Bryan Debowsky, son of Barry and Helene Debowsky of Largo, received his Eagle Scout badge Jan. 7 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Clearwater.
Debowsky, 14, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 484, which is more than 32 years old.
He has earned the Arrow of Light, the religious award for Cub and Boy Scouts, and 36 merit badges. He also is a member of the Order of the Arrow.
For his Eagle Scout project, Debowsky coordinated the construction of the hydrological cycle for the Pinellas County Water Department. The working model and display was exhibited in May at Expo '91, and is on permanent display for educational purposes at Logan's Pumping Station.
More than 25 hours of planning and 106 man-hours of volunteer work went into the project, which was built with donated materials.
Debowsky is a sophomore at Osceola High School. He is a dean's list student and a member of the Spanish Club, the soccer team and the track team.
He also plays for the St. Pete Surf Soccer Club, has received two plaques and an academic letter for academic achievement from the Seminole Lakes Rotary Club, and is a member of the youth group at Temple B'nai Israel.
Pupils win essay contest
Four pupils at St. Cecelia's Interparochial School in Clearwater are winners in the American history essay contest sponsored by the Clearwater Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The contest is part of the DAR's February celebration of American History Month. The topic of the essays was "Famous Women of the American Revolution."
Winners were fifth-grader Kerry Eileen Phillips, daughter of Bridget and Dr. Wayne Phillips of Clearwater; sixth-grader Ryan Lowrey Whitson, son of Lowrey and Francisca Whitson of Clearwater; seventh-grader Michael Danforth Geer, son of James and Patricia Geer of Dunedin; and eighth-grader Jennifer Nicole Kapusinsky, daughter of Yee-Chun and Dr. Francis Kapusinsky of Clearwater.
The pupils received $25 each, and their essays were entered in the DAR State Essay contest.
Woman named to honor roll
Errin R. Renz, daughter of Caryl and Bob Renz of Clearwater, has been named to the president's honor roll for the fall semester at the University of Central Florida.
Ms. Renz received recognition from Panhellenic and Delta Gamma Sorority for her 4.0 grade point average.
A legal studies major, Ms. Renz plans a career in corporate law.
Woman named to dean's list
Lara L. Wade, daughter of Larry and Kay Wade of Largo, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at the University of South Florida at Tampa.
Ms. Wade, a junior majoring in mass communications, has been invited to join the school's Arts and Sciences Honor Society.
Marine Pfc. Matthew M. Williams, son of Robert and Paula Williams of Largo, has been deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Camp Pendleton, Calif., for six months to the Western Pacific Ocean. Williams is a 1990 graduate of Largo High School.
Marine Lance Cpl. Stephen M. Takacs, nephew of John and Sharon Cibrone of Largo, was promoted to his present rank while serving at the Marine Corps Communication Electronic School, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. Takacs is a 1990 graduate of Pinellas Park High School.
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