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Higher education

Published April 11, 2007


Frank Robert Johnson Jr. III, of St. Petersburg, son of Frank Robert Jr. II and Sandra Jean Johnson, of Brandon, graduated from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa with an associate of applied science degree in industrial management. His grade point average was 3.78.

Johnson is a 1996 graduate of Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, where he played for the Pirates football team in 1992. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Chi chapter, and is a member of Nitram and the Masonic lodge. He also volunteered at St. Jude's Cathedral and the Walter Fuller Recreation Center.

As Johnson prepares to complete his associate of arts degree in criminal justice at St. Petersburg College this fall, he will transfer to the University of South Florida in 2008, where he will complete his bachelor's degree in criminology. He then hopes to attend Stetson University College of Law to become a criminal defense attorney. Johnson credits much of his success to his grandfather, Lt. Cmdr. Frank R. Johnson Jr., who has continually supported his endeavors.

[Last modified April 11, 2007, 06:30:16]

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