Barry Niemann Jr., son of Barry and Roxanne Niemann of Dunedin, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout Jan. 8 during a ceremony at Global Family Fellowship Church, Clearwater. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 222.
The 18-year-old's service project consisted of the construction of a stable for the church's live nativity scene, "Journey to Bethlehem," an event that has been viewed by thousands for the past 12 years. The structure will be utilized for storage in the off-season.
Niemann graduated in 2010 from St. Petersburg Collegiate High, a charter school that provides qualified high school students the opportunity to accelerate their education by earning college credits, and graduated the same year with an associate in arts degree from St. Petersburg College.
He attends Florida State University, where he is dual majoring in business management and finance.
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Eleven boaters graduated with honors from the first boating safety class of the year presented by the Coast Guard Auxiliary's Clearwater Flotilla in its new location at Clearwater Police Headquarters.
At the culmination of the intensive boating safety classes Jan. 8 and 9, four students scored 100 percent on the final examination and the remaining seven did well with scores in the high 90th percentile.
Flotilla Commander Erik Wekerle presented class members with their certificates and expressed admiration for the room layout and learning environment.
"Clearwater police Chief Anthony Holloway is to be commended for his concern about safety on the waters of Clearwater," said Wekerle. "Letting us use his department's roll call room for our classes and meetings accentuates that commitment."
The Coast Guard Auxiliary has been teaching boating safety classes in the Clearwater area for more than 60 years, most recently at the Clearwater Sailing Center.