The Kiwanis Club of Safety Harbor recently honored three fifth-graders as Students of the Month.
McMullen-Booth Elementary student Sara Bolick serves on the Safety Patrol, is a member of the book club and chorus, and consistently uses good judgment when making choices. She was selected by teacher Erin Frazier.
Isabella Frederico, also from McMullen-Booth Elementary, was chosen by teacher Melissa Wininsky for behaving in a responsible manner in and out of the classroom. Melissa is a member of the Safety Patrol and shows academic improvement on daily homework assignments.
Nominated by art teacher Joleen Ross, Safety Harbor Elementary student Bryan Borosky earned his award for his self-motivation, good manners, a helpful nature, respect for peers and teachers, and the ability to stay focused. A good student, Bryan is also a talented illustrator and digital artist.
The students were presented trophies by Claire Cousins, president of the Safety Harbor Kiwanis Club.
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For outstanding leadership and citizenship as demonstrated by his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout, John M. Gilbert, son of John and Tina Gilbert of Largo, was presented with an Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition from the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
SAR Compatriot Art Hays presented the certificate at John's Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony Jan. 20 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Largo.
As a member of Boy Scout Troop 468 in Largo, John earned 31 merit badges and is a member of the Timuquan Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. He had participated in many troop camping trips and other outdoor activities; in 2011, he hiked a 56-mile section of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. He has completed National Youth Leadership Training and has been a camp counselor and basic archery instructor at Woodruff Scout Reservation in Blairsville, Ga.
His Eagle Scout leadership service project involved planning and organizing the construction of a playground at the St. James AME Church in Clearwater. The funds he raised for the project allowed for the construction of two swings, a slide, a wall climbing unit and mulch in the play area.
A Cadet Master Sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol, John is also a worship and production leader at Indian Rocks Baptist Church, where he participates in a youth outreach ministry, the Solid Rock Company. He will remain active in Scouting as an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 468.
The 18-year-old is currently being homeschooled at the 12th-grade level and is also enrolled in the Early College Program at St. Petersburg College. He is seeking a bachelor's degree in public safety administration and plans a career in law enforcement.