Art, culture on tap at PHCC
Pasco-Hernando Community College will present visiting artists, hands-on activities and cultural festivals at its Art & Culture week, which concludes March 15. The events will be at campuses in Dade City, New Port Richey, Brooksville and Spring Hill. Offerings include experiential painting, films, lectures and other participatory events. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited. Visit www.phcc.edu/artculture for a daily agenda at the various campuses or call 1-877-TRY-PHCC.
Retired educators plan outing
The East Pasco Retired Educators Associations will meet at the IHOP Restaurant, 13100 US 301 in Dade City on March 15 at 10 a.m., to carpool to the Circle B Bar Reserve, Polk’s Nature Discovery Center. Please bring a picnic lunch. All retired school personnel and friends are welcome. To attend, call Mary Johnston in Zephyrhills at (813) 779-9022.
Pine View kickball rivalry
Pine View Elementary and Pine View Middle are squaring off in the third annual Pride of the Parkway Staff Kickball Game at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Pine View Middle, 5334 Parkway Blvd. in Land O’ Lakes. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students. All concession food and drinks are $1. The Pine View Middle School band will perform. Proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a Tampa-based organization dedicated to researching less toxic treatments and eliminating childhood cancers. Those attending are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.
Sunlake High band concert
Sunlake High will hold a concert Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The event will include a silent auction with proceeds to benefit the band program. The school is at 3023 Sunlake Blvd.
Hanley Riggs, a fifth-grader at Academy at the Lakes, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Pinellas County Hunter Association for having the highest collective points in her age division (12 and under) for the 2011 show year.
Wharton team wins culinary honor
A restaurant business plan developed by a Wharton High team won fifth-place honors at a statewide culinary competition in Orlando.
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation hosted the
12th annual ProStart Culinary Team Competition, which featured 47 high school teams comprised of juniors and seniors enrolled in the ProStart curriculum in the 2011-2012 school year.
Teams participated in four competitions, including the Cracker Barrel Management Competition, the Johnson & Wales University Gourmet Meal Competition, the Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition, and the Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition. Wharton took fifth in the Cracker Barrel Management Competition by developing a business proposal that consisted of a defined restaurant concept, a supporting menu and a supporting marketing plan. The team also prepared a comprehensive written proposal, created a visual display and gave a verbal presentation.
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation is the only organization in Florida that offers the ProStart program.
Honors for local students
Several local students have achieved honors at their college:
–Maureen Elizabeth Colligan, Odessa, dean’s list at Colgate University. She is the daughter of Daniel P. and JoAnn M. Colligan.
–Alan K. Westbay, Lutz, president’s list at Mercer University College of Engineering.
–Alexandra E. Aucoin, Lutz, dean’s list of the College of Liberal Arts at Mercer University.
–Alexis L. Setteducato, Lutz, dean’s List of the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University.
–Nikkita Mehta, Lutz, dean’s list of the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
Scholarship deadline nears
The deadline is March 19 for college students to apply for a $1,200 scholarship from the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections. Students must either major in political/public science, business administration or journalism/mass communications. Complete eligibility guidelines and information can be found at www.myfloridaelections.org, or at www.VoteHillsborough.org under the “What’s New” category on the right-hand side.
Sunlake band program scores big
The Sunlake Concert Band has been awarded straight superiors and has qualified for the Florida Bandmasters Association State Performance Assessment. This was the first time in the school’s history the concert band received a superior rating. The band was rated superior by each judge.
The school’s band program received straight superior ratings at all Florida Bandmasters Association District Music Performance Assessment events this school year – marching band, jazz band and concert band, as did individuals who participated in solo and ensemble performances.
The school’s percussion ensemble performed at the Florida FFCC percussion regional competition, taking home first place honors.
The winter guard received third place at another weekend regional contest. The winter guard already has been promoted a class as a result of its talent.