Central High School
DECA members shine
Twenty-one DECA members competed in a Career Development Conference in Orlando. Ryan Chin-Hing and Nicole Tan placed fourth in the state in the Quiz Bowl event and Nicole Badami and Shelton Tolbert placed first in the Buying and Merchandising Team Event.
These top scorers are eligible to compete at the next level, the International Career Development Conference in Louisville, Ky, April 24-27.
The Central DECA was once again recognized as a Gold Level Chapter, which means it is a top chapter in the state. This is the fifth consecutive time the chapter has achieved this distinction.
Michelle Venezia, who served as a state DECA vice president this year, received the Ed Fleming Memorial Scholarship, among many other awards. She is now campaigning for the national DECA presidency. The National DECA (Delta Epsilon Chi) is a 185,000-member student marketing organization.
Hernando High School
Top bilingual spellers
Here are the World Languages Spelling Bee winners for the 2009-2010 school year:
German I: first place, Michael Higginbotham; second place, Brittany Chatman; third place, Ryan Mattison.
German II/III: first place, Alan Michael Picheta; second place, Nathan Wilson; third place, Jacob Behm.
French I: first place, Brittany Lafayette; second place, Tausif Ahmed; third place, Bailey Elliott.
French II: first place, Brianna Stephens; second place, Matthew Clark; third place, Lindsey Schalk.
French III: first place, Courtney Moyer; second place, Ashley Spradlin; third place, Ruby McGeehan.
French IV and AP: first place, Yvonne Schottka; second place, Ashlie Peterson; third place, Kristian Wheeler.
Spanish I: first place, Kristyn Middlebrook; second place, Rachel Benfield; third place, Jessica Rix.
Spanish II: first place, Alisha Heet; second place, Rosa Almanza; third place, Allison Hutto.
Spanish III: first place, Shanley Carlton; second place, Julianne Brown; third place, Amanda Dabinett-Harbig.
Spanish IV and AP: first place, Bryanna Adkison; second place, Kimberlee Steinman; third place, Kyle Morgan.