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Dunedin Pipe Band wins North American Championship

The 65 members of the Dunedin Pipe Band recently traveled to Canada to compete in the North American Pipe Band Championships and were named North American Champions. The city showcased two bands at the annual event, the Grade 4 band, who won the championship, and the Grade 2 band, who came in fourth in their grade. Members ranged from 12 to 60 years old and were led by piping director Iain Donaldson. Many of the members also took home medals in solo competitions. Dunedin has more than 200 pipers in the city's program at Dunedin Middle School, Dunedin High School and the Pipe Band.

College student studies abroad in sea-sailing classroom

Kyle T. Johnson of Palm Harbor enrolled in SEA Semester: Historic Seaports of Western Europe as a study-abroad venture while he attended New College of Florida. Students who study with SEA, Sea Education Association, use a 134-foot sailing vessel as their classroom, examining major historical transformations in maritime history in the North Atlantic. Johnson's trip is about 1,800 nautical miles with four weeks at sea. Along with collecting data for a research project, Johnson also helps provide weather observations and learns to chart a course using celestial navigation as the Junior Watch Officer.

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