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Published Jun. 4, 2019

Pinellas residents graduate basic training

U.S. Air Force Airmen Cori K. Perri, Jordan T. Fuqua, Tristyn H. Crawford and Reserve Airman 1st Class Ronald A. Gan Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airmen completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Perri is the son of Wendi and Joe Perri of Clearwater and a 2018 graduate of Countryside High School. Fuqua is the son of Debra and Anthony Fuqua of St. Petersburg and a 2018 graduate of St. Petersburg Catholic High School. Crawford is the daughter and step-daughter of Morris and Marina Crawford of Largo, and a 2018 graduate of Northeast High School. Gan is the son of Giselle and Naipaul Singh and Sobeyda Diaz of Poway, Calif., and a 2018 graduate of St. Petersburg College.

North Pinellas Woman's Club awards community service award to high school senior

The 2019 GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club Community Service Award was recently presented to Caitlyn Coleman, a Countryside High School senior. The Community Service Award was initiated in 2013 to honor students for their outstanding dedication to community improvement through volunteer service. Coleman volunteered 300 hours at the Clearwater Main Library, 250 hours with the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church food pantry, youth at music program and 40 hours with various community groups through the Key Club.


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