Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Courtesy of Belinda Noah

Student earns spot in scholar-ship program: Emmanuel Noah Jr., a Tampa resident and a high school senior attending boarding school at SOS Hermann Gmeiner International School, has been named among some 3,100 outstanding participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These students scored in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 students who requested consideration in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2011 PSAT. Conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., the National Achievement Scholarship Program honors academically promising American high school students. Emmanuel's name will be sent to about 1,500 colleges and universities. Emmanuel is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program and his favorite subjects include physics, mathematics and science. He is an avid sportsman and composer.

Photo by Chief Petty Officer Jason Penny

Naval utilitiesman at work: Tampa native Utilitiesman 2nd Class Mike Galvin of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 measures the overall length of a lube skid medium tactical vehicle replacement. The measurement is being taken as part of a mount-out exercise during which the battalion is evaluated on ability to prepare support equipment and personnel for air transport to a location requiring support of naval construction forces. NMCB 74, homeported in Gulfport, Miss., is currently operating forward throughout the U.S. Pacific Command supporting U.S. naval and joint forces.

Courtesy of Maggie Philbin

Poker tournament raises $170K: The Vinny Lecavalier Foundation raised more than $170,000 at its Sixth Annual Texas Hold 'Em Celebrity Poker Tournament last month. The proceeds benefited the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children's Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg. Since the poker tournament's inception in 2006, the foundation has raised more than $652,000 for the center. More than 350 members of the community attended the event at TPepin's Hospitality Centre in Tampa, and 200 of them participated in the poker tournament. Pictured, from left: Vinny Lecavalier, Dick Vitale and Charley Belcher of Fox 13.

Courtesy of Mike Johnson

ROTC cadet gets national honor: Tampa native Rachelle Boucher, an Army ROTC cadet at Western Kentucky University, was ranked on the new national Order of Merit List as No. 7 nationwide, out of almost 5,600 cadets. Boucher is a 2006 graduate of East Lake High School. The OML ranks all Army ROTC seniors across the nation, with the top 20 percent earning the designation of Distinguished Military Graduate. Pictured, from left: David Boucher (brother), Nicole Rubin (brother's fiancee), Rachelle Boucher and Maureen Boucher (mother).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs celebrate reading and Hispanic heritage: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with various events and community outreach, including Bucs players, cheerleaders and Captain Fear visiting Crestwood Elementary School to host Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reading Day. Quincy Black, Arrelious Benn and Dekoda Watson attended the reading celebration, where they presented a check for more than $10,000 for new books. The Buccaneers representatives visited different classrooms and read to the students. The students were very excited to meet Captain Fear, pictured. Crestwood Elementary, which has nearly 1,000 students, has a 71 percent Hispanic student population.

Courtesy of Chris Munoz

Students honored for reading competition: Five King High School students were honored at the Hillsborough County Public School District Office in downtown Tampa for winning first place in the 2012 Reading Rumble district competition. Reading Rumble is the high school equivalent of the elementary and middle schools' Battle of the Books competition, with the biggest difference being the use of Team Read books instead of Sunshine State books. Twenty-four schools sent teams to the event. The students had to make it through two regular rounds then a final four round. From left are the members of the winning King High team: Sudha Dhulipala, Sarah Noblitt, Linda Lin, Jamie Schweiberger and Jesse Huang.

Courtesy of Tom and Mary Culliton

Officer Installation Ceremony: Newly elected officers of American Legion Post 246, Sun City Center, were recently sworn in by 15th District Commander Eunice Butts. Pictured, from right: Ronald Engles, post commander; Willard Baker, chaplain; James Clor, 2nd VC; Thomas Culliton, finance officer; Blaine Brown, 1st VC; Janet Taylor, adjutant; Ken Browning, acting sergeant at arms, taking the oath for Sgt. at Arms Marshal Tharp; and Paul Wheat, historian. Officers not pictured: Darrell Katz, service officer, and Charles Rankie, judge advocate.

     
   
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