Jason Liebold, 9, a fourth-grader at Mildred Helms Elementary School, designed the winning poster in a contest sponsored by the Largo Fire Department and Patrick Media.
Jason's poster, selected from about 1,600 entries submitted from public and private schools within the Largo Fire District, was considered representative of this year's theme for Fire Prevention Week.
Jason's artistic interpretation of "Test Your Detector _ It's Sound Advice!" is to be displayed throughout the month on a billboard near East Bay and Fulton drives in Largo.
Jason is the son of Karen and Gary Liebold of Largo.
Student awarded medal
K. C. Haroll, a 1992 graduate of Largo High School, received a silver medal in physical therapy at the national Health Occupations Students of America conference in Anaheim, Calif.
HOSA is a national organization that helps middle, high and postsecondary students studying health occupations become clinically and academically prepared to pursue careers in their field.
Ms. Haroll is enrolled in a physical therapy program at the University of Central Florida.
Several Stetson University students from the north Pinellas area are student representatives on university committees at Stetson.
Members of the faculty act as chairmen of committees, with membership comprising faculty members and student representatives who act as advisers.
Stetson is Florida's oldest private university. The College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration and of Music are on the DeLand campus. The College of Law is in Gulfport.
Local students serving on committees are Angela Lynn Paumier, daughter of Linda Kaufman of Clearwater and a graduate of Countryside High, Campus Life Committee; Kent Stephen Meckley, son of Charles and Sandra Meckley of Dunedin and a graduate of Dunedin High, Artists and Lecturers Committee; Adam Philip Forrand, son of Arthur and Patricia Forrand of Largo and a graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High, Campus Life Committee; and Patrick O'Day McKenna, son of Christine McKenna of Tarpon Springs and a graduate of Tarpon Springs High, Academic Advising Committee.
Academic Advising Committee members advise faculty counselors who assist students in course selection. Artists and Lecturers Committee members help select performers and lecturers who appear on campus, and Campus Life Committee members focus on the qualify of student life and the educational mission of the university.
Seaman Recruit D. Wayne Damann, son of Katherine and Kris Damann Sr. of Seminole, has completed basic training at the Naval Training Center in Orlando.
Damann is a 1990 graduate of Osceola High School.
Marine Pvt. Aric A. McKenna, son of Shirley McKenna of Seminole, has completed training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
Marine Pfc. Nicholas A. Tucker, son of Jimmy and Josie Tucker of Largo, was promoted to his present rank upon completion of recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
Navy Seaman Recruit Richard T. Ochalek, son of Eugene and Lucy Ochalek of Seminole, has completed training at the Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Ochalek is a 1991 graduate of Seminole High School.
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