UF students named Goldwater Scholars


Members of Girl Scout Troop 519 of Live Oak provided baskets loaded with goodies for the children in the Shands Pediatric Oncology Unit. Picture from left to right are Scout Leader Teresa Collins, Erin Smart, Savannah Slaughter, Sarah Collins, Heather Sannizzaro, Autumn Raulerson, Katye Shattler, co-leader Lorna Radcliff, Katie Cavazos and Sandi Raulerson, aka “Bunny.”

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Published: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7:40 p.m.

University of Florida students Zachary Kaufman and Lauren McLeod have been named Goldwater Scholars for the 2012-13 year by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Kaufman, a junior with a double major in electrical engineering and computer engineering, plans to pursue a career in academia. McLeod, a junior physics major, also plans to pursue a career in academia.

The scholarship, which recognizes sophomores and juniors who excel in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering, awards $7,500 annually for undergraduate tuition, fees, books and room and board.

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Members of Girl Scout Troop 519 of Live Oak provided baskets loaded with goodies for the children in the Shands Pediatric Oncology Unit.

Scout leader Teresa Collins, Erin Smart, Savannah Slaughter, Sarah Collins, Heather Sannizzaro, Autumn Raulerson, Katye Shattler, co-leader Lorna Radcliff, Katie Cavazos and Sandi Raulerson took part.

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The Kiwanis Club of Gainesville's new inductees are Ashley Milam, Donna Rayburn and Nicola Hill.

The Kiwanis Club of Gainesville meets at noon on Wednesdays at the Paramount Hotel and Conference Center, 2900 SW 13th St.

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Hospice of the Nature Coast recently honored volunteers from its Alachua and Chiefland teams with a Cajun-themed dinner party at Turkey Creek Golf & Country Club in Alachua.

Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for 2011 recipients are Kay Kielhofer, of Alachua, Sharlene Hotary, of High Springs, and Barbara Krolak, of Chiefland.

Kielhofer and her certified therapy dog, Zoey, visit hospice patients in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, participate in the organization's grief support camps for kids and represent hospice at community festivals and holiday parades.

They were recently recognized as Outstanding Active Volunteers by Therapy Dogs International for having completed 150 properly documented therapy visits.

Hotary uses her quilting skills to help hospice patients and holds weekly quilting gathering with friends to create works of art for hospice patients.

Krolak volunteers in the organization's Chiefland Thrift & Gift Shoppe and creates artwork to sell at the shop.

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Irene Wainwright, the manager of psycho-social and bereavement services for Haven Hospice, was recently named the Social Worker of the Year for the Gainesville Unit of the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter.

Phil Kellerman and Dan Khan each received Public Citizen of the Year awards, and Janice O'Driscoll received the Social Work Student of the Year award.

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Four students from the Queen of Peace Catholic Academy were middle school finalists for Alachua County in the U.S. Military Academy's 11th annual West Point Bridge Design Contest.

The students were Abby Diblin, first place; Sophie Wasik, second place; Molly Diblin, third place; and Emily Herrington, fourth place.

The contest provides middle school and high school students with an engaging introduction to engineering.

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