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Kiwanis president Claire Cousins stands with students Gracelita Dohesty, Sol Guervo and Yasmine Habeeb.
Kiwanis president Claire Cousins stands with students Gracelita Dohesty, Sol Guervo and Yasmine Habeeb.
Published Dec. 4, 2014

m NEW PASTOR: Safety Harbor Community Church installed its new pastor, James Matichuk, Nov. 16. Matichuk and his wife, Sarah, are originally from Washington and have three young children and are expecting another at the beginning of the year. The Rev. Dr. Robert Owen, superintendent of the Southeast Conference of the ECC, installed the new pastor. Safety Harbor Community Church is an Evangelical Covenant Church and is active in the community with Jobs for Life classes, providing snacks for Daisy Douglas Park, supporting City of Refuge and the Center of Hope.

, HISPANIC HONOR: Fifth Third Bank of North Florida selected Martha Nazario of Clearwater as the winner of its Hispanic Notables campaign. It partnered with a local radio station to feature stories about notable Hispanic contributions to music, science, industry and pop culture. The station awarded gift cards to 20 listeners including Nazario. She won the grand prize of a $500 gift card at the end of the campaign and chose ENLACE at the University of South Florida to receive a $1,000 donation. ENLACE promotes academic success, retention and graduation of Hispanic and first-generation college students at the USF campus in Tampa.

, STUDENT AWARDS: Safety Harbor Kiwanis recently recognized four students from Safety Harbor Middle School with Seahawk Awards. The students were nominated by their teachers and picked for demonstrating character, dedication, a positive attitude and high academics. Each student received a trophy and a small monetary award. The four students honored are sixth-graders Gracelita Dohesty, Diana Rodriguez and Sol Guervo, and seventh-grader Yasmine Habeeb.

STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP: Alayna Gallagher of Safety Harbor was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Royal Neighbors Foundation. The scholarship will be sent to her school of choice to help fund tuition, housing and books. Royal Neighbors is one of the nation's largest female-led insurance organizations that helps empower women to meet their family's needs through scholarships, health and retail discounts and community involvement. It has awarded more than $4 million to members for continuing education since 1961.

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