Good for you | by Nova Beall
James and Dorcas White of Clearwater celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at a party with family and friends at Advanced Rehabilitation & Health Center, Clearwater, where Mrs. White resides.
The couple married May 18, 1942, in Elkton, Md.
He is an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, and served as a staff sergeant. He worked 40 years for Aetna Insurance and retired in 1979.
She worked 27 years for Pratt & Whitney, a company that designs, manufactures and services aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and gas turbines.
After retirement, the Whites left Willington, Conn., and moved to Leesburg, where they took up square dancing and enjoyed watching Florida sunsets. In 2007, they came to Clearwater to be with their family.
They have four children and nine grandchildren.
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Last fall, Palm Harbor's Westlake Christian School announced that 65 percent of its seventh-grade class qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program. These high-performing students scored in the 95th percentile or above on the math, reading, science or social science portion of their 2011 Stanford Achievement Test. As a part of the Duke TIP program, the students were offered the opportunity to take the American College Testing entrance exam given to 11th- and 12th-grade students across the United States.
In February, a troupe of Westlake seventh-graders took the ACT college entrance exam alongside hundreds of juniors and seniors at East Lake High School, where they encountered questions in geometry, algebra II, biology, chemistry, grammar, composition and reading.
The following Westlake middle school students scored higher than 50 percent of all the students who took the exam that day and have been recognized as Duke University TIP Scholars: Joseph Hanis, Costandinos Karalis, Abigail Machtel, Tucker McCleary, Abrianna Schlau, James Sheppard and Brenten Stuchell.
"What an accomplishment," said Westlake Christian School principal Rick Pucci. "We are proud of our students and congratulate them for their impressive academic achievement."
All seven students were invited to the Duke TIP recognition ceremony at New College of Florida in Sarasota.