October Citizens of the Month
Eight students from Zephyrhills schools were honored at The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Month awards ceremony at The Church at Chancey Road. Each month, one student, from 10 area schools, is selected for exemplary effort, achievement and contribution to their school, family and community. The students receiving honors were Savannah Stephens, Zephyrhills High School; Brooke Baldus, Raymond B. Stewart Middle; Thomas Puhek, The Broach School; Brendan Smith, East Pasco Adventist Academy; Deric Smith, Hope Ranch Learning Academy; Ethan Guo, West Zephyrhills Elementary; Noah Lane, Chester W. Taylor Elementary; and, Kaelyn Ingram, Woodland Elementary.
Constitution essay contest winner
Jessica Carver, a fifth-grader at Lake Myrtle Elementary School, won the Clerk & Comptroller’s Constitution Essay Contest for her essay on the topic ‘Why is the United States Constitution Important?’ From left: Superintendent of Pasco County Schools Kurt Browning, Pasco Clerk & Comptroller Paul O’ Neil, Jessica Carver and School Board Chairwoman Joanne Hurley.
Wiregrass Elementary dedication
Wiregrass Elementary School, 29732 Wiregrass School Road in Wesley Chapel, will host a dedication ceremony on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.
There will be a short program, student performances and refreshments.
Martinez Middle dinner, concert and art show
Martinez Middle School, 5601 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz, will host a Holiday Dinner, Concert and Art Show on Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
There will be a sit-down dinner prepared by culinary students and served by band members, and holiday music performed by the Mustang Band.
There also will be holiday shopping available through the art show silent auction. The school’s art students produced the artwork. Purchased artwork will be available for pickup at 7:10 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit band, culinary and art classes.
The cost is $10 in advance with an RSVP by Nov. 30, or $15 at the door.
PHSC seeking mascot successor
Conquor, the sword-wielding mascot representing the Conquistadors at Pasco-Hernando State College since 1993, is retiring, effective this coming spring.
Conquor announced his retirement and kicked off a search for his replacement at a college-wide employee event last month. A retirement celebration will be scheduled at the college’s annual Athletic Awards Ceremony in April, and Conquor’s successor will be introduced to faculty, staff and students during the college’s fall Welcome Week, beginning Aug. 21, 2017.
Conquor, as well as PHSC students, faculty and staff, alumni friends and the community are invited to participate in the mascot selection process. Once the new mascot is selected and approved, a competition will be held to seek student input on naming the new mascot.
Suggestions can be provided at PHSC.edu/mascot, and will be accepted through Dec. 31.
Saint Anthony School receives plaque
Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program, supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, has honored St. Anthony School for its commitment to inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship with an innovation recognition plaque.
Camp Invention provides an opportunity to students in kindergarten through sixth grade to exercise their creativity through hands-on STEM curriculum. The curriculum focuses on fostering creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving.
To date, St. Anthony School has participated in two Camp Invention programs.
Camp Invention created the recognition plaque to show appreciation for schools and organizations that host the summer enrichment day camp program.
The plaque will be on display at St. Anthony School, 32902 Saint Anthony Way in San Antonio, bearing each year the school has participated in the program.