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Canterbury student achieves Eagle Scout rank: Boy Scout Kai David Tomalin, 14, a freshman at Canterbury School of Florida, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in November. An avid athlete and martial artist, he rebuilt the family campground restroom facilities at Fort De Soto Park for his service project. He raised more than $3,000 and received matching grants from the Friends of Fort De Soto and Pinellas County Commission for the project, which took more than 300 hours to complete. He plans to continue his Scouting career and hopefully one day attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He lives in St. Petersburg with his mom, dad, sister and Labrador retriever.

Tech Data provides scholarships to students at SPC: Tech Data Corp., one of the world's leading IT distributors, will provide $10,000 in scholarships to St. Petersburg College students pursuing bachelor's degrees in technology development and management. The scholarships will help cover tuition, fees and books for SPC students, who can receive up to $2,000 a year. Five scholarship recipients will be selected in the fall. SPC recently partnered with Tech Data, Valpak, AgileThought, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum to create a career development program known as the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp. Last month, Tech Data won Student Program of the Year from the TBTF for its leadership with the boot camp.

St. Pete Catholic senior wins Tony Jannus essay contest: Samantha Burkart, a senior at St. Petersburg Catholic High School, received the 2015 Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society Essay contest winner. Her essay was selected out of more than 70 submissions from high school students throughout the state. Her prize was three round-trip airline tickets and $600 spending money for the trip. The Tony Jannus Essay Contest aims to foster interest in scheduled commercial aviation, as well as pilot Tony Jannus' history-making role in the inception of the worldwide industry, among high school students.

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    News

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    Crime

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    K12

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    Bucs

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    Elections

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    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, and former Mayor Rick Baker during a September forum. The two will will face off, possibly for the last time before the Nov. 7 election, during  a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunshine Center, 330 5th St. N. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]