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Center Academy graduates 14

On May 18, Center Academy Palm Harbor, a SACS-accredited private school for students in grades 4 through 12, graduated 14 students at Countryside Country Club in Clearwater.

"This was a special group of students," said Center Academy Palm Harbor director Suzy Gaudin. "Most of the graduating class has been with us since elementary or middle school. Each one of these students has overcome a unique challenge and has achieved success."

Valedictorian Jon Egan graduated with a 4.24 GPA, having earned 31 college credits through the Dual Enrollment Program at St. Petersburg College, and will be receiving the Bright Futures Academic Scholarship. He plans to finish his associate of arts degree at St. Petersburg College then transfer to the University of South Florida to pursue a degree in computer science.

Salutatorian Joseph Shanley graduated with a 3.73 GPA, having earned 12 college credits through St. Petersburg College's Dual Enrollment Program, and will be receiving the Bright Futures Medallion Scholarship. He will attend the University of South Florida in the fall to pursue a degree in pharmacology.

Most of the other graduates will be attending St. Petersburg College and other schools in the area, including Beacon College and Pinellas Technical Education Center.

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John and Maureen Donovan of Clearwater celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a renewal of their wedding vows and received a special blessing from Bishop Robert Lynch at a Jubilee Mass at St. Jude Cathedral, St. Petersburg.

The couple marked their special anniversary with a trip to an Orlando resort and dinner at the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach. A cruise is planned.

The Donovans married June 22, 1957, at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, Bayonne, N.J. They came here in 1981 from Cranford, N.J.

He attended St. Peter's Preparatory School, Jersey City, N.J., and St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vt. He retired from the Ironworkers of Northern New Jersey.

She attended Holy Family Academy and Bayonne High School, both in New Jersey, and is a retiree from Eastern and Delta airlines.

They are parishioners of Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater. Both enjoy traveling. He is an avid sports fan. Her interests are reading, music and volunteering her time at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

The couple have three sons and five grandchildren.

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The City of Dunedin wants to create an environment promoting independence and enabling older Floridians to remain in their communities for a lifetime. This ideal is promoted through the Older Americans Month Senior Hall of Fame program, which is held annually.

Based on annual nominations, the Dunedin Senior Hall of Fame honors and celebrates older Dunedin residents who have made significant contributions to the community.

Awards were presented to this year's Senior Hall of Fame recipients Alice Changstrom, Carl Keltner and Richard Whalen May 16 during the program at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center in Dunedin. The award ceremony included a luncheon sponsored by Mease Manor Retirement Community, live musical entertainment and a slide show of each of the inductees produced by photographer Jim Houck.

Honored inductees must be 75 years old or older, have lived in Dunedin for 10 years or more, demonstrated the art of aging successfully and donated time and abilities to activities serving the community.

Mail Good For You items to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax to (727) 445-4119; or email to nbeall@tampabay.com.

Center Academy graduates 14 06/26/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 6:56pm]
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