Charles and Nancy Valone have the distinction of being the second couple married at Chapel-By-The-Sea, Clearwater Beach. Their wedding date was Nov. 29, 1958. They recently celebrated 50 years of marriage with family and friends.
Both were born and raised in the area, Mr. Valone in Clearwater and Mrs. Valone on Clearwater Beach.
They met and dated in Clearwater High School. After their marriage, they moved to South Carolina, where Mr. Valone was stationed with the Army at the Charleston Air Force Base. In 1961, they returned to Clearwater, where they have resided ever since.
He was employed in pharmacy supply. She is a homemaker.
When their children were in their teens, the couple also made a home for three other teenagers.
Both have taught Sunday school and worked with young people at Chapel-By-The-Sea, where they are members.
The couple have two children and five grandchildren.
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Kylie Shea McGivern, daughter of Timothy and Patricia McGivern of Tarpon Springs, has been selected as a member of the University of Missouri's Chancellor's Leadership Class of 2009, a program designed to recognize incoming freshman who have demonstrated a commitment to achieving their leadership potential.
McGivern is pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism and is a reporter for MUTV, the campus television station.
She is a 2008 graduate of Tarpon Springs High.
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Clearwater Central Catholic High School and CCC alumnus Katherine Jones, of the Katherine Jones Insurance Agency Inc. in Clearwater, have joined to recognize outstanding CCC students with the State Farm Student of the Month and Student Athlete of the Month awards.
Mackenzie Danielson, an honor student with a 4.2 GPA, has been named the State Farm Student of the Month at the school. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, and is treasurer of the Student Council Executive Council and secretary-general of Model U.N.
She was an American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Delegate last summer and plans to attend college to study business or medicine.
Cameron Martin, Student Athlete of the Month, is an honor student with a 4.3 GPA. He has been selected an Academic All-American and is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. He recently won two state swimming titles and is a five-time All-American in swimming. He plans to continue swimming competitively in college.
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East Lake High School principal Clayton Snare honored 14 students at a Principal's Brunch Dec. 5 sponsored by the Oldsmar/East Lake Rotary Club.
They are Renee Babbitt, Ashlie Birt, T.J. Herman, Matt Kelley, Rob Knabel, Brittany Macrini, Sonya Matejko, Joe May, Matthew McHugh, Amber Petrik, Carli Prudente, Justen Schwarz, Joanna Wieckowska and John Witte.
The students were selected by faculty based on academics, service, behavior and citizenship.
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Avery Slyker of Dunedin was awarded a doctor of philosophy in human services from Capella University, an institution offering more than 1,000 online courses and 22 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 111 specialized areas of study. Capella's more than 24,000 learners include a diverse group of adults from all 50 states and 45 countries.
At Capella, Slyker's degree is a specialization in management of nonprofit agencies, with course work centered on workplace diversity, board management, advocacy, fundraising, ethics, program management and resource management. Slyker also published the study, "Women's Leadership Within the YWCA: After Implementation of Steps to Absolute Change."
Slyker lives in Dunedin with her husband, John Slyker. She is the director of corporate services at the YWCA of Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg.
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Katie Donice Hamm, a kindergarten teacher at Ridgecrest Elementary in Largo, completed her National Board Certification, meeting rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.
Hamm attained her accreditation in her first year of eligibility and on her first attempt. Only about 2 percent of teachers attain this certification. The program began in 1987.