National Society of Arts and Letters Clearwater/Tampa Bay has announced the winners of its Drama/Comedy Competition which took place in mid March at the Murray Theater Studio, Clearwater.
Five young contestants were chosen to receive monetary awards for their performances. They are Jack Holloway, first place; Jessica Rothert, second place; Christopher Rutherford, third place; Shane Ferreira, fourth place; and Gi Sung, fifth place.
First-place winner Jack Holloway will be representing the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter at the national competition on May 14-17 in Washington, D.C.
The NSAL also recognized Dr. Carl Kuttler, president of St. Petersburg College, with the Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter's Community Award for his entrepreneurial spirit and support of the arts not only at the college but throughout greater Pinellas County as well.
Each will be honored at the annual NSAL Community Awards Luncheon in mid April at the Belleair Country Club.
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Soroptomist International of Pinellas County, an organization that promotes the interest and well-being of women throughout the world, recently presented Dr. Barbara Bourland, Largo Mayor Pat Gerard, Jane Hussar and Sandra Lyth as the 2009 "Women Honoring Women" honorees, recognizing each for their outstanding contributions to the community at its annual luncheon at Clearwater Country Club in February.
First trained as a pediatrician at Duke University, Dr. Bourland earned a second degree in radiology. She founded the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Florida Suncoast and in 2000 went on to establish the Mammography Voucher Program which provides mammograms and treatment for women who otherwise could not afford it.
In her first term, Mayor Pat Gerard of Largo championed library and recreation facilities and worked for affordable housing, fiscal responsibility and accountability. She now serves as the chief operating officer at Family Resources Inc., an organization that helps families in crisis. She's worked to get state legislation passed that makes arrest the preferred response in abuse situations in Florida.
Jane Hussar is currently the family and community relations liaison at Countryside High. Among the creative programs she's started is one called "Learning at the Laundromat," a drive that has put over 3,000 children's books in laundromats. Another of her projects, "Macy's Lights the Way," makes school clothes available to Pinellas County children in need.
While working in the Canadian criminal justice system years ago, Sandra Lyth developed a model program for building a successful plan for mentally ill and developmentally challenged female offenders. In this country she used the same skills to build a Hispanic Outreach Center, working with the Clearwater Police Department to help the Hispanic population successfully integrate into mainstream society. Lyth also works on behalf of the homeless and is an advocate for victims of human trafficking in this area.
Over the years, Soroptomist International of Pinellas County has honored nearly 200 outstanding women for their work in the medical field, serving the needy in our community, volunteering where they are needed, promoting women in the business world and supporting the arts.