RECOGNITION OF HEROES WHOSE TRAINING MADE A DIFFERENCE (DOUG WAGNER)
CPR Saves 12-Day-Old Traffic Victim: Paramedic students Tavaria Allen, Ryan English, and Jay Tsultim were on the way to their Paramedic class on Tuesday, May 11, 2004, when they noticed a car accident in the north-bound traffic on I-75. The three quickly responded and found a 12-day-old infant on the pavement. The infant's coloring indicated that without quick intervention, he would not survive. Being careful to apply in-line stabilization, they immediately began to provide ventilation and CPR. When the county Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team arrived, they allowed the students to assist with the care until the infant was stabilized for transport. Manatee County's EMS unit commended the students for stopping and stated to the Florida Highway Patrol that the students' actions increased the child's chances of survival. The infant was Bayflighted to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. Tavaria, Ryan, and Jay's Paramedic instructor is Vaughn Whitehead.
CPR Saves Store Employee at Wal-Mart: Nicole Abbate was faced with a dying man on the floor of the store, dozens of bystanders urging her to do something and the knowledge that she had only learned CPR on a dummy in her high school class. As Nicole and her father were checking out, a store employee went into full cardiac arrest. A crowd gathered waiting for help to arrive but Nicole could not wait. The 17-year-old flew into action, cupping her mouth over the ailing man's own, trying to force oxygen into his lungs. Her father pounded on the man's chest to bully the man's heart into working order. She saved the man's life. A Manatee County paramedic who treated the man said that without Nicole his chances would have been slim to none. Nicole hopes to become an emergency room nurse, or one who delivers babies. Laura Sollenberger, the coordinator of Manatee High School's Medical Academy, said she was very proud of Nicole for keeping her composure in this trying situation.
RECOGNITION OF HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS NOMINATED AND ACCEPTED FOR AN APPOINTMENT AT THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT (HERB TSCHAPPAT
A student must be nominated by an authorized source to be considered for an appointment to the Military Academy. Basic eligibility requirements are specified by law. Each student is evaluated in the areas of academics, leadership potential and physical aptitude, and must also meet medical qualification standards, and Army appearance standards regarding tattoos and brands.
The complete scholastic transcript and extra-curricular record, the results of the student's Assessment Program Test, American College Testing (ACT), or College Board Admissions Testing Program Scholastic Assessment, Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), the high school rank in class and the recommendations of faculty are used to determine academic qualification. Students strive to develop the personal traits that will allow them to be an effective leader in school, church, scouting and community activities. The student's physical aptitude qualification is determined by assessing his/her performance on the Physical Aptitude Examination (PAE). The exam consists of five events: pull-ups (hands away from the face); basketball throw (from kneeling position); standing long jump; two minutes of push-ups; and 300-yard shuttle run. This exam must be passed in order to qualify.
The following three Palmetto High School seniors were nominated and accepted for appointment at the United States Military Academy at West Point:
This appointment is an honor for these students, for their school and for the Manatee County School System.
VEHICLE MAINTENANCE TOP 10 MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS IN THE NATION
The Vehicle Maintenance Department was nominated by two of our vendors, Caterpillar/Ringhaver and Blue Bird/Florida Transportation, for their accomplishments. This nomination was submitted to “School Bus Fleet”, a Bobit Business Media publication. As a result, Vehicle Maintenance was recognized as one of the Top Ten Maintenance Programs in the nation. The nomination was published in the School Bus Fleet April/May 2004 publication.