Hernando High JROTC color guard shines
Hernando High School's Junior ROTC Color Guard Team took top honors at the Air Force Association-sponsored Air Force JROTC State Drill Meet on March 20 at the University of South Florida. The team received first place in the Inspection Competition and in the Air Force Regulation routine and fifth place in the Army Regulation routine. The team received the Color Guard Excellence Trophy as AFA State Champions for 2010. The team is led by Commander Jennifer Hoffland, who also received a trophy as one of the top color guard commanders at the competition. Hoffland and team members Ashley Gilmartin, Allison Hutto and Lindsay Norris qualified for the All Services Junior ROTC Drill Championship in May in Daytona Beach.
French students win state honors
The following Hernando High School students participated in the French competition in Orlando. They competed against 48 other schools in Florida. Kearstin Harmon won superieur (first place) for her project. Ruby McGeehan won excellent (second place) for her album. Harley Baker won bon (third place) for the reading exam. Chelsy Decotes won superieur (first place) for reciting her poem in Level 1. Jamie Sherman won excellent (second place) for reciting her poem, Level 2. Brittany Begley won superieur (first place) for reciting her poem, Level 3. Yvonne Schottka won superieur (first place) for reciting her poem, Level 5. Matthew Clark won bon (third place) for his impromptu speech, Level 2. Brittany Lafayette won excellent (second place) for her impromptu speech, Level 1. Alex Washburn, Harley Baker, Matthew Clark, Ruby McGeehan, Kearstin Harmon, and Brittany Lafayette won excellent (second place) for a play performance.
Cheerleader coach wins grand prize
Nature Coast Technical High School cheerleaders coach Christopher Clifford was awarded the Amp Up Your Performance coaching grand prize award. Amp Up Your Performance requested cheerleaders and parents nationwide to submit essays on why their coach was the best and Clifford won the grand prize, a cruise for two. The team says Clifford inspires students, puts education first and requires cheerleaders to submit grade reports weekly and he has even arranged for tutoring students in need. He has also helped cheerleaders with college scholarships.