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Katelyn LoCastro, from left, Kaylie Caruso, Amanda Yothers and Alison Altman earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award.
Katelyn LoCastro, from left, Kaylie Caruso, Amanda Yothers and Alison Altman earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award.
Published Jun. 24, 2015

GIRL SCOUTS AWARDED FOR STEM COMMUNITY SERVICE: The four fifth-grade Girl Scouts in Troop 143 earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award in May. This National award is given to troops that plan and execute a project that benefits the community. With a goal of promoting STEM-related subjects in school and how much fun science can be, the Girl Scouts of Junior Troop 143 worked to create science, technology, engineering, math kits available for kids and parents to check out from the Tarpon Springs Library. Each kit contains three to four different hands-on learning experiments. Kids can learn how to make a balloon rocket or hovercraft, discover the physics behind magnets, make a fake human lung and look at plant cell slides with the student microscope. Each kit covers a different STEM subject, which include forces and motion, magnets and physics, the human body and microscopic life. Additional materials such as models, books and worksheets are included.

ST. CECELIA STUDENTS CELEBRATE SUMMER BIRTHDAYS: Teachers and parents planned and hosted a party to celebrate summer birthdays and Clearwater's 100th birthday. Jason Poulos, a second-grader at St. Cecelia, has a summer birthday and planned, with his mother, to invite Mayor George Cretekos to celebrate as the city was celebrating its 100th birthday on May 28. Students created a banner to commemorate the centennial and ordered a birthday cake. Cretekos was presented with a school umbrella signed by the second-grade students.

CLEARWATER FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR TO WORK IN MALAYSIA: Leigha Gillespie of Clearwater has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Malaysia for an english teaching assistantship, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Gillespie is one of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The program operates in more than 160 countries.

Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

BOY SCOUTS ADVANCE TO EAGLE, RECEIVE AWARDS: Boy Scout Troop 313, chartered to the Church of Scientology, Flag Service Organization, held its Court of Honor Ceremony at Delphi Academy this week. Six Scouts advanced in rank and 13 merit badges were awarded.

The ceremony, led by newly advanced Boy Scout Cole Sherman, was highlighted by the announcement that Life Scout William Harris had fulfilled all of his Eagle Scout requirements and was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.

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In addition to completing 21 merit badges, Harris created planter boxes at Washburn Academy, where he attends high school.

In addition to Harris' achievements, other Scouts who were advanced in rank included Mason Hillman (to Tenderfoot), Zack Fishman and Alex Harvey (to 1st Class Scout) and Roark Haggerty to Star Scout.

LIBRARY SYSTEM HONORED: The Florida Library Association honored outstanding libraries, individuals, businesses and library supporters during its annual conference May 13-15. The Clearwater Public Library System was honored to receive the Maria Chavez Hernandez "Libraries Change People's Lives" award, which went to Claudia Gonzalez, Hispanic outreach liaison.

Gonzalez has helped the Clearwater Library System reach out to the Hispanic community to tell what libraries can do for the community and has greatly increased the number of Spanish-speaking families who use the library.

Award recipients were selected from a large number of applicants for the quality of their service to their communities and to the library profession. Additional information about the Florida Library Association is available at For information about the Clearwater libraries, call (727) 562-4970 or visit


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