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Local teens attend Samford law, medical careers camps

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences hosted 57 high school students June 24-27 for M.D. Calling and J.D. Calling, Samford’s residential summer programs for students called to careers in medicine and law.

The 35 M.D. Calling participants enjoyed pre-med advising, expert panels of medical professionals and medical students, networking and a field trip to Children’s of Alabama hospital.

Like many participants, Erik Johansen of Clearwater is already seriously focused on medical study and a future in the field. He found the camp’s sessions with current medical school students to be especially helpful. “They’ve dispelled some rumors,” he said. “You do have a life, you do have free time and it’s worth it in the long run.”

Cheyenne Warren of Panama City, entertained invitations from several similar camps that somehow knew about her longtime desire to become a cardiovascular surgeon. She found M.D. Calling to be the most affordable camp, by far, and was impressed with what it offered — immersion in medical career preparation with smart young people who share her interest.

“I learned things about myself that even I didn’t know,” Warren said of the M.D. Calling experience. Samford biology professor Drew Hataway introduced her to medical ethics, which she said is her “new favorite subject.” More importantly, she said, the camp confirmed her interest and aims. “I realized that I would fit in well where I want to be”

This year’s 22 J.D. Calling participants prepared and presented a mock trial, heard advice about academic preparation and law school application, took part in teamwork activities, toured state and federal courthouses, analyzed legal cases and learned from panel discussions featuring noted attorneys and current law students.

Caroline Saint of Tuscumbia, Ala, is following in the footsteps of parents Beth and Patrick. She said about five years ago both parents returned to school to earn law degrees. “It really inspired me, Saint said. “It’s never too late to go back and do what you want to do.” Nevertheless, Saint is interested in getting an early start on a law career. She hopes to attend Samford and enter the new 3+3 program that offers both undergraduate and law degrees with less tuition and a quicker professional launch.

J.D. Calling helped Saint starting building the connections and professional access she said will be essential in her career. Peers, current undergraduate students, law students, faculty, lawyers and judges are among her new contacts. She also is one of the first people to tour new district court offices in Birmingham. “I would never have gotten that experience,” she said.

“Samford, I’ve learned, will go the extra mile to help you succeed,” Saint said. That and the content of the camp already has her thinking about how to return the interest and help she found here. “I want to be one who comes and speaks years down the road when I’m a current law student or lawyer or undergrad,” she said, “and tell them that this is the program that made me realize I wanted to become a lawyer.”

Pensacola High students win HOSA conference

Several Pensacola High School student-members of the Health Occupation Students of America placed at the HOSA National Conference held June 23-28 in Anaheim, California.

Placing at the conference were:

•Second-place in HOSA Bowl: Jett Crowdis, Anish Gupta, Krisha Gupta, Shayli Patel

•Third-place in Medical Innovation: Nada Eldawy, Maddie Hawkins, Elizabeth Kim, Holley Meaney

•Fifth-place in Epidemiology: Dana Jaalouk

•Sixth-place in Healthy Lifestyles: Kailai (Lisa) Han

Local students attend national leadership forum

Pace High’s Jordynn Adams and Brittney Watts, Pensacola Catholic’s Blakeley Baker and Madelyn White, Pensacola High’s Jamarcus Bennett and Kyshon Brown, Gulf Breeze’s Will Bigler and Donavan York, Flomaton’s Eli Collinsworth, East Hill Christian’s Alyssa Grizzard and Booker T. Washington’s Alexis White recently attended Harding University’s 59th annual National Leadership Forum in Searcy, Arkansas.

Civitan Constance Bartell was the chaperone.

The National Leadership Forum focused on equipping student leaders with the knowledge and skills to make them confident, effective leaders. This year the Pensacola Civitan Club — and its community sponsors — sent the 11 students.

Presentations were given by such leaders as: Dean Sikes of the Spirit of America Foundation urging delegates to “Discover Your Destiny;” John Foppe, motivational speaker addressing “Life is an Attitude;” educator Pat Socia, encouraging sexual moral leadership; Melissa Bratton of the Tennessee Farm Bureau examining critical issues facing the environment and agriculture; Harding’s Andrew Baker spoke on “Social Media for Social Good” ; B. Chris Simpson sharing how “Leaders Communicate;” and Dr. Dee Carson leading the students to discover their leadership and learning styles.

More than 220 young people from five states attended this year’s forum. Harding University, with an enrollment of more than 7,000, is the largest private university in Arkansas.

The Pensacola Civitan Club meets at noon on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Bay Center. For more information about the club, visitwww.civitan.net/pensacola.

George Stone Tech Center co-enrollment program set to start

The George Stone Tech Center co-enrollment program will be held from 7:45 a.m-2:30 p.m. Monday-July 22 at Tate, Pine Forest, Washington, Escambia, Pensacola and Northview high schools.

Current 12th and rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders who are credit deficient and/or who have a GPA of less than 2.0 as identified by the high schools are eligible for the program.

For more information, call Susan Winters, Adult Programs Coordinator, at (850) 941-6200 ext. 2117.

Woodham High Class of ’95 reunion holding 20th reunion

The Woodham High School Class of ’95 20th year reunion will kick off at 6 p.m. July 23 at the Fish House for a meet-and-greet.

The reunion will continue throughout the weekend with the main event is at Pensacola Beach Hilton, a Family Day at the Blue Wahoos stadium and other activities. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite.com.

Pine Forest Class of ’95 reunion set for July 25

The Pine Forest Class of ‘95 will hold its 20th year reunion from 7-10 p.m. July 25 at New World Landing.

Tickets are $75 plus the Eventbrite.com fee. New World Landing is at 600 S. Palafox St., downtown Pensacola.

For more information about the reunion, visit the group’s Facebook page for other planned events.

Woodham Class of ’75 40th reunion to be held

The Woodham High School Class of 1975 will hold its 40th class reunion from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Paul’s on the Bay.

Members of the Classes of 1974 and 1976 also are welcomed to attend. For more information on the reunion’s Facebook page.

The early bird price of $55 includes dinner and dancing. Make check or money order payable to “Woodham Class of 1975 Reunion.” Include name, female classmates include maiden, address, phone and email. Mail to: Woodham Class of 1975 Reunion, c/o Jane Hayes Bell, 3535 Dunfries Road, Pensacola, FL 32503.

Paul’s on the Bay is at 670 Scenic Hwy., Pensacola. For more information about the event, call Kim Rollings McMahon at (850) 725-9934or email [email protected].

Tate High Class of ’85 to hold reunion

The Tate High School Class of ’85 reunion is set for Friday and Saturday.

Reunion activities will be 6:30-10 p.m. Friday at New World Landing and 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Seville Quarter’s Heritage Hall.

The cost is $50 per person for each night.

Class members are encouraged to join the official Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/tatehighclassof1985 for more details and to stay informed. They also can contact the reunion planning team at [email protected].

Camp Creative Weekly Summer Camps

Registration is ongoing for Camp Creative camps offered all summer long on the campus of Creative Learning Academy on Hyde Park Road in Pensacola.

Weekly, themed camps for all ages will run through July 31. Weekly rates start at $100 per camper.

Camps include Junior Camp for ages 3 through first grade, and Classic Camp for second- through eighth-graders. To download a camp packet, to towww.creativelearningacademy.org/activities/summer-camps.cfm .

For more information or a tour, call Camp Creative Director Erica Campbell or Marilyn Smith at (850) 432-1768. Questions and registration forms can be emailed to [email protected].

Cram The Van school supply drive start

Cram the Van, the Escambia County School District approved supply drive, has started for the 2015-16 year.

Celebrating 16 years of service, Cram the Van provides students with the tools necessary to succeed and reduces the stress on teachers who spend their own money to supplement materials in the classroom. By combining resources, our community can show a united effort as it supports our schools to ensure a brighter tomorrow.

Last year alone, our generous community distributed more than $58,000 in supplies to 55 area schools across all grade levels. With sponsors including Sandy Sansing dealerships, WEAR TV-3, My35 WFGX, Papa John’s Pizza and United Way, this year’s drive promises to make a positive impact.

If you would like to be a part of Cram the Van this year, you can get involved in the following ways:

•GIVE: Businesses and organizations can host a collection drive or make a donation. For a list of drop-off sites that will accept supplies, visit website www.unitedwayescambia.org/cramthevan.

•VOLUNTEER: Many exciting opportunities are available for individuals and groups to volunteer with Cram the Van, from participating in the annual Cram-A-Thon to helping distribute supplies to schools. Find a complete list of volunteer opportunities at www.unitedwayescambia.org/cramthevan.

To register a collection drive or sign up to volunteer, contact Sarah Green, Educational Outreach Coordinator, at (850) 434-3157 or [email protected].

Parents in Escambia County must enroll their child through his or her school in order to receive supplies. Dial 2-1-1 for Cram the Van contact information at your child’s school.

Pensacola Private School of Liberal Arts enrolling for 2015-16

The Pensacola Private School of Liberal Arts is now enrolling students for the 2015-16 school year.

The college preparatory school offers classes for seventh through 12th grades. It is located inside Sacred Heart Hospital, 1010 N. 12th Ave., Suite No. 228, Pensacola.

For more information, call (850) 434-2294 or visit www.PensacolaSOLA.com.

Resource Rangers Sustainability day camp set for July 20-24

The Environmental Education Coordination Team will host a week-long summer day camp for children entering first- through fifth-grades July 20-24 at the Roy Hyatt Environmental Center, 1300 Tobias Road in Cantonment.

During the camp, students will learn the importance of sustainable practices used to protect and preserve our valuable natural resources through hands-on lessons and activities.

Registration is $150 and $75 for each additional child and includes materials for activities, plus mid-morning and afternoon snacks. Camp hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. RSVP online.

To make payment or for more information contact: Traci Goodhart, (850) 332-7976 Ext. 222 or [email protected].

Register now for Camp Creative weekly summer camps

Registration is ongoing for Camp Creative camps offered all summer long on the campus of Creative Learning Academy on Hyde Park Road in Pensacola.

Weekly, themed camps for all ages will run through July 31. Weekly rates start at $100 per camper.

Camps include Junior Camp for ages 3 through first grade, and Classic Camp for second- through eighth-graders. To download a camp packet, to to www.creativelearningacademy.org/activities/summer-camps.cfm.

For more information or a tour, call Camp Creative Director Erica Campbell or Marilyn Smith at (850) 432-1768. Questions and registration forms can be emailed to [email protected].

Creative Learning Academy holding fall registration

Creative Learning Academy is now accepting applications for preschool, third- and fourth-grade for the 2015-16 school year.

CLA is located at 3151 Hyde Park Road in Pensacola.

For more information, call (850) 432-1768 to schedule a tour or email Admissions Director Robin Bates at [email protected]. Parents also can visit www.creativelearningacademy.org to learn about any of the academy’s preschool through eighth-grade programs.

CLA offers lower school (grades preschool through third-grade), intermediate school (fourth- and fifth-grades) and middle school (sixth- through eighth-grades).

Hosts sought for summer exchange students

The Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council is looking for host families for 15 high students from Mexico who will visit northwest Florida from July 20-Aug. 15.

The exchange is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Mexican government and the private sector. The students are English-speaking teens and local families are required to provide each with a separate bed.

Host families will be responsible for feeding their student/guest over the weekend and week. Lunches will be paid for by the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council from Monday through Friday.

The exchange students will have planned activities during work hours and some evenings with leadership and community service activities. If this is a family’s first time hosting, a council representative must perform a site visit to the home.

For more information, contact Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council Executive Director Jena C. Melancon at (850) 595-0817.


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