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Clearwater Central Catholic students honored for leadership

Clearwater Central Catholic High and CCC alumnus Katherine Jones of the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency of Clearwater have partnered to recognize outstanding CCC students with the State Farm Student of the Month and Student-Athlete of the Month awards.

Students chosen for this recognition demonstrate exemplary leadership, dedication and hard work in the classroom, on the playing field, in extra-curricular activities and in the community. CCC and State Farm congratulate senior Ryan Cook and sophomore Lindsey Cooper.

Ryan Cook, April Student of the Month, is an honor student with a 4.10 grade-point average. He is a member of the yearbook staff and Environmental Club. The senior also received the 2008 CCC St. Julie Billiart Award in recognition of his service to others. Ryan has been accepted into the Florida State University Film School, a program that accepts only 25 students per year. Ryan lives in Clearwater with his parents, Gary and Michelle Cook.

Lindsey Cooper, April Student-Athlete of the Month, is a member of the varsity soccer and track teams. She recently achieved a school-high time of 58.46 in the 400 meter dash and qualified to compete in the State Track and Field Championships. She lives in Seminole with her parents, Larry and Monica Cooper.

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Katie Heffelfinger, daughter of Jim and Karen Grof of Safety Harbor, received her PhD in Hebrew Bible from Emory University, Atlanta.

The 1995 Countryside High graduate earned her bachelor's degree from Anderson University, Indiana; master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, Orlando; and master of theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey.

Heffelfinger and her husband, Jamie, have moved to Dublin, Ireland, where she is working as a lecturer in biblical studies and hermeneutics at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute.

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Matthew Lee Clark, son of Kevin and Laurie Clark of Palm Harbor, earned the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony May 30 at the Lutheran Church of the Palms, Palm Harbor.

Matthew earned 31 merit badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He also is a Boy Scouts of America lifeguard.

His Eagle Scout project was to build a tricycle track for the preschool at Lutheran Church of the Palms. The project was funded by a pancake breakfast and assisted by private donations.

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Ryan Wagner, grandson of Ralph and Betty Wagner of Clearwater, recently earned his Eagle Scout rank.

He has been involved in scouting for nine years and has served in various leadership positions. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and National Eagle Scout Association.

For his Eagle Scout project, the 14-year-old planned, supervised and built a memorial garden and sitting area around a Vital Alliance Donor Memorial Tree at Live Oak City Park, San Antonio, Texas. His project benefitted Live Oak City Park and Vital Alliance, a nonprofit organization that promotes organ, tissue and eye donation, by providing a peaceful area to rest, meditate and honor.

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Rachel Hammond, a 2005 graduate of Clearwater High, completed her senior year at Virginia's Liberty University where she received the "Most Outstanding Student" award, the "Jessie Strong Citizenship Award, " and the "Overall Female Leadership" award for the 2008-2009 academic year. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Alpha Theta.

Hammond will complete her degree and attain student teaching certification in the fall of 2009 and plans to work as a high school history teacher.

She is the daughter of James and Polly Hammond of Dunedin.

Clearwater Central Catholic students honored for leadership 06/16/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 9:07pm]
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