Nicholas Caros, a 2009 graduate of Palm Harbor University High's International Baccalaureate program, received a Jack Parker scholarship from Synovus, the Georgia-based financial services company.
This year, 103 scholarships totaling $135,000 were awarded to children of Synovus team members. Caros' father, Kirk Caros, is employed by local Synovus affiliate Synovus Bank.
Nicholas Caros was a 2009 National Merit Scholar finalist and in 2008 was a national finalist in the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical competition.
He has volunteered at Mease Countryside Hospital and is co-founder of a local Beadforlife group, raising funds to help impoverished Ugandan women.
While at Palm Harbor University High, Nicholas was editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper, the Eye; vice president of the National Honor Society; executive board secretary of the student government; member of the Spanish Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, the soccer team, track team and cross country team; and a referee for youth soccer.
In the fall, Nicholas Caros will attend Columbia University in New York with plans to major in history and political science.
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Savannah Rose Resch, a sophomore last year at Calvary Christian High, Clearwater, has taken first place in the Dunedin Youth Sailing Association's logo contest, sponsored by the Dunedin Fine Art Center, the Kiwanis Club of Dunedin and the Dunedin Boat Club.
Seeking what would become the visual symbol of the new organization, the three-judge panel selected by DFAC looked for entries that showed graphic strength and originality.
In addition to a cash award of $200 and a free art class at DFAC, Savannah will work with a professional graphic designer to refine her design, which will debut at the Dunedin Youth Sailing Launch Party from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Dunedin Boat Club, 51 Main St.
Two other winners will also be honored at the event. Second-place winner Kevin Cormier, who will enter 10th grade at Palm Harbor University High School this fall, will receive $100 plus a class at DFAC, and third-place winner Gregory Reed Jordan, a seventh-grader at Carwise Middle School in Palm Harbor last year, takes away $50.
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Palm Harbor Library is proud to announce that Betcinda Kettells, library assistant IV, has again been named the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship. Ms. Kettells is pursuing her bachelor's degree in organizational studies with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations and is enrolled in the Program for Experienced Learners at Eckerd College, where she is attending night and weekend classes.
She was awarded the scholarship at the July 15 monthly meeting of the Philanthropic Educational Organization. Earlier this year, she was presented a scholarship at the annual conference of the Florida Library Association.
A library employee since 2002, first in technical services and now at the adult reference desk, Ms. Kettells also teaches computer classes, hosts the library's twice-monthly "Socrates Cafe" and is well-versed in desktop publishing software, producing most of the library's marketing materials.
She and her husband, Steve, live in Clearwater.
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Kimberley A. Thornton, daughter of Ron and Christina Thornton of Palm Harbor, recently earned a degree in medicine from Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee.
She is currently in a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.
Raised in Palm Harbor, Ms. Thornton attended Palm Harbor University High and was a 2005 graduate cum laude with honors from Florida State University with a bachelor of arts, biological sciences degree.
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