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The Florida Holocaust Museum Anne Frank Humanitarian Award recognizes high school juniors who have made the decision to better the life of an individual or group, fulfilling the Mission Statement of the Museum.

This award has the endorsement of the Anne Frank Center in New York.

Local recipients for 2003 are Lanier Echols, Boca Ciega High; Jennifer Tovey, Clearwater High; Michael Arfaras, Countryside High; Adam Carroll, Dixie Hollins High; Dane Boston, Dunedin High; Scott Pride, East Lake High; Kevin Pace, Gibbs High; Emily Milroy, Lakewood High; Taylor Swan, Largo High; Faye Williams, Northeast High; Susan Rood, Osceola High; Jennifer Adkins, Palm Harbor High; Courtney Andries, Pinellas Park High; Eve Epstein, St. Petersburg High; Jennifer Willard, Tarpon Springs High; Adrianne Smith, Seminole High; Monathan Tucker, Opportunity High.

Michael Zarvalas, Elizabeth Pitts and Jonathan Freeberg have won national awards for the Daughters of the American Revolution Junior American Citizens Contest.

Zarvalas, son of Tash and Mary Zarvalas of Clearwater, won second place for his essay.

He is a student at Highland Christian Academy.

Pitts, daughter of Jay and Cathy Pitts of Palm Harbor, won third place for her essay.

She is a student at West Lake Christian.

Freeberg, son of Jon and Bridget Freeberg of Ozona, won third place for his poem.

He is a student at Dunedin Academy.


Megan Maxa, daughter of Frank and Donna Maxa, has been awarded a Best Buy Children's Foundation Scholarship.

She is a 2003 graduate of Palm Harbor University High School and plans to attend the University of Central Florida.

Geetanjali Coomar of Clearwater has been selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars. The society recognizes students for academic excellence.

She will be a senior at Calvary Christian High School. She was vice president of Interact Club and earned outstanding achievement recognition for English II and the High Honor Roll Award.

She volunteers at Morton Plant Hospital and at doctors' offices, the local library and elementary schools.

Lori Hawkins, daughter of David and Linda Hawkins of Calhoun, Ga., graduated from the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga., with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

She is a 1998 graduate of Clearwater High School and is employed by Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, where she works in the pediatric unit.

Mark L. Wheeler, son of Scott and Mary Wheeler of Crystal Beach, has been named a National Award Winner for science by the United States Achievement Academy. Wheeler, who will attend the Palm Harbor University High School International Baccalaureate Program, was nominated by his teacher at Tarpon Springs Middle School.

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