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Private school graduates achieve in school and in community

SPRING HILL — Service as well as studies have earmarked the 2009 graduating classes of Hernando's private schools.

At Hernando Christian Academy, the class of 30 private school students decided to leave as their legacy a remodeling of the bathrooms in the locker rooms of the school gymnasium.

In the girls' room, they painted on the walls lyrics of a Christian band's songs. In the boys' room, they painted bits of Biblical scriptures on the walls.

"This class was really special," said academic administrator Andrea Rinard, "as they were tightly bound as friends. They did everything together." Most made the National Honor Society roll, she noted.

At Spring Hill Christian Academy, the seniors took part in humanitarian efforts presented by the school's sponsor, Northcliffe Baptist Church. Some youths traveled as far as Alabama to help those in need. They also volunteered as teacher assistants in the school's lower grades, said administrator Leta M. Settle.

Desiree Simmons, the lone graduate this year of Wider Horizons College Preparatory School, has tutored younger children in reading. She also helped to manage the school's pizza company, getting a leg up on all aspects of business training.

Keeping his nose to the books, David Hand not only achieved the title of valedictorian at West Hernando Christian School but finished in the 99th percentile of the ACT test, an unusual achievement, said a school administrator.

All five home-schooled graduates achieved academic honor status and were dual enrolled at Pasco Hernando Community College. Still, they made time for service.

Jessica Woolbright served as a congressional page in the office of Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite for a semester. She worked on community projects with youth groups at Christian Church in the Wildwood and Community Bible Church, where she also volunteered at vacation bible schools and took part in a mission trip to Mexico.

Jenna Kennedy likewise has participated in mission trips with Community Bible Church and worked on church youth group activities.

Cierra Searson, an active church volunteer, has raised horses, lambs and dogs, and works for a veterinary service.

Beth Gray can be reached at graybethn@earthlink.net.

Class of 2009

Private school and homeschool graduates

Hernando Christian Academy

Commencement was held Friday at the school.

Valedictorian: Keith McCall

Parents: Chris McCall and Debbie Hogan

GPA: 4.30

College: University of Florida

Field of study: Engineering or the medical field

Salutatorian: Heidi Riley

Parents: David and Gretchen Riley

GPA: 4.30

College: Texas A&M

Field of study: Engineering and/or atmospheric sciences

Graduating seniors

Nicholas Adams

Jeffrey Basciano

Jamie Berg

Tyler Bosworth

Jaclyn Butler

Ben Clark

Paulina Decker

Brett Eastin

Mike Ennis

Jenni Fabiano

Nicklaus Foster

Amber Goodman

Hannah Griffith

Erin Gilboy

Renee Harper

Daniel Keyes

Brynn Ortiz

Josh Romeo

David Rotteveel

Haley Sasser

Arianthi Then

Carissa Trennepohl

Melissa Weaver

Josh Westfall

Jennifer Whatley

Ethan Whitten

Kirsty Wilfong

Blake Young

West Hernando Christian School

Commencement: 5 p.m. May 30 at the school, 2250 Osowaw Blvd., Spring Hill.

Valedictorian: David W. Hand

Parents: David and Michelle Hand

GPA: 4.01

College: Southeastern University

Field of study: Church music

Salutatorian: Christian James Gordon

Parents: Chris and Keri Gordon

GPA: 3.77

College: Pasco-Hernando Community College

Field of study: Music

Graduating seniors

Sarah Marie Barrows

Mitchel Watson Cardenas

Joshua Kenneth Dell

Tara Claire Girard

Ryan Robert Harrower

Joshua David Roberts

Richard Martin Stamp Jr.

Christopher Mark Valday

Christine Ashley Wolfe

Wider Horizons

Commencement: 9 a.m. Friday at the school.

Valedictorian: Desiree Simmons

Parents: Cheryl and William Pedi

GPA: Not yet available

College: Pasco-Hernando Community College

Field of study: Education

Spring Hill Christian Academy

Commencement: 6 p.m. May 31, Spring Hill Baptist Church.

Valedictorian: Jennifer

Evernham

Parents: Robert and Mary Evernham

GPA: 3.9775

College: Florida Southern College

Field of study: Nursing

Salutatorian: Samantha Franey

Parents: Bonnie Dancsecs and Matt Franey

GPA: 3.9665

College: Seattle Pacific University

Field of study: Political science major and international studies minor

Graduating seniors

Andrew Michael Klutz

Kevin David Scholl

Kari Lynn Treverton

Bogdan Mikhaylovich Vykhopen

Home Circle, Home Schooled Graduates

Commencement was held May 16 with a brunch at the home of Natalie and Adam Gillespie.

Graduates

Mary Balogh, Jenna Kunncda, Cierra Searson, McKenna Tafelfski, Jessica Woolbright.

Private school graduates achieve in school and in community 05/22/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 22, 2009 7:15pm]
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