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By Times Staff Writer
Published February 20, 2008
Dunedin High School junior Jacob Sperber won Dunedin VFW Post 2550's first-place award in the Voice of Democracy contest. Ladies Auxiliary president June Marshall presented the award during the post's recent birthday celebration Jan. 15.
A three-time winner, the 16-year-old earned this award for his written speech and recorded oral presentation on the theme "My Role In Honoring American Veterans."
He received a medal and a cash award, and has the opportunity to advance to the state and national level.
Students hold bone marrow drive
East Lake High School held its first bone marrow drive Jan. 23 in response to the news that Dutch D'Amico, an 18-year-old Countryside High School senior, had been diagnosed with leukemia.
Doctors are optimistic about Dutch's progress on chemotherapy, according to his family. Although D'Amico does not need a bone marrow transplant now, his longtime friend, Garin Forsberg, president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at East Lake High School, recognized that other leukemia patients are in dire need of bone marrow donors. He got his club involved in turning the regular January blood drive at their school into a blood and bone marrow drive.
With the help of bloodmobile drive coordinator and Interact sponsor Mari DeGennaro, Interact Club members quickly spread the word around campus.
Only students 18 years and older could be tested, limiting the pool to some seniors and faculty. At the end of the day, 25 people were added to the bone marrow registry.
Those wishing to make a blood donation can call Florida Blood Services toll-free at 1-800-682-5663.
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