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Hometown Pinellas for July 4

Clearwater native Christopher Munoz-Calene won a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Germany for the 2014-15 year.

Christopher Munoz-Calene

Clearwater native Christopher Munoz-Calene won a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Germany for the 2014-15 year.

Dunedin grad named master sergeant: Perry L. Morlando, son of William G. Nahorodny of Clearwater, was selected for promotion to the Air Force rank of master sergeant. Morlando is serving as structural craftsman with the 628th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. He has served in the military for 13 years. He is a 2000 graduate of Dunedin High School and earned a bachelor's in 2013 from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Ala.

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Florida Orchestra names leader: The Florida Orchestra announced Michael Francis as its music director for the 2015-16 season. He will also serve as music director designate for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Although his primary role is with the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series, Francis will conduct one concert each season on the Raymond James Pops and the morning Coffee Concert series. This reflects Francis' desire to be fully artistically integrated with the orchestra and organization. In addition to being the chief conductor and artistic advisor to Sweden's Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, Francis has been internationally hailed as a rising star, conducting the London, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Toronto symphonies, the New York, Japan and Seoul philharmonics, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Holocaust Museum honors students: The Florida Holocaust Museum honored the humanitarian efforts of 93 teenagers with its 12th annual Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. Twelve years ago, the award was created to focus attention on the positive actions of today's teens. It is presented to one junior in each of the 93 public and private high schools in the five-county bay area. The honorees were nominated by their principals, guidance counselors or teachers.

Pinellas County recipients included: Ian Schlifstein, Admiral Farragut Academy; Marketa Alston, Bayside; Brittany Smith, Boca Ciega; Delaney Abood, Clearwater Central Catholic; Jacie Parsons, Clearwater; David Siegel, Countryside; Kinza Khan, Dixie Hollins; Julia Martin, Dunedin; Brendon Bloomfield, East Lake; Auhria Newton-Reynolds, Gibbs; Anthony Copodonna, Gulf Coast Academy; Kevin Byun, Indian Rocks Christian; Kyle Johnson, Keswick Christian; Atiera Hopkins, Lakewood; Jordan Le, Largo; Maya Berrios, Northeast; Stephen Senderoff, Northside Christian; Ashley Miller, Osceola; Lacey Patterson, Palm Harbor University; Robert Maher, Pinellas Park; Sarah Hall, Seminole; Milan Shah, Shorecrest Preparatory; Rochelle Gober, St. Petersburg Catholic; Cassidy Slockett, St. Petersburg Collegiate; Carl Plant, St. Petersburg; and Marisa Soriano, Tarpon Springs.

Reeds College grad wins Fulbright: Clearwater native Christopher Munoz-Calene was awarded a Fulbright scholarship on an English teaching assistantship in Germany for the coming school year. Munoz, who graduated from Reeds College this spring, will teach English to immigrant students in northern Germany. He studied German literature at Reeds and was one of three students this year to graduate with a degree in German literature. After his professors encouraged him to not go directly to graduate school, Munoz applied for the scholarship. He found out in the final month of his thesis that he had been selected. He is fluent in German after spending a year abroad in Germany his sophomore year.

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Hometown Pinellas for July 4 07/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 6:46pm]
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