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Teen honored for saving life

Danny Flanigan, 14, of Tarpon Springs, didn't need to hear to become a hero May 28 on a St. Augustine beach.

Danny and eighth-grade classmates from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine were on a field trip to North Beach when a classmate swam out a little too far and was caught in an undertow.

"He signed for help, but the lifeguard didn't see him or didn't understand sign language," said Danny's grandmother, Iris Gerakios of Tarpon Springs. "But Danny saw him and went after him. When the lifeguard saw Danny bringing him in, he got a life buoy and took it to them.

"The lifeguard said if Danny had not helped the boy when he did, the boy might have drowned, because by the time the lifeguard would have noticed him it might have been too late," she said.

The American Red Cross agreed. Danny received a Red Cross Certificate of Appreciation for Saving a Life in a ceremony June 9 at the school.

Danny is the son of Maryann and Mike Nash of Tarpon Springs.

Junior ROTC cadets

cited for achievement

Junior ROTC cadets were honored by members of the Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars in ceremonies at the Holiday Inn Clearwater Central.

Capt. Jack Crowe presented medals and certificates "for highest point of achievement and continuous outstanding performance in the JROTC program" to Cadet Christopher Karl of Marine Corps JROTC at Clearwater High School and Cadet Benjamin Brandt, commander of the Navy JROTC at Dunedin High School.

Brandt has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Letters of congratulations and certificates of merit were presented by U.S. Rep. Michael Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, to Larry Richardson, Neil W. McDonald and Meg Spanow of Dunedin High School and Marie Halcomb, James C. Gibbons and Michelle L. Devine of Clearwater High School on their return from a Youth Leadership Conference at Flagler College in St. Augustine.

Essay contest winners

receive gifts and bonds

The Sergeant Allen Moore Community Partnership honored participants and awarded gifts and savings bonds to winners of a Youth Essay Contest in ceremonies at the Martin Luther King Center in Clearwater.

The partnership sponsored the essay contest "with the intention of engaging young writers, ages 6-22, in addressing the problem of substance abuse," said Mark Wilson of the Community Partnership Program.

In the division for 6- to 10-year-olds, Jocelyn Clark took first place; Anjuli Fortner, second; and Robert Hurlbur, third.

In the 11- to 14-year-old group, Rebekah Freilich placed first; Adam Dill, second; and Jana Macaleen, third.

Vanessa Morrow placed first and Nakia Ayett placed second in the division for 15- to 18-year-olds.

"By spreading awareness and educating young people of the dangers of drugs, the partnership hopes to reduce and eventually alleviate drugs and drug dealing from the streets," Wilson said.

Palm Harbor man earns

honors at graduation

David Curt Wade, son of David and Zoe Wade of Palm Harbor, has graduated with honors,receiving a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of South Florida.

Wade, a 1987 graduate of Jesuit High School in Tampa, was a member of the Chi Epsilon honor society, the dean's list, American Society of Civil Engineers and Water Environmental Federated.

He is working toward a master of science degree in civil engineering with GEO technical/structural aspects.

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

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