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    Mayor's granddaughter among award recipients


    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published June 3, 2001

    At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Jerry Beverland will recognize this year's winners of the PRIDE awards from Oldsmar schools. He is especially proud of one recipient, his granddaughter, Ashley Philips.

    Ashley, 11, is a fifth-grade student at Oldsmar Elementary School. She is being recognized for winning the PRIDE award in social studies.

    "She is academically, socially and physically a beautiful child," Beverland said. "She is the type of granddaughter every man would pray for."

    PRIDE, which stands for Program to Recognize Initiative and Distinction in Education, awards are given to students in fifth, eighth and 12th grades. Students must maintain an A average in a subject throughout the school year. Elementary school students must score the highest on a test given at the end of the school year. Middle and high school students must show an interest in and a positive attitude toward a specific subject. High school students also must score high on the SAT or ACT in the subject for which they are being awarded.

    Beverland said he looks forward to recognizing the other PRIDE award recipients.

    "These kids are our future," he said. "I will tell them that they are my future and to make my future great."

    The Oldsmar 2001 PRIDE award recipients are:

    From Oldsmar Elementary School, Garin Forsberg in math; Jacqueline Sendker in science; Ashley Philips in social studies; and Sheila Carlson in writing.

    From Forest Lakes Elementary School, Travis Byington in math; Alison Burnham in science; James Dirks in social studies; and Lindsay Holmes in writing.

    From Carwise Middle School, Brian Morgan in science and Kimberly Dennis in social studies.

    From East Lake High School, Daniel Cavanaugh in science and Danielle Towner in foreign language.

    East Lake senior wins $1,000 scholarship

    Assistant City Clerk Kathy Horvath also is quite proud of her daughter, Stacie. She was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the East Lake Oldsmar Rotary.

    Stacie, 18, is a senior at East Lake High School and will attend the University of North Florida in Jacksonville in the fall.

    Ballet troupe, guests perform 'Jasmine'

    Oldsmar's West Florida Youth Ballet presents Jasmine at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. June 10 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

    The production is a collaboration between Melodie Schneberger and Mark Anthony Jelks. Jelks comes to the West Florida Youth Ballet after nearly 20 years' experience with the American Ballet Theater and the New York City Ballet.

    Jasmine features 250 local dancers of all ages and also professional guest artists. Tickets are available at the school and at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices range from $16.95 to $25.95. Call (813) 854-4578.

    Falcons football, cheering hosts field day

    The Oldsmar Falcons youth football and cheerleading organization will hold a field day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Canal Park, 3120 Tampa Road. Football players will be measured for practice uniforms, and cheerleaders will be measured for shoes and uniforms.

    Participants will also have their first meetings with coaches and register for University of South Florida football and cheerleading camp, which will be July 7 at Canal Park.

    The Oldsmar Falcons offer flag football for ages 5 and 6 and contact football for ages 7-14. Cheerleading is offered for children ages 5-14.

    Practice for the fall season begins July 23. Call the Falcons hotline at (727) 785-5900 or e-mail

    Actor to speak at Optimists' meeting

    The Noon Optimist Club of Oldsmar will hold a meeting at noon Thursday at the Hillstown Family Restaurant, 13910 Hillsborough Ave.

    The speaker will be Henry Morgan, son of movie star Frank Morgan, who played the Wizard of Oz in the 1939 movie. Henry Morgan is also an actor and will speak about his experiences in Hollywood.

    Lunch is $5.50, and reservations are required. Call Don Klinger at (727) 789-5653.

    Academy offers classes in ice skating

    The Tampa Bay Skating Academy is offering learn-to-ice-skate classes beginning June 19. The classes include 10 half-hour group lessons, 10 public session passes and 10 15-minute practice sessions on the day of the lesson. The cost for each session is $115, and there is a 2-for-1 discount for skaters registering together. Call (813) 854-4010.

    - If you have news or photos about Oldsmar schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, contact Julie Church at the North Pinellas Times. You can call her at (727) 445-4229, fax material to her at (727) 445-4206 or mail material to North Pinellas Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

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