Boy Scout Troop 340 of Seminole has won a national award in the 20th annual search for the country's best community projects by young Americans.
Troop 340, which has implemented a nursing home Memorial Day participation program, received third-place honors and $300 in the 1993 "Colgate Youth for America" campaign.
Clubs and troops of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, Girls Incorporated, 4-H and Boys and Girls Clubs are invited each year to enter their best community service projects in the annual campaign. Grants of up to a $1,000 are awarded to the best projects.
Troop 340's prize-winning project was an expansion of a 31-year tradition. Every year since 1962, the troop has planted flags each Memorial Day at Bay Pines National Cemetery.
"More recently the troop began escorting patients from nearby Bay Pines veterans facility to participate in the ceremonies," troop leader Jere Beauchamp said. "Troop members act as ushers and wheel patients to and from the ceremonies."
The troop's efforts also have been recognized by Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Beauchamp said.
In discussing the program, Reuben Mark, chairman of Colgate-Palmolive, commented, "The importance of their projects and the zeal with which they're performed are evidence that our kids are committed to their country and are truly concerned with a better tomorrow."
Entry forms for the 1993-94 "Youth for America" campaign will be available this fall.
Several area residents
graduate from college
Christopher Robert Spahr, son of Bill and Margie Spahr of Clearwater, graduated cum laude May 10 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Barry University in Miami.
Spahr was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and in college. He participated in intramural football and basketball and played guitar in the Jazz Ensemble.
He plans to study audio engineering at Full Sail Productions in Winter Park in the fall.
Stephen Glassburn, son of Paul and Sharon Glassburn of Clearwater, has received a bachelor of arts degree in economics with a minor in music from the University of South Florida.
Glassburn is a graduate of Pinellas Park High School.
Dale Thomas Alkula, son of Jean Alkula of Dunedin and the late Jim Alkula, has received his bachelor of arts degree in music education and music history from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Alkula is a 1986 graduate of Largo High School, where he was a member of the Band of Gold.
Theda Marie Faklis, daughter of Anna Marie and Dr. Nick Faklis of Clearwater, has received a master of education degree with a specialty in elementary education from the University of Florida.
Ms. Faklis is a 1987 graduate of Clearwater High School.
Largo man is initiated
into an honor society
Michael T. Lemon of Largo has been initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Safety Harbor woman
wins $1,195 scholarship
Tammy Rateau of Safety Harbor was awarded a $1,195 scholarship from the American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants, Tampa Bay affiliate.
Ms. Rateau, an accounting student at the University of South Florida, received the award in ceremonies at the USF School of Accounting Beta Alpha Psi Spring Recognition Banquet.
Applicants for the award must be students at USF and have completed at least half of their undergraduate accounting degree.
1993 ROTC Award goes
to Dunedin graduate
Cadet Lt. Paleana Pandohie, daughter of Lillian Kayman of Clearwater and a graduate of Dunedin High School, is the recipient of the 1993 ROTC Award given by the Caladesi chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Eva Sandstrom presented the bronze medal to Ms. Pandohie "for outstanding ability and scholastic achievement."
Ms. Pandohie was a member of the Navy JROTC program at Dunedin High and commander of the female drill team.
She also was recognized at the annual awards ceremony of the Dunedin High Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
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