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St. Petersburg High School sweethearts celebrate 50 years

Lanny and Mary Lou Quinn

Courtesy of the Quinn family

Lanny and Mary Lou Quinn

Good For You | by Nova Beall

MaryLou and Lanier "Lanny" Quinn of Clearwater celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise to Hawaii.

The couple married Jan. 19, 1963, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Petersburg.

Their families came to Florida in the mid 1940s from Ohio and New Jersey and the teens met in the late 1950s while attending St. Petersburg High.

He retired in 1982 from the Air Force and in 2002 from the U.S. Postal Service.

Her career in nursing began in 1963, and St. Petersburg General Hospital named her Employee of the Year in 2004. She still works part time as a registered nurse.

He was twice recognized as Volunteer of the Year for the American Cancer Society, an organization for which they both donate their time, and also serves as an honorary lifetime ACS board member.

The Quinns are members of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Clearwater.

They have traveled the continental United States, Alaska and throughout Canada in their motor home.

The couple have two sons: Larry, a St. Petersburg police officer who died of cancer in 2004, and Steven; a daughter, Kathy; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Several students enrolled in the Academic Enhancement Program at the Citizens Alliance for Progress Inc, 401 E Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Tarpon Springs, were recognized Dec. 6 for academic excellence and also received kudos from the schools they attend.

During the event attended by parents, teachers, tutors, staff and volunteers, Kevin Santos, Yurida Baxcajay and Jahteyra Mosley were each awarded with a certificate naming them as a November 2012 Student of the Month and a dictionary for use with the CAP Center's Dictionary Project.

Marcus Frye was also recognized for achieving Student of the Month status in his class at Tarpon Elementary School.

Earning dictionaries for the first cycle of the Dictionary Project were Deja Hardy, Deyante Fowler, Amara Jackson and Jahteyra Mosley.

Carmen Wilson, the Dictionary Project's director, explained that the program's objective is to enhance reading and writing skills, encourage the use of proper grammar, increase vocabulary, improve study skills, hone retention ability and focus on the completion of tasks in a timely manner.

Founded in 1982, Citizens Alliance for Progress is a family advocacy and program service organization established to cover the needs of the entire community.

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