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SPJC student wins Miss Clearwater Pageant

Jennifer Elaine Meier, 20, a student at St. Petersburg Junior College (SPJC), is the 1990 winner of the Miss Clearwater Pageant. Ms. Meier, the daughter of Ron and Sue Meier of Clearwater, received a $1,000 scholarship and qualified to participate in the Miss Florida Pageant in June in Orlando.

The Countryside High School graduate danced a tribute to the '50s as her talent in the competition, and plans to perform a rhythmic gymnastic routine for the talent portion of the Miss Florida Pageant.

"Jennifer is an excellent speaker," said Lu Cushing of Miss Clearwater Scholarship Pageant Inc., sponsor of the event. "She's just a dream to work with. She wants to be an elementary school teacher _ preschool and elementary. Without the scholarship program, she wouldn't be able to go to Stetson (University) next year."

Lisa Ann Davis, 20, also a student at SPJC, was the first runner-up in the pageant. She is the daughter of James and Ann Davis of Clearwater.

As first runner-up, Ms. Davis received a $500 scholarship.

Second runner-up was Amy Elizabeth Halverstadt, the 17-year-old daughter of Alan and Barbara Halverstadt of Clearwater. She is a senior at Clearwater High School and her prize was a $250 scholarship.

Stella Severance won the Little Miss Clearwater title. Stella, a first-grader at Southern Oak Elementary, is the daughter of John and Kathy Severance of Clearwater.

Other participants in the competition were Jennifer McCormack, 18, daughter of Nancy McCormack and a student at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts; Kristi Lynn Garcia, 19, daughter of Frank and Lin Garcia and a student at Countryside High School; and Cheryl Thonen-Wagner, 19, daughter of Eugene and Theresa Wagner and a student at SPJC.

The Miss Clearwater Pageant is a preliminary of the Miss America Pageant.

Pinellas woman wins pageant

Angela Caponiti, daughter of Robert and Carol Caponiti of Clearwater, recently won the talent competition and was the first runner-up in the Miss Brevard (N.C.) Pageant, a preliminary to the Miss America Pageant.

Ms. Caponiti, a 1989 graduate of Countryside High School, received a $1,000 scholarship to Brevard College, where she is a freshman music major and an honor student.

While at Countryside High School, Ms. Caponiti received college credit for interning at Leila Davis Elementary School as an assistant music teacher.

For her talent in the pageant, she sang Amazing Grace a cappella.

Commander training is completed

Capt. Anne Marie Worster, the daughter of Marie and Paul Weaver of Clearwater, completed training Jan. 18 as an aircraft commander for the KC-135 refueling tanker at Castle Air Force Base, Merced, Calif.

Worster received Qualification 1, the Air Force's highest rating, in her final seven-hour check ride, with excellence in crew leadership and flying proficiency.

Upon completion of a three-month training course at Castle, Worster will return to Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, where she has been assigned a KC-135 crew with aircraft refueling responsibilities worldwide.

Worster, a 1985 graduate of the Air Force Academy, has had experience as a co-pilot refueling fighters and bombers in the Far East, Alaska, Europe and the United States.

Other military news

Pfc. Charles L. Dixon, the son of Gracie Thompson of Largo and a 1985 graduate of Seminole High School, recently returned to North Carolina after a six-month deployment to Okinawa, Japan, while serving with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune.