Summer camp offers ‘real-world’ look at forensics

Some local high schoolers will get a chance to get an up-close look at the many components of forensic investigations — via a weeklong summer camp in Land O’ Lakes hosted by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office and FIRST (Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security & Tactics). The FIRST Forensic Summer Camp is scheduled for July 20 through July 24. Each camp day runs from 9 a.m. to 3 … [Read more...]

United Way of Pasco plans to expand its reach

As he assumes the helm of United Way of Pasco County, Chuck Anderson said he plans to build on the organization’s previous successes. Anderson became president and CEO of the organization on Jan. 14, succeeding Alice Delgardo, who retired. He recently moved to the area from Fort Myers, and he’s well aware of Pasco County’s growing population and increasing demand for services. United … [Read more...]

Forensics research center expected to break new ground

Construction is now underway in Land O’ Lakes on a forensics and training facility that will offer a collaborative resource for universities, forensic scientists and law enforcement. Ground was broken during a Sept. 19 ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics, or F.I.R.S.T for short. The complex will be next to the Adam Kennedy … [Read more...]

Pasco High student earns top score in nation

Madison Hoyle spent hours upon hours reviewing practice problems and quizlets, so she’d be fully prepared for the Cambridge International AS Psychology exam. It turns out that was time well-spent for the Pasco High senior. Hoyle was recently recognized by Cambridge Assessment International Education for achieving the highest score in the nation on the psychology exam, outperforming all other … [Read more...]

Saint Leo adds women’s beach volleyball

It’s a sport sweeping the nation — and one local institution is taking advantage. Saint Leo University is the latest Florida college to add women’s beach volleyball as a varsity NCAA sport. Competition for the sand-based sport begins Spring 2018, as an independent (non-conference) team. It marks Saint Leo's 20th intercollegiate sport and its 11th offering in women's athletics; the … [Read more...]

Servin’ aces on the sand

When Bethany Randall began playing beach volleyball nearly two years ago, she never envisioned it could lead to a Division I athletic scholarship. "It really just started with trying to get in shape," said Randall, a Land O' Lakes resident and senior at Seffner Christian Academy. Starting next spring, Randall will play women's beach volleyball at Jacksonville State University, a Division I … [Read more...]

Sunlake student earns college degree

Technically, Madison Riggle is still a high school student — but she’s a college graduate, too. The 17-year-old received her Associates of Art degree from Pasco-Hernando State College on Dec. 13, while still enrolled at Sunlake High School. The feat was made possible through the Collegiate High School program, a partnership between PHSC and Pasco County Schools. Riggle was one of the … [Read more...]

A dominant ‘Sargent’ on the mound

Land O’ Lakes High School junior Lance McCabe Sargent admits that if you watched him throw two years ago, you’d never expect him to be one of Tampa’s top prep pitchers. “I didn’t have the best mechanics,” said Sargent, who doubles as the Gators’ starting third baseman. “When I’d go in from third (base) to pitch, I’d be all around the place, just kind of poor mechanics. I’d just go on the mound … [Read more...]

Teacher says technology is ‘great equalizer’

If Woodland Elementary teacher Bobbi Starling had it her way, every child would have access to the kinds of technology her students use. “The technology in my room does not represent what is school-wide. The other classrooms have one iPad for the whole classroom,” said Starling, who earlier this year was named one of 100 teachers nationwide as a PBS Digital Innovator. Woodland … [Read more...]