Six Pinellas County students were selected to attend the 12th annual Youth Leadership Conference in St. Augustine.
The Pinellas students joined 109 other students from throughout Florida at the conference conducted for the Military Order of World Wars by the staff of Flagler College. While there, the students participated in discussions and exchanged information with leaders from government, industry and the academic community.
Students selected to attend were Densyl Joefield and Joseph Gloss of Clearwater High; Kristi Lee and Philip Bramlage of Dunedin High; and Rebecca Carbley and James Kasper of Largo High.
The Clearwater Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars sponsored the Pinellas students and hosted a luncheon for them, their parents and school officials after they returned.
Man gets degree
James J. Handura, son of George and Janice Handura of Clearwater, has graduated from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.
Handura was awarded a bachelor of science degree in geology and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. He also was chosen to represent his school at the George C. Marshall Leadership Award Seminar at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.
Handura, a graduate of Largo High School, was an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 484 in Clearwater. He will be stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. He has a wife, Shannon, and a daughter, Rachel.
Susan A. Gianninoto, daughter of Robert and Clara Gianninoto of Palm Harbor, has received her master's degree in liberal arts from Nova Southeastern University.
Gianninoto received a bachelor's degree in 1992 from Florida State University. While pursuing her master's degree, she worked for Econocaribe Consolidators Inc., making use of her knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish during trips to South America.
Tiffany Hill, daughter of Leon and Betsy King of Seminole, has graduated cum laude, receiving a bachelor of science degree in exceptional education from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Hill, who attended the university on a cross country and track scholarship, was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the Golden Key and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. She also did volunteer work with Give Kids the World in Orlando.
Jennifer Carter, daughter of Garry and Suzanne Carter of Largo, has received a renewable $1,000 scholarship from the Independent Order of Foresters.
Carter is a 1996 graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, the French Club, the varsity soccer team, the diving team and the Country Dancers.
The Independent Order of Foresters awards 175 scholarships each year to members or their children. The scholarships are renewable for up to four years or until completion of a bachelor's degree.
For information about the Foresters, call 286-1400.
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