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Student artists receive $1,000 scholarships

Four Pinellas County high school graduates will attend college this fall with some help from the Miniature Art Society of Florida.

Tarpon Springs graduate Saydi Callahan and Gibbs graduates Paul Reavis, Christine Renc and Jenipher Seviter each received a $1,000 scholarship, said Alma Wensley, the society's scholarship chairwoman.

Charles Gregory, also a finalist from Gibbs, was unable to participate in the program.

"Twenty-eight students applied," Mrs. Wensley said, "and it was a most difficult task to choose winners from this abundance of talent. Students are not limited to the study of miniature art, but are permitted to choose courses in the broader area of visual arts."

Ms. Callahan, daughter of Elizabeth Indianos and Richard Callahan Jr. of Tarpon Springs, has been an officer in student government and an award winner in the Florida State Fair competition. She is on a waiting list for Carnegie Mellon University, Smith College and the University of Florida. Callahan wants to be an art therapist or art teacher, she said.

Ms. Renc, daughter of Bill and Linda Renc of Safety Harbor, is an honors student at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts and a two-time Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key Winner. In 1992-93 she was director of the PCCA Senior Visual Arts Show, and she earned eligibility for more than $10,000 in scholarship assistance through state fair competition. She plans to attend Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Reavis also attends the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. His lithograph was selected for the 1993 PCCA Finale Poster. His parents are Paula Howell of Atlanta and Phil Reavis of Clearwater. Reavis plans to attend Atlanta College of Art.

Ms. Seviter is a native of St. Petersburg. Her parents are William and Ann Seviter. She is an honor student, a Scholastic Gold Key Winner and a recipient of a certificate of recognition from the Florida State Fair Youth Art Exhibition. She plans to attend Florida State University.

The Miniature Art Society works with Teresa Terry, supervisor of arts for the school system, in conducting the program, Mrs. Wensley said. The society has granted more than $30,000 in scholarships in recent years. Much of the money for the scholarships comes from the International Miniature Show presented each January in Clearwater. The 1994 show is planned for Jan. 9-23 at the Belleview Mido Resort Hotel.

For information about next year's scholarship competition, call Mrs. Wensley at 530-9080.

Students get degrees

Karen E. Witham, daughter of Wallace and Ellen Witham of Belleair Bluffs, graduated May 31 with a bachelor of arts degree in American studies from Brown University in Providence, R.I.

While at Brown, she was a member and officer of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Ms. Witham graduated in 1989 from St. Petersburg High School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

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