Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian S. Hashey, son of Ed and Sandy Hashey of Oldsmar, has departed on an eight-month tour with the Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration squadron.
Hashey, a 1987 graduate of Countryside High School, is one of 126 squadron members who will travel to 35 cities in the United States during this year's 50th anniversary tour.
The Blue Angels' mission is to enhance the Navy's recruiting effort and to represent the naval service to the civilian community and to foreign nations.
Hashey's squadron, home based at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, flies the F/A-18 Hornet, a fighter/attack aircraft.
The flight demonstrations exhibit flying skills and include four-plane, aerobatic maneuvers and fast-paced high performance maneuvers performed by the solo pilots in the No. 5 and 6 jets. Also, the six jets perform maneuvers together in the delta formation.
In preparation for the 140,000-mile tour, Hashey and fellow Blue Angels trained for 100 days at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, Calif.
Alumnus receives academy honors
Scott Allan Stoermer, son of Rita and retired Army Lt. Col. Terry Stoermer of Clearwater, has graduated with honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and has been commissioned an ensign.
After six weeks of training at the U.S. Dive School in Panama City, Stoermer will be assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sassafrass, which is stationed in Hawaii.
Stoermer is a 1992 graduate of Clearwater High School.
1996 graduates win scholarships
Dennison Bret Macaleer, son of Karen and the Rev. R. Dennis Macaleer of Clearwater, has been awarded a $40,000 Presidential Scholarship from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
The Florida Institute of Technology, founded in 1958, is near the Kennedy Space Center and Orlando and has about 5,000 students.
Macaleer is a 1996 graduate of Clearwater High School, where he was captain of the wrestling team. At Florida Tech, he plans to major in aerospace engineering.
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Cory Hawthorne, son of Allen and Linda Hawthorne of Seminole, has been awarded an annual $3,000 academic scholarship to LaGrange College in Georgia.
He also has signed a letter of intent to play basketball.
Hawthorne is a 1996 graduate of Seminole High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, Student Council, the varsity basketball team and the Varsity Letterman's Club.
Hawthorne also received the President's Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Woman graduates with honors
Dana Goodman, daughter of Janice Goodman of Largo, and a 1992 graduate of Largo High School, has graduated magna cum laude, receiving a bachelor of science degree in public relations from Florida State University.
Goodman was a member of the Mortar Board and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies, Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Florida Public Relations Association.
She works for Oppenheim Associates, a public relations and advertising firm in Tallahassee.
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