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The Air Force JROTC Unit FL-952 at Springstead High School was selected to receive the 2006-07 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award.

The award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission.

The objectives of the Junior ROTC program are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.

Clubs and Organizations

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 Ladies Auxiliary recently installed officers for 2007-08.

Newly elected officers include: Elena Cannizzaro, president; Sandy Sheilds, senior vice president; Mary Jane Rhodes, junior vice president; Virginia O'Brien, secretary; Andrea Hennessey, treasurer; Marie Morrell, chaplain; Phyllis McCann, conductress; Diana Capo, guard; Ida Heredia, third-year trustee; Helen Sharkey, second-year trustee; Toni Ready, first-year trustee, and Lisa Bonadona, patriotic instructor.

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The Hispanic Scholarship Civic and Cultural Foundation presented scholarships to two graduating seniors this year.

Spanish Heritage Scholarship recipients included Ericka Acevedo and Frank J. Alfaro, both graduates of Central High School.

The criteria included students' ability to handle college work, community involvement and proven need. For information about the Hispanic Scholarship Civic and Cultural Foundation visit www.hispanicscholars.org.

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The Hernando County Cattlemen's Association has announced that Ann Keyser is the winner of the Justin Boot Committeeman of the Year award.

Keyser has been a supporter of agriculture in the county. She is a current director of the Hernando County Cattlemen's Association and is the volunteer coordinator for the association's Hernando County Rodeo and BBQ Festival.

Keyser's dedication to the association and festival, as well as the American quarter horses she loves, is an inspiration to others.

Keyser received a pair of exotic boots and a plaque. The local PRCA rodeo will be during the Hernando County Rodeo and BBQ Festival, Oct. 12-14, at the Hernando County Airport.

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The General Federation of Women's Club awarded $500 scholarships to two graduating seniors this year.

Shawna Trammell from Central High School and Angela Passafaro from Springstead High School each received the award from Nancy Cannon, club president, and Carol Smith, vice president.

Trammell plans to attend Pasco-Hernando Community College; Passafaro plans to attend the University of North Florida.

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Florida PEO, Chapter HR Weeki Wachee, presented two graduating seniors with scholarships.

The scholarship recipients are Michelle Sullivan and Krystal DiBlasi, both of Central High School.

PEO is an international women's philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing women increased opportunities for higher education. The Florida PEO scholarship program assists Florida women attending Florida schools.

For information, call 683-0996. The 2007-08 scholarship process beings in September.

Recreation and Sports

The Hernando Oaks Women's Golf Association had its general meeting and elections in May. On June 6, the newly elected officers were installed.

Officers include: Peggy Ostensen, president; Dona Treager, vice president; Jackie Skofield, secretary, and Lois Cook, treasurer.

Hernando Oaks is a golfing community on U.S. 41 just south of Brooksville.

Women's Golf Association members have weekly golf games along with tournaments. They participate in the Women's Mid State Golf Association and will sponsor a Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament on Oct. 21.

Rally for the Cure, in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Golf for Women magazine, is a grassroots golf program dedicated to spreading awareness in the fight to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

For information, contact Peggy Ostensen at 397-3411 or Dona Treager at 796-9212.

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