James Robert Garrison of Dunedin was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 20. Scoutmasters Ken Madley and Gary Johnson officiated.
Garrison, 18, is a member of the Order of the Arrow and is a past Assistant Patrol Leader of Troop 422.
A senior at Tarpon Springs High, Garrison is a member of the National Honor Society, Latin Club Academic Team, and Veterinary Science Academy. He is a television production assistant with the city of Dunedin, and enjoys scuba diving and reading.
He plans to study engineering at a Florida university.
6 Clearwater students join Legion program
Clearwater Central Catholic High School announces that six juniors were selected to participate in the American Legion Boys State program at Florida State University this June.
Selected by American Legion Post 7 of Clearwater were:
• John "Jack" Hurley, a member of the soccer, track and golf teams, as well as the Environmental Club and CCC Ambassadors. He lives in Belleair with his parents, Richard and Kate Hurley.
• Patrick Camporini, an honor roll student, member of Math and Spanish Honor Societies, Key Club and CCC Ambassadors. He plays high school baseball and football. He is the son of Paul and Penny Camporini of Safety Harbor.
• Christopher Purcell, an honor roll student and member of Math Honor Society, Key Club and CCC Ambassadors. He plays on the school's baseball and football teams. He is the son of Christopher and Carol Purcell of Safety Harbor.
• William Sefcik, an honor roll student and member of Math Honor Society, Model United Nations, CCC Ambassadors, CCC Advisors and the city of Dunedin Pipe Band. He plays on the school's basketball team. He lives in Dunedin with his parents James and Lisa Sefcik.
• Conor Hurley, a member of the soccer, track and golf teams, as well as the Environmental Club and Technology Club. He is the son of Richard and Kate Hurley of Belleair.
American Legion Post 119 of Largo selected honors student and Student Council President Kevin Kling, a member of Model United Nations, CCC Ambassadors and the weightlifting team. He is the son of Stephen and Melanie Kling of Tarpon Springs.
At American Legion Boys State, the young men will be exposed to the rights and privileges, duties and responsibilities of a franchised citizen. Students operate city, county and state "governments" and are elected to hold various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs
Four officers honored for being best of best
The Rotary Club of Clearwater recently hosted the 32nd annual Joseph F. Cornelius Family Foundation's Outstanding Police Officer of the Year Award presentation at Belleair Country Club.
Founded by the late Joseph F. Cornelius, former president and CEO of the Bank of Clearwater, the award recognizes heroism or exceptional accomplishments and is the Clearwater Police Department's highest honor.
Four Clearwater police officers were recognized as Outstanding Officers of the Year for their life-saving actions on Sept. 13, 2008. Officers Nicholas Giordano, Douglass Bailey, Christopher Lyons and David Marshall rescued seven people, including a 9-month old, from a burning duplex.
In addition, 2009 Rotary Public Safety and Service Awards were presented to Lt. Michael Sahr of the Clearwater Police Department and Fire Medic Mauricio Perdigon.
Sahr was selected for his volunteer work for the past nine years with CWE Inc., a non-profit construction organization that builds churches and clinics in the world's poorest countries.
Perdigon was chosen for his participation in a number of charities that provide care and education to Tampa Bay youths and also for his involvement in Tampa Youth Missions, which has built hundreds of homes for families in need for the past seven years.
Neil Brickfield, a member of Rotary Club of Clearwater and founder of the Public Safety and Service Award, made the presentations, assisted by Karen Crown, daughter of Joseph F. Cornelius.
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