• These Gulfside Elementary students were named winners of the school-level Tropicana Speech contest: first place: Amanda Romero and Randy Nieves; second place: Samantha Mondloch and Adel Karsoun; and third place: Emily Fousek and Bradley Wheaton.
• Sunlake High senior Sarah Collins was the district winner of the PRIDE Award in Science.
• These students were named school winners of the Tropicana Speech Contest held at Calusa Elementary: first place, Vinny Smith; second place, Elaine Testa; and third place, Arianna Barrios.
• Dayspring Academy elementary students attended the District Science Fair for Pasco County, representing their school for the first time. The five placed as follows: Rachel Lucas, first place and Crystal Award; Emily Castro, first place; Kerstin Hamels, first place; Brian Spicer, first place; and Jake Greenier, third place.
• Dayspring Academy students participated in the county math competition. Christina Huang placed first among all seventh-grade students in the county. The seventh-grade math team placed second in the county.
• Students in the financial algebra class at Mitchell High School recently participated in the National Financial Capability Challenge, a voluntary online exam that measures students' financial knowledge and capability. There were 84,000 high school students across the country who participated in this year's test, which was administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Education. The top students in the school were Michelle Franceschini, Shamus Heselton, Shawn Larkin, Shawn McCarthy and Amir Mision. In addition, the following students finished among the top 20 percent in the country: Michael Berendt, Kristen Bowen, Michelle Franceschini, Shamus Heselton, Justin Kerr, Shawn Larkin, Jonathan Linger, Shawn McCarthy, Amir Mision, Steven Ramsland and Cody Watkins. The top 10 percent nationally are eligible for 20 $1,000 scholarships.
Students of the month
• Hudson Middle: Cierra Lopez-Muniz, Rachel Deweerd, Dean Bryan, Patience Eskew, Carl Wolf, Audry Sawoscinski, Miranda Prahasky, Edward Graham, Dustin Larsen, James Headrick and Mililani Rosas.
• Anclote High: Rae-Ann Crawford-Rogers, Glen Moore, Jason Jones, Karisa Pelletier, Adam Humienny, Marissa Beck, Jorge Cruz-Blance and Tomara Zink.
• Moore-Mickens Education Center: Lindsay Schafer, Tiffany Blankenship, Jean Tondreau and Carlos Lazaro. Miguel Catalan was chosen as Chamber of Commerce student of the month.