Pageants honor local outstanding young women


Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 9:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 9:13 p.m.

The Miss Gainesville & Miss Florida Gator Scholarship Pageant, official Miss America preliminaries, were held on March 16 at the Performing Arts Center at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School. Each young lady received a scholarship and will represent Gainesville and the Gator Nation at the Miss Florida and Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen Pageant this July.

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Third grade students at Healthy Learning Academy marked the 100th day of school by donating 100 cans of food recently to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. Their donation will provide 118 meals for residents served by the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.

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The Friends of Elementary Arts Inc., an organization that supports art and music opportunities outside the classroom, recently received donations of $1,000 from the Gainesville Fine Arts Association and $727 from the Foundation for the Promotion of Music. The funds will be used to provide transportation for students to musical performances, visits to the Harn Museum of Art, and to bring special artists and musicians to the schools.

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Keystone Heights resident Kelly Marie Haddix, a senior at St. Augustine’s Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, was recently named Kiwanis Student of the Month.

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Kevin Folta, a University of Florida associate professor and interim chair of the horticultural sciences department, recently received the 2013 Postdoc Mentoring Award, which recognizes and rewards excellence, innovation and effectiveness in the mentoring of postdoctoral associates and fellows. Folta mentors postdocs from the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Program and other UF campus departments. In addition to receiving a prize of $2,000, Folta will serve for two years on a postdoc mentoring committee to provide guidance to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

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Fifteen Williston Elementary School students recently received awards in essay and art categories at the 27th annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.

Essay: Second place: Tyler Roberts, and Trinity Peacock.

2-D art: First place: Riley Battle. Second place: Katlynn Karwan and Adam Sistrunk.

3-D art: First place: Everett Warren and Taylor McDaniel. Second place: Bailey Francis, Anthony Griffith, Maclayne McGowan, and Tyler Roberts. Third place: Regan Sapp,Shannon Rockett, Hannah Piatt, Cameron Cuomo, and Carter Boyd.

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Williston Elementary School students of the month include:

Third grade: Brady Ward, Samantha Flores, Shelby Shere, Kanysia Littles, Austin Fields, Bailey Francis and Xavior Couret.

Fourth grade: Shane Crawford, Carter Boyd, Trinity Peacock, Allison Liles, Aidan Chiperi, Breanna Bean, Veronica Collins and Cassidy Johnson.

Fifth grade: S.J. Rhonomus, Madison Reynolds, Stephanie Duyag, Isabella Adinolfi, Nayeli Gardea and Nadia Mendez.

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The Family Garden of Bell, a 25-acres organic garden owned by Jordan Brown, is the First Food Justice Certified Farm in the South.

The garden is being recognized for providing fair wages and treatment and safe working conditions to its farm workers.

Food Justice Certification is the first social justice labeling program to launch in the U.S. and Canada; certified farms and businesses show compliance with rigorous standards, based on input from stakeholders in the food system.

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