Thursday, May 24, 2018
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North Pinellas club news: Two Dunedin Middle School students honored

Eva Amram and Pooja Patel, both eighth-grade students at Dunedin Middle School, have been recognized with awards by the Clearwater Branch of the American Association of University Women for their outstanding work in math and science.

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

Eva Amram attends eighth grade at Dunedin Middle School's Center for Gifted Studies. The positive, friendly young lady is a hard worker, takes school and her studies seriously and is an excellent role model to her classmates, according to her teachers. She excels in almost every academic area but especially shines in the area of science.

Amram, a clarinetist, has held the position of first chair in Dunedin Highland Middle School's band for three years. This year, she earned the title of band captain and received a superior rating in solo evaluation for clarinet.

She competed at the district level for the National History Day Competition and placed third overall in the documentary category and received the award for Best in School.

Along with fellow Spanish Club members, Amram competed at International Day, where the team placed at a superior level for its Spanish skit based on one of the Harry Potter films.

Amram received state recognition on the Duke Tipps SAT Program.

Pooja Patel also attends eighth grade at Dunedin Middle School's Center for Gifted Studies. She is a hard worker, takes her studies seriously, is an excellent student and is especially gifted in mathematics, according to her teachers.

Patel has participated on the Dunedin Math Team for the last three years; won numerous awards such as "first place team" at Mighty Mu while in sixth grade; and recently placed second in the prestigious Math Counts competition, where she will go on to participate at the state level. She also received state recognition on the Duke Tipps SAT Program.

The girls' teacher, Julie Clampitt, is proud of their accomplishments and says they provide good role models for other students.

Since 1949, the mission of the Clearwater Branch of the AAUW has been to encourage and sustain the educational development of all women and girls.

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The Rotary Club of Dunedin North presented April Putzulu of Eckerd Raising Hope with a check for $2,000 following her presentation of the club's weekly program May 9.

Raising Hope began in 2004 with the mission to help give children pride and dignity when they are removed from a home due to abuse or neglect.

In late 2011, the organization partnered with Eckerd Youth Alternatives and Eckerd Raising Hope was created.

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The Mary Custis Lee Chapter 1451 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Clearwater bestowed a posthumous Cross of Military Service on Pvt. Daniel Lee Best, a chief steward who served with the 229th Engineering Company in the Army during World War II.

Accepting this honor on behalf of her father was G. Jean Best-Richardson, a member of the chapter. Mr. Best and his daughter are both lineal descendants of Pvt. Theophilus W. Best of Company C, 16th Battalion, North Carolina Cavalry, CSA.

The UDC performs historical, educational, benevolent and patriotic activities and welcomes those interested in southern history and heritage.

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The Clearwater Civitan Club met April 15 in the board room of UPARC to celebrate Civitan Awareness Month. Photo boards and past presidents' scrapbooks were on display, recalling the club's history of service to Clearwater and Pinellas County.

Special guests included former Clearwater council member Carlen Petersen, current Clearwater council member Bill Jonson and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, who recognized the club for all its good works in the area over the past 60 years.

New Civitan Jim Scheuerman, director of the Challenger Division of Clearwater Little League, was introduced. Four potential new members were introduced and applications for club membership were accepted. A group of a dozen Civitans and guests came together for an after-meeting dinner at Red Lobster in Countryside.

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