Graduation 2008

Hernando High senior's life is soaring now

Nick Pauliot leaves Hernando High with the hope of playing football at Webber International University in Babson Park.

RON THOMPSON | Times

Nick Pauliot leaves Hernando High with the hope of playing football at Webber International University in Babson Park.

BROOKSVILLE — Nick Pauliot is a fairly typical 18-year-old Hernando High School senior. At first glance.

He has a 3.1 grade-point average, plays football and is a wrestler and weight lifter. He hopes to earn a football scholarship to Webber International University in Babson Park.

Pauliot belongs to the business club, DECA and a senior class club called Class of '08. He likes math and would like to be an accountant.

All of this might seem unremarkable if not for the extraordinary circumstances he had to overcome to get where he is.

Pauliot has been shuffled among eight different living arrangements since he and his brother were taken from their home March 29, 2003. He remembers the date.

The moves included foster care, a boys' ranch, a safe house, an outreach facility (Brooksville's now-closed Transition to Independence), a return to his mother's and time with his grandmother. He moved between Florida and Wisconsin.

The upheaval began, Pauliot explained, when the brothers were removed from the care of their mother because of his younger brother's chronic truancy. They were put in a foster home together, but his brother stayed there for only three weeks. Pauliot stayed for more than 11 months.

While his brother was in a juvenile detention center, Pauliot was sent to another foster home. Then to the boys' ranch, then to his mother for a few months and his grandmother's home, both in Wisconsin.

"I lived in Wisconsin for seven months and returned to Florida," he said. He went to Safe Place to Be in Tampa, then to Tampa's United Urban Outreach. He was in Transition to Independence for about 20 months.

Now, Pauliot is in a foster home with three other boys and one girl. He settled into Hernando High School in the latter part of his sophomore year, where he struggled to keep his grades up. Moving as a freshman resulted in the loss of his grades for the second part of that year.

He is trying to become the first high school graduate in his troubled family. Going to college will be a first, too.

He was a Hernando High linebacker and twice was selected an all-county player. "I made it to the finals for all-state," he said, and was a Most Valuable Player. In wrestling, he was a state qualifier two times and this year earned the status of fifth in the state.

Pauliot's girlfriend, Heather Spradlin, 18, a fellow senior, hopes to attend Webber International and be a cheerleader for him. They have been together for a year and a half. He helps her with math; she acts as his secretary.

"I love dealing with numbers, and I wouldn't mind making (a lot of) money," he said.

Hernando High guidance counselor Melody Whitaker has plenty of praise for the ambitious young man.

"Nick is a very hardworking student,'' she said. "I just think, with his family situation and his life situation, he has accomplished a great deal. He has never given up.

"Everything he has set for himself, he's reached. I'm very proud of him. If more students were like him, it would be such an easy thing to be a guidance counselor."

>>If you go

The big day is here

Hernando High School graduation will be at 7 tonight in the gymnasium in Brooksville.



>>Class of 2008

Hernando High School graduates

VALEDICTORIAN

Caitlin Mary Geiger

Parents: Bill Geiger and Jane Maitski

GPA: 4.39

College: University of Central Florida

Field of study: Business administration

SALUTATORIAN

Rachel Ashley Lowman

Parents: Matthew and Beverly Lowman

GPA: 4.237

College: University of Central Florida

Field of study: Accounting

Rounding out the top 10

3. Mari Pothier

4. J. Morgan Rogers

5. Juliana Gordon

6. Donald McElroy Jr.

7. Samantha Pankow

8. Megan Jonas

9. Casey Adams

10. Robert O'Brien

Casey Franklin Adams

Daniel Dean Adams

Desiree Lashay Adams

Jessica Amanda Adams

Joshua Rhett Adams

Matthew Thomas
Alderman

Maria Alecia Anderson

Elvia Yuliska Arce

Robert Monroe Ashburn

Ethan Patrick Baldwin

Nathan Hall Baldwin

William Matthew Baldwin

Felicia Ann Ball

Timothy Robert Ball

Juan Diego Barreto

Jordan Ambyr Barrus

David Deon Battle Jr.

Brian Ray Baxter

Kelly Jo Beadle

Stacy Marie Beasley

Kyle Michael
Bechtelheimer

Kindall Marie Begley

Michael Lewis Behm

Brent William Bell

John Tyler Bennett

Kyle Edwin Beverland

Alicia Rose Bishop

Christopher Ron Bishop

Margaret Jane Blackburn

Michelle Susan Blue

Justin Shane Braswell

Kyle David Brooks

Antonio DeMarcus Brown

Joel Justin Brown

Matthew Kenneth Browning

Samantha Shea
Browning

Jamie Nicole Bunner

Alexandra Lynn Burgher

Daniel Edward Burns Jr.

Jessica Lynn Burns

Amanda Elizabeth
Cannon

Victoria Danielle Cannon

Antonio Chavez Jr.

Brittney Nicole Clark

Ryan Jay Clark

Amanda Christina Claville

Emily Sharlene Cochran

Jessica Diane Collins

Amanda Lynn Cummings

Casey Lynn Davidson

Carla Yvonne Davis

Nicole Marie Davis

Sayquan Marquis Davis

Mandy Aleshia Delgado

Ryan Jamal Denson

Shelby Jalycee DeRamus

Jason Ruben Diaz

Jessica Lynn Dixon

Edwin James Dubay

Branden Miles Durham

Daniel Edward Ebbecke

Erica Anne Ebbecke

Shane Michael
Eikenberry

Nadia Maria Estrada

Kasey Joseph Faltus

Britney Nicole Farley

Brittany Rachelle Fifer

Samantha Nicole Flynn

Carlos Antoine Ford

Shawanna Fayshon Frazier

Jasmine Michelle Freed

George Lewis Fribley III

Lamarkis Dwayne Gabay

Maggie Beth Garda

Caitlin Mary Geiger

Samuel Alan Gentile

Ashley Jordan Germain

Megan Irene Gillis

Joshua Andy Goff

Fernando Gomez

Tiffany Mercedez Goodin

Brittany Shawna
Goodwin

Juliana Lee Gordon

Margaret June Gordon

Jesse Lee Graham

Shalbetshla Lanette Greene

Jennifer Ann Gregg

April Rene Griffey

Eric Taylor Griffith

Lauren Ashley
Gunderson

Sarah Ashley Haimes

Melody Christine Hayes

Michael Allen Haynes

Crystal Rose Heath

Crystal Lynn Hemmer

Lewis Raymond
Henderson

Paige Chelsea Higginson

Bradly Hill

Jeffrey Edmond Hofstede

Jennifer Bera Hoover

Casey Isaac Hostetter

Nathan Nathaniel Howell

Krysta Patricia Anne Hughes

Wesley Charles Hughes

Arsenio Kortez Jackson

Francisco Jimenez-
Cisneros

Jeremy Jamar Johnson

Megan Nicole Jonas

Nathen Dale Jones

Ronald Lloyd Jorgensen

Curtis Malcomb Keith

Michael Becker Kern

Daniel Logan Kiefer

Richard Ratcliff
Killingsworth

Erika Lynn Knapp

Derek Michael Kraus

Jessica Marie Kreider

George Raymond Kurilla

Chelsea Evan Lashley

Anthony Richard Latorre

Erik Spencer Lawson

Kensie Kay Ledington

Elizabeth Ann Letts

Andrew Bryant Linton

Tamara Lynn LoBianco

Ari Lynn Lowman

Rachel Ashley Lowman

Amy Nicole Lynn

Tyler Michael Maier

Lyndsey Ann Marino

Katherine Marie Martin

Samantha Marie Maywell

Donald Robert McElroy Jr.

Brittany Klaire McGarrity

William Chad McGee

Cory Steven McKenna

Michael Walter Kilroy McKenna

Courtney Morgan
McKinney

Leanne Michelle
McKnight

Andrew James McNeal

Yajaira Paola Medina

Michael Raymond
Merced

Heather Christene Mills

Ashley Nicole Moore

Kyle Wendel Morgan

Anthony Neal Murray

Nicholas Anthony Nadella

Elliott Paul Nazar

Lamon Henry Neal

Ricky Dale Nelson II

Holly Elaine Nichols

Ryan Matthew Nicol

Kenneth Michael Noble

Robert Philip O'Brien

Sarah Marie Oesch

Sarai Ortiz

Kyle Cooper Owens

Adam David Paul Paine

Brittany Rose Panagiotis

Samantha Jo Pankow

Kursten Marie Parresol

Nickolas Vern Pauliot

Kasey Richard Pellage

Travis Phillip Penhale

Ryan Joseph Piermatteo

Sergio Pinzon

Jordan Platt

Andreal LaToya Plummer

Whitney Renee Porter

Mari Faith Pothier

Gina Marie Potito

Darris James Aubra Pratt

Tyler Owen Preston

Dustin Jonathon Pugh

Stephanie Marie Racine

Timothy Ryan Rags

Maria Jacqueline Ramirez

Kaci Leigh Ramsey

Jordan Patrick Reeves

Kyle Montgomery Rice

Rebecca Lynn Rich

Jared Andrew Rickett

Joel Alec Rivera

Koty Silas Roby

Matthew Lewis Rodriguez

Nikita Rodriguez

Victor Joseph Rodriguez-Puentes

Erica Addison Roessler

Brittany Anne Rogers

James Morgan Rogers

Ana Caren Rojero

Veronica Lynn Rojero

Denisse Ivette Romero

Taylor Michael Rotunda

Brittany La'Shawn Roundtree

Kaitlynn Rena Royal

Jerilyn Catherine Rumbarger

Aaron Dillon Saulnier

Jesse Lee Saxon

Kirt Alvin Schalow Jr.

Tiffany-Ann Nicole Scott

Shannon Amber Scranton

Tenicka La'Vette Scrivens

Megan Ann Shebosky

Brandon Michael Shepard

Brook Steven Shepard

Kyle Anthony Shinabarger

Breanna Elizabeth-Ann Shutt

Meagan Louise Silvis

Anthony Lee Sims

Sarah Elizabeth Sims

Nicholas Scott Sizemore

Christopher Francis Steven Smith

Haley Cristen Smith

Laura Nell Smith

Randall Smith

Tyler Andrew Solomon

Dustin Mark Solovitch

Heather Nicole Spradlin

Joy Lynn Stanberry

Kristian Alicia Stephens

Emily Rose Stevens

Alyssa Marie Stevenson

Margaret Ellen Stewart

Jacob John Stone

Joshua Eric Stone

Lacey Kaylene Strickland

Ryan Paul Strittmatter

Derek Daniel Sudduth

John Michael Sullivan Jr.

Derek Lee Sutton

Alana Emily Taglieri

Joseph Ross Tanner

Mia Rena Tawnsell

Roberto Tejera Jr.

Richard Paul Templin

Shane La'Ruance Thomas

David Allen Thompson Jr.

Megan Louise Thompson

Timothy Dean Thompson Jr.

Francis Carmine Turano

Olivia Carole Ussery

Alexander William Vazquez

Erich Richard Wagner

Christopher Michael Walters

David Wayne Walters Jr.

Javia Renee Washington

Ashley Dawn Westberry

Jesse Dawson Wheeles

Andrew James Whidden

Christopher Michael White

Amber Leeanne Wiggins

Shaun Michael Wilbourn

Abrill Renee Williams

Arielle Sherrice Williams

Clarence Williams III

Sabrina Megan Williams

Shatara Janay Williams

Andrea Rae Williamson

Amanda Lynn Wimett

Thomas Craig Wooten Jr.

Steven Edward Wyatt

Fred William Yealy Jr.

Kayla Deanna Yontz

Hernando High senior's life is soaring now 06/09/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 8:48pm]

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