A bow to Mackenzie Yaryura, Kensley Knoll and Madison Chapman.
These students will represent us at National History Day June 16 in College Park, Md.
Mackenzie, a Southeast sophomore, was the senior individual performance winner at the recent Florida State History Fair. Her topic was Rosa Luxemberg, a dynamic German Marxist of Polish Jewish descent murdered in 1919.
Kensley, a Buffalo Creek Middle sixth grader, was a second-place alternate in junior individual performance. Her topic dealt with the forced cultural assimilation of the American Indian.
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Madison, a home-schooled junior, was second-place alternate in the historical paper category. It was on the 3/5 compromise over slavery in 1787 for the purposes of taxes and representation.
See the complete list of Manatee County’s state history fair team in school briefs in today’s Bradenton Herald.
n Say it ain’t so! Kelly Beyerlein, the real brains at Bradenton City Hall, is one year shy of the Big 5-0!
n A salute to the award winners at the Manatee County Department of Public Safety EMS Division’s banquet during National EMS Week.
Meritorious Service: Lt. Jerome Ruffing.
Chief’s Commendation: Paramedic Ronnel Dorsey.
Paramedic of the Year: Sean Dwyer.
EMT of the Year: Christopher Hickey.
Rookie of the Year: Paramedic Patrick Rees.
Volunteer of the Year: EMT Sigmond Bartoszek.
n MHS’s Courtney Schmidt is “Sweet 16.” Cheers from parents Collin and Jennifer and brother Josh.
n Big ups to Kia McDuffie who got her bachelor’s degree in nursing from SCF. What a role model for daughter Perryauna Youmans and nieces Kyla and Kayla McDuffie.
n King Middle’s third annual Staff vs. Firefighters benefit basketball game for Manasota Operation Troop Support, founded by teacher Jim Comkowyzc, is 2:30 p.m. today.
MOTS grant funding has been exhausted but the work continues collecting community donations.
National Guard veteran David Southgate, just back from his second tour in Iraq, will be at the game.
Call Linda Craig at 518-8971.
n Witt Elementary first-grader Brooke James is 7 going on 17. Hugs from parents Jen and Jon and sister Leah.
n Bravo to Kathy Johnson and Walter Zahn, Manatee Players Volunteers of the Year.
Among the President’s Award recipients ...
Front of House Volunteers: Bill and Karen Wernimont.
Office Volunteer: Willa Haynes.
Backstage Volunteer: Bill Lade.
Teen Volunteer: Joseph Grosso.
n Karlie Marks is 21. Cheers from mom Jenn, sister Destiny and the Scissors gang.
n PHS 2007 alum Adam Tanner graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a management degree and was commissioned as an officer by President Obama at the May 18 ceremony in New London, Conn.
Adam will serve aboard the Coast Guard cutter Dallas in beautiful Charleston, S.C.
Parents Charlie and Marcie are proud.
n Jamie Schindewolf is 21, graduated cum laude from UF in just three years and will go to grad school at FSU in urban and regional planning. Props from parents Ray and Connie.
n Fran and Guido Guayasamin brag about grandsons Alex and Sam O’Dell -- both Saint Stephen’s students -- for honors achieved on the national Latin exam.
n Dan Duffy of Holmes Beach finished the 26th Annual Madeira Beach Triathlon in 1:45:36.
n Keyboards and More owner Sharon Schultz is 65 years young and her legion of family, co-workers and fans will celebrate with a 50’s/60’s party at the Moose Club.
n The MHS Key Club inducted new officers at its year-end recognition dinner.
They are president Jarrett Pennebacker, VP Pearce Hogan, secretary Brook Albrest, treasurer Georgia Ireland and editor Conor O’Reilly.
Committee heads recognized were Molly Slicker, Madison Larkin, Robbie Norris, Justin Hynton, Lisa Inglis, Leah Rothfeld, Georgia Ireland, Mary Elizabeth Woodward and Anna McCarthy.
Jeff Drummey received the Golden K, Jimmy Campbell, the Mike Bulldog Award, and past officers Sydney O’Reilly and Camden Mills each received the Stan Stephens Scholarship from the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton.
n The Red Cross needs youngsters 15-18 to teach first aid and disaster preparedness to kids this summer. Red Cross youth coordinator Debbie Tapp will instruct at June 14-15 training sessions.
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Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 745-7055, or email@example.com.