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10 women vie for DeSoto’s 2010 crowns

Who will be the 2010 DeSoto Queen and Princess? Among those vying for the crowns worn by reigning Queen Natalie Lopez and Princess Kimberly Hillman are Queen’s Court members:

Jaclyn Azcui: LRHS 2009, State College of Florida.

Marissa Bressi: SEHS 2009, UF.

Mariah Callahan: MHS 2008, MTI.

Rachel Dawson: SEHS 2009, Miami.

Amber Gibson: MHS 2007, MCC 2009.

Candice Goodman: MHS 2008, SCF.

Jewel Johnson: BHS 2009, SCF.

Katherine Kopstad: BRHS 2009, USF.

Sarah Roddenberry: Cardinal Mooney 2009, UF.

Eleni Sokos: Saint Stephen’s 2006, FSU.

n Darci Elfervig is “Sweet 16” and onto nationals with Lori O’Leary’s MHS Sugar ’Canes at Disney World this weekend.

n Pittsburgh Pirates skipper John Russell is guest speaker at the Pirate Boosters luncheon Feb. 10 at River Wilderness. Call Dave or Liz Pace at (941) 567-5838 or (705) 499-7247 for tickets.

n Ted and Priscilla Hoyle are wed 50 years.

n Palma Sola Elementary’s Sara Love is 11. Cheers from Dave and James.

n Joe Kinnan can coach football, but how is he with an ice cream scoop? Find out Saturday at the Easter Seals’ Cones for Kids annual fundraiser at Friendly’s, 6320 S.R. 64 East.

Kinnan joins School Superintendent Tim McGonegal, Manatee Chamber President Bob Bartz and yours truly from noon to 2 p.m. The ice cream is free, but donations are requested.

Doing the honors from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at Friendly’s, 3180 University Parkway, will be ABC7’s Scott Dennis, attorney Anne Weintraub, Easter Seals board member Carlos Cardenas and Easter Seals CEO Bill Lloyd.

n Connor McCullen is 15. He’s Saint Stephen’s “Freddy Falcon” mascot, soccer forward and Braden River Soccer Club flash.

Cheers from mom Kim.

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