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John Costin won Best of Show at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.
Winter Park / Maitland Observer Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2012 6 years ago

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Festival winners

Festival winners

The 2012 Best of Show, a $10,000 award, at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival went to John Costin, of Tampa, for "Large Florida Birds". The Morse Museum Award for a Distinguished Work of Art, $2,500, went to Jim and Shirl Parmentier, of Mars Hill, N.C., for "Greek Wall Vase". Four Winter Park artists won awards, including John Whipple for sculpture, Patricia Karnes for jewelry, Jeff League for mixed media and Edson Campos for drawing and graphics. Visit wpsaf.org

Stop famine

On Feb. 24, 41 high school students at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park stopped eating to raise awareness about world hunger. The project, called the 30 Hour Famine, is a fast held by World Vision in which students around the country fast while raising money for food for the needy. The students spent the night on the floor of the school’s gymnasium, and learned what it is like to really have nothing: no home, no food and only what can fit in a backpack.

Artist’s Melbourne installation

United Arts of Central Florida awarded $32,099 in artist development grants and arts administrator grants recently. Winter Park artist Dawn Roe will use her $2,500 UA grant to assist with completing a new three-channel video installation on the Goldfields region of Victoria that she will travel to Australia to install in the Melbourne gallery Screen Space in June. Visit dawnroe.com

Student excels

Rollins College junior Lucas Hernandez was awarded the Florida Campus Compact’s 2011 Excellence in Service Award. He is co-founder of NextStep, a homeless advocacy organization, and has helped the Making Lives Better organization at Rollins, which helps people in Nepal get clean drinking water, supplies, etc.

Student honors

Crystal Anderson, of Atlanta, daughter of Reverend Hugh Anderson of Winter Park, received a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Atlanta on Dec. 17.

Chase Richey of Winter Park is spending the spring trimester abroad, studying art history, visual arts and Italian language in Florence, Italy. Richey is a junior managerial economics major.

App class

Echo Interaction Group — a mobile application development and branding organization — hosted 24 fourth-graders from the Jewish Academy of Orlando at its new office at The Plaza in downtown Orlando. Executives from Echo — including CEO and founder Carlos Carbonell and project manager Jean Mastriano — walked the students through the mobile application development process and answered questions about everything from who conceptualizes ideas for apps to Angry Birds. The kids tried out an Echo-developed game, Tilt Fishing, on iPads, and declared their intent to work for Echo when they're "grown up."

Teachers go abroad

The English-Speaking Union of Central Florida recently awarded four scholarships to teachers to attend a two-week total immersion seminar in the British Universities Summer Scholars Program. The teachers awarded scholarships include

Benjamin Fottler, who teaches English at Winter Park High School. He will attend Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater.

Also included is Chelsea St. Clair, who teaches English language and composition and English I honors at Lake Howell High School. She will attend the University of Oxford’s English Literature Program.

Trip to Italy

The Rollins Evening program will have a 13-day travel experience to Venice and the Veneto on Oct. 16-28. Contact Robert Lemon at [email protected], 407-310-5378 or 407-628-8332.

Join, sponsor a kickball team

The Annual Friends of First Response-Maitland Kickball Fundraiser is at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Six teams will play at Keller Fields. A $10 t-shirt donation is required to play on a FFR, Rotary, Holy Rollers or Little League team. Sponsors and auction items are needed. Contact June Flowers at [email protected]

Join Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Maitland is an overnight relay-style walking event that will take place at Orangewood Presbyterian Church on April 27-28. Opening ceremonies will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday and closing ceremonies are at noon on Saturday. The event will also honor cancer survivors with a special lap and survivor dinner on Friday night. Visit relayforlife.org/maitlandfl or email [email protected]

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