Clearwater Central Catholic High School announces that seniors Ryan Lewis, Daniel Boyle, Eric Miller, Karina Bach and Anna Arango have been named Commended Students in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Ryan Lewis competes on the track and cross country teams. He is captain of the latter. He is also a member of Model UN and the Environmental Club. Ryan plans to study marine biology at Florida State University.
Daniel Boyle, an honor student with a 4.5 GPA, is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Art Honor Society and the International Thespian Society. He is also a member of Student Council, CCC Ambassadors, Drama Club and the varsity tennis team. Daniel intends to focus on prelaw studies, majoring in English or political science.
Eric Miller, an honor student with a 4.4 GPA, is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He is Executive Council vice president and a member of the varsity baseball team. Eric is undecided about a college major.
Karina Bach, an honor student with a 4.5 GPA, is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Karina, a member of the Pinellas Youth Philharmonic, competes in judo and is a 2010 Junior World Team Member. She intends to study linguistics in college.
Anna Arango, an honor student with a 4.4 GPA, is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and the International Thespian Society. She is also a member of the CCC Science Olympiad team, Science Club, Drama Club and the literary magazine, Silent Epiphanies. Anna plans to attend Vanderbilt University to study biomedical engineering with the goal of becoming a surgeon.
Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2010 competition by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
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Geraldine Soboleski celebrated her 101st birthday at a small gathering at her home with family and friends.
She was born Oct. 28, 1909, in Taberg, N.Y., to Swiss immigrants John and Emma Roth. Her mother was a homemaker and her father was a farmer who also produced cheese and maple syrup.
Her brother and two sisters are deceased.
She married Stuart Sherwood in Toms River, N.J., and was widowed in 1957. Three years later, she married Mike Soboleski in Rome, N.Y., and came to Clearwater in 1963.
She worked as secretary and bookkeeper for a construction company and retired in 1970.
She volunteered at an abused spouse shelter reading to children until she gave up driving at age 96.
A longtime member of the Clearwater Garden Club, the centenarian loves to recite poetry and enjoys reading the newspaper every day.
Her son, Roger Sherwood, says his mother has a love for life and calls her "truly remarkable." He adds that he's never heard her say an unkind word to or about anyone.
She has two other sons, a daughter, 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Most of her family lives in New York, and a few reside in Washington state and Canada.
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In honor of their 60th wedding anniversary, Dan and Josephine Lentricchia of Palm Harbor were treated to a surprise dinner at Positano's Restaurant. The couple plan to take a Caribbean cruise with family in the spring.
The Lentricchias married Oct. 28, 1950, in Orange, N.J.
He served in the Marines and later worked as a supervisor for a heating and air conditioning company.
During World War II, she helped build P-44 airplanes. She had a career as a telephone operator.
They came here in November 1999 from Long Island, N.Y.
The couple are members of St. Luke's Catholic Church, Palm Harbor.
Both play on golf leagues and are members of Highland Lakes Golf Club. He has won six "Hole-In-One" awards.
They also participate in a bowling league.
The couple have two sons, and seven grandchildren.
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Don and Dolly Whyte of Dunedin celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with dinner at the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach, and spirits at Caretta on the gulf with two of their daughters.
The Whytes married Nov. 5, 1960, in Evergreen Park, Ill.
They came here in 1987 from Dolton, Ill.
He was part owner of Artistry Engraving and a master of hand engraving.
She worked as a policy insurance typist and handled many other responsibilities at American Legion Insurance Co.
The couple enjoys each other's company, and both love to read.
She also enjoys bingo and gaming on the computer.
The Whytes have four children, Debbi Whyte Pepin, Scott Whyte, Sandi Whyte and Robin Whyte Kornacki; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.