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Dean of General Studies at Columbia College Peter J. Awn, Will Tant and Dean of Columbia College James Valentini COURTESY PHOTOS
Palm Coast Thursday, Jun. 13, 2013 9 years ago

Will Tant wins Philolexian Society Washington Centennial Prize


Will Tant, who is a Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate, a former professional surfer, and current student at Columbia University, is the winner of this year's Philolexian Society Washington Centennial Prize. This oratorical contest, held every four years, is one of Columbia's oldest prizes, established in 1802.

Tant joins many historical luminaries who have won four Academy Awards, three Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards, and one Emmy Award. He is the first Columbia General Studies student to win the prize, speaking on this year's theme of "public service."

Tant spoke about his decade of public service with the Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic. Held each year in memory of his brother who died, the Tommy Tant competition has awarded almost $100,000 back to the community in the form of scholarships and food bank donations. The theme of his speech revolved around the notion that public service involves a public and private journey where the end is not obvious from the beginning, a line from ancient Greek historian, Herodotus.

Fontana new FCTC Board Chairman
First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine announced that Mark Fontana, of Palm Coast, will serve as chairman of the board for the college’s board of directors, effective July 1. Fontana works as production operations manager with Northrop Grumman Corp.

Fontana’s background includes 37 years of technical, supervisory and management with specialization in development and implementation of software applications.

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