Senior Jared Gonzalez of Clearwater Central Catholic High has been recognized as an Outstanding Participant in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Outstanding participants scored in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 African-Americans who requested consideration in the 2011 National Achievement Program when they took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Jared Gonzalez, an honor student in the International Baccalaureate Program with a 4.6 GPA, is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. Jared is also a member of the CCC cross country, track and weightlifting teams. He plans to attend Harvard University to study law.
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Palm Harbor Allstate agent Alan Everton and St. Petersburg Allstate agent Earl Gainey received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for their commitment to helping others. With this award comes a $1,000 grant for the YMCA of the Suncoast, where Everton volunteers, and a $1,000 grant for the Pinellas County African American History Museum in Clearwater, where Gainey volunteers.
The YMCA of the Suncoast provides programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body. YMCA employees and volunteers work side-by-side with neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.
The purpose of the Pinellas County African American History Museum is to preserve and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of African-Americans of the past and present through exhibits, educational programs and research materials that document the African-American social and cultural experience.
In 2009, the Allstate Foundation awarded more than a half-million dollars in grants to Florida nonprofits.
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Paul Wahnish, president of Career Technical Education Foundation, was recognized by the Tampa Bay Technology Forum as an Industry Achievement Award winner.
More than 500 business and technology leaders attended the black tie gala at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa on Nov. 12 to honor the best in technology in the region.
CTEF won the Community Supporter of the Year Award as an organization that made a significant impact on advancing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives, and educational programs in the region.
Wahnish was also honored for outstanding leadership and received a finalist award for his significant and positive impact on the region's technology community. He acknowledged both awards saying, "We are making a difference in education, effectively changing the economy of communities, one student at a time."
Joining Wahnish and his wife, Linda, were several members of the CTEF board of directors, including Marie Nugent of Kelly Services, who nominated Wahnish and CTEF for these awards.
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The Anthony Telesca Foundation and one of its corporate supporters, Knology, recently awarded students from East Lake, Clearwater and Largo high schools with gift certificates for their winning entries in a Seat Belt Safety poster contest.
East Lake High student Lauren Miller was presented the grand prize of a $200 gift certificate; and Alicia Mohacsi, Molly Cord and Aaron Horne each received $100 gift certificates. The awards were presented by Richard Lightle of Knology.
Clearwater High student Justin Seeling was presented the grand prize of a $200 gift certificate; and Jessica King, Erin McGregor and Albert Rophie each received $100 gift certificates. The awards were presented by Jennifer Jordon of Knology.
Largo High School Sarah McKay was presented the grand prize of a $200 gift certificate; and Lydia Alejandro, Cody Peterson and Mytru Khang each received $100 gift certificates. The awards were presented by Lightle.
The foundation also presented each high school with a $500 donation to the school art department and a $500 donation to the driver education department.
The Anthony Telesca Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting safe driving practices among teens.