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Clearwater man assumes leadership role at academy

Bradley S. Parker, son of Jerry and Linda Parker of Clearwater and a 1991 graduate of Clearwater High School, has been named 2nd Battalion lieutenant commander at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.

His selection by the academy staff was based on leadership, participation, performance and academics. Parker has been awarded a Silver Star, signifying academic achievement, during his past academic quarter.

As a midshipman, Parker served as battalion senior chief petty officer and sailed with the academy's offshore racing team. During the summer he participated in leadership training conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps and was present for the arrival of the plebe class in early July.

The academy, dedicated in 1943, is a federal institution operated by the Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Students get degrees

Clearwater High School graduates William Glenn Jensen and Michele Lambert Jensen have received bachelor's degrees from the University of Central Florida.

Michele graduated in December 1993 and Glenn graduated summa cum laude in August with a pre-law degree from the School of Arts and Sciences. He was a member of the Golden Key national honor society and Phi Kappa Phi.

He has entered law school at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Jacqueline White Sulek, daughter of June Smith of Largo and the late James White of Tampa, graduated in August from Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C.

Sulek received a degree in pre-law and counseling. She plans to pursue her juris doctor degree at Lenoir-Rhyne College.

Edward E. Tumber, son of Edward and Evelyn Tumber of Clearwater, has graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Florida.

Military news

Marine Pvt. Michael N. Richardson, son of Betty Murphy of Palm Harbor, has completed training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Navy Seaman Recruit Christopher T. Kovack, son of Richard and Margaret Kovack of Palm Harbor, has graduated from the Naval Academy Preparatory School at the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, R.I. Kovack joined the Navy in July 1993.

Andre W. Lanier, son of James and Ingrid Lanier of Largo, has completed officer training at the Naval Science Institute in Newport, R.I.

Lanier, a 1986 graduate of Largo High School, served aboard the nuclear submarine George Bancroft and attended Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C., before enrolling in officer training.

Lanier has started classes at the Citadel in Charleston.

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