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Pasco student newsmakers

• The Sunlake High Seahawks Jazz Band received the highest rating of Superior in the Jazz Band Music Performance Assessment held Feb. 10 at Wesley Chapel High School. Members of the Seahawks Band and Color Guard also competed with students from Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties in solo and ensemble performances on Feb. 12 at J.W. Mitchell High School. Thirteen Seahawks received Superior ratings and qualified to move up to state competition: Dana Wesler, Sarah Mahan, Mary McCune, Rebecca Macias, Carson Crowell, Rachel Fusco, Stephanie Ledau, Sara Pickernell, Jessica Troxell, Lauren Vaccaro, Christopher Harmon, Dylan Waddle and Thomas Prentice, who qualified in both solo and a saxophone trio. Additionally, 15 students received a rating of Excellent. At a Winter Guard and Winter Percussion/Drum Line competition Feb. 5 at Seminole High, Sunlake High percussion ensemble members Cooper Key, Maddie Varieur, Jackie Ivancovich and Dennis Zayas were ranked fourth in the state.

Community helpers

Trinity Rotary President Sandy Barley presented River Ridge Middle School with a check for $500 to help sponsor the 28 students of the Drama Club in their quest for a State Junior Thespian Title in last month's competition in Melbourne.

• The safety patrols at New River Elementary collected pet food for the Labor of Love Animal Rescue. Safety patrol coordinator Holly Mitchell coordinated the community service project with nearby Wesley Chapel Elementary.

Students of the Month

Anclote High: Teddy Martinez, Ashley Kickery, Maryn Jones, Eddis Ramirez, Erika Mercier, Joseph Weatherford, Branden San, Brittany Fogg.

• Gulf High: Alexander Rodriguez, Mehgan Griswold, Philip Kubiszyn, Mikayla Bishop, Safet Pracic, Jessika Eglin, Billy Moudy and Destiny Johnson.

Gulfside Elementary: Ashanti Vasquez, Deyshawn Stevenson, Manny Montes, Adrianna Mullins, Amelia Walther, Anastasia Kelarakos, Maurice Mitchell, Tony Guglielmo, Zackery Giansiracus, Hope Jackson, Tyler Tucker, Shawnna Wilbur, Taedon Haurand, Kapri Winthrop, Aidan McWhorter, Aujhnai Bell, Victor Gayson, Madison Buckley, Thomas Moore, Kaylee Barber, T-mani Lobo Mirando, Averie Hamby, Solo Zagorianos, Tyler Dempsey, Chase Adlawan, Jacksen Phifer, Amanda Romero, Shayne Geidel, Natalie Ruiz, Sydney Do, Isabella Sandoval, Destiny Spencer, Rheanna Koziol, Trina Bosel.

• Hudson Elementary: Molly Plantz, Brittany Canepa, Jaydin Bartels, Christopher Marchese, Kayleigh Torrey, Ryan Beharie, Hailey Downall, Annika Sly, Cody Nuzzi, Kailey Jameson, Autumn Knight, Tanner Testori, Bryanca Lorentsen, Mikey Maloney, Dominique Lillie, Jordan Legros, Sabrina Delano, Hailey Coolidge, Tiana Coley-Mederios, Cheyenne Phillips, Kirbea Harrell, Jazsmin Martin-Fry, Blake Gosnell, Cassidy Sheputis, Vanessa Velasquez, Skye Larkin, James Downall, Cori Camara, Breanna Wickersham, Zane Petree, Cherilyn Petersen, Zachary Lucco, Javion Mathis, Alexis Grzyb, Brandon Brunson.

Pasco student newsmakers 03/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 5:40pm]
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