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Good for You: Thespian wins state scholarship

Countryside High School graduate Matt Ardoin was one of 10 winners of the Florida State Thespian Scholarship awarded at the Florida State Thespian Festival on May 3.

Earlier this year, the 18-year-old won the Vern Bryant Scholarship at the Florida Theatre Conference and has also been awarded a Ratcliffe Scholarship from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Ardoin performed as the Frog in Countryside High's one-act play, A Year With Frog and Toad, and worked as technical director and light director for HONK, one of nine shows chosen from the state to be performed at the Florida State Thespian Festival in Tampa from April 30 to May 4.

He is the son of David and Jill Ardoin of Clearwater.

Ardoin will attend North Carolina School of the Arts and major in technical theater.

Janice Metz honored for service, teaching

In honor of her service to the community, the city of Dunedin declared May 17 as Mrs. Janice Metz Day

Metz will retire June 30 after 35 years as a Catholic school educator and 11 years as principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Dunedin.

A retirement celebration was held in her honor at the church's Conmy Center, where she was presented with a proclamation from Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth.

Metz is a Massachusetts native and attended Bridgewater State College before moving to Florida. She obtained a master's degree in reading education and administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Her teaching career began at St. Joan of Arc Elementary School in Boca Raton before moving to the Tampa Bay area. Locally, Metz taught at St. Cecelia Interparochial School from 1976 to 1983 and served as assistant principal until 1997. That same year, Mrs. Metz became the principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Dunedin.

Under Metz's leadership, the school has been consistently recognized for academic excellence. During her professional career, she has served on numerous boards and committees, been an active member of the International Reading Association and served as chairman of curriculum development for the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Metz hopes to remain active in education, offering services in reading and writing in the diocese. She also plans to play tennis, visit her daughter in Massachusetts and says a trip to Ireland is in the works.

She will be succeeded as principal of Our Lady of Lourdes by Blake Rahman, who assumes the post July 1.

Palm Harbor graduate honored for excellence

Sarah Kolhoff, a 2006 graduate of Palm Harbor University High School, recently received the 2008 Student Award for Excellence in Community Service at Ohio State University's annual Celebration of Excellence in Community Service and Scholarship.

The Student Award for Excellence in Community Service recognizes an exceptional record of service to the community, with recipients selected on the basis of an essay.

Kolhoff, a second-year Ohio State University student majoring in Spanish and international studies, tutors and mentors homeless children at the Dowd Center, an after-school and summer program operated by the Homeless Families Foundation. She also recruits volunteers, plans activities and coordinated a book drive.

She is the daughter of Richard and Malla Kolhoff of Dunedin and plans to attend law school.

Clearwater graduate invited to join scholars

Rebekah Lydia Hammond has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the nation's only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing. She will be honored during an induction convocation this fall on the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee.

She recently completed her first year at FSU, worked as an intern in the Florida Legislature during the most recent spring session and is serving as an intern for Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Florida, in Washington, D.C.

She is the daughter of James and Polly Hammond of Dunedin and a 2007 graduate of Clearwater High School.

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