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Schools

Higher Education

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 30, 2007


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Lisa Marie Bridge, daughter of Lorin and Patty Bridge of St. Petersburg, graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, the Order of the Omega Greek Honor Society and Kappa Delta sorority. Bridge graduated from St. Petersburg Catholic School in 2004. This fall, Bridge will attend graduate school at Vanderbilt University, where she will pursue a master's degree in speech and language pathology.

Ashley Norell Dotson of Pinellas Park, daughter of Christine B. Dotson of Pinellas Park, and Steve and Billie Dotson of Haysville, N.C., graduated cum laude from St. Petersburg College with a associate's degree. A 1999 graduate of Osceola High School in Seminole, Dotson will complete her bachelor's degree in sociology and social work at Clarion University in Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and was a volunteer for the Neighborly Care Network and Meals on Wheels in St. Petersburg. Dotson plans to pursue a career in sociology.

Michael D. Gehring, son of Douglas C. and Jacki L. Gehring of Seminole, was initiated into the Florida Blue Key leadership organization at the University of Florida. A graduate and valedictorian of Pinellas Park High School in 2003, Gehring became president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, a student senator on the rules and ethics committee, and a member of the Greek judicial board, all at the University of Florida. He is participating in a summer internship with Exxon Mobil Corp. in Houston. Gehring will graduate from UF with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a minor in chemistry next spring.

Gina L. Gallizzi, daughter of Edmund L. and Judy J. Gallizzi of St. Petersburg, graduated from the University of South Florida's College of Medicine in Tampa with a medical doctorate degree. In 2002, she graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans with a bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology. Gallizzi received the Department of Pediatrics Outstanding Student award from the USF College of Medicine and the Dean's Honor Scholarship from Tulane University. She was a member of Kappa Gamma Kappa at Tulane University, and a volunteer for AmeriCorps./VISTA and the Tampa Bay Crisis Center. Gallizzi graduated from Lakewood High School in 1998. She is a pediatric resident at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Kristin E. Lukat, daughter of Keith H. and Karen A. Lukat of Seminole, graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She received the Florida Bright Futures scholarship and was a member of the Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society and the Marching Chiefs. Lukat graduated from Largo High School in 2003 and was a volunteer at All Children's Hospital in the Child Life department. She is a registered nurse in pediatric intensive care at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville. Lukat is engaged to Albert E. Smyser III.

Michael Riess, son of Lawrence and Stephanie Riess of St. Petersburg, graduated from Duke Law School in Durham, N.C., with a juris doctorate degree. In 2004, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree. Riess received the Notre Dame leadership award, the student-athlete academic excellence award for highest team grade point average, and was a Notre Dame monogram winner. He was a Phi Beta Kappa member at Notre Dame; chair of Duke Law Moot Court Board; vice president for Duke's sports and entertainment Law Society; a member of the Notre Dame Folk Choir Pasquerilla East Musical company; a member of Notre Dame's student-athlete advisory council, class council and its peer advising committee; and varsity captain of the Notre Dame cheerleading squad. Riess volunteered for the project Dedicated to Durham, the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, and the Moal Auction for ADA's benefit. He graduated from St. Petersburg Catholic School in 2000. Riess is an attorney for Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP in Atlanta.

Meika Renee Garner, daughter of Michelle and James Garner of Treasure Island, graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master's degree in nonprofit management. Garner also graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in organizational communication and a minor in business. She received the Florida Bright Futures scholarship; the president's award from the Boys and Girls Club, where she was accepted into the nonprofit organization LEAD International; and was nominated to the scholars program and the Dean's List at UCF. Garner started the teen center for the Boys and Girls Club and was a volunteer for the adult literacy league and the Beta Center. She is a 2001 graduate of Largo High School. She plans to work for a nonprofit.

To submit achievements (college-level or higher), call Frankie Howley at 893-8215 to request a form.

[Last modified May 29, 2007, 19:35:19]


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