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Teen strikes chord in piano contest

Rosemarie Garcia, a rising ninth-grader at Shorecrest Preparatory School, won first place in the seventh- and eighth-grade category of the Biennial Emeric Lazar Scholarship Piano Competition sponsored by the St. Petersburg Music Teachers Association at Eckerd College. Garcia also earned the Superior grade at the National Guild Piano Auditions in May.

She is the daughter of Dr. Gregorio and Miriam Garcia of St. Petersburg.

Her piano instructor is Gloria Bolivar.

Ambassador chosen

Melissa Muehlbrandt,a 1995 graduate of Dixie Hollins

High School, won an honorable mention in the regional competition of the City Citizenship Student Awards program. Mayor David Fischer presented her with the Sunshine Ambassador Award at a City Council meeting recently.

She is the daughter of Denise and David Muehlbrandt of St. Petersburg.

Young pianist honored

Natalie Minish won the 14th annual Ruby Noble Memorial Award from Mattioli Music Studio. The award, named for a former music teacher of Eileen Mattioli, is given annually to the studio's student with the highest grade point average.

Minish won out of 110 students overall. She received a plaque and a cash prize and her name will be engraved on the studio's permanent plaque. Minish received a superior rating at the Florida Music Teachers Guild Festival recently.

Minish, a rising ninth-grader at St. Petersburg Catholic High School, has studied piano with Eileen Mattioli for seven years.

She is the daughter of Martha and Gene Minish of St. Pete Beach.

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