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Poster winners recognized at anti-drug rally

Winners of the Dunedin Optimists Club's drug-free poster contest were recognized Thursday at Dunedin Elementary School's third annual drug-free rally in Dunedin Stadium.

Doreen Prucha, president of the Optimist Club of Dunedin, presented $25 to first-place, $15 to second-place and $5 to third-place winners in the contest.

Winners in the fifth-grade division were Garrett Whitman and George Weed of Dunedin Elementary, first; Bonnie Condon of San Jose, second; and Nathan Deledda of Garrison-Jones, third. Honorable Mention went to Max Deledda of Garrison Jones.

Dunedin Elementary pupils took the top three places in the fourth-grade division. Natosha Williams placed first; Alicia Scolan, second; and Mark Creager and Matthew Marnell, third. Rochelle Siebolt, a Garrison-Jones fourth-grader, won an honorable mention.

Judges for the contest were Dunedin Mayor Manny Koutsourais, artist Mary Lou Meyer, and Kathleen Matheny, children's librarian at the Dunedin Library.

Members of the Dunedin Middle School Band provided music for the rally.

Koutsourais read a proclamation and Police Chief Robert White spoke about drug-free zone signs.

Other guests at the rally were Deputy Rick from the DARE program, Linda Brunson of Operation PAR Panda, Tyler Wening of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, Kay Bickford and Skip Forsythe of the State Department of Education Drug Free Schools program, and Barbara Baugher of Campus Police.

Chamber honors students

The Greater Largo Chamber of Commerce honored eight students as Students of the Month for February.

Those honored were Tanya Cochran of Indian Rocks Christian School; Brian Leatherman of Largo Middle School; James Davis and Tina Wegman of Largo High School; Cheryl Jackson and Nick Ciaco of Pinellas Park High School; and Anne Gennuso and Lisa Adams of the Pinellas Technical Education Center.

The students told of their activities and accomplishments at a recent Chamber luncheon.

Student works on research

Spiro Komninos, son of Telly and Rena Komninos of Clearwater, was one of four seniors from the Roland George program who assisted during the winter term on a research project examining the effects of convertible bond offerings on common stock.

According to Stetson business professors James Mallett and Max Zavanelli, the research is a cooperative effort between the George Investments Institute and three investment firms.

Komninos, a graduate of Clearwater High School, is a finance major at Stetson University.

Military news

Marine Pfc. Robert S. Banks, son of Sue Banks of Clearwater, completed training and was promoted to his present rank at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Banks is a 1988 graduate of Clearwater High School.

Miss Largo pageant scheduled

The 1992 Miss Largo Scholarship Pageant is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Largo High School auditorium.

Nine women will be competing for the title of Miss Largo 1992.

Dana Dalton, Miss Florida 1990, will be mistress of ceremonies. Entertainment will be provided by Heather Rose, Miss Largo 1991, and the Tutterow "Stars of Tomorrow."

Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Information for the Young Newsmakers column may be sent to Pat Scarberry, 710 Court St., Clearwater 34616. Please include a contact name and phone number.

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