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Christopher Adan, a senior at Clearwater Central Catholic, named National Hispanic Scholar

Clearwater Central Catholic High has announced that senior Christopher Adan has been selected as a 2010-11 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.

The program was initiated in 1983 to identify outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students. Adan is one of nearly 5,000 students selected from a pool of more than 200,000 who took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and identified themselves as Hispanic/Latino. Students with grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher are designated as scholars.

Adan, an honor student in the International Baccalaureate program with a 4.8 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society, the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics honor society and the Spanish Honor Society.

He was selected to attend the Florida American Legion Boys State in 2010. He's a member of CCC's International and Science clubs and plans to study biology in college.

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Ashley Jantschek, a 2007 graduate of Palm Harbor University High School medical magnet program, was recently crowned 2010 Homecoming Princess during the Florida State University vs. North Carolina football game halftime ceremony.

Jantschek was born in Fort Myers and grew up in Palm Harbor. She's a senior in FSU's College of Business, majoring in finance with a minor in risk management/insurance. During her junior year, she served as vice president of finance and was president of the executive board for the FSU Panhellenic Association.

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At a free legal workshop for low-income people Nov. 4, organized by Gulfcoast Legal Services and hosted at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, more than 60 clients received legal advice on 85 legal matters. In what resembled a game of musical chairs, clients went from one lawyer to the next, asking questions and getting answers for their varied legal needs.

Twenty-three lawyers, mostly members of the Clearwater Bar Association, answered questions and offered counsel on a variety of areas of law, such as mortgage foreclosure, tenant rights, bankruptcy, wills and a myriad of other topics.

Participating lawyers were Barry Berger, Catherine Petrovich, Mike Faehner, David McCrea, Michael Ziegler, Rebecca Graham, Mary Lou Wagstaff, Kimberly Todd, Myriam Irizarry, David Lillesand, Jessica Lillesand, Steve Hitchcock, Tyler Wolas, Michael Kenny, Melissa Loesch, David Futerman, Curtis Raven, Connie Stephens, LeAnne Lake, Don Crowell, Stephanie Velasquez, Bridget Heptner and Larry Sandefer.

Two paralegal students from St. Petersburg College, Rosemary Carlson and Jessica Bennett, helped with registration and directed client traffic, introducing clients to lawyers with expertise in their area of legal need.

Pastors Harvey Lawrence and William Sherman of the Upper Pinellas Ministerial Alliance welcomed the group. The dining committee of Mount Carmel Baptist Church served a sandwich buffet, purchased by the Clearwater Bar Foundation.

This workshop was held in conjunction with the spirit of the Florida Bar's Pro Bono ONE Campaign, asking lawyers across the state to assist the indigent. Jane Helms, pro bono coordinator for Gulfcoast Legal Services and a member of the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association, was instrumental in scheduling the workshop, one of many held in the 6th Judicial Circuit.

Christopher Adan, a senior at Clearwater Central Catholic, named National Hispanic Scholar 11/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 4:11pm]
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