Carl Nudi column: Seminole Club awards scholarships

May 30, 2014 

The Manatee Seminole Club has announced the recipients of 2014-15 Freshmen Scholarships valued at $1,000 apiece.

Recipients are Gianna Traylor of Braden River High School and Katelyn Rood, Haley Lawson and Amber Gould of Manatee High School, who are headed to Florida State University in the fall.

In addition, two continuing scholarships for $1,000 each were awarded to FSU sophomores Emma Capers, a Manatee High graduate, and Alyssa Smith, a Lakewood Ranch High School graduate.

The Manatee Seminole Club has awarded between $50,000 and $55,000 over the past 23 years, according to Jake Jacoby, club scholarship director.

There will be an event Aug. 2 to honor scholarship recipients along with 85 new FSU freshmen from Manatee County.

Check Manatee Seminole Club's website for more information.

• Talking about FSU alumni from Manatee County, I'm going to congratulate my nephew, Thomas John Nudi, who received his master's degree in fine art in screenwriting from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange, Calif.

His father, Alfredo, and I took a wild two-day trip to watch Thomas receive his hood last Saturday.

He is a 2007 graduate of Bayshore High School and earned his bachelor's degree in creative writing from FSU in 2011.

Good work, Thomas!

• Oh, no! Christine Manring, marketing coordinator for the State College of Florida, is one year shy of the Big 5-0!

• That was Jacobites kilted pipe-and-drum bandsmen Scott Blum, Harry Gehlken, Larry Jacobs, Gary Reinstrom and Doug "Rock 'N' Roll Judge" Henderson performing during Wednes

day's free outdoor concert at Bradenton's Historic Courthouse.

• Terry Wells is the new branch manager for the Synovus Banks at 2520 Manatee Ave. W. and 6705 53rd Ave. E.

• Bayou Tavern chef Jayson Larrabee is 37.

• Palmetto High School's 2014-15 varsity Dazzlers dance team includes Capts. Brooke Bentley, Victoria Freymann and Annie Winston, as well as Gabrielle Amoros, Erykah Bazan, Mariela Buenostro, Terri Chism, Jennifer Elwell, Sydney Estes, Mia Holley, Marissa Hudson, Sydney Lowery, Hayley Safko, Jackie Stocksdale, Jazmin Styles and Dayzee Trevino.

The junior varsity Dazzlers are Kassandra Aviles, Keimyla Brooks, Alexis Griffen, Jordan Elwell, Tamoni Johnson, Terran Johnson, Dejenae Lindsey, Kalyah Moya, Daisy Ramirez, Sierra Reid and Brittnaye Wester.

Head coaches are Shea Whidden and Tafara Smith. Assistant coaches are Cheyenne Thurman, Taylor Johnson and Ayendi Polite.

•The Carlos E. Haile Middle School Wind Ensemble performed May 17 at the Walt Disney World Resort as part of the Disney Performing Arts program in Downtown Disney in Orlando.

This was the group's sixth visit to the resort with Disney Performing Arts.

The wind ensemble is under the direction of JR Boatwright.

• Wildlife Inc.'s annual blood drive will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7-8 at St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

For every pint of blood donated an anonymous foundation will donate $100 to local animal rescue organization.

Wildlife Inc., the only full-service wildlife rehabilitation center between Tampa and Venice, provides virtually all rehab services in Manatee County as well as a large portion of Sarasota County.

For more information about the blood drive or Wildlife Inc, call 941-778-6324.

Carl Mario Nudi, who retired from the Herald in August 2010 after 44 years in the business, is back with "Nudi's Neighbors" every Friday. Reach him at

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