Guardian ad Litem program lauds Bradley for his support

Published: Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:22 p.m.

State Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, was honored as an “Honorary Guardian ad Litem” at the annual volunteer recognition dinner held recently in Gainesville. Bradley was recognized for his work during the recent legislative session, supporting the program as chairman of the Senate's appropriations committee which funds court services. The volunteer recognition dinner is hosted annually by the Eighth Judicial Circuit Guardian Foundation Inc.

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In keeping with the Gainesville Woman's Club's membership theme, “You are the Sole of the Federation,” the club hosted a large shoe drive, which resulted in donations of 152 pairs of shoes for the Library Partnership's clothing closet.

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Ten top Alachua County high school seniors have been selected to receive National Merit $2,500 scholarships.

To qualify for the award, students must first achieve top scores on college entrance exams. Then, based on a rigorous application process, judges select semifinalists, finalists and eventually scholarship winners based on a combination of students' skills, accomplishments and potential for success in higher education.

Nationally, 2,500 seniors were chosen to receive the scholarships from a pool of about 15,000 finalists. Florida students will receive 130 of the scholarships this year.

The 10 from Alachua County are: Daniel DeWitt, Alexander Song, Keshav Vemuri and Yi Zeng from Buchholz High School; and Flora Huang, Bushra Guenoun, David Liu, Anne Lott, Emilie Song and James Zhang from Eastside High School

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Melrose resident Brittany J. Riviere recently received a $500 Modern Woodmen of America scholarship. Brittany, who is the daughter of Walter Riviere III and Julia Riviere, plans to attend the University of Florida.

Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal benefit society based in Rock Island, IIl. that offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families in the United States.

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Five graduating fifth-grade students who will be entering the sixth grade at St. Patrick Interparish School are the first recipients of tuition scholarships from the Clint Lacinak Scholarship Fund, established in 2012 by Gainesville residents Dave and Christine Lacinak in memory of their son Clint Lacinak, a former student at St. Patrick Interparish School.

Madison Brabham, Ashlyn Deachin, Sean Perrin, Katie Calhoun and Valeria Zuluaga each received a $1,000 scholarship and a red baseball cap imprinted with the foundation's logo.

The scholarships are renewable for seventh and eighth grades as long as students maintain acceptable academic performance, conduct and leadership at St. Patrick Interparish School.

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The following Gainesville residents were named to the 2013 spring semester dean's list at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. They are: Stephen Campbell, the son of Ernest Campbell and Virginia Campbell; Emily Zinger, daughter of George Zinger and Mary Zinger; Richard Hatch, son of Dr. Robert Hatch and Susan Hatch; and Caley Howland, daughter of Dr. Brian Howland and Dena Howland.

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Williston Elementary School Students of the Month for April were:

Third graders: John Golom, Aidet Arreola, Aiden Turbeville, Melanie Delgado, Jonathan Gloria, Ken Monding and Daley Fleming.

Fourth graders: Tyler Klinger, Hanna Geiger, Bryanna Figeroa, Jennifer Garcia-Iturbe, Violet Dillon, Devin Waters, Saniyah Pullings and Alexis Nixon.

Fifth graders: Hannah Baldwin, Hunter Gross, Samuel White, Josue Ramirez, Raquel Coronado and Wade Russ.

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