Military academy appointments include soccer standout

Growing up, Victoria Mitchell always knew she wanted to serve her country with a career in the military. She’ll soon get the chance, when she’s officially inducted into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28. The 17-year-old recent Wesley Chapel High School graduate received her official appointment to the Navy in late March — about 10 months after she verbally … [Read more...]

Creativity rules at Lutz Preparatory summer camp

Camp Invention isn’t your typical summer camp. It’s a camp where kids are encouraged to strap on their creative thinking caps and let their imaginations run wild. And, that’s exactly what was going on at Lutz Preparatory School last week. This year’s curriculum tested a variety of the young students’ skills. In one challenge, campers designed their own Optibot, a small driving … [Read more...]

Institute aims to equip students for success in college and life

The National Hispanic Institute led the International Collegiate World Series at Saint Leo University last week for the second year in a row. The event is the capstone of a series of three programs designed by NHI to help high school students to develop the skills needed to become the next generation of community leaders, said Zachary Gonzalez, associate vice president of the … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 06/20/2018

Students of the Month Nine students from across the community were honored during the last presentation of the school year as the Greater Zephyrhills Students of the Month. Those being recognized included: Marcus Moncada, The Academy of Spectrum Diversity; Angelina Zaccagnino, The Broach School; Christian Clement, Chester W. Taylor Elementary School; Jacob Stoughenger, Heritage Academy; Emma … [Read more...]

School construction activity heating up

Cypress Creek Middle High will be adding a senior class this year, but that isn’t the only change that will be happening at the campus off Old Pasco Road. Cypress Creek Middle School is under design right now, with construction expected to begin in October or November, said Mike Gude, director of construction services and code compliance for Pasco County Schools. The construction budget for … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 06/13/2018

Scholarship recipients recognized The GFWC Woman’s Club of Zephyrhills awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships to 10 deserving students at an end-of-the-year luncheon. The students receiving a certificate and a check are, back row, from left: Jasmine Dobbs (Southeastern University), Domenique Benjamin (Florida Atlantic University), Autumn Roe (Pasco-Hernando State College), Luis Arturo Chavez … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 06/06/2018

Taking action against local hunger Fifth-grade students from Carrollwood Day School volunteered at Feeding Tampa Bay as part of their student-initiated study focusing on hunger. The class and its teacher, Barbie Monty, inspected, sorted, organized and weighed nonperishable and perishable goods for distribution throughout the Tampa Bay communities. The group played a role in providing 2,892 meals … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 05/30/2018

Students shine at Fine Arts Festival The elementary and junior high students at Land O’ Lakes Christian School competed in the annual Sunshine State Association of Christian Schools State Junior Fine Arts Festival, in April.  The students, representing Christian schools throughout the state, competed in the basic areas of music, speech and art. Music students challenged each other in solo … [Read more...]

Little authors are celebrated in a big way

It’s not every day that someone becomes a published writer — and that’s especially true of second-graders. So, staff members at Land O’ Lakes Christian School weren’t about to let the moment pass by without a good bit of fanfare. The children in Christy Hoynoski’s class were celebrated in a big way at a party in the school’s lunchroom on the day their book, “If I Were An Animal,” arrived … [Read more...]

Chalk Talk 05/23/2018

Vice president named for new office Saint Leo University’s president, Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., has appointed Dr. Senthil Kumar as the school’s vice president for the newly created Office of Global Engagement and International Affairs. Prior to this position at Saint Leo, Kumar served as vice president of enrollment management and dean of international programs at Bay State College, … [Read more...]