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Updated: 08/22/2014 08:00:01AM

Local high-schoolers experience China

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY ELLEN HARVEY/Charlotte County Public Schools

Twelve students from all three high schools in Charlotte County Public Schools traveled to Beijing and Tianjin to spend 15 days in China, as part of the 2014 Chinese Summer Bridge for High School Students. Here, the group takes in Tiananmen Square.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY ELLEN HARVEY/Charlotte County Public Schools

On the China trip: back row: volunteer May; chaperones Nick Piscitelli and Ellie Serra; and students Olivia Palmer (essay contest winner out of more than 600 students), Kevin Grunseth, Nick O'Donnell, Angelica Asperilla, Anthony Harvey, Casey Keller, Nathan Ray and Evan Flores. Front row: Mariah Lund, Alma Albaracin, Ellen Harvey (chaperone), Makalah Mitchell and Brittany McGivern.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY ELLEN HARVEY/Charlotte County Public Schools

Chaperone Ellen Harvey with Anthony Harvey.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY ELLEN HARVEY/Charlotte County Public Schools

A farewell to the group's volunteer teacher, May, who stayed with the group from sunup to sundown, and all for free. The kids loved her. Pictured are, back row: Brittany McGivern, Angelica Asperilla, Evan Flores, Nick O'Donnell, Alma Albaracin, Mariah Lund and Casey Keller; and front row: Nathan Ray, Makalah Mitchell, Olivia Palmer, May (volunteer), Anthony Harvey and Kevin Grunseth.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY MIKE VOGEL

The Punta Gorda Boat Club has taken Shreve Street in Punta Gorda as its Adopt-a-Road project; this photo is from the group's latest cleanup.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY EARLE BRETZ

At the Charlotte County Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, August saw four more cadets promoted after several months of hard work, completing their individual requirements. Throughout the cadet program, emphasis is placed on individual and group study, instruction and attainment. As cadets progress, they earn ribbons, awards and increased grades, rewarding their commitment and achievement in the program. Pictured from left, are: Maj. Paul Reeves, commander of Squadron FL-051; Capt. Christopher Byron, cadet commander; promoted cadet Maj. Austin Alonso; 1st Lt. Mekehla Hicks, cadet executive officer); promoted cadet Staff Sgt. Max Pennington; promoted cadet Airman Rebecca Donaldson; and promoted cadet Tech. Sgt. Stephen Krause.

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Twelve students from Charlotte, Port Charlotte and Lemon Bay high schools traveled to Beijing and Tianjin to spend 15 days in China, as part of the 2014 Chinese Summer Bridge for High School Students, according to Ellen Harvey, one of the chaperons, and the curriculum and instruction specialist for fine arts, world languages, health and physical education for Charlotte County Public Schools.

While there Chinese language, culture, martial arts, opera and schools were featured study topics for the group.

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