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June 22, 2011: City Commission recognizes outstanding students and volunteers

During the Tuesday, June 21, Commission meeting, Representative Ari Porth recognized students who are graduating from elementary, middle or high school and have demonstrated exemplary service to their schools and communities with the receipt of the Florida House of Representatives Community Service Award.

“We are really lucky to have such special and compassionate kids in our community,” Representative Porth said. “It’s a real pleasure to recognized these outstanding young people

The following students were recognized: Jonelle Spence from Challenger Elementary, Amanda Ruiz from Coral Park Elementary, Kacey King from Coral Springs Elementary, Jessee Weiss Country Hills Elementary, Olivia Land from Eagle Ridge Elementary, Melissa Provost from Hunt Elementary, Carley Zabelin from Maplewood Elementary, Sara Yun from Park Springs Elementary, Chris Cahill from Parkside Elementary, Erin Piper from Ramblewood Elementary, Ethan Spector and Anthony Jimenez from Tamarac Elementary, Kate Brothman from Westchester Elementary, Danielle Kripitzer from Coral Springs Charter, Megan Mizusawa from Coral Springs  Middle, Justin Castillo from Forest Glen Middle, Jasmine Barrett from Millenium Middle, Melissa Bazurto-Tejada from Ramblewood Middle, Lauren Bandesky from Sawgrass Springs Middle, Simran Vyas from Westpine Middle, Trevor McKenzie from Coral Glades High, Kevin Sprague from Coral Springs High, Alexandra Gold from J. P. Taravella High, and Nikki Cavallo from Stoneman Douglas High.

“Everyone needs a hero, even grownups…and you represent our heroes so thank you for all that you do and keep doing it,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said.

The Commission also recognized some Girl Scouts who were recently awarded for their involvement in community projects. Kamaria Amadi, Mia Ayala, Brooke Boyd, Gabriella DiBenedetto, Victoria Eguizabal, Jazmin Gallegos, Sarena Grunstein, Morgan Hofmann, Yazmin Jimenez, Amanda Jones, Kacey King, Claire Lefort, Emily Lobiondo, Emily Lopez, Mariah Valdera and Alexandria Vieu received the Bronze Award for visiting the seniors at Heartland Assisted Living Facility.

“I want to congratulate you for your many accomplishments because achieving the bronze award is a big deal,” Vice Mayor Bruck said. “These are wonderful projects and I hope that you will pass it along these ideas down to Junior Scouts so that it will be repeated time and time again.”

Then, City officials recognized Lieutenant George Soberon’s promotion to Captain, Sergeant Travis Neese’s promotion to Lieutenant, and Detective Glenn Matonak’s promotion to Sergeant.

“This is an exciting time for us whenever we get to promote people up the ranks. They do a fantastic job for us,” Police Chief Duncan Foster said.

Lastly, the Commission recognized long-time volunteer Mary Boast for serving as coordinator of the Safety Town program since its inception 25 years ago. Safety Town is a comprehensive, early childhood, hands-on safety education program that introduces children ages 4½ to 6½ to real-life safety situations, including fire drills, how to cautiously cross the street and much more.

“She has served our residents, in particular our very young children, 25 years in leading our Safety Town training,” Vice Mayor Bruck said. “You are a star volunteer in this City. Thank you for all you do.”

Photos of these recognitions are available at 

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