Joseph Scott, a midshipman at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., was awarded a gold star for academic achievement during the recently completed third academic quarter. Gold stars are awarded to midshipmen who achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or better during a quarter.
Scott is a graduate of Land O'Lakes High School and enrolled at the academy in 1988.
The academy trains students to be merchant marines and Naval Reserve officers and awards a bachelor's degree. Midshipmen spend one year of the academy's four-year program training at sea aboard commercial ships.
West Point graduate
assigned to flight school
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Andrew J. Burzumato recently graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
He holds the rank of second lieutenant in the U. S. Army and has been assigned to Fort Rucker, Ala., for flight school.
Burzumato made the dean's list honor roll for all four years at West Point.
He completed Drill Instruction Leadership School and earned "jump wings" with the Airborne Division. He trained in mobile artillery and took the "Yearlings" through their summer training at West Point. He is a 1987 graduate of Hudson High School and was appointed to West Point by U. S. Rep. Michael Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor. He is the son of Lt. Ernest J. and Carolyn Burzumato of New Port Richey.
His brother James Burzumato is with the Air Force 1401 Air Tactical Wing in Desert Storm and his father was recalled to active duty for Desert Storm in August and is still serving with the Naval Construction Force-Brigade.
Lawyer is sworn to bar
of the Supreme Court
PORT RICHEY _ LawyerCraig A. Laporte was recently sworn into the United States Supreme Court bar by Chief Justice William Rehnquist at a ceremony at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
The swearing-in ceremony was part of a program sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Seven of the court's nine justices were present and participated in the ceremony.
Laporte is a partner in the Port Richey law firm of Riley, Proly & Laporte.
FBLA chapter wins state
NEW PORT RICHEY _ The Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Gulf High School won honors at a state leadership competition in Orlando recently.
Monte Sichelman, 17, a junior at Gulf High, took first place honors in the business-calculations category. Sichelman competed with more than 50 district winners from the state. He will represent the high school and Florida in July at the National leadership competition in Anaheim, Calif.
New Port Richey Elks
name students of month
NEW PORT RICHEY _ The New Port Richey Elks 2284 has named outstanding students of the month at Gulf High School.
Kimberly Murray and David Chestnut were students of the month for October; Maryann Pendergast and Shanton Wilcox for November; Arshad Rahim and Jennifer Blyth, December; Aimee Lund and Jeffery Todd P'Pool, January; Eric Jones and Michelle Schortemeyer, February; Tisha Milla and James Washington, March; Gayle Fultz and Benny Mizrahi, April and Tracy Bye and Thomas Chestnutt, May.
The Elks will select the student of the year from the students of the month.
Locke Elementary pupils
win prizes and recorder
Jamie Milla, a sixth-grade pupil at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School, has won the 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Program for 1990-91 for fifth and sixth grade pupils.
His topic was on shopping. He received a trophy from Tropicana and the Florida Cooperative Extension Service. The school will keep the Tropicana Speaking Trophy on display at the school. His brother Robbie won the speaking award for the school in 1987.
The school received the District School Board's "Battery Collection Contest" for the school by collecting the most used-up batteries. A project to clean-up the environment.
The Martin-Ogden Company presented a $4,700 video recorder to the school for winning the contest.
Mrs. Terry Stanley was the school project coordinator. Milla was a student in Karen Rizzo's class.
Woman earns degree
in music education
Rebecca Lin Williams, daughter of Robert and Joan Williams of New Port Richey, received a bachelor of arts degree on May 18 from Central College in Pella, Iowa.
Miss Williams, a 1987 graduate of Gulf High School, majored in music education.
While attending Central, she played principal flute with both the Central Wind Symphony and the Pella Community Orchestra. She was also active in a flute quartet, hand-bell choir and many small music ensembles.
She plans to remain in Iowa where she will teach high school music.
Woman is accepted
at Stetson law school
HOLIDAY _ Katherine L. Sellers, daughter of Burke and Diane Sellers of Holiday, will continue her education at the Stetson University College of Law. She will enter in the spring of 1992. She graduate from Gulf High School with honors in 1987 and received the Kathy Sherwin Award for outstanding achievement. She was the second student to receive this award. She also received a George C. Wallace Scholarship to attend Troy State University in Alabama.
She graduated magna cum laude and received a bachelor of science in criminal justice and political science from Troy State University.
Navy ensign is honored
for her leadership skills
NEW PORT RICHEY _ During recent ceremonies at the Navy Junior ROTC Awards Banquet at Gulf High School, Peg Biehl, president of the Women Marines Association, Orange Blossom Chapter, Florida-5, assisted by Helen Wecera, chapter secretary, presented a plaque to Ensign Michelle Kolmonen, who was named the "Outstanding Female Drill Leader."
Local students compete
in academic quiz bowl
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Jason Hartsfield, Sergio Mertsching, Monte Sichelman and Rob Zilay, students from Gulf High School, participated in a recent academic state high school quiz bowl at Walt Disney World.
Bob Brown was the team coach and sponsor. Barnett Bank of Pasco County assisted the team by providing support and promotional items.
The quiz bowl is a tournament in which players are asked questions on mathematics, science, English, social studies, fine arts, foreign language and computer science.
Man earns philosophy degree from LSU
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Wolfgang Klaus Vogelbein of New Port Richey recently received a doctor of philosophy degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
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