Three elementary students received March Student of the Month trophies from the Safety Harbor Kiwanis Club.
Safety Harbor Elementary student Natalie Gates was selected by teacher Barbara O'Steen, who describes the fifth-grader as every teacher's dream student. Natalie demonstrates excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills, O'Steen said, and her academic work is consistently superior even within the gifted program. She was also a recipient of the Math Pride Award for her school.
Two students from McMullen-Booth Elementary were chosen for the honor. Jan Gosnell, the school's gifted-program instructor, nominated her four-year student Jared Mendiola for his high standards for learning and always doing his best. He excels in math and served as captain of the fifth-grade team at this year's gifted-math meet, where he earned the Math Pride Award for the school. Jayme Tlanepantla-Espanol was chosen by teacher Cynthia Melendez for the positive attitude he brings to school every day. Jayme is motivated to learn, she said, works hard in all areas of his curriculum and has made great strides in reading comprehension.
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An assembly of newly elected and appointed officers with the Morris F. Dixon Jr. Detachment No. 54 of the Largo/Clearwater unit of the Marine Corps League were recently given the oath of office by Bill Cona, a past president of the detachment, at the unit's headquarters at 1156 Jasper St., Largo.
The Marine Corps League was incorporated by an act of Congress in 1937 and continues to honor the traditions and spirit of the Marine Corps. The Morris F. Dixon Jr. Detachment was founded in 1946.
Detachment 54 is involved with a variety of programs and projects including the Marine Corps League Auxiliary, Marines Helping Marines (Wounded Warriors), Clearwater Marines JrROTC and Dunedin Naval JrROTC, volunteering at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, providing burial details and honor guards, participating in Toys For Tots, promoting the ideals and programs offered by the Largo Armed Forces Military Museum and honoring those who served on Clearwater Veterans Appreciation Day.
The detachment meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at its Jasper Street headquarters.
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