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Gutierrez funds go to five from Springstead

Five 1996 Springstead High graduates received a total of $2,000 in scholarship money Thursday from funds raised at last month's second annual Andre C. Gutierrez Golf Tournament.

Gutierrez was a 1990 graduate of Springstead, where he played soccer and football. While a dean's list student at the University of South Alabama in September 1994, he died of heart failure in his sleep.

Receiving scholarships for $500 each were Jaime DiTullio, Erika Jasen and Manny Toro. Receiving $250 each were Greg Caraynoff and Jason Taylor.

Ditullio did not attend Thursday's awards because she was in class at the University of South Florida, said Gutierrez's mother Elba, who presented a plaque that will be displayed at the school.

Of the fund, Elba Gutierrez said: "It is something that I know our son would have been proud of. It's keeping his name and spirit alive."