Sunday, January 21, 2018
Education

Hernando school newsmakers

HERNANDO HIGH: The nationwide high school visual art competition sponsored by the Congressional Institute recognizes and encourages artistic talent in each of the country's congressional districts. Hernando High senior Jessi Poole will represent the 11th District.

Poole will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Southwest Airlines, a $3,000 scholarship from the Savannah College of Art and Design, gift cards and a trophy. Her winning piece, Gesture Portrait, is an abstract portrait in acrylic.

Poole is the daughter of Jeanne and Chris Poole and a student of Hernando High art teacher Michael Nicholson.

CENTRAL HIGH: The school's Navy Junior ROTC Roar Regiment recently had its annual change of command ceremony, where the senior leaders transfer leadership responsibility to upcoming seniors.

Central's nationally recognized NJROTC Program is run by retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Michael Ralph, retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Bruce Kennedy and retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Ronald McKelvin.

Outgoing Regimental Commander Samuel McCandless has been succeeded by Zachary Blackburn.

Outgoing Regimental Executive Officer (XO) Mercedes Holland has been succeeded by Allie Allen.

Outgoing Regimental Command Master Eric Aguiar has been succeeded by Dan Scott.

Grizzly Battalion/Alpha Company Commander Jacob Bedottohas been succeeded by Arthur Khalikov.

Grizzly Battalion XO/Charlie Company Commander Sabrina Raposo has been succeeded by Jenna Barbee.

Kodiak Battalion/Bravo Company Commander Jennifer Gordon's replacement has yet to be named.

Kodiak Battalion XO/Delta Company Commander Rachael DePrimo has been succeeded by David Latin.

Alpha Company XO Becky Zitohas been succeeded by Zeida Alvarez.

Bravo Company XO Alex Eisenhower has been succeeded by Casey Baril.

Charlie Company XO Chelsea Pigeon's replacement is still to be named.

DeltaCompany XO has changed from Veronica Easler to Jordyn Brunetti.

Regimental staff and varsity team commanders also switched responsibility:

Operations officer, from Alex Eisenhower to Zeida Alvarez.

Administration officer, from Sumner Karnow to Casey Baril.

Supply officer, from Crystal Lewis to Ashley Lawrence

Ship store officer, from Veronica Easler to Jenna Barbee.

Public affairs officer, from Jenna Barbee to Temperance Jones.

Teams officer, from Justin Fryzel to his brother Kyle Fryzel.

Website officer, from Juliet Kozlow to Jared Butts.

Armed drill team (basic), from Samuel McCandless to Matthew Pearson.

Armed drill team (exhibition), from Jacob Bedotto to George Ricci.

Unarmed drill team (basic), from Mercedes Holland to Allie Allen.

Unarmed drill team (exhibition), from Jennifer Gordon to Jenna Barbee.

The athletic team will remain under Zachary Blackburn, who was the commander as a junior.

Academic team, from Christopher Ross to Matthew Pearson.

Honor guard, from Dalton McCullough Arthur Khalikov.

Color guard, from Eric Aguiar to Michael Sherman.

Rifle team, from Jacob Bedotto to Jared Butts.

Orienteering team, from Michael Brown to Eric Tumelty.

NATURE COAST TECHNICAL HIGH: When seniors Austin Harlow, 17, and Eion Keiper, 17, left for the Ford/AAA state competition at Seminole State College in Stanford on May 13 and 14, they were prepared to win. The pair were presented with a 2014 Ford Fiesta with some kind of problem. They had to diagnose what was wrong, request the parts and fix it. They came in sixth and each took home $5,000 in scholarship money.

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