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13-120 Three High School Seniors Honored During N.O.P.E. Scholarship Awards

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-School Resource Officers Unit

NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) Task Force, Pinellas Chapter

Dunedin High School SRO
-Deputy Jim Miller

East Lake High School SRO
-Deputy Kurt Frazho

Largo High School SRO
-Officer Mark Dakoski (Largo Police Department)

Alex Lebhar – Dunedin High School – $500 Scholarship

Meagan Militello – East Lake High School – $750 Scholarship

Pooja Madhvani – Largo High School – $1000 Scholarship

The NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) Task Force, Pinellas Chapter, presented scholarship awards to three high school seniors to help cover college costs.

The scholarship awards were presented during three different award ceremonies between the dates of May 22, 2013 and May 29, 2013.

The scholarship awards were presented at Dunedin High School, East Lake High School and Largo High School.

The NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education) Task Force, Pinellas Chapter, recently presented three high school seniors with scholarships during award presentations at Dunedin, East Lake and Largo High Schools. A total of three scholarships were awarded during the ceremonies; one for $1000, one for $750 and one for $500.

The application process for the scholarship was open to high school seniors who have been accepted to a college/university. Applicants were asked to complete an application listing high school GPA, accomplishments and activities. They also had to write an essay on the effects of drugs on the teenage brain, create a visual or audio presentation on “one pill can kill” and submit a reference letter from their school sponsor or teacher.

Alex Lebhar is the scholarship winner from Dunedin High School.  He is an active member of the SADD club.  Deputy Jim Miller, Dunedin High School SRO,  stated in Alex’s reference letter “Students like Alex make my job as an SRO satisfying and relieving because I know he does the right thing and goes beyond what is expected of him.”  NOPE awarded a $500 scholarship to Alex to continue his education at the University of Central Florida.

East Lake High School student Meagan Militello was awarded a $750 scholarship.  She is the president of the SADD club. Deputy Kurt Frazho, East Lake High School SRO, stated in Meagan’s reference letter “I have worked with Meagan and she has had no problems in or out of school and she is a fine example of what a SADD member should be.”  Meagan plans to continue her education at Florida Atlantic University.

Pooja Madhvani is the scholarship winner from Largo High School.   She is an active member of the Live Free group.  Denis Soffos, Largo High School English teacher, stated in Pooja’s reference letter “I am impressed with Pooja’s dedication to education and her exemplary representation of integrity.  She remains an active member of the Live Free Club encouraging others to participate and to remain drug and alcohol free. ” NOPE awarded a $1000 scholarship to Pooja to continue her education at St. Petersburg College.

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