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    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 12, 2000

    Peers helping peers

    Curlew Creek Elementary named peer mediators for the 2000-2001 school year at a recent ceremony officiated by Judge Michael F. Andrews. The students learned several techniques to help classmates work through conflicts. The mediators are Michael Dutka, Shelby Hanna, Kelley Compton, Heather Blum, Kristina Pabon, Matt Brookins, Michelle Harned, Christy Vandersalm, Cory MacDonald, Kevin Wahl, Sarah White, Joseph Passero, Samantha Putnam, Julie Millard, Willie Wright III, Chris Hough, Nicole Watson and Leslie Wahrendorf.

    Local boy earns rank of Eagle Scout

    Terry R. Long, a junior at Seminole High School, was recently promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

    For six years, Terry has been a member of Troop 409 in Seminole, where he has served as patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, quarter master and librarian. For his Eagle Scout project, Terry oversaw the clearing of overgrown land and the planting of new trees at Largo Narrows Park. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.

    Terry is the son of Michael J. and Nancy T. Long of Seminole.

    Students earn scholarships

    Najia Hamid, a seventh-grader at Safety Harbor, won first place in a scholarship contest sponsored by Pinellas County Music Teachers Association of Upper Pinellas. Najia is a piano student of music teacher Karen Pasquarello. She is the daughter of Ashar and Syama Hamid of Oldsmar.

    Andrea Lynne Hall of Clearwater received the Marvin Perry Scholarship. The scholarship is presented to students who display academic achievement and promise for college success.

    College leaders

    Sarah Nail, a graduate of Clearwater High School, and Tamika J. Ruffin, a 1997 graduate of Osceola High School, have been named Student Ambassadors for the University of Florida's college of education.

    Nail, who is studying elementary education, is the daughter of C. Richard and Elsa Nail.

    Ruffin, who is studying early childhood education, is the daughter of Eugene and Elmira Ruffin.

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