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A look at Pasco schools with upcoming graduations

Land O'Lakes High School

Graduation: 4 p.m. Friday at the USF Sun Dome.

Number of graduates: 365

IB Valedictorian: Grace Chow

IB Salutatorian: Konrad Thorner and Priyanshi Patel

Traditional Valedictorian: Brooke Gonzalez

Traditional Salutatorian: Madison Parks

Award winners: Colin Defant is the Outstanding Senior. Janay Moore completed the highest number of community service hours, 1,032.

Turn Around Student of the Year: Harlan Lewellen

Leading the Pack: Priyanshi Patel and Dana Lawson are National Merit Finalists. Colin Defant received a math scholarship from Mu Alpha Theta. Roshni Patel won the Bay News 9 Project Weather Scholarship. Kiyana Acebedo, Alison Flaherty, Joseph Kelly, Justin Santiago and Elizabeth Scarlett won the Withlacoochee River Electric Scholarship.

Notable: The class of 2013 has earned more than $2 million in scholarships.

Where they're going: Savannah Long will attend University of Alabama on a Presidential Scholarship. Justin Zloty will attend Cornell University. Rohit Iyer will attend Johns Hopkins University. Adam McCook will attend Northeastern University.

River Ridge High School

Graduation: 6 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium at River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road, Port Richey.

Number of graduates: 340

Valedictorian: Michelle Vanderhoof

Salutatorian: Shannon McAmis

Award winners: Austin Lindhorst is the school district's Outstanding Youth Volunteer. Engineering Academy graduate Jake Stevens is the district's CTE Student of the Year. Nicole Kuntz is the Outstanding Senior. Michelle Vanderhoof, Shannon McAmis and Heather Stewart were recognized for maintaining straight A's for all four years of high school. Alexis Licalsi is the state weightlifting champion.

Turn Around Student of the Year: Katherine E. Molina

Leading the Pack: This is the first class to graduate from the Engineering Academy. Four scholarships were awarded to engineering students.

Notable: $350,000 was awarded in scholarships (excluding Bright Futures and athletic scholarships), including eight scholarships from Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, worth $8,000 a piece.

Where they're going: Out of the top 35 students, 11 will go to University of South Florida, eight will go to University of Florida, six will go to Florida State University, five will go to University of Central Florida, two will go to Pasco-Hernando Community College, one will go to St. Petersburg College and one will go to Texas Tech University. Thirteen athletes have received scholarships to attend Peru State College, LaGrange College, Jacksonville University, Florence Darlington Technical College, Armstrong Atlantic State University and Saint Leo University.

Gulf High School

Graduation: 6 p.m. Friday at Epicenter at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey.

Number of graduates: 266

IB Valedictorian: Brittney Gervasi and Christina Engler

IB Salutatorian: Zeba Alvi

Traditional Valedictorian: Courtney Flor

Traditional Salutatorian: Nicholas Buliga

Award winners: Seychelle Baker, Brittany Reid and Brittney Gervasi are National Merit Commended Students. Marissa Brown and Alexandria Curtwright are National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalists.

Turn Around Student of the Year: Tre W. Welsh

Leading the Pack: Courtney Flor has also earned her associate of arts degree from Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Notable: The class has provided more than 23,000 hours of community service and has earned $923,700 in scholarships.

Where they're going: Caitlyn Borden and Christina Engler will go to University of Rochester. Marissa Brown will go to University of Arizona. Alexa Candlelora will go to Tulane University. Clara Herrera will go to Reed College. Calee King will go to the University of Miami.

Ridgewood High School

Graduation: 6:30 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium at Ridgewood High School, 7650 Orchid Lake Road, New Port Richey.

Number of graduates: 260

Valedictorian: Mary Kujak

Salutatorian: Shamina Stagner

Award winners: Shamina Stagner is the Outstanding Senior. Nadine Hofmeister and Tristan Ficarro received Sen. Simpson's Scholar awards. Tayla Pesce won the West Pasco Legal Association Scholarship at the local and state levels. Mary Kujak is a Wendy Heisman Top 10 State Finalist, the recipient of the Prudential Spirit of the Community President's Volunteer Service Award, a Tampa Bay Times Barnes Scholar, a Horatio Alger National Scholar and FHSAA Female Scholar Athlete Scholarship winner.

Turn Around Student of the Year: Nicole Ferko

Leading the Pack: Eight students qualified for the President's Scholar Award because of high GPAs and test scores. Four students won the Take Stock in Children scholarship from the Pasco Education Foundation.

Notable: The Title One school had 70 students receive monetary awards at its awards ceremony. The class of 2013 has earned approximately $1.4 million in scholarships.

Where they're going: Mary Kujak will attend Baylor University as a pre-med major. Shamina Stagner earned her AA from Pasco-Hernando Community College and will attend University of Central Florida.

Hudson High School

Graduation: 7:30 p.m. Friday in Gymnasium 1 at Hudson High School, 14410 Cobra Way, Hudson.

Number of graduates: 192

Valedictorian: Sarah Staley

Salutatorian: Nicola DaSilva

Award winners: Tyler Wilton is the Outstanding Senior and the District Pride Award Winner for Performing Arts. Outstanding Athletes are Owen Dirksen and Brittany Wilkinson. William Watson is the Anne Frank Humanitarian.

Turn Around Student of the Year: Gina Izzo

Leading the Pack: Sarah Staley and Haley Walker received the Joan Judd Soccer Scholarship. Tori Hughes, David Sota and Lilianne Macias will attend Pasco-Hernando Community College on PHCC's Top 10 percent Scholarship.

Notable: $1.8 million in scholarships have been awarded.

Where they're going: Sarah Staley will attend Youngstown State University on a soccer scholarship. Tyler Wilton will attend University of South Florida on an ROTC scholarship.

Pasco High School

Graduation: 7:30 p.m. Friday at W.F. Edwards Stadium, 36850 State Road 52, Dade City.

Number of graduates: 270

Valedictorian: TJ Pyche

Salutatorian: Joseph Gilbert

Award winners: TJ Pyche is the school district's Outstanding Senior.

Turn Around Student of the Year: Hector A. Pino

Leading the Pack: There are 16 seniors graduating summa cum laude, with a GPA of 4.2 or higher. The class has received an estimated $1 million in scholarships.

Notable: Joey Ivie finished his graduation requirements early and has been playing football for University of Florida since January.

Where they're going: Janarion Grant will attend Rutgers University on a football scholarship. David Emmanuel will attend Eastern Kentucky University on a football scholarship. Damien Wilson will attend the University of Nebraska Kearney on a football scholarship. Seven students have received football scholarships to Wittenberg University. Five students have received football scholarships to Victor Valley College. Six graduates will attend University of Florida.

Wesley Chapel High School

Graduation: 8 p.m. Friday at the USF Sun Dome.

Number of graduates: 336

Valedictorian: Mario Giannazzo

Salutatorian: Miroslav Sanader

Award winners: Ralph Herz is the Outstanding Senior. Mario Giannazzo is the National Hispanic Scholar. Samuel Henninger is the District PRIDE Winner for Writing.

Turn Around Student of the Year: Nakita E. Savage

Leading the Pack: The class of 2013's test scores led Wesley Chapel High School to earn its first "A" grade from the Florida Department of Education.

Notable: Taurean Broughton is a National Merit Semi-Finalist. Four students are Pasco Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients. Kayla Casella received the Wesley Chapel Rotary Sunrise Scholarship. Six students were awarded the Wesley Chapel PTSA Scholarship.

Where they're going: Eight students will attend Saint Leo University on scholarship. Christina Lanphier will attend Pasco-Hernando Community College on a Top 10 Percent Scholarship. Desiree Murphy will attend Keiser University on scholarship. Shiloe Flavien will go into the United States Air Force on scholarship.

Editor's note: Today's list covers the schools graduating on Friday. The remaining schools will be featured in Wednesday's Pasco Times.

A look at Pasco schools with upcoming graduations 05/25/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 6:10pm]

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