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St. Cecelia Odyssey of the Mind team takes third in regional competition

Tony and Yolanda Hreglia of Clearwater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family on Long Island, N.Y.

They married Dec. 23, 1950, in Queens, N.Y.

He is an Army veteran.

The Hreglias were tavern owners in Brooklyn, N.Y.

They came here in 1997 from Long Island.

The couple volunteer at Pinellas Park Senior Center and St. Petersburg YMCA.

Mrs. Hreglia recently had the opportunity to visit Italy for the second time.

They have two children.

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George and Anne Hohenstern of Palm Harbor celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with lifelong friends at Bob Heilman's Beachcomber, Clearwater.

They married March 1, 1951 at the English Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Saint Albans, N.Y.

They came here in June 1956 from Hicksville, N.Y.

He worked 35 years as a Floor Manager for General Electric.

She is a homemaker.

The Hohensterns enjoy traveling and have visited England, South America, Alaska, Hawaii, and national parks throughout the United States.

They have six children and 13 grandchildren.

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Bert and Viola Penley of Dunedin celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary March 5 at a luncheon at Emeritus of Dunedin with their son, Michael Penley and his wife Lorrie, and daughter Kathy Koenig and her husband Paul.

The couple met on a blind date in Tampa and married there March 3, 1946, at the Buffalo Avenue Baptist Church.

He came here from his birthplace of Lisbon Falls, Maine, after serving in World War II.

She was born in O'Brien, an unincorporated community in Suwannee County near Live Oak, as was her mother and grandmother.

The couple built their own home in Seminole Heights, Tampa, and never had a mortgage.

There, they fostered 21 newborns from 1961 through 1965, worked, raised a family, and served the community for 61 years until moving to Pinellas County four years ago.

He retired after 30 years of service with the City of Tampa's Engineering Department.

She worked 20 years for the Hillsborough County School System as secretary to five assistant principals at Hillsborough High School.

Both were members of Sulphur Springs Church of God, later University Church of God, Tampa, for 54 years.

The couple has traveled to all but four states in their RV.

In addition to their children, the Penleys have two grandchildren.

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The St. Cecelia Odyssey of the Mind team took third place in the Regional Meet at Strawberry Crest High School, Dover.

Ciara Lusnia, Amanda Vaughn and Gabe Brown earned 196 points out of a possible 200 on their answer to the Full Circle NASA-sponsored question. They stayed within the budget for the props, kept the solution to within the eight minute time, had a silly and a serious character, and performed an original song and dance. Their performance was completed with no outside assistance.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.

Schools or community groups purchase a membership and form teams of up to seven students. Each team chooses one of five competitive problems to solve. The problems appeal to a wide range of interests; some are technical, while others are artistic or performance-oriented. Under the guidance of an adult coach, teams work on their solutions throughout the school year and, if they choose, present them in organized competitions in the spring.

Championship teams are invited to participate in the annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, where they compete with teams from countries around the world.

St. Cecelia Odyssey of the Mind team takes third in regional competition 03/16/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2011 10:28pm]
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