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Celebrating big birthdays, big donations in North Pinellas

Mildred Margaret Trettau of Dunedin celebrated her 100th birthday at a Dec. 5 brunch at St. Mathias Lutheran Church, Safety Harbor, with 100 fellow parishioners and friends; and again Dec. 18 with 60 family members and friends at Dunedin Country Club.

She was born Dec. 22, 1910, in Staten Island, N.Y. Her father, Samuel Mitchell, worked on a Staten Island ferry boat as a chief engineer, and her German-born mother, Augusta Sadosky Mitchell, was a homemaker. The family included two sisters, both now deceased, and a brother, August "Bud" Mitchell, 92, of New Port Richey.

After graduating from Staten Island's Curtis High in 1928, she found a job on Wall Street and vividly recalls working through the stock market crash of 1929.

In 1937, she married Ernest Trettau, a New York City policeman. They spent 29 years together until he died in 1966. She never remarried.

She retired in 1975 as an officer of Security Federal Savings and Loan, Staten Island.

Eleven years later, Mrs. Trettau moved from Staten Island to Safety Harbor, then came to Dunedin in 1999.

She has three children; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Trettau has a good memory and enjoys telling visitors about her life.

She believes the secret of her longevity lies in genetics. It's reported that her grandmother lived to be 103 and never even took an aspirin.

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The city of Largo announced the success of its fifth annual Shop with a Cop/Firefighter, which took place Dec. 11. Off-duty members of the Largo Police and Fire departments assisted 26 struggling Largo families on a holiday shopping spree at the Missouri Avenue Walmart in Largo. More than $6,500 was raised this year with major contributions coming from both Largo Walmart stores and Turkey Trot organizers.

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Yun Bo Tian, a senior at Palm Harbor University High, has been chosen as the Pinellas County Schools District Scholar in the Sunshine State Scholars Program.

Competing against a field of strong academic juniors and seniors representing each Pinellas County high school, Yun was selected for his excellence in all the required categories, plus his student activities and achievements. His weighted GPA is 4.8525. He is ranked fourth in his class. Tian plans on attending a Florida university and continuing his graduate education as a researcher in both biology and chemistry.

The Sunshine State Scholars Program, a mathematics and science recognition program for high school seniors throughout Florida, provides the opportunity for every district in Florida to showcase excellence in student achievement. District honorees, together with their parents, will be invited to a recognition ceremony in Orlando Feb. 17-18. Students will be acknowledged for their academic achievements in math and science and have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from Florida colleges and universities.

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Clearwater resident Gerardo Ortiz is a recipient of a 2010 Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium scholarship.

GAAS scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, were awarded to 91 students in 2010, 86 students in the United States and five in Canada. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled full time in a college level program or a National Automotive Technician Education Foundation-certified automotive technical program. Recipients who graduate from their program and show proof of employment as a technician in the automotive aftermarket for at least six months after graduation can receive a second matching award.

Ortiz will be attending St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg.

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Hannah Leigh Zazzaro of Palm Harbor has been selected as a young arts finalist in the category of voice, and also earned a merit award in musical theater. Chosen from nearly 6,000 applicants in nine disciplines in the visual, literary and performing arts, the Countryside High senior will join some of the country's most talented young artists for National YoungArts Week in Miami on Jan. 10-15. Included will be master classes by world renowned artists, performances and exhibitions, a chance to be named a gold and silver winner and travel to New York, and the possibility of becoming a Presidential Scholar in the Arts with a visit to the White House.

Zazzaro, 17, is a member of the National Honor Society. Last year, she won both the Ruth Eckerd Hall Youth Vocal Scholarship and the Pinellas Education Foundation Walker's Rising Stars Vocal Scholarship. In 2008, as a sophomore, she also won the Schmidt Vocal competition, a national scholarship competition sponsored by the University of Kentucky. She has been accepted into the Florida All State Choir every year since seventh grade. She plans to major in musical theater in college.

Students attending YoungArts Week were selected in a blind adjudication process from a pool representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all U.S. territories.

Gold winners will receive $10,000, and silver winners $5,000. Additionally, awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 are presented to students exhibiting excellence in their discipline.

YoungArts is the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Celebrating big birthdays, big donations in North Pinellas 12/22/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 5:03pm]
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