Foundation Forum July 2009 This is a monthly newsletter to keep you updated on projects and initiatives of the Pinellas Education Foundation. Please forward this to anyone you feel would be interested in learning more about the Pinellas Education Foundation. pTEC and PCS Take Prizes at National Skills USA Competition pTEC students and faculty took home a record 17 national medals at the June 28 national competition in Kansas City, including four gold, six silver and seven bronze. Thirty pTEC students traveled to Missouri to participate in the event, thanks to the generosity of Sheriff Jim Coats, benefactor of the Skills USA Endowment, which was established to help students defray the travel and other costs associated with competing in this prestigious program. Skills USA is a national nonprofit organization with 300,00 members across the U.S. Serving teachers, high school and college students preparing for careers in trade, vocational and skilled service occupations, more than 250,000 began competitions at the local level, and 5,400 made it to the national competition this year. At a state total of 108 medals, Florida students were awarded more medals than students from any other state in 2009. The following were gold medal winners: Rebecca Jordan – Photography; David Levesque - Tech Prep Showcase; Anthony Roberts - Tech Prep Showcase; and Ed Barcus - Tech Prep Showcase. Students from East Lake, Pinellas Park High Schools, and Seminole Vocational Education Center also competed in the competition. Rebecca Jordan, pTEC Gold Medalist Skills USA Opening Ceremony, Kempner Arena, Kansas City Follow this link for a complete list of pTEC’s medalists: http://www.myptec.org/resource/resmgr/docs/studentmedalcompetition.pdf Pinellas County Schools’ Office of Career Technical and Adult Education (CTAE) students recently competed and won at national competitions of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). FBLA students from Clearwater, Gibbs, Lakewood and Northeast competed, with Lakewood’s team scoring a third place trophy in Management Information systems. Clearwater High placed fourth in Impromptu Speaking. Palm Harbor University High’s HOSA students from the Center for Wellness and Medical Programs Center of Excellence won several national awards: The Parliamentary Procedure Team, Biomedical Debate Team and Medical Photography Team placed in the top 10 of the nation. The Creative Problem Solving team of Emily Gurdon, Amy Long, Maria Plunkett, Shelly Albee, placed third in the nation. Congratulations to all the students competing in career and technical competitions.