The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 12 No. 6 - November 23, 2011


SandBlast 2011 a blast


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

The Manatee School for the Arts won first place in the
nautical category for Fish are Friends, not Food, from the
film "Finding Nemo," at Saturday's SandBlast at
Manatee County Public Beach. SUN PHOTO/CINDY LANE

The sand flew at SandBlast on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Manatee County Public Beach, where sand sculpting teams from area schools competed to raise $3,915 to support Keep Manatee Beautiful. The amount was less than last year due to $885 in state and county fees at the new location.

Trophies were awarded in three categories:

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First place – Bayshore High School National Art Honor Society, Visit to Grandma's;

Runnerup – Braden River High School Key Club, Toy Story.


First place – Bradenton Christian High School Art Department, Island of Sandy Toys;

Runnerup – Manatee High School Anchor Club Team 1, Waiting for Santa.


First place – Manatee School for the Arts, Fish are Friends, not Food;

Runnerup – Manatee High School Anchor Club Team 2, Shark Attack.

Medallion Awards went to:

Manatee High School Art Club, "Chillin';"

Southeast High School Key Club, Key to Service;

Southeast High School Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Cornucopia;

Palmetto High School Tigers, Palmetto High School Tigers;

Braden River Middle School National Junior Honor Society, Togetherness;

State College of Florida Earth Club and Phi Theta Kappa, Educating the Planet;

Lincoln Middle School Student Council, A Lincoln Christmas;

King Middle School Environmental Club, Octo-King; Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions, Pearls and Girls.

The sand sculptures, along with Team Sandtastic's 80-ton exhibition sculpture, will be on view until Thursday, Dec. 15.

The event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, Team Sandtastic, the Anna Maria Island Beach Café, Manatee County Parks Maintenance Division, The Trophy Case, Bright House Networks, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Aggregates and Woodruff and Sons.

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