Gainesville achievers

Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.

Incorporated in 1989, The Alachua County Library District Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with a purpose to support and to provide supplemental funding with an emphasis on long-term support and planned giving. Katherine’s Tree, a 10-foot etched-glass rendition of the Tree of Knowledge, located at the Headquarters library, is one way the foundation raises funds. With a contribution of at least $2,000, a name can be etched on a leaf on Katherine’s Tree for a lasting visible recognition.

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Newberry resident Isabelle Torrence, 9, won the Junior Showmanship Award at the Florida State Fair held recently in Tampa. Isabelle, who is a member of the Archer Trailblazers 4-H Club, was recognized for her skill in training her show heifer, Bizzy, an 11-month-old Angus heifer purchased by her grandfather Wayne Tharp. Isabelle is the daughter of Chris and Alicia Torrence.

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Millhopper Montessori School Thespian Troupe, The Spotlight Kids, led by Sylvia Aslanian and Liz Nelson, brought home awards from the Florida State Junior Thespian Festival held recently in Melbourne:

Superior awards include:

Improv: Ben Brandt and Dillon Webb

Duet Scene: “Drexton and Carmen/Gumshoe High,” Ben Brandt and Tiffany Milian

Solo Musical: “Going It Alone” from “Homeroom — the Musical,” Cristina de la Puerta

Scene Design: “Romeo and Juliet,” Gibson Rumsey

Large Group Musical: “Today’s the Day” from “Homeroom — the Musical,” Caryss Baldwin, Soren Bender, Zach Brandt, Ben Brandt, Will Carter, Cristina de la Puerta, Hunter Pifer-Maxwell, Tiffany Milian, Elizabeth Mills, Marisa Palmer, Lexi Phillips and Dillon Webb.

Excellent awards include:

Duet Musical: “Secret” from “Homeroom — the Musical,” Lexi Phillips and Elizabeth Mills

Solo Musical: “Stand Up For Yourself” from “Homeroom — the Musical,” Tiffany Milian

Duet Acting: “Drexton and Betty Ann/Gumshoe High,” Cristina de la Puerta and Dillon Webb

Improv: Elizabeth Mills and Hunter Pifer-Maxwell

Good awards include:

Ensemble Acting: “He Said, She Said,” — Zach Brandt, William Carter, Soren Bender, Caryss Baldwin and Marisa Palmer.

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Gainesville nurse D.J. Helne is the recipient of a federal scholarship that will enable her to continue her nursing studies and to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Loyola University in New Orleans.

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