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    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 5, 2000

    Jerry Castellanos, a senior at East Lake High, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law. The forum chooses outstanding students who demonstrate an interest in a law career. At the conference, Castellanos and other students from across the country discussed First Amendment rights, visited courthouses and participated in a mock debate and trial. His parents are Gerald and Donna Castellanos of Tarpon Springs.

    Local high school graduates honored

    Kristi King andShena Marie Wilson, both of Clearwater, have been inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society, a non-profit academic honors organization.

    King, a 1998 graduate of Clearwater high, is majoring in food and nutrition sciences at Florida State University, where she is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is also an officer in Gamma Phi Beta sorority, a majorette and a member of the Lady Spirithunters. She is the daughter of Dr. Frank King and Judy King.

    Wilson, a 1997 graduate of Dunedin High, is majoring in animal sciences at the University of Florida and is the president of the poultry science club. Wilson also attended St. Petersburg Junior College, where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She is the daughter of Nick and Marcia Wilson, of Clearwater.

    Pinellas educator honored

    John Stewart, an English teacher at Osceola High School, has been named Journalism Teacher of the Year for District Four of the Florida Scholastic Press Association. He was chosen by fellow high school journalism educators. District Four includes Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties.

    Stewart has supervised Osceola's annual literary magazine since 1981. He also teaches creative writing and literature, regular honors English and advanced reading courses.

    Music specialist receives scholarship

    M. Jane Lucas, the orchestra director and music specialist at Seminole High School, received the first Virginia Bridges Fellowship from the music school at the University of South Florida. The fellowship pays for tuition and fees to study her Ph.D. Lucas plans to teach at USF this spring.

    - To submit an item to this column, write to Lorri Helfand, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756.

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