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Countryside High School graduate embarks on Peace Corps assignment

Marlow Svatek, daughter of Michael and Caroline Svatek of Safety Harbor, was officially sworn in as a Peace Corps volunteer Sept. 22 in Burkina Faso, West Africa, after four months of in-country training.

This is Svatek's second trip to Africa, having spent two months as a humanitarian rights volunteer in Ghana at the age of 18.

Upon completion of her Peace Corps assignment in Girls Education and Empowerment, the 21-year old plans to pursue a law degree at the University of Chicago School of Law.

A 2007 graduate of Countryside High, Svatek graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Miami in May 2011 with a double major in philosophy and international studies and a minor in French. While at the University of Miami, Svatek was a Model United Nations delegate.

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The Clearwater Community Volunteers raised $21,000 at its ninth annual Fashions with Flair fashion show and silent auction Sept. 17 at the Fort Harrison hotel. Proceeds from the fashion show benefitted CCV, The Children's Home and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The event was attended by more than 270 guests and included celebrity models Margaret Word Burnside, executive editor of Tampa Bay Magazine; Cat Coats, wife of Sheriff Jim Coats and board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast; Linda and Julie Rice, wife and daughter of former Pinellas County Sheriff Everett Rice; Lydia Pizarro, Tampa Police Department Crime Prevention Program; Kelly Lightbourn, motivational speaker; Susan Valdes, Hillsborough County School Board member; and Lauralee Westine, attorney and wife of the chief deputy and general counsel of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Imam Wilmore Sadiki provided the invocation and Sheriff Jim Coats spoke about his commitment to children. Representatives from Shriners Hospitals and the Children's Home were also in attendance.

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St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School, 1350 Court St., Clearwater is now an International Baccalaureate Candidate School for the Middle Years Programme 2011–2012 school year. The educational facility chose to pursue becoming an IB middle school to strengthen its nationally recognized academic program and strong character development initiatives.

St. Cecelia School was named a National Blue Ribbon Award winner in 2010 and offers instruction in grades pre-K3 to eighth grade.

Countryside High School graduate embarks on Peace Corps assignment 10/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:51pm]
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