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Local graduate to enter Air Force Academy

Derek M. Gabbard, son of Vi and the late Larry Gabbard of Clearwater, has received an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and will be leaving June 25 for basic training. The academy offers a four-year, all expense paid education culminating in a bachelor of science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Gabbard, who lettered in baseball each of his four years at Clearwater High, also was a member of the Academic Team and the National Honor Society, graduating with a 3.9 grade point average.

Gabbard has expressed an interest in flying after he graduates from the academy.

Largo woman receives degree

Wendy Wrucha, daughter of Stan and Beverly Wrucha of Clearwater, has graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Florida.

Ms. Wrucha received a bachelor of arts degree in speech-language-hearing science and plans to pursue her master's degree at the university in speech and language pathology.

The former Largo High student is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

She works as a speech pathology assistant at the Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Largo and is developing a special interest in working with stroke and traumatic head injury patients.

Therapy group honors student

Randy Diamond Strat, a student in St. Petersburg Junior College's Physical Therapist Assisting Program, was named one of four recipients of the 1991 Outstanding Student Award presented by the Florida Physical Therapy Association.

Strat will receive a certificate and a free fall conference registration or an invitation to the 1992 Leadership Conference with a $50 expense reimbursement.

Dunedin man receives master's

David J. Bateman, son of David and Dorothy Bateman of Dunedin, received a master's degree in business administration from the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park.

Bateman is a 1985 graduate of Dunedin High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Eckerd College in 1989.

Epilepsy group honors children

Chris Stevenson, 8, of Clearwater has been selected by the Suncoast Epilepsy Association (SEA) as its representative in a national contest being conducted by the Epilepsy Foundation of America.

Chris and five other children who have seizures were treated to a pancake breakfast as part of SEA's "Winning Kids" contest to honor children who have overcome difficulties or succeeded in special activities in spite of a seizure disorder.

The other "Winning Kids" were Britt Erekson of Clearwater, Clifford Haulish of Homosassa, Jacob Abdalla of Clearwater, David Ringelspaugh of Safety Harbor and John Windham of St. Petersburg.

Each received a T-shirt and a trophy.

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