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Chamber awards scholarships

(ran SE edition of LT)

The Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce has awarded scholarships to three 1995 graduates of Pinellas County high schools.

Louise and Bill Hoskins $1,000 art scholarships were awarded to Michelle Cohen of Tarpon Springs High School and Joshua Blauch of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. Recipients must be planning to continue visual arts studies.

Cohen, who plans to attend the University of Florida, was named the art department's outstanding student of the year at Tarpon Springs High, where she was vice president of the Art Club, historian of Ta Anglica English honor society and the National Honor Society, and a member of Spanish Honor Society and Teens Helping Effectively Carry Out Drug Education.

Her artwork was featured in the Youth Fine Art Exhibit at the Florida State Fair, and she received an Award of Merit in the Artistic Discovery Congressional Talent Search.

She is a Florida Academic Scholar, and she received a Helen Ellis Memorial Scholarship and a President's Education Award for outstanding academic achievement.

Blauch was a member of the National Honor Society, the varsity soccer team and the Earth Conscious Organization at Gibbs. He received a 5, the highest score possible on his Advanced Placement Portfolio in visual arts, and a Gold Key award in scholastics. He also received a Presidential Scholarship and an art department scholarship from St. Petersburg Junior College.

Brett A. Relyea of East Lake High School was awarded the chamber's $500 Frank A. Weaner Scholarship. A National Merit Scholar, he also received $750 per year to attend the University of Florida, where he plans to major in mechanical engineering.

At East Lake, Relyea was a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Students Against Driving Drunk and the varsity baseball team. He was named Most Outstanding Science Student in his senior year and placed second in an essay contest sponsored by the Optimist Club of Palm Harbor.

Money for the Hoskins art scholarships came from the chamber-sponsored Palm Harbor Arts, Crafts and Music Festival in December. The Frank A. Weaner Scholarship was set up by Weaner, a founding member of the chamber and owner of the Paradise Fruit Company of Tampa.

Young citizens honored

The Rotary Club of Clearwater East recently honored five Oak Grove Middle School pupils for outstanding citizenship.

The pupils, selected by the faculty, were eighth-graders Blia Yang and Elisa Hopping, seventh-graders George Constantinou and Kristina Kulcsar and sixth-grader Sarah May.

Rotary Club president James Baker presented certificates and T-shirts to the pupils during a weekly lunch meeting at the school.

cStudents get degrees

Bridgette A. Backer, daughter of Rita Marie Letts of Largo and Daniel Backer of Oldsmar, has been awarded a bachelor of arts degree in criminology from the University of South Florida.

Backer, a 1991 graduate of East Lake High School, attended college on a Florida Gold Seal scholarship.

Jennifer L. Hammond, daughter of Bill and Sandy Hammond of Belleair Bluffs, has graduated cum laude, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Miami.

Hammond, who minored in chemistry, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa recently. She also is a member of Golden Key and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. The 1992 co-valedictorian of Largo High has been accepted to the University of Houston.

Hammond is the granddaughter of Mary and the Rev. Kirk Hammond of Clearwater.

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

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