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USAA scholarships awarded

They come from spots as diverse as Arcata, Calif., Moscow, Idaho and Kissimmee, but 250 college-bound students have something identical in their backpacks this fall, says USAA financial services company Educational Foundation's Lesli Hicks. Each has a $1,000 renewable scholarship. "These winners are exceptional students with very high grade-point averages and standardized test scores as well as significant and varied extracurricular activities," said Jean Loden, foundation executive director. Recipients from the St. Petersburg area include:

Justin Conrad, son of Sterling and Diane Conrad of St. Petersburg, is a 1999 graduate of the International Baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg High School. Conrad was Civitan president and was voted most talented senior and best actor by Thespians. He was United Nations Club vice president, and a member of the National Honor Society. He will attend Florida State University in Tallahassee this fall.

Colin Galbraith, son of Al and Conni Galbraith of Clearwater, is a 1999 graduate of Boca Ciega High School where he was valedictorian and student government president. Galbraith was also a member of the varsity soccer, swimming, tennis and cross country teams. He was a National Merit Finalist and AP scholar. He also won a National Principal's Leadership Award and a Rotary Outstanding Student Award. Colin will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., this fall.

Maria Nunez, daughter of Peggie Nunez of St. Petersburg, is a student on a full presidential scholarship at Hampton University, Hampton, Va. She graduated from Pinellas Park High School in 1997, where she was president of the National Honor Society, drum major of the marching band and editor-in-chief of the yearbook. At Hampton, Nunez is majoring in journalism and business administration.

Local student named

Rensselaer medal winner

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., announced the names of Rensselaer medal winners. For more than 80 years RPI has awarded their medal, which includes a scholarship of $40,000, payable in four yearly awards of $10,000 to outstanding students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science at their high school, and upon graduation, will enroll at RPI. Recipients must be a junior and be the school's outstanding student in math and science. Jacqueline Baras, a student of the St. Petersburg High School IB Program was the RPI medal winner from St. Petersburg.

Graduations

Michelle Marie Blumel, daughter of Thomas Blumel Sr. of Brooksville, and granddaughter of Raymond and Helen Blumel Sr. of St. Petersburg, has graduated from Florida State University, Tallahassee, with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. She is a 1993 graduate of Central High School, Brooksville, and a 1996 graduate of Tallahassee Community College.

Honors

Brenton Meese, son of George and Karen Meese of St. Petersburg, has accepted membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and will be honored during a campus ceremony this fall at Clemson University, S.C., where he is a sophomore in the Calhoun Honors Program. Meese was also chosen to be one of six judges in Clemson's student government for the 1999-2000 school year. He plays for Clemson's club soccer team and is majoring in engineering. Brenton is a 1998 graduate of Lakewood High School's Center for Advanced Technology Program.

_ This column is published in Neighborhood Times as space is available. Entries include St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Gulfport, Kenneth City, South Pasadena and the gulf beaches. If you have good news to share, submit it to Darrell Cutshall, Good For You, c/o St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Please include telephone number and return address.

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