Second Class Marine Science Technician Nicole C. Emmons, a native of Clearwater, was named 2011 Coast Guardsman of the Year at the 11th annual Military Times Service Members of the Year awards ceremony July 21 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Each year five honorees, one from each branch of the United States Armed Forces, are selected from peer nominations and represent those who have made special contributions and who perform dedicated, outstanding service every day, on every level, often without fanfare or broad recognition.
While working with the Contingency Preparedness/Incident Management Division at Marine Safety Unit, Lake Charles, La., as one of three law enforcement instructors, Emmons organized a monthlong training program for new members, led hands-on practice sessions and organized qualification boards.
In her off-duty hours, she participated in more than 20 security boardings.
For her expertise as a situation unit leader in the aftermath of the vessel Eagle Otome 450,000-gallon crude oil spill, she was awarded the Commandant's letter of commendation. She also received the Coast Guard's special operations ribbon for her training of reservist pollution investigators during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
In November 2010, she transferred to the Planning Division, where she provided critical updates needed for the Geographic Response Plan and Area Response Plan.
She helped create the unit's moving assistance team; founded the unit's Compass Program; serves as vice president of the Human Relations Council; and is also the unit's secretary of the morale committee, boarding officer ashore, pollution investigator and facility inspector.
Her community service includes volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Lunch Buddy program and participating in fundraising events. She is a mentor at local schools, where she reads to students and assists with field days.
Following her attendance at Leadership and Management School and Boarding Officer School, she became an E-5 in October 2010.
Because of her dedication to others, Emmons was chosen as both the MSU Lake Charles and the CG Sector Houston-Galveston's Enlisted Person of the Year by area chiefs.
She recently married Second Class Boatswain's Mate Michael Emmons and has applied for Officer Candidate School.
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The Academy of General Dentistry has announced that Dr. Edilia Glenski of Palm Harbor received the 2011 Fellowship Award during the academy's 2011 annual meeting and exhibits, July 28 through 31 in San Diego.
The award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. To accomplish this goal, Glenski completed 500 hours of continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive exam and fulfilled a minimum of three years of continuous membership in the academy.
She graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1980 and currently practices dentistry in Palm Harbor. She is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast District Dental Society and the International Association of Dentists.
Glenski and her husband Christopher, a Broadway actor, also devote time to the performing arts, gourmet cooking and travel. A number of her articles have been published and she will soon release her newest book, Who Cares About Your Health?
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Creative Communication has selected an essay by Jordan Mattheus, son of Jack and Jody Mattheus of Clearwater, as one of the top 10 in his grade division.
The Countryside High 10th-grader earned special recognition for his submission on the theme, Celebrating What is Important to Me. Each top 10 winner receives a complimentary copy of the anthology and a $50 savings bond. Essays are selected for their literary merit, creativity and social significance.
Creative Communication sponsors the contest to offer a creative outlet that honors America's youth and also awards more than $12,500 each year in language arts grants to schools.