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Media Releases: May 9, 2003

Anthony Lischio, an eighth grader from Sebastian Middle School (SMS), was the overall winner of the 2003 St. Johns County Geography Bee held May 8 at SMS.

After several tie breakers, Anthony was declared the winner for correctly naming Kansas as the geographic center of the 48 contiguous states. He was awarded a $50 gift certificate, a globe, and a first place ribbon and trophy. Anthony will be recognized at the June 5 School Board meeting and his school will receive an atlas.

The other First Place winners were Daniel Lyons of Landrum Middle School (LMS), Sixth Grade; and Whitney Kersey of Rogers Middle School, Seventh Grade.

Thirty-six students representing six middle schools and the Florida School For the Deaf and Blind participated in the annual bee. Each school was allowed two representatives from each of the three grade levels.

Second Place winners were Kyle Amick of SMS, Sixth Grade; Garrett Rake of Murray Middle School, Seventh Grade; and Patrick Connaway of SMS, Eighth Grade. Third Place winners were Megan Cain of SMS, Sixth Grade; Lucie Howard of LMS, Seventh Grade; and Noah Cooper of LMS, Eighth Grade. The grade level winners were given trophies and ribbons, and all participants received certificates.

Fruit Cove Middle School and Switzerland Point Middle School also participated in this event. The fourteenth annual Geography Bee was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Historic St. Augustine.


Two St. Johns County students were grand prize winners in the recent Crime Stoppers Poster Contest sponsored by the State Attorney’s Office Seventh Judicial Circuit, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Johns County School District. The theme for the contest was “Break the Silence, Stop the Violence.”

Rachel Flam, an eighth grader from Murray Middle School, won in the middle school division, and Amber Villalpardo, a senior from St. Augustine High School (SAHS), won in the high school division. As grand prize winners, both students will receive $400 and will also have their posters reproduced and distributed to every classroom at either the middle or high school level throughout Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties.

The top three places in each county competed for the grand prize at their grade level. St. Johns County Elementary School winners were First Place, Jody Hull, a third grader from Osceola Elementary School; Second Place, Erica Mulder, a fifth grader from Durbin Creek Elementary School; and Third Place, Amanda Shuman, a fifth grader from The Webster School.

Other Middle School winners were Second Place, Shan Wang, and Third Place, Eddie McCreary, both eighth graders from Landrum Middle School. Other High School winners were Second Place, Marvin Dames, and Third Place, Dan Morrow, both seniors from SAHS.

All First Place winners receive $100, Second Place winners receive $50 and Third Place winners receive $25. All of the poster contest winners will be honored at the June 5 School Board meeting.



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