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Club honors football players, cheerleaders for good grades

Members of the Exchange Club of St. Petersburg honored their All-City Academic football team and cheerleading squads Thursday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

The honorees were selected based on their academic performance during the 2007-08 school year.

The banquet also featured the University of Florida football team coaching staff, which was presented the Makala trophy for its win last fall over Florida State University. Dan McCarney, assistant coach, served as guest speaker and accepted the trophy that depicts an alligator in combat with the Seminole god Makala.

Cody Hampton, a senior at Boca Ciega High School, and Donna Cannova, a senior at Shorecrest Preparatory School, each received $250 scholarships from the club as the top students among the honorees.

Hampton, an offensive lineman/defensive tackle, holds a 4.0 grade point average and has earned the highest honor of his Eagle Scout group. Cannova holds a 3.7 grade point average and served as captain of her cheerleading squad and editor of the school yearbook. She volunteers at All Children's Hospital.

"It's a very successful program, and we've been working real hard on it," said Robert Melby, Makala co-chairperson. "I feel real proud …and these are our future leaders."

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Exchange Club of St. Petersburg

All-city Academic Cheerleading Squad

Whitney Wilkerson, Northside Christian

Donna Cannova, Shorecrest Preparatory

Brittney Mitchell, Boca Ciega

Raina Cumby, St. Petersburg Catholic

Alesia Davenport, Gibbs

Elizabeth Spitzer, St. Petersburg High

Sarah Mobberley, Northeast

Rachel Foster, Lakewood

All-city Academic Football Team

Quarterback: Orhian Johnson, Boca Ciega

Running back: Jeff Brinson, Northeast; and Anthony Kincy, Gibbs

Offensive end: Darrian Skinner, Boca Ciega; and Nick Hess, St. Petersburg Catholic

Offensive line: Zachery Hetzendorfer, Gibbs; Richard Pashkow, Lakewood; Cody Hampton, Boca Ciega; Steve Reynolds, Dixie Hollins; and Adam Condron, St. Petersburg Catholic

Defensive line: Cory Dickhaus, St. Petersburg Catholic; Johnny Hartsfield, Boca Ciega; Javontae Boyd, Northeast; Julius Forte, Boca Ciega; and Pat Hanley, Northeast

Defensive back: Brandon Livrago, St. Petersburg High; Evan Jerome, Shorecrest Preparatory; and Ja-Far Fortt, Dixie Hollins

Linebacker: Nigel Ballard, Gibbs; Armando Sanchez, Northeast; and Danny Speake, Northside

Punter: Jordan Carreno, Shore­crest Preparatory

Place kicker: Thomas Hains, Gibbs

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