PHSC trustees attend legislative conference
Pasco-Hernando State College’s trustee board attended the Association of Florida Colleges Trustee Legislative Conference in Tallahassee in February. The conference provides college trustees the opportunity to learn more about the Florida College System legislative budget request and other substantive issues being monitored there. Attending the conference and a reception at the governor’s mansion were, from left, PHSC board vice chair Leonard Johnson, PHSC trustee Edward Blommel, Libby Blommel, Gov. Rick Scott, trustees Judy Parker and Morris Porton, and PHSC president Katherine Johnson.
Students compete at National History Day Fair
More than 100 students participated in Hillsborough County’s National History Day Fair. This year’s theme was “Rights and Responsibilities,” and students created projects on the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust, the Great Depression, capital punishment and students’ educational rights.
Students at Liberty Middle School in New Tampa who won awards included Will Rojka and Amere Nelms for the judge’s award for presentation, and Amanda Yelvington for the Student Advocate Award.
Rojka and Nelms developed the project “Rights of Jews During the Holocaust,” while Yelvington won for “Schools: Rights for All.”
Wesley Chapel students collect cat food
The safety patrol program at Wesley Chapel Elementary School, 30243 Wells Road, is collecting cat food through March 21 for The Labor of Love Animal Rescue, as its community service project.
The group’s goal is to collect 2,000 cans of cat food for the rescue. Businesses and schools are invited to join in the food drive.
For information, call Chris Gorman at (813) 794-0100.
College info event in Spanish
Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services will host a college information event in Spanish March 22 at 9:30 a.m., at Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in Tampa.
The meeting is to inform Hispanic students and their parents about preparing for college, applying to college, and the financial aid and scholarship process.
For information, call (813) 631-4710.
WRHS scholarship opportunity
Wiregrass Ranch High School’s PTSA will award six $350 scholarships to the school’s seniors or PTSA members.
There will be three academic and three citizenship scholarships awarded. Applications and information can be found at WiregrassPTSA.org.
Deadline to submit an application is April 4 at 2:30 p.m.
Hillsborough schools joins 100K
Hillsborough County Public Schools has been invited to join a national network of partners with the overall goal of developing and training 100,000 science, technology, engineering, and math teachers by 2021.
Hillsborough is the only school district in Florida, and one of only seven school districts in the nation, to be chosen to participate.
The effort brings corporations, school districts, universities, foundations, museums, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations together to address the challenges of increasing the number of effective science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers.
Local students make dean’s list
The following local students were named to the dean’s list at their respective schools:
• Ahmed AlTonobey, of Lutz — Virginia Tech
• Alan Westbay, of Lutz — Mercer University, Georgia
• Alexis Setteducato, of Lutz — Mercer University
• Austin Schonbrun, of Lutz — Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
• Cynthia Pumphrey, of Lutz — Springfield College, Springfield, Mass.
• Devan Dampier, of Odessa — Clearwater Christian College
• Dominic Prado, of Odessa — Wake Forest University
• Eric Boyd, of Odessa — Springfield College
• Lauren Lopez, of Lutz — Clearwater Christian College
• Lin Larson, of Lutz — University of Iowa
• Melvin Shepard, of Lutz — Springfield College
• Rachel Wilder, of Lutz — Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn.
• Rebecca Hamm, of Odessa — Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Shelton honored in Tallahassee
Jacquelynn Shelton of Pasco County, a Take Stock in Children high school senior, was recently honored with a 2014 Leaders for Life Fellowship.
The Fellowship rewards scholars for excellence in leadership, academics, community involvement and good citizenship. With tuition costs covered through Take Stock in Children, the Leaders for Life Fellowship ensures the student’s freedom from non-tuition related expenses of attending college.
Student Citizens honored by Chamber
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce recognized Student Citizens at a February ceremony. Each month, one student from 10 area schools is selected for exemplary effort, achievement and contribution to their school, family and community.
Among those recognized were Giovanni Maduko of Florida Autism Center of Excellence, Henry Charlebois of Woodland Elementary School, Madison Watson of West Zephyrhills Elementary School, Lailani Perez of Heritage Academy, Dylan Peters of Zephyrhills High School, Kendra Williamson of Stewart Middle School, Javier Ayala of East Pasco Adventist Academy, and Shelby Stevanus of Taylor Elementary School. Also present for the ceremony were chamber executive director Vonnie Mikkelsen, chamber president Carolyn Sentelik, and facilitator A.J. Hernandez.
Corrections and Law Enforcement Academy
Pasco-Hernando State College is now accepting applications for Law Enforcement Academy programs for summer and fall at East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road in Dade City.
A new part-time evening Law Enforcement Academy will begin May 12. Application deadline is April 7.
The next daytime program will be offered in the fall term, starting Aug. 18. Application deadline is June 23.
The programs prepare cadets for work in the field as certified police officers, and are based on 770 hours of training.
For information, call (352) 518-1364, or visit PHSC.edu.
Trustees appointed to PHSC board
Gov. Rick Scott has appointed John Dougherty to the District Board of Trustees for Pasco-Hernando State College. Scott also reappointed Morris Porton, who has served on the board since November 2011.
Dougherty, of Spring Hill, has 25 years experience as a certified public accountant and financial planner. He is a managing member of the investment advisory firm Dougherty & Associates.
Porton, also of Spring Hill, is a senior vice president at Florida Traditions Bank with 44 years of banking experience.
Adult education info session
Saint Leo University will host an information session on its degree programs March 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Pasco-Hernando State College, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey.
Undergraduate, adult education and masters students are invited.
Guests can meet with an admissions counselor and are asked to bring a copy of their transcripts. Financial aid and scholarship information also will be available.
To make a reservation, call (352) 588-8879, or visit SaintLeo.edu/rsvp.
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