Monday, December 18, 2017
Education

Pasco students of the month

Students of the Month

Schrader Elementary: David Hodierne, Jaylynn Hardy, Elizabeth Zatarain, Andrew Ball, Madisyn Sells, Parker Gardner, Destiny Cruz, Rachel Hardy, Kathleen Oringer, Jannat Butt, Mackenzie Baker, Philip Asaro, Collin Boone, Haven Duncan, Sara Flowers, Aeden Sanchez, Aaliyah Sutton, Ellanor Rivers, Kansas Smith, Tristan Davis, Jewleona Wetherington, Rose Robles, John Morissette, Ashton Jenkins, Bella Fajardo, Jake Pierce, Ariana Fleurimond, Gabriella Diaz, Jacob Rogers, Marilyn Ortman, Tyler Tyska and Daniel Slaughter.

• Seven Springs Elementary: Caitlin Barkley, Jesus Cabrera, Audrey Lehto-Chew, Ronnie Fiumara, Phoenix LaCavalier, Skylar Laslo, Alexis Lowe, Kailee Mobley, Brenna Peterson, Nathan Rodas, Julian Rosado, Acva Rueck, Ethan Schneider, Brooke Stotesbery and Brandon Vastola.

Greater Zephryhills Chamber of Commerce: Isaiah Lawrence (East Pasco Adventist Academy), David Bailey (Chester Taylor Elementary), Victoria Amidon (Zephyrhills Christian Academy), Samantha Cotto (Heritage Academy), Tyana Garcia (Zephyrhills High School), Julian Herman (Raymond B. Stewart Middle School), Chandler Ross (The Broach School), Emily Kirk (West Zephyrhills Elementary) and Nathaniel Cardona (Woodland Elementary).

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