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Palm Harbor youth now Eagle Scout

Stephen J. Jensen, son of Catherine and Stephen H. Jensen of Palm Harbor, received his Eagle Scout award in a ceremony Jan. 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dunedin.

For his Eagle project, Jensen directed the members of the troop in conducting a blood drive for the Hunter Blood Center. Almost 100 hours of service went into the project, and 26 pints of blood were collected.

Before coming to the area, Jensen was a member of Troop 110 of the Snake River Area Council in Idaho. He joined Troop 85 of the West Central Florida Council in September 1990.

Jensen is junior assistant scoutmaster for Troop 85. He has earned the Golden Falcon award, a world conservation award and 29 merit badges. He also is a member of the Order of the Arrow.

An eighth-grade honor student at Palm Harbor Middle School, he was selected to participate in the 1991 and 1992 Suncoast Young Authors Conference and the 1992 Pinellas All-County Band.

Women named to deans' lists

Robyn Lynn Mitchell, daughter of William and Barbara Mitchell of Clearwater, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.

Ms. Mitchell, a 1990 graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High School, is a sophomore majoring in engineering physics at the university.

Wendy Michelle Littler, daughter of Bruce and Carol Littler of Clearwater Beach, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

Ms. Littler, a 1991 graduate of Clearwater High, is a freshman majoring in business at the college. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Pupils win poster contest

The North County Optimist Club recently sponsored a "Just Say No" poster contest for fourth- and fifth-graders at Sunset Hills and Tarpon Springs elementary schools.

The theme for the contest was "Soar to New Heights, Choose the Drug-Free Way!"

Each grade was judged separately, with ribbons going to first-, second- and third-place winners in each grade.

At Sunset Hills Elementary, Stephanie Troupe took first place in the fifth-grade division; Jamais Atkinson, second place; and Bianca Boudart, third place. Danielle Baier took first place in the fourth-grade division; Nina Mayer, second place; and Cristina Torres, third place.

At Tarpon Springs Elementary, Maggie Phillips took first place in the fifth-grade division; Caribeth Palermo, second place; and Jessica Glover, third place. Pete Skourellos took first place in the fourth-grade division; Rachel Rendon, second; and Nick Tokianos, third place.

School winners compete in a zone competition, with winners proceeding to district and state.

Judges for the competition were Optimist Club member Carol Kaskawitz, children's book author Bonnie Williams and author and illustrator Belva Green.

Military news

Navy Fireman Robert Gallant, son of Janine Gallant of Seminole, has completed technical training and graduated in the top five of his class at Great Lakes Training Command in Illinois.

Gallant is a 1991 graduate of Osceola High School.

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