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Genesis Prep grad's academics, leadership noted at West Point

Cadet Gregory Neil Van Bemden II, son of Greg and Debra Van Bemden of New Port Richey, has made the dean's list for academics and was also named Soldier of the Quarter for his company at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Van Bemden is a 2001 graduate of the Genesis Preparatory School of New Port Richey.

He is a candidate for graduation from West Point in 2005 to be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Rotary Club of Trinity

donates to two charities

NEW PORT RICHEY _ The Rotary Club of Trinity recently awarded $6,000 to two children's charities during a luncheon at Heritage Springs clubhouse.

Youth and Family Alternatives received $5,000 to be used for the general support of the RAP House, a short-term residential care program for runaways and other troubled youths.

The Boys and Girls Club of Pasco County received $1,000 for the West Pasco Youth Center which helps young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible citizens.

The main focus of the Rotary Club of Trinity is children's charities. An annual fundraiser, Casinos of the World, helps achieve the club's goals. This year the event is scheduled Sept. 28 at Heritage Springs clubhouse using a James Bond theme and entertainment by Bill Haley's Comets.

Student from New Port

Richey earns scholarship

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Jessica McCarrick of New Port Richey has received a National Italian American Foundation Regional Scholarship.

Miss McCarrick is attending Florida International University in Miami. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic merit and are academically outstanding with a grade point average of 3.8.

American Legion names

delegates to Boys State

NEW PORT RICHEY _ The American Legion Paradise Post 79 of New Port Richey has selected delegates for Boys State for the 59th session in June in Tallahassee.

Delegates from Gulf High School are Patrick B. Gallagher and William D. Nelson; from Ridgewood High School, Paul D. Calez and Daniel Sagendorf; and Daniel M. Hanff and Benjamin D. Roddey IV from Genesis Preparatory School.

Boys State is scheduled from June 9-15 at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Delegates have an opportunity to learn about city, county and state government and patriotism by participating in a mock democratic society. They also can earn three hours college credits from Tallahassee Community College and compete for college scholarships and also have an opportunity to be selected to attend American Legion Boys Nation program in Washington, D.C., in July.

Senate Manor Estates

clubs lauded for toy drive

PORT RICHEY _ Three clubs at Senate Manor Estates of Port Richey _ the Men's Club, Social Council and Lazy Daze Team _ were honored recently for their continued support to Toys for Tots and received the Commander's Award from the Holiday Detachment 587, Marine Corps League, sponsor of Toys for Tots drive.

The presentation was made at Senate Manor Estates by Diana Thornton, a member of the Marine Corps League for 17 years.

Each of the three clubs donated $100 to Toys for Tots. In addition, monetary donations were given by Senate Manor Estates residents. A large number of toys also were purchased and donated using proceeds from a benefit dinner put on by the Lazy Daze Team.

Hudson High grad makes

dean's list at university

HUDSON _ Gladys Kathy Rippy, 22, daughter of Gladys and Delbert Rippy of Hudson, has made the dean's list for the fall term at the University of Indianapolis in Indiana.

She is a member of Rho Chapter of Sigma Zeta sorority and is active in the Order of the Eastern Star. Miss Rippy assists in the school's chemistry and physics labs. She is a candidate for graduation in May with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and studio art.

Upon graduation, she plans to continue her studies in analytical chemistry in graduate school in Florida. She was valedictorian when she graduated in 1998 from Hudson High School.

Polish Legion's Auxiliary

names contest winners

ELFERS _ Winners of essay and poster contests sponsored by the Polish Legion of American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary have been announced.

In the contest titled, "My Ancestors, America," Karl Pursley, a sixth-grader at Bishop Larkin School in Bayonet Point, received $50 for an essay; and Joseph Roman, won $25 for a poster. Juanita Godsen is their teacher.

Joshua Jones of River Ridge Middle School won $50 for an essay and Rachael McCarthy, $25 for a poster. Karen England is their teacher.

Lindsey Jameson, eighth-grader from Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey, won $50 for an essay. Paula Lesko is the teacher.

Kay Kosiorowski, auxiliary president, and Mary Hinkle, chapter Americanism officer, presented the awards.

Eagle Scouts of 2001

honored at banquet

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Eagle Scouts of 2001 from the Twin Rivers District of West Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, were honored recently at an annual council banquet.

They are Clinton David Baskett of Troop 8, sponsored by Kiwanis of Holiday; Stephen Richard Barber of Troop 46, sponsored by Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church; Aron Joseph Barker and Nelson Andrew-Watts Kranz of Troop 46, sponsored by First United Methodist Church; Peter Joseph Schatzman of Troop 86, sponsored by St. Michael Catholic Church; Ryan Patrick Sweeney of Troop 91, sponsored by Shady Hills United Methodist Church; Martin Erich Bauer of Troop 177, sponsored by James P. Gills Family YMCA; Kevin Thomas Romanosky, Andrew James Thompson and Edward Matthew Tracey of Troop 180, sponsored by Asbury United Methodist Church; and Michael James Birch of Crew 946, sponsored by First United Methodist Church.

Knights name winners

of free throw competition

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Local champions of the recent Free Throw Competition sponsored by Our Lady Queen of Peace, Knights of Columbus Council 11680, have been announced.

In the division for 10-year-old boys, Jamaal Matthew was the winner.

Drew Eickhoff was named champion for 11-year-old boys and Meagan Novotny for 11-year-old girls.

In the division for 12-year-old boys, Travis Allaire was named champion, Daniel Lee for 13-year-old boys and Charles Adams for 14-year-old boys.

Each winner receives an engraved plaque commemorating the event and is eligible to compete in the district finals. For information, call Dan Poulter at 376-7811.

Veterans Village Legion

is active in community

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Veterans Village American Legion Post 343 is participating in community events.

The post participated in the Chasco and Christmas parades by entering the post's big van with a white teddy bear on its roof.

A favorite community project is donating a dozen teddy bears to All Children's Specialty Clinic every other month, an ongoing project.

_ Do you have good news to share? Contact Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey 34668.