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    Top achievers

    By LORRI HELFAND

    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 17, 2001


    Jennifer Ann Dukes, a senior at Largo High School, and Allyson Marie Martin, a senior at Clearwater High School, recently received Good Citizen Awards from the Clearwater Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Dukes is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the Senior Council and the Key Club. She was Student Involvement Committee founder and president. She received several leadership awards, including the Youth in Government Lookout Award, and appeared in Who's Who Among American High School Students. Dukes plans to major in political science and criminology. She is the daughter of Terry and Amy Dukes.

    Martin is a member of the National Honor Society and Science and German clubs at Clearwater High. She has been active in student government and served as a peer counselor and and a Blood Drive chairwoman. She also received a spirit award for swimming. She is the daughter of Wayne and Mary Jo Martin.

    The purpose of the DAR award is to recognize, encourage and reward the those who exhibit the qualities of a good citizen.

    • Carly Figler, a freshman at Clearwater Discovery, was named All-American Scholar in mathematics by the United States Achievement Academy. She is the daughter of Ben and Margie Figler of Pinellas Park. The criteria for selection include academic performance, interest, aptitude, leadership and responsibility.
    • Vincent M. Valenty, a seventh-grader at Kennedy Middle School, received a $500 grant from the Clearwater Civitan Club to help cover his trip to Europe on the People to People program. As Student Ambassador, Valenty will represent the United States on his summer trip to England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
    • Paul O'Rourke, a junior at Countryside High School, won his school's 2001 National TRIG-STAR Competition, sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors. He received a $100 prize and the opportunity to participate in the National TRIG-STAR Regional Competition. He has also been selected to represent Countryside High at American Legion Boys State in Tallahassee. TRIG-STAR is an annual competition that recognizes superior skill in trigonometry in high school students. He is the son of Paul and Linda O'Rourke of Clearwater.
    • John C. Shermetaro, a junior at Clearwater Central Catholic High School, won an audio essay contest sponsored by VFW Post 10093 of Safety Harbor. He received a $400 cash award for his essay titled "What Price Freedom?" Shermetaro's essay will be entered in the VFW district competition.

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