ACHIEVERS

Gainesville DAR chapter installs new officers for 2013-15


Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.

The Gainesville Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, or NSDAR, recently installed the following officers who will serve from 2013-2015.

They are: Linda Williams, regent; Annette Jones, 1st vice regent; Pam Ellis, 2nd vice regent; Dailene Ceballos, chaplain; Belinda Nettles, corresponding secretary; Claudia Doddington, treasurer; Janet Messer, registrar; Kay Hall, historian, Cecelia Dailey, librarian, Judith Ziffer, recording secretary. Honorary Florida State Regent Rebecca Lockhart presided over the installation.

Outgoing Regent Dot Hope presented several members with achievement awards and bestowed the title of Honorary Chapter Regent to the following past regents: Betty Parker; Geraldine Daly, Monica Douglas; Cile Pfahler, Onzx Schaffer; Gloria Comstock; Melba Mills; Rosalyn Miller; Janet Messer and Dot Hope.

Members of the Gainesville Chapter of DAR recently honored students in Alachua County. Linda Williams, Judith DelBuco and Kay Hall presented the DAR Good Citizen Award to Elizabeth Koller, who graduated from Santa Fe High School. Williams and Hall presented the DAR American History Award to Ashley Isom, who graduated from 8th grade at High Springs Middle School.

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Newberry resident Erin Isaza is one of 10 Alachua County high school students to have received a $2,500 National Merit finalist scholarship. She attended Eastside High School’s IB program.

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Local students earned top honors at the Florida Federation of Music Clubs 76th Annual State Festival. More than 1,400 students participated in nearly 3,000 events at the festival, which was held recently at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

First place winners:

Piano Solo: Michael Fahn, McKayla Ro, Caroline Chu, and Stephen Dolbier who received a $750 Casey Lisk Memorial Award.

Piano Duet: Howard Williams and Nina Zhang, Stephen Dolbier and Stephen So who also received a $750 Michael Edwards Piano Ensemble Award.

Piano Trio: Angela Chen, Hannah Ciupe, and Jeffrey Xue.

Piano Accompaniment: Andrew Pickens.

Vocal Solo Musical Theater: Gretchen Murphy.

Violin Solo: Alessia Dudley, Collin Kane, and Sophia Gravenstein.

Violin Sight Play: Ryland Kane, Rishi Wagn, and Sofia Guico.

Violin Duet: Nolan Gao and Sarah Park; and Sofia Guico and Michael Janelle.

Three Violins: Sofia Guico, Michael Janelle, and Sean Su.

Four Violins: Collin Kane, Ally Mandese, Sophie Papa and Adrielle Plasencia; and Sophia Gravenstein, Alex Janelle, Abbie Ringdahl and Brooke Schaffer.

Viola Solo: Grant Schaffer, Abbie Ringdahl, Ansley Green.

Viola Sight Play: Alex Janelle and Ansley Green.

Violin-Viola Duet: Ally Mandese and Sophie Papa; Alex Janelle and Abbie Ringdahl; and Sophia Gravenstein and Brooke Schaffer.

String Orchestra: Junior High Medium, Cantabile Strings Junior; Senior High Medium, Cantabile Strings Senior.

Fiddling Solo: Collin Kane.

Honorable Mention:

Piano Solo: Dana Chen, Andy Tseng, Tessa Wall.

Hymn Playing: Skyler Covert.

Piano Sight Play: Skyler Covert.

Vocal Solo Musical Theater: Lauren Robinson.

Violin Solo: Nicholas Rossi and Simone Seely; Aditya Gupte and Sean Su; Sarah Park; Sofia Guico, Sophie Papa; and Abbie Ringdahl.

Violin Sight Play: Sean Su.

Violin Duet: Sean Su and Rishi Wagh; Brooke Schaffer and Savannah Schaffer

Viola Solo: Sophia Gravenstein.

Viola Concerto: Ansley Green.

Violin-Viola Duet: Ansley Green and Hadleigh Green.

Fiddling Solo: Alex Janelle, and Abbie Ringdahl.

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Deloris Golston is the Alachua County School Related Employee of the Year.

Golston, who is a media aide at Lincoln Middle School, goes well beyond the scope of her formal job description. She opens the media center early and keeps it open after school every day for students who need a safe ‘learning haven’ that may not be available at home. She’s in charge of the school’s annual Black History Month activities, and leads the school’s annual United Way campaign, consistently raising more money than any other district middle school.

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Mark Irchai, a junior at Oak Hall School, has been awarded a High School Diploma in Music by the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Mark, who has studied piano for 11 years with Ruth Lewis, plans to make music his career.

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Dr. Fran Vandiver is a newly elected member to the Board of Directors for Easter Seals Florida at Altrusa House. Vandiver, who retired as director of the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School at UF College of Education, has had a long history of teaching and administration in Florida Schools prior to assuming that post. She was first introduced to Altrusa through an Altrusa Scholarship that helped to support her post-graduate training.

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Two Levy County fifth grade students were recently honored in the top three categories as Safety Patroller of the Year for the Southeastern United States. Amanda Robinson, a student at Cedar Key School, received second place, and Dnika Appling, a student at Williston Elementary School, received third place. Both patrollers and their schools received plaques from John Pecchio, manager for traffic safety, AAA South. Amanda and Dnika were also presented with specially engraved plaques from Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum and the Sheriff’s Office.

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Gainesville resident William Taylor, a junior in civil engineering at the University of Portland, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester.

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