifer Li and Keshav Vemuri, both seniors at Buchholz High School, have been named Florida’s winners of the annual Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, a national program that recognizes outstanding achievement in math and science. Sponsored by the College Board and the Siemens Foundation, the award recognizes students who earn the state’s best scores on the highest number of math and science Advanced Placement tests. The award is bestowed on only one male and female from each state. Nine Buchholz students have received the award in the last six years, and since 2010 both Florida recipients have been Buchholz students.

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Dr. Mark Barrow and Mary Barrow and Rosalie Bandyopadhyay were recently honored with the Gainesville Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution’s Community Service Award. Mark Barrow, who is a cardiologist and member emeritus of the Matheson Museum Board of Directors, and Mary Barrow are involved in historic preservation projects in Gainesville.

Bandyopadhyay is a former president of the League of Women Voters.

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