It was quite a commencement for Greg Pavich last Friday.
The 2004 Manatee High grad shook President Barack Obama’s hand as he accepted a mechanical engineering degree from the Naval Academy.
Pavich was also commissioned a Marine Corps second lieutenant and begins six months of training June 29 in Quantico, Va.
Parents Paul and Jane and brothers and sister-in-law Paul, Scott and Heather are proud.
n Oh, no! Sandra Forbes hit the Big 6-0!
Cheers from grandkids Grace, Gianna, Bella and Dillon.
n My man LeRoy Bostic is retiring after 32 years with Manatee County Parks and Rec — and is contemplating wife Beverly’s “Honey Do” list.
n Matriarch Carrie Murrell is 104.
n A bow to Katie Melchior, MHS senior and native of Allouez, Wis., off to Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., on a vocal music scholarship.
n Guy Harvey is in town Saturday at Beall’s, 6355 Manatee Ave. W.
But Linda and Tino Perez want to see the popular marine artist’s retail coordinator.
He’s their son, Jay.
n MHS cheerleader and Key Club treasurer Melissa DeGroat is “Sweet 16.”
Cheers from Susanne and Tom, Jonathan and Lisa, Chris and Allison.
n Those are wedding bells next summer for Donny Freeman and Jackie Simpson.
n Chris Manring, USF Sarasota marketing assistant, is 39. Again.
n MHS freshman Joy Lakin sang our national anthem at Charlotte County Motorsports Park.
n Mitch Brown is 25 years with city of Bradenton’s Public Works.
n Southeast IB alum Matthew Adams got his business degree at the University of Miami.
Cheers from parents Scott and Margaret and grands Barbara Adams and Janet Brant.
n Dr. Sharon Otis is 39. Again.
n Grands Noreen and Anthony Monte brag on Bayshore High grad Ashley Gallicchio and Lee grad Kelli Gallicchio.
n At MHS’s senior awards, Bradenton Rotary honored Joshua Letts as outstanding male senior, Kristen Troxler, outstanding female senior, and gave Dyrren Barber a $2,000 scholarship.
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