Miss Florida Teen title to B'town girl

November 1, 2013 

A bow to Leah Roddenberry, who will assume the title of Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen at a crowning ceremony Sunday in Jacksonville.

The Cardinal Mooney High freshman was first runner-up at the state pageant in July, but when winner Leah Sykes captured Miss America's Outstanding Teen a month later, the crown automatically passed to Leah.

Sunday's function makes it official for the Cougar JV cheerleader.

Leah has already represented the organization at big events such as Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J., and will tour Florida speaking on pediatric cancer awareness and being an ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Parents Ri-Ce and Dr. John Roddenberry must be on Cloud Nine.

• Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Ryan Buckley is serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, now moored at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego.

• Check out Wild Root from 7-10 p.m. Friday at Blue Marlin, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.

Lead singer/guitarist Paul Fournier played drumline for the Manatee Marching 'Canes. Bassist Andrew Waltrip is a Sarasota High grad and Sarasota County firefighter. Saxophonist Justin Green is a Riverview High grad and attends State College of Florida. Drummer James Hershey moved to B'town from New York to play for Wild Root.

• Good to hear Brent Laudicina is back to work at the Manatee County Water Department. Krystal Weaver's fiancé was injured burning a brush pile outside their Myakka City home last month and had to be hospitalized at Tampa General Hospital.

• Garrett Waiters dropped to one knee at home plate and popped the question to Rachel Brown at Santa Fe Community College where she plays fast-pitch softball.

The former Bradenton Christian two-sport star said yes.

A former Manatee Hurricane two-sport star himself, Garrett is a Bethune Cookman University sophomore transfer

offensive lineman and will be eligible for spring drills.

Wedding bells will wait until after college.

Rachel turned 20 Tuesday. Garrett is 20 Sunday.

• Ballard Elementary's Rashad McCall was dressed up as a pirate Thursday. When asked where his pirate ship was, the 6-year-old frowned and said: "They wouldn't let me bring it to school."

• Bradenton housewife and blogger Kelly Stilwell is off to Los Angeles and the Hollywood red carpet treatment for Sunday's premier of "Deliveryman" and Monday's premier of "Thor: The Dark World." Disney, Marvel & DreamWorks invited Kelly among 24 national bloggers on an all-expenses paid press junket.

She'll interview Thor's Tom Hiddleston and Deliveryman's Vince Vaughn among other stars.

Kelly and Tim's teenage daughters, Taylor and Jessica, must be eating their hearts out.

"They've given me questions to ask and can't wait to see the pictures," Mom said. "I'm going to do some Christmas shopping out there, too."

Visit her blog, Virtually Yours, on kellystilwell.com.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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