PKY student headed to national youth summit on environment

Published: Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Diego Posada, a 10th-grader at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, has been selected to represent Florida as a National Youth Delegate to the 2012 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University from June 24-29.

Diego, who is the son of Electra Posada of Gainesville and Humberto Posada of East Tennessee, was chosen in recognition of his academic accomplishments and his demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.

Diego, along with a group of 250 students from all over the country, will have an opportunity for an intensive study of leadership in environmental science and conservation during the youth summit, which is being hosted by George Mason University, the National Geographic Society and the National Zoo.

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The Alachua County Sheriff's Office is the winner of LifeSouth's annual Guns and Hoses blood drive public safety challenge, Sheriff Sadie Darnell said.

The agency won the honors, the third time it has done so, with 152 donors, Darnell said.

Darnell credited the efforts of co-captains Kristen Allfrey and Sandi Hayes, who also organize the agency's quarterly blood drives. "They know first-hand the importance of these events," Darnell said.

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Philip Kellerman, president and founder of the Harvest of Hope Foundation, has been named Public Citizen of the Year by the Gainesville Unit of the National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter.

Kellerman is being recognized for his true genuineness, sincerity, altruism and passion to serve the migrant workers and their children, according to the association.

Located in Gainesville, the Harvest of Hope Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides migrant farm workers and their families with emergency relief and financial assistance.

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The Voluntary Prekindergarten class at A Child's Place Preschool celebrated Black History Month with guest speakers including Detective Mark Bright of Lancaster Correctional Institution, Officer Charlene Collins of the Gainesville Police Department and Barbara Austin, director of client relations and community outreach for the Chestnut Law Firm. Black History Month celebrations concluded with a school-wide lunch cookout and other outdoor activities.

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The fifth Winter Fine Art Fair at Tioga Town Center award winners include: Best of Show, Steve Howell, pottery/ceramics; first place, Christine Cambrea, painting; second place, Mike Styga, wood; Awards of Merit: Jane Polkowski, painting; Monica Fairchild, jewelry; Rick Shamel, jewelry/mixed media; Hugo Cruz, mixed media; Candance McCaffery, fiber; Honorable Mentions: Peter Carolin, painting; Sharon Vogel, jewelry; Sean Dowie, photography; Sky Campbell & Sara Hinds, glass; and Silvestre Hernandez-Reyes, jewelry/mixed media.

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