Military child scholarship awarded: Alexa Hartnett of Palm Harbor received a $2,000 college scholarship from the Scholarships for Military Children at Jacksonville Naval Air Station. She is the daughter of Randal and Melissa Hartnett and will attend the University of Florida. Nearly 5,000 students applied for scholarships at commissary locations around the world. Applicants and winners of the 2014 program had to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, participate in school and community activities, show leadership, and write an essay.
Countryside High grad honored: Paul O'Rourke, a 2002 graduate of Countryside High School, was awarded the Exemplar of Professionalism Award for his leadership and professionalism as a resident in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is pursuing a General Internal Medical Education Fellowship and a master's from the Bloomberg School of Public Health. O'Rourke was given the award by The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians.
Clearwater utilities recognized: The staff of the city of Clearwater's Public Utilities Department was recognized with two awards givens by the Florida Water Environment Association. Tracy Mercer, public utilities director, received the Integrated Water Resources Award for showing an exceptional record of achievement in making and implementing water policy. A team of five from the wastewater treatment plant received the Samuel R. Willis Award for saving a co-worker from drowning at the plant. The recipients are Jack Sadowski, wastewater plant chief operator; Jackie Calder, wastewater treatment plant operator; Dennis Coley, A/C technician; Ben Troutman, public utilities intern; and Bob Baxter, former utilities mechanic. This award is given in recognition of Samuel R. Willis, who risked his life to save another in 1976.
Airman graduates: Air Force Reserve Airman Heather Stage graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. She earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. She is the daughter of Sharon Whetstone of Clearwater and Clayton Stage II of Addison, N.Y.
Florida grad completes Army course: Capt. William Spencer III completed a six-week Basic Officer Leadership Course at the U.S. Army Base Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, in July. Spencer is a 2006 graduate of Dunedin High School, earned his bachelor's in biomedical sciences from the University of South Florida in 2010 and received his doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Florida in 2014.