The 1991 Times Turkey Trot Steering Committee already has begun work on this year's Thanksgiving Day runs, but one bit of unfinished 1990 Trot business will be taken care of by the West Florida Y Runners Club on Sunday night. That's when the club will present two $1,000 scholarships using proceeds from last year's Trot. The scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors, a young woman and a young man, who have participated in track or cross country and plan to remain active in the sport at the college level. Honored at the club's quarterly meeting will be Countryside High School's Millie Jennings and Seminole High's Eric Lipham.
Millie, 18, was on her school's track and cross country teams for four years. In track she competed in five events, qualified for the 4A state meet the last three years and was named the team's most valuable member all three. She is considered one of the county's top sprinters.
Millie, the daughter of Sara Lee and Laurice Jennings, also was active in the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Her coach, Peter Just, says, "Millie Jennings will be a success in life."
She plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania and participate in track while taking pre-med courses. She is considering geriatrics as a medical specialty.
Eric, 17, was on Seminole High's track and cross country teams for three years. As a senior he was captain of both teams and named the most valuable member of the cross country squad.
He was on the all-county cross country first team and placed sixth at the conference meet and fifth at district.
Eric, the son of Barbara and Lance Lipham, also has been active in a Christian group called Young Life.
His coach, Bruce Calhoun, says, "Never has Eric Lipham done anything but his very best in practice and in competition. He is a quality human being."
Eric plans to participate in track and cross country at the University of Central Florida while majoring in business or accounting or both.
Zip Long Center seeks helpers
"Do you have teen-agers who are looking for something to keep them busy this summer?"
That's the question of the day at the Zip Long Center, which is seeking teen volunteers to help at the swimming pool, Sunshine Playground and in summer programs.
Pool volunteers will be trained from Tuesday through June 15. Others will be trained on an individual basis.
The Long Center, a 1-year-old recreation facility on Belcher Road in Clearwater, also needs adult volunteers for the front desk, fitness center and administrative offices.
Call director of volunteer services Debbie Huffer at 726-2181. The center is a great place to work, even when you don't get paid.
Nominees sought for honors
Do you know someone who has "helped to make Clearwater a better community because of accomplishments throughout many years of service, not just the past year?"
That's the prime criteria for nominees for the Mr./Ms. Clearwater title, which will be bestowed Sept. 26 at a luncheon meeting of the Greater Clearwater Chamber of Commerce.
Nomination forms, available at the Chamber office, must be submitted by June 28. Call Georgia Ronk at 461-0011 for information.
The winners traditionally have been announced at a morning meeting in February at City Hall but this year will be introduced at a luncheon, which replaces the annual Chamber installation banquet.
This means the 1990 Mr. Clearwater, Bill Justice, will keep the title for a year and a half.