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Scholarship group honors distinguished graduates
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Posted: 2014 Jan 24 - 06:10

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New Smyrna Beach Community and Alumni Providing Scholarships (NSBCAPS) eighth annual Cuda Achievers Awards ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, in the auditorium of New Smyrna Beach High School, 1015 Tenth St., in New Smyrna Beach.

Six accomplished New Smyrna Beach High School graduates will be recognized. This event is free. Honored will be:

William S. "Steve" McGee ('69): A civil service manager for U.S. Navy research and development, Mr. McGee was commanding officer of the USS Guardian and managed testing and development of products for the Navy. He earned a bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Auburn University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Naval Postgraduate School. He lives in Oak Hill.

Joseph Benedict III ('56) is a native and resident of Samsula. He is chairman of the Bert Fish Medical Center Board of Directors. Mr. Benedict was a farmer and banker. He also was vice president of government relations for Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., served as chairman of the Volusia County Zoning Commission and was a County Councilman.

Shawn Aaron Lane ('88) is a representative of IBM's Sterling Division. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida. He also was a representative for Florida Branch of Information Builders,. He is the founding chairman of Cudas UnHooked and received the "President's Award" from the Volusia League of Cities for his work with the group. He is a past president of NSBCAPS and is on the board of directors.

George E. Greene III ('53) is retired and lives in St. Petersburg where he remains active in the community. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a master's in business administration from Florida Atlantic University. He spent 35 years with Florida Power Corp., rising to senior vice president. He was a senior consultant for Saudi Consolidated Electricity Corp. He served as president of the Financial Executives Institute and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Oscar Poole ('48) was minister and educator, serving as a pastor for 22 years. He was named Minister of the Year three times by the United Methodist Church. He earned a bachelor's degree from Stetson University, a master's degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a master's degree and doctorate from Southern Seminary. He also was in business in the Atlanta area for 24 years. He authored 11 books, was a delegate to three national GOP conventions, and for 13 years he carried and served his world famous BBQ to both U.S. Houses of Congress in Washington D.C.

Randall Elliott ('59) is a retired brigadier general of the U.S. Army. He graduated from the ROTC program at Stetson University as an Honor Military Graduate. He served in Vietnam as an infantry company commander with the 101st Airborne Division and was wounded twice. He possibly is the only graduate of New Smyrna Beach High School to achieve the rank of general.

Immediately following the ceremony, CAPS will have its annual fundraising spaghetti dinner in the school cafeteria. Since 1995, CAPS has provided scholarships to more than 350 New Smyrna Beach High School graduates, totaling more than $600,000.

Tickets for the spaghetti dinner can be purchased at the door for a donation of $6, hours are noon-6 p.m.

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