Melissa Kay Followell, daughter of Majel Smith-Followell and Tom Followell of Largo, has been accepted into the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The school specializes in preparing students for careers in dance, design and production, drama, filmmaking, music and visual arts. Students must audition, provide a portfolio of their work and pass an interview process to be accepted.
"Part of our mandate is that 50 percent of the students must be from North Carolina," said NCSA representative Marla Carpenter. "The other half (is) typically from more than 40 states and 20 foreign countries. The total enrollment of nearly 1,000 spans junior high school to graduate school."
Followell, a 1996 graduate of the Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, is one of about 70 students accepted into the NCSA School of Filmmaking's 1996 freshman class. She was selected on the basis of her work at the Center for the Arts and, during NSCA summer workshops, with screenwriter Laura Hart-McKinney and Don McKinney, a past director of Beverly Hills 90210.
Among the best known of NCSA's graduates is Largo's Terrence Mann, who was nominated for a Tony Award for his lead role in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
The Citadel honors
Largo business student
Andre' W. Lanier, son of Jim and Ingrid Lanier of Largo, received the Wall Street Journal Award for Outstanding Senior Business Major for the 1995-96 school year at the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
Lanier, a 1986 graduate of Largo High School, is a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and Delta Phi Alpha German national honor society.
earns math degree
Theresa J. Boone, daughter of Randy and Bertha Boone of Clearwater and a 1992 graduate of Dunedin High School, has received a bachelor of arts degree in math from Hampton University in Hampton, Va.
Boone, who attended Hampton for three years on an SEMS scholarship, has accepted a position as a high school math teacher at Hampton Roads Academy in Hampton.
get citizenship awards
Heather Ketchum and William Sutton Smith, 1996 graduates of Clearwater High School, have been recognized as Good Citizens by the Clearwater Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Good Citizens are selected based on qualities of good character, including dependability, service, leadership and patriotism, Good Citizens committee chairwoman Helen Proctor said.
Ketchum was on the dean's list for four years at Clearwater High. She was a member of the National Honor Society, editor of the senior section of the yearbook and president of Gayfers Teen Board.
Smith was a member of the varsity baseball and cross country teams and received the Team Spirit award in 1995. He also was treasurer of the Youth in Government club and a member of the prom committee and Future Educators of America.
Palm Harbor student
wins academic scholarship
Dustin Anderson, son of Debbie Smith of Palm Harbor, has been awarded a $1,500 Freshman Academic Excellence Scholarship from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.
Anderson is a 1996 graduate of East Lake High School.
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