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VIN MANNIX column | Face looks familiar on Rushmore

Leave it to second-graders to put a smile on your face that lasts all day.

Miller Elementary School held Read Across Manatee last Tuesday morning and after yours truly read for teacher Lauren Allen’s class, we had a funny moment.

Spotting a poster of Mount Rushmore, I pointed to one of the four presidents on it and asked the kids for his name.

“GEORGE WASHINGTON!” they shouted.

I pointed to another.


Then I pointed to Teddy Roosevelt.

“THAT’S MY UNCLE BOB!” Lindsey Quinehan cried out.

All riiiiight.

Gave that girl a high five.

Her classmates, who may or may not be related to anyone else on Mount Rushmore, are Rafael Abreu, Samatha Bartholow, Zachery Belville, Joshua Bonilla, Kira Burden, Lynlee Clarke, Stanqualin Collins, Kalee Gonzalez, Davide Montanari, Harlee Murray, Amiya Rentz, Na’Zaria Smith, David Stivers, Hannah Tracey, Paiton Varasso, Damon Williams and Lucian Wilson.

The book I read for them was “Mouse Soup.”

Just my speed.

n When Palmetto football coach Dave Marino played at Rutgers in the 1980s, guess who was a grad assistant? New Bucs’ coach Greg Schiano.

n Sophomore Megan Body made Dean’s list at High Point Univeristy, High Point, H.C.

n Danielle Hunter, a Prine Elementary School honors fourth-grader and Bostock’s Tae Kwon Do blue belt, is 10.

Cheers from parents John and Denay, brother Marc and grands Joe and Joanne.

n Get your grub on at the annual Southeast Beast Feast, 2:30-8 p.m. Feb. 3 at the school cafeteria.

The BBQ benefit for coach Dan Durrance’s Seminoles baseball team is co-sponsored by BJ’s Wholesale, Manasota Plumbing and Sam’s Club.

Call 741-3366, ext. 2217. Or email

n Well done to Saint Joseph Catholic School’s winners in the Knights of Columbus Council #5604 Spelling Bee.

Lexi Boynes and MaryAnn Placheril went 1-2 in grades 7/8.

Ben Cendana and Elijah Gelongo were 1-2 in grades 5/6.

Not to be outdone, seventh-graders Leah Roddenberry, Mark Causin and Nate Ellis went 1-2-3 in the annual VFW essay contest.

n Suzanne Kistler is 2012’s Employee of the First Quarter at the Manatee County Tax Collector. She works part-time in the operations department.

n The 13th annual Manatee Hurricanes Baseball Steakout & Reunion is Feb. 3 at McKechnie Field.

Call head coach Dwayne Strong at 725-2293. Or Bruce Braithwaite at 720-9224.

n Emily LaRue, Bayshore Bruins’ girls soccer captain and dauntless defender, is 18 Saturday. Cheers from mom Becky.

n Moran Krikke, 12, Nicole Wishon and Peter Pinock, a Manatee School for the Arts senior, went 1-2-3 at Manatee’s Got Talent, a 25-act event produced by the Couch Music Education Foundation for the Manatee County Fair.

n Remember the national anthem auditions 9 a.m. Saturday at McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W.

Call Kris Koch at 747-3031, ext. 4361. Or email

Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055, or