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Hometown South Pinellas for June 27

mOsceola High student becomes eagle scout: Ian R. Shown of Troop 334 in St. Petersburg earned his Eagle Scout rank in May. A junior at Osceola Fundamental High School, Shown joined Cub Scouts in 2002 and Boy Scouts in 2008. For his Eagle Scout project, he completed the restructuring of the food pantry at Clearview United Methodist Church, which sponsors his troop. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and earned the Boy Scouts of America's Catholic religious award, Ad Altare Dei. Shown is a member of the National Honor Society whose other passion is for music, which he hopes to make a career. His main instrument is the bassoon, but he has learned to play flute, ukulele and baritone sax.

kiwanis honor students who raised grades: The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast recognized 174 BUG students who have improved grades in one or more subject areas and 51 Super BUGS who have raised at least one letter grade in three subjects. Bring Up Grades, or BUG, is a program at six elementary schools: Anona, Bauder, Oakhurst, Orange Grove, Seminole and Starkey. BUG is a service leadership program that is designed to encourage students to raise their grades at least one letter grade in a subject and not lower any other subject grades in a marking period. Students are then recognized at a special celebration at the end of the grading period and put on the school's BUG honor roll.

Three students get Anne frank award: The Florida Holocaust Museum honored the humanitarian efforts of teens with its 12th annual Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. The award recognizes those actions that better the lives of others. By "doing the right thing," the recipients hold true to the spirit of Anne Frank who, in the face of hardships, endured and did not abandon her ideals. The honorees were nominated by their principals, guidance counselors or teachers. This year there were three Pinellas winners. David Siegel of Countryside High is the Clearwater chapter president of United Synagogue Youth. He is a leader in several Jewish youth groups that work locally and internationally. Mar'keta Alston of Bayside High is a member of Girl's Club, where she meets regularly during lunch hour with the adult club sponsor and other female students to discuss issues they all face. Alston is a member of her Bethel neighborhood church youth group, and she donates her time as part of the youth group's Hospital Cheer Campaign, visiting children during hospital stays. Brendon Bloomfield of East Lake is an avid volunteer and supporter of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the ALS Association. He has been a mentor for elementary school children, and he has worked in a homeless shelter. He also participates in the Best Buddy program.

Wildlife artists show work: Tampa Bay Watch worked with local artist Bill Castleman to present "Bay Life," an exhibit featuring eight distinguished Florida wildlife artists, in June. The event, held at the Tampa Bay Watch Marine and Education Center, featured Castleman, George Chase, Paul Ladnier, Pauli Maiville, Bill Renc, Douglas Taylor Jr., Joyce Ely Walker and Sandra Williams. Ladnier, professor emeritus of fine arts at the University of North Florida, gave an artist talk. A portion of proceeds from sales was given to support the mission of Tampa Bay Watch.

mnorthside christian grad gets scholarship: Anthony Michael Quintessenza, an honors graduate from Northside Christian School, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Order Sons of Italy in America, Central Gulf Coast Lodge during a ceremony at the Tarpon Springs Elks Club in June. Quintessenza earned the Palm Harbor OSIA Lodge annual scholarship for demonstrating outstanding achievements and accomplishments in academics as well as extracurricular activities. He graduated with a 3.7 GPA and honors in algebra and Spanish. Quintessenza is an accomplished golfer, winning Florida District Golf titles in 2011 and 2012. He also mentors youth in the First Tee of St. Petersburg golf program. Quintessenza is the son of James and Cindy Quintessenza of St. Petersburg and plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall.

Hotels win awards: Nine St. Petersburg and Clearwater hotels received awards of excellence from the Superior Small Lodging Association. The hotels' performance was measured on guest amenities, guest services, pet-friendliness, family choice, captain's choice, website excellence, first impression, impressive pool and patio, eco-friendly and destination wedding. Five hotels won excellence awards in seven categories, including Plaza Beach Hotel Beachfront Resort of St. Pete Beach, Camelot Beach Resort of Clearwater, Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort of St. Pete Beach, Bay Palms Waterfront Resort — Hotel and Marina of St. Pete Beach, and Pasa Tiempo Waterfront Resort of St. Pete Beach.

Two hotels were given excellence awards in five categories, including Island Paradise Cottages of Madeira Beach and Frenchy's Oasis Motel of Clearwater.

Two hotels also earned awards of excellence in three categories, including Cay Pointe Villa of Indian Rocks Beach and Ebb Tide Resort of Clearwater Beach.

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Police release photos of men sought for questioning in Florida mall blast

Police release photos of men sought for questioning in Florida mall blast

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Updated: 10 minutes ago
Clearwater police arrest man in taxi jacking near Crest Lake Park

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Updated: 14 minutes ago
Solar industry on edge as Trump weighs tariffs on panels

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St. Pete spilled up to 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water into bayou

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Tampa Bay ranks No. 5 for top moving destinations

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Police: Driver rear-ends school bus in Clearwater

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Teens who spend less time in front of screens are happier - up to a point, new research shows

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Sirata Beach Resort is getting a $15-million facelift

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