Alma Marcela Pinelo received a scholarship through the Belize Defence Force in June 2009 and had the opportunity to study at a prestigious military institution, The United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Almita graduated from the US Coast Guard where she studied Marine Environmental Sciences.

Ambergris Today takes this opportunity to congratulate Almita Pinelo, a true Sanpedrana, for her hard work and dedication in her studies. She commences work on June 24, 2013 at The Belize Coast Guard.

Almita is daughter of Jennie Staines and granddaughter of Elvia Staines, proprietor of San Pedro's world famous Elvi's Kitchen.

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