The Council of North County Neighborhoods announced the winners of its annual essay contest at a legislative session update meeting May 16 at Palm Harbor University High School.
Ron Schultz, second vice president of CNCN, announced the winners, and state Rep. Peter Nehr and CNCN president Don Ewing presented the awards.
The following students earned awards for their response to the topic question, "What Will Palm Harbor Look Like in the Future?"
First-place winner Zarin Hamid from Palm Harbor University High School won $300; Carwise Middle School winners included Lauren Manganiello, first place, $300; Valentina D'Farnesia, second place, $150, Frances Garcia, third place, $75; and Megan Goodell, fourth place, $25.
After reading their winning essays, the students were given a plaque and a check and posed for pictures with local politicians and CNCN board members.
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Three Pinellas County students have received the Mildred Shavlan Achievement Award sponsored by the Pinellas Braille Group. The award is presented annually to visually impaired students who have shown outstanding achievement.
Countryside High graduate Lemoine Godfrey, son of Jessica Avara, has overcome many obstacles.
He has made use of the tools of technology in his school work and is assisted by mobility guidance, enabling him to be with friends and enjoy parks and other places in the community. Godfrey plans to attend Pinellas Technical Education Center and learn a trade that will provide him with steady work so he can live independently.
Alexander Follo, son of John and Tammy Follo, completed his sophomore year at Seminole High. He has done well in advanced courses and with additional help and guidance has participated in many activities in school and the community. Follo has been selected to be part of the Global Explorers Leading the Way program that pairs blind, visually impaired, and sighted students on amazing trips across the world. He enjoys water sports and playing the guitar. He plans to study technology in college.
Francis-Lind Rivera, daughter of Willard and Elizabeth Davis, completed her junior year at Pinellas Park High.
She has made excellent progress in all her school work using a magnifier, large-print books and Zoom Text programmed to a laptop. She enjoys music and listening to books on tape.
She uses a cane, which helps her travel alone. Rivera would like to become a nursing assistant working with children in a hospital setting to help them understand their illness.
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Glenn Harris, son of Martin and Mary Ann Harris of Clearwater, received a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
He has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Harris is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the Palm Harbor University High School Medical Magnet Program.
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Raj Patel, who graduated this year from Palm Harbor University High, has been accepted to the College of Medicine Early Acceptance Program at the University of South Alabama.
Patel's acceptance was based on college entrance exam scores, high school grade point average, demonstrated leadership qualities, motivation for the study of medicine and a personal interview with the College of Medicine Admissions Committee.
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Arjun Srinivasan, a student at Dunedin Highland Middle School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Raytheon Co. as part of its MathMovesU program. Srinivasan's school received a matching grant.
To earn the scholarship, the seventh-grader created a multimedia presentation that illustrated the importance of math in his daily life and answered the question, "How Does Math Put the Action in Your Passion?"
The scholarship can be used for a math, science or technology camp or program this summer or next, or saved for college.
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Caitlyn Smith, who graduated this year from East Lake High, received the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce Louise and Bill Hoskins $1,000 art scholarship May 26 at the school's awards ceremony.
Smith plans to attend Newbury College, Brookline, Mass.
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Jeffrey Briggs of Palm Harbor graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chatham University, Pittsburgh during the 2011 commencement ceremony May 22 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, Oakland, Pa.