Dakesha Seay, daughter of Delores Seay Walker and Charles Seay Jr. of St. Petersburg, made the dean's list at High Point (N.C.) University. Seay is a freshman and a criminal justice major. She is a 2002 graduate of Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School.
Gov. Jeb Bush recognized Amanda Howey of St. Petersburg as a Points of Light Award recipient. The award is given to exemplary volunteers in Florida's communities.
Howey, 20, is the founder and president of EC Outreach, one of Eckerd College's leading student service clubs. She publishes a monthly calendar for the Campus Ministries office.
A psychology major with minors in human development and economics, Howey serves as a student ambassador. She is a member of the college's finance committee, the student activity fee task force, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and the educational policy and program committee. Howey is a member of Volunteer Florida's Youth Action Council.
In 2002, Howey won an honorable mention at the Florida College Student of the Year Awards.
Blake Taylor Safko, son of Mark and Paula Safko and Jan Kokernot of St. Petersburg, attained the rank of Eagle Scout and will be recognized at a Court of Honor ceremony March 12 at St. Raphael's Catholic Church. Safko earned 35 merit badges and spent 200 hours creating fish sanctuaries in Tampa Bay for his Eagle Scout project. He is now the Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 219.
A senior at Boca Ciega High School, Safko is class president and a member of the varsity swimming, basketball and track teams. He is a recipient of the American Legion Academic Excellence Award. Safko was nominated to the United States Military Academy at West Point and also has been accepted to The Citadel.
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