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Young campers to take a spin with color guard

(ran EO edition)

While the East Lake High School marching band practiced last week, the nine flags of the color guard spun nearby.

Tara Ward, a St. Petersburg College student who directs the color guard, was leading the guard's practice. Timing each spin of the flag, she called out:

"1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.

"Progress! We cannot regress.

"1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.

"Better!"

Ward and instructor Betsy Koss teach nine East Lake High School students to enhance the band's visual appeal with spinning flags and metal sabers. The seniors on the squad are Danielle Guido and Kirsten Thompson. The juniors are Christa Conologue, Angela Dabruzzi, Lindsay Johnson and Elsie Mendez. Jamie Rivers is a sophomore. The freshmen are Amanda Lindemann and Jennifer Wronka.

Ward said the color guard helps students mature.

"It teaches them a lot about responsibility, and it teaches them about character," Ward said.

The squad will soon give elementary students the chance to see what being in the color guard is like.

The East Lake High School color guard squad members will teach a color guard camp for students in grades 2 though 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday and Nov. 10, 17 and Dec. 1, 8, 15 in the high school auditorium, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. The campers will perform a flag and dance routine during the East Lake High School band's winter concert.

The cost is $75 to pre-register, $85 at the door. Funds raised will help the winter guard travel throughout the state and compete with other color guards.

Call Kim Lindemann at (727) 942-2673.

9-year-old self-starter

honored by Rotary Club

The Brooker Creek Elementary Oldsmar/East Lake Rotary Club student of the month for September is Tayler Kent, 9, daughter of Sheryl and Brad Kent.

The third-grader was nominated by her teacher, Melissa Hill. She describes Tayler as a self-starter and said she participates in the school book club and in Girl Scouts.

In her nominating statement, Hill said Tayler is a natural leader, helpful and kind, and always wears a smile.

Young citizen of month

called "a help to others'

The Brooker Creek Elementary citizen of the month for September is Devin Scanlon, 6, son of Christine and John Scanlon.

The first-grader was nominated by his teacher, Linda Wygant.

In her nominating statement, she said Devin is a dedicated learner and enjoys karate. "Devin consistently goes out of his way to be a help to others," Wygant said. "This may include helping me, students with work or clean-up and anyone who gets hurt."

East Lake Woodlands

plans town hall meeting

The East Lake Woodlands Community Association will have a town hall meeting open to the public at 7 p.m. Thursday at the country club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway.

Robert S. Stiner, captain of the special operations division at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, will speak on emergency preparedness.

Bob Janowski, the manager of the North County Connection Center, will give an introduction to the services available at the connection centers. The center's staff can answer questions on issues such as storm water, code enforcement, land use, traffic and public safety.

_ If you have news or photos about East Lake schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, call Theresa Blackwell at (727) 771-4305, fax it to her at (727) 771-4301, e-mail blackwellsptimes.com or mail material to her at the North Pinellas Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

Lindsay Johnson, an East Lake High School junior, practices with the color guard at the school Thursday. Squad members will teach a camp for elementary students starting Monday. Campers will perform a flag and dance routine during the high school band's winter concert.

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