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May 23, 2012

Hudson, FL  – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced that its volunteer association recently presented three $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in Pasco County. The scholarships were presented at a reception at the end of the school year by volunteer president George Niebler. Each of the recipients received a certificate of achievement and a bouquet of flowers. The three recipients were Mary Akyol, Joseph Gargano and Julianne Panobianco.

Mary Akyol is graduating from River Ridge High School with a 4.3 grade point average. She has also volunteered 188 hours at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Mary has volunteered as a courier during the summer and during the school year. One of her teachers commented:  “She excels in everything…she is involved in a number of school clubs…Each of these extra-curricular activities contributes to the success of River Ridge High School as well as the surrounding community.” Her math instructor said: “I have a great deal of respect for Mary. She is an extremely natural, sincere, intelligent, and sensitive individual.” Mary plans to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Joseph Gargano is graduating from J. W. Mitchell High School with a 4.3 grade point average. Joseph also volunteered 109 hours at RMCBP, where he volunteered as a courier during the summer months. His science teacher comments: “He is a disciplined student, and he also possesses an intellectual curiosity, which enables him to constantly strive to broaden his academic horizons,” and his English teacher commented: “…there is more to Joe than just outstanding academics. He also is an active member of his community…Joe volunteers his time tutoring underclassmen in chemistry, math and other sciences.” She continues in her praise by adding, “showing [he has] an altruistic side that few people possess at such a young age.” Joseph will be attending the University of Florida.

Julianne Panobianco is graduating from Ridgewood High School with a 3.75 grade point average. She has volunteered 174.36 hours as a courier at RMCBP, mainly during the summer months. One of her teachers, Mary Anders, commented, “Julianne exhibits strong leadership characteristics.” She added, “Julianne describes herself as motivated, determined and compassionate.” One of her teachers also commented, “I have watched Julianne mature into an intelligent, personable, respectful, and extremely reliable young woman. I have had the pleasure of sponsoring a student club called South Paw which supports no euthanasia of shelter animals. Julianne started this club and has become a leader that both her peers and her instructors look up to.” Julianne will be attending Pasco/Hernando Community College to pursue a career in nursing.

In presenting the scholarships, volunteer president George Niebler congratulated the recipients and wished them a wonderful future.Photo: Left to right, Mary Akyol, Julianne Panabianco, George Niebler, President Volunteers, and  Joseph Gargano.

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