Monday, November 20, 2017
Education

River Ridge High team takes first in Nature Coast Envirothon

RECOMMENDED READING


INVERNESS — Only after a Southern hognose snake was identified, soils were examined and the age of the jawbone of a deer was determined was a champion crowned in Wednesday's annual Nature Coast Envirothon.

The winner of the competition, which took place at Fort Cooper State Park south of Inverness, was the Upwelling2 (as in "squared") team from River Ridge High School in Pasco County, earning the team $2,500 in scholarship money from the Tampa Bay Times.

The team — composed of Jake Stevens, Khory Bates, Shannon McAmis, Rachel Quinn and Stephen DeVinny — actually tied with the Mycosphaerella team from Central High in Hernando County — composed of Dhruv Patel, Theresa Hancock, Addison Hilyard, Nick Holung and Brett Waugh.

The tie was broken using bonus points. Both teams earned 66 points, but Upwelling2 had 13 bonus points to Mycosphaerella's nine.

"We studied," said Stevens, the Upwelling2 captain. "We had study groups, and we also studied individually."

The team is now eligible to advance to the state competition at Hillsborough River State Park on April 27.

The science competition included students from Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Sumter county high schools. The state park provided the venue and lunch.

Forty teams of five members competed in five categories: soils, sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; forestry, sponsored by the Florida Forest Service; aquatics, sponsored by the Hernando County government; wildlife, sponsored by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and sustainable rangeland, sponsored by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Whether they scored high or not, the students seemed to appreciate the opportunity to be out in the park for a day of hands-on science experiences.

"You learn a lot of new things," said Pasco High School junior Alexandra Newlon, 17. "Environmental science is more than just about trees."

Category winners included:

Soils and aquatics: Central High School's Mycosphaerella team (Hernando): captain Dhruv Patel, Theresa Hancock, Addison Hilyard, Nick Holung and Brett Waugh; advisor, environmental science and biology teacher Rob Berger.

Forestry: South Sumter High's Agtastics team (Sumter): captain Dillon Jones, Matthew Hall, Matthew Gallup, Nathan Jameson and Garrett Cave; adviser, space science, chemistry and physical science teacher Emily Keeler.

Wildlife: Springstead High School's Chinques team (Hernando): captain Laura Paulavage, Kiara Colon, Laura Dutton, Andrew Roithmeier and Cynthia Alicea; adviser, environmental science, zoology and marine science teacher Lisa Dickinson.

Sustainable rangeland: River Ridge High's Upwelling2 team (Pasco): captain Jake Stevens, Khory Bates, Shannon McAmis, Rachel Quinn and Stephen DeVinny; adviser, environmental science and biology teacher Joshua McCart.

Top scores by county included:

Citrus County: Academy of Environmental Science's Academy Sharks team: captain Kaleb Jemison, Frank Ward, Sarah Morgan, Sara Marchant and Mattie Roberts; adviser, marine science, environmental science, chemistry and science research teacher Ashley Miller.

Hernando County: Central High's Mycosphaerella team.

Pasco County: River Ridge High's Upwelling2 team.

Sumter County: South Sumter High's Agtastics team.

Comments
10 African-Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever

10 African-Americans named Rhodes scholars, most ever

Associated PressThe latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 10 African-Americans — the most ever in a single Rhodes class — as well as a transgender man and four students from colleges that had never had received the honor before. The Rhodes Tr...
Published: 11/19/17

Class notes

School Calendar• Nov. 27: School resumes after Thanksgiving break• Dec. 22: End of second grading quarter.• Dec. 23-Jan. 7: Winter Break.• Jan. 8: Teacher planning day. No school for students.Arts/Music/TheaterCenter for the Arts at River Ridge Middl...
Published: 11/16/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Pasco’s 2018 Outstanding Senior hails from River Ridge High

Pasco’s 2018 Outstanding Senior hails from River Ridge High

River Ridge High School senior Connor Beckman has been named Pasco County’s 2018 Outstanding Senior.Commander of the school’s Air Force JROTC program, Beckman is also an Eagle Scout mentor, National Honor Society president and swim team captain.Beckm...
Published: 11/16/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Makerspace lab exposes Eastside students to tech skills and fun

Makerspace lab exposes Eastside students to tech skills and fun

BROOKSVILLE — The lab at Eastside Elementary School looks high tech, featuring new flooring, cabinets and furniture. Assistant Principal Michael Lastra calls it cutting edge."It’s not like your typical classroom," Lastra said. "The school wanted it t...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Pasco school district proposes future changes to west-side elementary and middle school zones

Pasco school district proposes future changes to west-side elementary and middle school zones

Plans to erase the attendance boundaries for Ridgewood High School have grabbed all the attention.But the Pasco County school district also has proposed changes to west-side elementary and middle school zones for consideration this fall.They’re just ...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/16/17
At St. Petersburg High, alums push to complete private funding for home field improvements

At St. Petersburg High, alums push to complete private funding for home field improvements

ST. PETERSBURG — The athletic facilities at St. Petersburg High are just like Bob Carter remembers from 50 years ago.He recalls it all fondly: The concession stands, ticket booths and bathrooms are still the same. The track is still outdated asphalt,...
Published: 11/15/17
In union push at USF, adjunct professors strive for more respect and a living wage

In union push at USF, adjunct professors strive for more respect and a living wage

TAMPA — Robert Ryan cleaned out his office in May. He knew he was dying.He had kept driving to the University of South Florida even as he lost the use of his left arm. He had kept teaching English, even as tumors ravaged his mouth so that he could ha...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Hillsborough Education Foundation, Yoobi team to surprise students

Hillsborough Education Foundation, Yoobi team to surprise students

The kids at Bing Elementary knew something special was about to happen when a six-foot white dog with a "target" over his right eye walked into the classroom.And they were right.On Tuesday (Nov. 14), volunteers and corporate supporters joined the Hil...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/16/17
New aviation programs at PHSC help propel students toward dreams

New aviation programs at PHSC help propel students toward dreams

DADE CITY — Dustin Snodgrass has a photograph of himself as a child in the pilot’s seat of a kid-size model airplane. Snodgrass, now 28, recently took a big step toward his goal of flying real aircraft with his first solo flight through a new profess...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/16/17
Hillsborough teachers show up in the hundreds to clamor for promised raises

Hillsborough teachers show up in the hundreds to clamor for promised raises

TAMPA — A weeks-long salary standoff between the Hillsborough County School District and its teachers hit an emotional peak Tuesday as hundreds of teachers and students turned out to ask the School Board for their promised raises."War has been declar...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17