Hometown Pinellas, May 30

Published May 28 2014
Updated May 28 2014

Elks honor residents: The Dunedin-Clearwater Elks Lodge held its annual community awards banquet recently to honor citizens for their accomplishments.

High school students of the year included Lindsay Suttlemire of Dunedin, Harrison Tomlin of Countryside and Alexandra Chandler of Clearwater. NJROTC cadet of the year CPO 3C was awarded to Brett Swetay, and Marine Corps ROTC cadet of the year was awarded to Lt. Justin Reyes.

Four students, Sophia Benzarti, Brett Witmore, Donald Wasoff and Jennifer Franklin, were given scholarships. Lesa Phillips was awarded Clearwater police officer of the year, while Lt. Sean Premo was given Clearwater firefighter of the year.

Lt. William Byrd was awarded Dunedin sheriff's deputy of the year, and Thom Cameron was awarded Dunedin firefighter of the year.

Al Ginouves was given a certificate of appreciation for his years of heading the scholarship program, and the distinguished citizen award was given to Dunedin NJROTC commander Rick Schock.

DAR Good CitizenS scholarship award: Melissa Boylan, a senior at Tarpon Springs High School, was presented with the Good Citizens Scholarship Award in May from the Tarpon Springs Princess Chasco Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The award recognizes and rewards high school seniors who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. Boylan will graduate with a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Principles Multicultural Committee. She served as vice president of her sophomore class, president of her junior class and was student council executive board president during her senior year. Boylan will be attending Florida State University.

Braille Group honors students: Four Pinellas County students received the Mildred Shavlan Achievement Award from Pinellas County Braille Group this month.

They were Alexis Lee of Pinellas Park High School, Ashley Warshowsky of Seminole High School, Delaney Tolliver of Seminole High School and Patricia Hurwitz of Center Academy. The award is given annually to visually impaired students who show outstanding achievement during the school year.

Service news: Air Force Airman Shea N. Hackett, a 2012 graduate of Clearwater High School, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Hackett is the son of Joanne Hackett of Palm Harbor.