Young thespians head for state competition

The cast and crew of Clearwater Central Catholic High School’s production of Almost, Maine.
The cast and crew of Clearwater Central Catholic High School’s production of Almost, Maine.
Published Mar. 7, 2012

The Central Stage theatre troupe from Clearwater Central Catholic High School took home the first place award in the One Acts category for its presentation of Almost, Maine, a play by John Cariani, at this year's Florida District IV Theater Festival at Gibbs High School, Pinellas County Center for the Arts, St. Petersburg.

The cast, comprised of Andrea Lamelle, Hayden Penn, Nick Fernandez, Nicole Petitgirard, Kellie Paz, Alaina Porter, Kage Jewell and Rachel Sticco, have qualified to represent CCC at the state competition March 14-17.

In addition to placing first in this group category, students won in individual categories. Katerina Ivanov was awarded the Critics Choice award for costume design while Sticco, Alyssa Runnels, Fernandez and Jewell were Critics Choice runners-up. Students who received superior ratings were Brooke Johnson and Fernandez in solo musical; Brittany Morrow in solo acting; Ivanov in costume design; Sticco and Runnels in duet acting; and Fernandez and Jewell in duet acting. All of these students have qualified to compete at the state competition as well.

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Dr. Adam Johnson, a 2002 graduate of Palm Harbor University High and University of Florida medical school graduate, was elected chief resident of pediatric emergency care medicine at the University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham.

His brother, Michael Johnson, was selected for the Ph.D. program at the University of Central Florida, School of Business Administration in Orlando, one of two candidates chosen annually to receive free tuition and a salary while pursuing a degree. Michael is a 2004 graduate of Calvary Christian High, Clearwater; Belmont University, where he received a bachelor of science degree; and Rider University, where he graduated with a master's degree in business administration. He one day hopes to be a college professor.

Both brothers graduated from Skycrest Christian Elementary, Clearwater.

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Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association's Educational Foundation announced that Tarpon Springs High School placed second overall at the 12th annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions which took place Feb. 24-25 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando.

Participating teams were made up of juniors and seniors enrolled in the ProStart curriculum program during the 2011-2012 school year.

"FRLAEF is the only organization in Florida that offers the ProStart program," said Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. "It was developed to increase the quality and employability of today's high school graduates by providing them with training related to important jobs skills as well as opportunities for food service and lodging careers and higher education. We congratulate all the winners and participants of the team competitions."

A total of 47 schools participated, with 15 schools winning top awards.

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Gwin Londrigan of Safety Harbor was named a 2012 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida Mar. 13 at the 11th annual Women of Distinction Luncheon at the A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa. Television journalist, author and entrepreneur Joan Lunden was the guest speaker.

A resident of Pinellas County for more than 30 years, Londrigan began her Girl Scout experience as a Brownie in a suburb outside Chicago.

It was through Girl Scouts that she discovered her passion for community service and helping others. She is a 17-year member of the Junior League of Clearwater, where she has served in a number of leadership roles, including president. She was also a member of the inaugural Race For The Cure committee to bring the race to the area and is involved with local golf tournaments supporting the United Way of Tampa Bay.

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After graduating from Florida State University, Londrigan moved to Safety Harbor to begin her professional career and is now a senior business consultant with Publix Super Markets.

She is still involved in Girl Scouting as a co-leader of a Travel Troop planning a trip to London, Paris and Lucerne in 2013.

Londrigan, along with three other Florida women, was chosen because she personifies the courage, confidence and character that Girl Scouting instills in young women today.