Gainesville landscape architect wins regional accolades

Published: Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 7:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 7:29 p.m.

Gainesville landscape architect Larry Teague, of Zamia Design, is the winner for North Florida at the recent Florida Association of Native Nurseries’ Real Florida Landscapes Design Competition.

Teague’s winning residential design explored the possibilities of landscaping using Florida native plants, and has been selected as one of three demonstration landscapes at the Native Plant Show to be held Thursday and Friday at the Osceola Heritage Park Exhibition Building in Kissimmee.

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William L. Grant, a freshman at Morehouse College in Atlanta, has been nominated for membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, which honors high achieving first- and second-year college students. Grant, who is the son of Tammy Williams of Gainesville, graduated last year from Eastside High School’s International Baccalaureate program.

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Martin Wegman, a student in the University of Florida College of Medicine and chief quality officer of the College of Medicine’s Equal Access Clinic, is one of 20 medical students, residents and young physicians in the country receiving the 2013 Medical Student Leadership Award from the American Medical Association.

Wegman, who was named a National Quality Scholar by the American College of Medical Quality, serves as a board member for the local nonprofit Southwest Advocacy Group, or SWAG. He also founded the Health Outreach Quality Improvement program, a partnership with the Equal Access and UF Mobile Outreach clinics.

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Khary Khalfani, a sixth-grader at Oak View Middle School in Newberry, is one of three winners of the 2013 Black History Month Essay Contest, sponsored by the office of Gov. Rick Scott.

Khalfani, along with other winners, received a four-year scholarship and was honored at a reception at the Governor’s Mansion.

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