A bow to Brianna McNair.
The MHS junior was selected the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County 2011 Youth of the Year.
The honor recognizes sound character, leadership skills, outstanding contributions to family, school and community, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.
Many kids consider the club a second home.
For Brianna, an only child and club member for almost 12 years, it was her first home since elementary school.
“My mom was a single parent who worked full time for the clubs and it has given me some of the greatest experiences a kid could ever have,” she said.
n Say it isn’t so! Linda Walters hit the Big 5-0!
n Shannon Albritton graduates magna cum laude Sunday with a criminology degree from USF.
Parents Gene and Sandy are proud.
n The Anna Maria Elementary PTO’s annual dinner dance and auction is 6-11 p.m. Saturday at the AMI Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The Billy Rice Band will perform at the Giddy Up Gala.
Call 708-5525 for details.
n Vincent Oddo is 90. Cheers from Elyse.
n Spencer Tiedeman graduated summa cum laude from FSU’s school of communications and is interning with a Tallahassee radio station. Congrats from parents Barbara and Harry and aunt and uncle Nancy and Joe Lancaster.
n Those are wedding bells for former MHS Sugar ‘Cane captain Erin Lilly and Todd Johnson. The Nashville couple will marry in April 2012.
Her younger brother Matt is graduating from Fred Page High, Franklin, Tenn., where he was Emergency Medical Student of the Year. He’s on the Arrington Volunteer Fire Department and wants to be a firefighter/paramedic.
Parents Deb and Bob are doubly proud.
n Maria Garcia, an MTI industrial technology student, won a $1,000 scholarship from the National Technical Honor Society and was the only college/post-secondary member in the United States to receive one at the 2011 Florida SkillsUSA Conference.
The 2009 BHS grad earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with the Salvation Army and serves as secretary of the Lions Club’s MTI student chapter.
She also performs in piano recitals.
n Holmes Beach’s Jason Suzor finished the St. Anthony’s Triathlon 5150 in 2:33:56, while Anna Maria’s Paul Quinn came in at 2:49:30.
n Jessica Yarger just completed her sophomore years at USF and has been accepted into USF’s college of nursing. Big ups from parents Debra and Tom, brother Alec and grands Elwood and Linda Yarger and Jean Kobelt.
n Catch the Kentucky Derby during VFW Post 10141’s 4-7 p.m. Saturday “Wish List” fundraiser at 420 67th St. W. There will be BBQ, tunes and raffles, and the public is invited.
Also, the Post is looking for newspaper headline pages trumpeting the end of World Wars I and II, as well as Vietnam, to frame and hang at the Post. Call Maureen Graham at 794-6394.
n Kendall Williamson graduated summa cum laude from UF’s school of nursing.
Cheers from parents Marla and Buddy, sister Kallin and grands Ken and Joyce Williamson.
Vin Mannix, local columnist, writes Vin’s People. Call Vin at 745-7055, write him at Bradenton Herald, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206 or e-mail him at email@example.com. Please include a phone number for verification.