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."