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Navy Seaman David N. Vallauri recently completed naval basic training at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Vallauri is a 2004 graduate of Bow High School in Bow, N.H. He is the son of David L. Vallauri of Weeki Wachee and Denise B. Bennett of Marlborough, N.H.
Clubs and organizations
NCT Auto qualifies for state championship: For the third consecutive year, Nature Coast Technical High School's automotive program placed in the top 10 in the Florida state Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. The school's top two qualifying students — Austin Harlow and Eion Keiper — traveled to Seminole State College in Sanford to compete in the hands-on final state championship competition May 13. They and the other competitors were competing for a chance to win more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes, and for a chance to qualify for the national competition in Dearborn, Mich., in early June. The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition fosters young people's interest in the automotive industry through a nationwide competition with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards, along with an experience that could help shape their careers.
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Cinema Challenge: The department of communication and marketing/multimedia management program at Saint Leo University recently hosted a Cinema Challenge competition.
Nine students from Florida high schools participated, working in teams to produce a short video about the university in a "Where's Waldo"-type of format, incorporating the university's six core values and its mascot, Fritz.
Winning teams in the competition included: Risa Anasky of Spring Hill and Quincy Pringle of Mims, first place; Nicholas McGettrick of Port Richey and Kevin Kellaher of Ponte Vedra Beach, second place, and Mackenzie Burke of Lutz and Amber Gilkes of Dade City, third place.
Also participating were: Madeline Ford, Kaitlen Long and Eden Shirmohammad.
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Hospital auxiliary awards scholarships: Bayfront Health Brooksville's volunteer auxiliary recently awarded $8,500 in scholarships to local students, including Andrew Bronner, Heather Drummond, Maria Garland, Wanda Houston, Reema Patel, Jordan Prezkap and Kendall Raney.
Scholarship funds are raised through sales at the hospital's gift shop and during other functions held throughout the year.