Recognition for alumnus: St. Petersburg resident Roy H. Whipp was recently recognized with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates Jr. Academic Achievement Wall at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, of which he is an alumnus. Whipp served as general manager at the FIOR de Venezuela plant in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. As president of Whipp Technology, he authored, co-authored or led the production of more than 60 technical presentations, courses and magazine articles. Whipp also holds several copyrights and numerous patents.
He's an Eagle Scout now: Joshua J. Simon of Boy Scout Troop 334 at Clearview United Methodist Church earned the rank of Eagle Scout in May. A rising sophomore at Dixie Hollins High School, Simon has been active in Scouting since joining the Cub Scouts in first grade. During his journey to Eagle, he earned 33 merit badges and served as district assistant patrol leader for the 2013 National Jamboree in West Virginia. For his Eagle project, Joshua installed two benches at opposite edges of a small lake in the Disston Heights neighborhood. He is an honor roll student and plans to pursue a master's degree in business.
Hands-on learning: Loews Don CeSar Hotel, in partnership with Tampa Bay Watch and the Pinellas Education Foundation, introduced its new Sea Life Education Stations to about 100 fourth-grade students from Campbell Park Elementary School during an unveiling in May. The goal of the eight stations, which include a sea turtle nest replica, oyster domes and a display on beach birds, is to educate visitors about the Tampa Bay area's natural environment. In addition to the stations, which are located throughout the hotel's grounds, there are two murals by local artist Damir Tabakovic. The sea life mural was inspired by the Campbell Park Elementary fourth-graders.
Medal of Honor: Seminole resident Philip Kirkwood will receive a Medal of Honor. Kirkwood was raised in St. Petersburg and is a graduate of St. Petersburg High. He served in the Navy in World War II as a pilot and is recognized for shooting down 20 enemy planes.
100th birthday: John Giammaria of Dunedin celebrated his 100th birthday on April 30. He was born in Riverside, N.J. in 1914, and moved to Florida in 1977. He worked for Mobil Oil Corp. for 34 years as a research chemist, pioneering oil refining processes and developing 49 patents for the industry. John enjoys classical music and watching his favorite baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays. He played golf until his early 90s, scoring three holes-in-one on his 85 birthday. His secret to a healthy life is moderation and a solitary drink in the evening, which he has done for the past 60 years.