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Special Olympics team wins state awards

Countryside High School's Special Olympics team brought home several awards from the State Special Olympics Games from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 in Tallahassee.

Countryside's Special Olympics basketball team, the school's first to enter state competition, brought home a bronze medal in Division 2 of the games.

The basketball team also won the Division 3 title at the Southwest Regional Basketball Tournament on Jan. 11 at MacDill Air Force Base.

Team members are Chad Moser, Alrenzo Walker and Robert Postell of Clearwater; Brent Cinnamon and William Hackworth of Dunedin, Tony Ely of Safety Harbor; Matt Cole of Tarpon Springs; and Justin Yaccobellis of Palm Harbor.

Three students received awards in bowling. Marc Damon of Safety Harbor won the gold medal; Suzanne Schalow of Clearwater received the bronze; and Audra Boehm of Clearwater placed sixth in individual bowling competition.

Scout earns Eagle rank

Christopher G. St. Clair, son of Gordon and Meredith St. Clair of Safety Harbor, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 413.

For his Eagle Scout project, St. Clair organized the renovation of the outdoor area assigned to Safety Harbor Middle School's agricultural class.

The project included cleaning and painting a storage shed, building a picnic table and designing and building new roofs on the rabbit cages.

More than 100 hours of work went into the project.

St. Clair's Scouting experiences include hiking expeditions on the Appalachian Trail and a summer in Montana working on a bridge at Hells Roaring Creek on the Continental Divide.

St. Clair has earned the Order of the Arrow. He has been named a Scout of the Year and has held various leadership positions including senior patrol leader and BSA lifeguard.

He is a graduate of Countryside High School where he was an editor-writer on the Paw Print newspaper, a member of the dive team and the weightlifting team.

He is a student at St. Petersburg Junior College studying criminal justice.

St. Clair is the grandson of George and Lucille Weiss of Clearwater and Earl and Beverly St. Clair of Dade City.

SPJC student named top speaker

Andy Wood, a member of the St. Petersburg Junior College Clearwater Campus Forensics Team, was named top speaker at the 1992 FIFA State Varsity Championships.

Wood took first place in four divisions _ Persuasion, Extemporaneous, Impromptu and Communication Analysis. He placed second in After Dinner Speaking and ninth in Dramatic Duo.

As the first-place winner in persuasive speaking, Wood qualifies to compete against the top two persuasive speakers of every state in the 120th annual national contest of the Interstate Oratorical Association from April 23 to 25 at the University of Texas in Austin.

This is the fourth consecutive year that a member of SPJC's Clearwater team has captured at least one of the two entries for the state of Florida.

The Clearwater team came in fourth in the individual events competition at the 1992 FIFA State Varsity Championships. Teams from the University of Florida, Florida College and the University of West Florida took the top three places.

There were 16 colleges and universities competing in the tournament.

Bonnie Clark is coach for the Clearwater team.

Woman makes dean's list

Gina Rochelle Casto, daughter of Larry and Joyce Casto of Largo, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Ms. Casto, a 1990 honors graduate of Osceola High School, is a sophomore majoring in film production at the university, where she is executive vice president of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

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