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At the annual Florida Association of Police Explorers competition June 24-28 in Crystal River, the overall championship trophy went to Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 900.
Pinellas County's "Team Alpha," composed of Explorer Capt. Kyle Hughes, Lt. Spencer Shaw, Lt. Melinda Mujidzic and Sgt. Paige Boldt, received a first-place trophy in the crisis intervention event, second-place trophy in the in-progress event and fourth-place trophies in the traffic stop, traffic crash and arrest and search events.
The team consistently reacted to every challenge using the officer safety and investigative techniques they received during their training. Importance was also placed on good communication skills and an understanding of Florida statutes.
The Post 900 pistol team, made up of Hughes, Shaw, Explorer Sgt. Elizabeth Vogt and Cpl. Kristen Crooks, placed fourth.
Hughes earned a first-place individual shooting award in the expert division, and he and Explorer Kelley Butterfield were named at the top of the range master's top 10 overall shooting averages for the year.
In addition to the pistol trophies, several post members participated in individual optional competitions. Mujidzic, Hughes, Boldt and Explorer Connor Davis received a first-place trophy for their performance in the honor guard category. Ten Explorers, led by Vogt, earned second place in the drill team competition. And Hughes, Mujidzic, Davis and Explorer Max Dulski took fourth place in the police mountain bike team event.
Explorer Post 900 is sponsored by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, is chartered by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life through the Pinellas West Coast Council, and is affiliated with the Florida Association of Police Explorers.
The program is designed to offer males and females between the ages of 14 and 21 the opportunity to examine the law enforcement profession as a possible career; to create a better understanding of law enforcement at the local, state, and national levels; to help create a better understanding among the youth of the community; and to help young adults become mature, responsible citizens.
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Max Gallin, son of Larry and Diane Gallin of Tarpon Springs, graduated June 4 from Princeton University in New Jersey with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. He is a 2009 graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at Palm Harbor University High School, where he played four years of varsity soccer and was part of a state championship team his senior year. He also played club soccer for the Clearwater Chargers U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
At Princeton, Gallin was a four-year varsity letter-winner and starting goalkeeper for the Division I soccer team.
His thesis was titled "From Beat Street to Main Street: Exploring Cultural Landscapes Through Rap Music, 1980-2000."
Gallin has accepted a position in the media/advertising industry in New York City, where he currently lives.
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