Friday, May 25, 2018
Education

Pasco County school newsmakers for Jan. 9

Newsmakers

The Ronald McDonald House Charities' recipients of the Pasco Education Foundation's Take Stock in Children program were recognized recently during a scholarship luncheon at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa. Four Pasco County students, all juniors, were honored. Families, mentors and school representatives attended. The students' academic achievements along with their strong involvement in community service were highlighted, and Ronald McDonald was in attendance to meet students. Upon graduation, each student will receive a 60-credit hour, tuition-paid scholarship. Recipients were Jacquelynn Shelton and Meghan Griswold, both of Gulf High School; Loila Carlos of J.W. Mitchell High School; and Christina Hilliary of Zephyrhills High School. Take Stock in Children is an award-winning program that provides scholarships, mentors and hope for Florida children. Visit www.pascoeducationfoundation.org or contact Rosanne Heyser at (813) 794-2134.

• Laurie Roberts, CPPB, buyer for the Pasco school district, received the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing's 2012 Professional Buyer of the Year Award, during the 67th annual Forum in Seattle.

The following Hudson Middle School band students will represent their school in the Jan. 26 All County Band concert at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge: Julia Patellis, alto sax (1st chair); Grace Graziaplene, alto sax; Alyssa McKenzie, trumpet; Shane Falco, trumpet; Jimmy Le, trombone; Connor Smith, percussion (1st chair).

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