I can't help but notice the large number of people in our community that deserve a little recognition for their accomplishments.
I wanted to focus a little bit on those people this week, because they deserve just as much recognition.
This week, I want to congratulate a couple of local students, Katie Stuehmer, Beatrice Reyes and Cassidy Daves.
The three competed in the "American Dance Competition," an international ballet competition made up of dancers from all over the world.
This was their first time competing and representing St. Lucie County, and they all did great.
Beatrice Reyes won a silver award for both classical variation and modern dance pieces, Katie Stuehmer won a gold award for both classical and modern pieces and Cassidy Daves won top honors ADC medallion for modern dance and for classical variation, coming in at eighth and fourth place, respectively. Cassidy also won a summer scholarship to the Sarasota Ballet.
Thanks to Lydia Oquendo for letting us know of all the talent we have right here in St. Lucie County.
This week, I also want to congratulate a couple who gave of themselves for their love of animals. Robert and Margaret Hanlon of Fort Pierce have become one of the first people in the area to take advantage of a naming opportunity from the Humane Society of St. Lucie County.
They have chosen to name a special shelter area being built as part of the shelter under construction on Glades Cut-Off Road in Port St. Lucie.
The inscription they will place in the area reads "In memory and honor of our beloved pets and all of the other 'critters' that enriched our lives."
Let me be one of the first to thank them for their generosity, and remind them that by doing this small thing, they are enriching our lives by making the community we live in a better place.
Dawn Krebs is the Associate Managing Editor of the Hometown News and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.