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New Port Richey youth will attend Coast Guard Academy

Donn Githens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Githens of New Port Richey, has been offered an appointment as a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. Githens is a candidate for graduation from Ridgewood High School on June 14 and is one of 280 appointees who will become members of the Class of 1995 at the Academy.

Approximately 4,600 applications were submitted for the class. Appointments are tendered based on the results of an annual nationwide competition with no congressional appointments or geographical quotas. Upon graduation, Githens will receive a bachelor of science degree in one of seven majors and a commission as an ensign in the Coast Guard.

Local man graduates from Tulane

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Christopher Brian Slager, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Slager of Gulf Harbors, graduated from Tulane University recently with a degree in electrical engineering.

Slager is a 1987 graduate of Gulf High School. He is employed as an engineer with Procter and Gamble in New Orleans.

Art League honors art students

BAYONET POINT _ Hudson High School students Lisa Eng, Sherrie Neff and Danielle Valenti received scholarships at a recent meeting of the Beacon Woods Art League at the civic center in Bayonet Point.

Lisa Eng, daughter of Jackie and John H. Eng, received $125 for a painting entitled Working in the U.S.A. She plans to continue her education and major in art.

Sherrie Neff, daughter of Sandra Derksen and Mark Neff, received $100 for a painting entitled Crumbling Peace. She is unsure about a college affiliation.

Danielle Valenti, daughter of Francine and Pat Valenti, a sophomore, received $75 for a painting entitled Hampton the Pig.

The young women are students of art instructor Clay Verge at Hudson High School.

Odessa woman receives doctorate

ODESSA _ Judith Ann Donley of Odessa has been awarded a doctoral degree by The Union Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Donley's graduate studies were completed in the field of psychology. Her major work is entitled A Somatic Approach to Psychotherapy.

She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she received a bachelor's and master's degree in botany. She is employed by Tampa College and Hillsborough Community College as an adjunct professor. She plans to continue to teach as well as open the Donley Mediation Center in Tampa.

Man earns medical degree at UF

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Eric Jason Stelnicki, son of Dr. James V. and Gloria Stelnicki, received his doctor of medicine degree with honors from the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville.

He also earned the Outstanding Surgical Student Award from the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Stelnicki will begin his residency program at Washington University, Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, where he will serve in the general surgery, research and plastic surgery program. He is a graduate of the Berkley School in Tampa. His father practices podiatry and surgery of the foot in New Port Richey.

Band students perform at festival

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Ridgewood High School Band students directed by Robert J. Neale earned superior ratings at the district Florida Band Association evaluations and worked to raise funds to make their first trip to the State Bandmasters Festival in Jacksonville.

At Jacksonville, the Percussion Ensemble of Scott Camacho, Mike Vento, Kiyomi Kikuchi, Paul Farmer, Shannon Hendershot, Jennifer Reeder, John Lowry, Rick Granger and Maura Carey won superior ratings and also superior ratings for solos by J.R. Atwill, Collyn Bishop, Paul Farmer, Kiyomi Kikuchi and Erica Newman.

Soloists Collyn Bishop, Brian Dobbins, Paul Farmer and Jeff Rockett won excellent ratings. The Clarinet Trio of Shannon Day, Kim Kelly and Jennifer Robbins and the Trumpet Quartet of Paul Farmer, Brent Niles, Jeff Rockett and Joe Pizzuto also won excellent ratings.

Good ratings were earned by the Brass Choir of Paul Farmer, Brent Niles, Steve Leeder, Jennifer Reeder, J.R. Atwill, Brian Dobbins, Joe Pizzuto and Jeff Rockett; the Flute Quartet of Amy Harding, Amie Catellier, Theresa Ellis and Erica Newman; the Symphonic Band; and soloists Amy Harding and Kiyomi Kikuchi.

Four choral students _ Jeanette Assalti, Maura Carey, Natali McKenzie and Terry Portenga _ received excellent ratings at the 1991 State Chorus Festival in Lakeland.

Nursing home veterans honored

NEW PORT RICHEY _ The Daniel Regan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists recently honored veterans living at Orchard Ridge Nursing Center in New Port Richey.

Gifts were presented to Russell Thorpe, William Jamison, Ervie Lovejoy, William Graham, Lloyd Prause, Rudy Snyder and Carl Dreis.

Louise Meichner, regent, was assisted by Gerry Griffith, veterans service chairwoman, and Jean Hopkins.

Jean Cremering, accordionist, entertained with patriotic music. The activity room was decorated in red, white and blue.

Hudson High bands attend festival

HUDSON _ The Hudson High School Concert Band and Class Act Band participated in the State Band Festival in Jacksonville sponsored by the Florida Bandmasters Association.

To qualify for participation, bands must perform at district levels and receive superior ratings.

The Hudson High School Concert Band received an overall rating of excellent in Jacksonville. The Class Act Band received an excellent rating and a superior rating for sight reading.

Five students from the Hudson Band who performed solos and received a superior rating are Kyle Chisholm, freshman, bass clarinet; Melody Cunningham, junior, bassoon; Sean Murray, junior, tuba; Heather Schichtel, senior, flute; and Angeleeta Sosnowski, senior, trombone.

The festival represented the last performance for Class Act band director Danny Schmidt, who is leaving for additional schooling. He will be accompanied by his wife, Denise, who teaches band at the Hudson Middle School.

Do you have good news to share? Contact Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey 34668. For information in most of West Pasco, call (813) 869-6231. From Holiday, call (813) 842-9465. Elsewhere, call (800) 333-7505.

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