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Education Notes (12/25/13)

December 24, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Local students score big at annual math competition

On Dec. 16, Florida Gulf Coast University hosted the 11th annual Whitaker Mathematics Competition.

The event, designed to encourage students to develop their interests and abilities in mathematics, was open to middle and high schools from around the state.

This year, more than 1,200 students from 48 schools were in attendance.

Full-ride scholarships to FGCU were awarded to the first place finishers in each category.

Of the Lee County top 10 finishers, Riverdale High School student Luke Chin A Foeng placed second in the geometry category and Varsity Lake Middle School student Yulissa Valdez earned fifth place in the algebra I category.

Lee?County middle schools to host open houses

In preparation for the Student Assignment enrollment period, Lee County middle schools will host open houses so parents and students can explore the campuses before they choose a school for sixth grade.

Area open houses include:

- Harns Marsh Middle School: Jan. 8 at 6 p.m

- Lehigh Acres Middle School: Jan. 9 at 6 p.m.

- Varsity Lake Middle School: Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.

- Veterans Park Academy For The Arts: Call the school for a personal tour.

The application period for the Student Assignment process opens Jan. 21 and runs through March 28.

Parents and students are encouraged to visit schools in their subzones before ranking their school choices on their applications.

Each year, students entering kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade participate in the Student Assignment process by ranking their school choices.

More information on Student Assignment will be released in January.

Students to compete for scholarship money

On Jan. 25, more than 700 students will participate in the Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science and Engineering Fair and the Thomas A. Edison Inventors Fair.

Public, private and home-schooled students from Southwest Florida will be competing at the Harborside Convention Center for more than $900,000 in scholarships from local universities and colleges.

This is a signature event of the Edison Festival of Light, showcasing more than 400 extraordinary science fair projects and approximately 300 ingenious inventions.

The Inventors Fair will be open to the public from 1:30 to 4 p.m., and the Science and Engineering Fair open from 2 to 5 p.m.

EFOL Discovery Village on Edwards Drive and Centennial Park will run concurrent to the fairs. Discovery Village features interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) exhibits that are free to the public.



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