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Triplets, twins graduate from Hernando private schools

Among this year's graduates from Hernando County's private schools and homeschools are a set of triplets, a pair of twins and a trio of nationally diverse students.

Kaitlyn Berleth, Kayla Berleth and Justin Berleth have been homeschooled by their parents, Jim and Dina Berleth of Spring Hill. Kaitlyn and Justin have enrolled at Trinity College, Trinity, where they are studying for careers in ministry and counseling. Kayla, employed at a day care center, aims to pursue training in early childhood education.

The triplets, active in ministries at Spring Hill Baptist Church, are among a class of 13 seniors who will graduate from homeschooled studies facilitated by Home Circle of Hernando. The circle, which coordinates activities and events for home-schooled students throughout the year, will sponsor commencement exercises.

Although the organization does not designate valedictorian and salutatorian, all the graduates are honor students, said coordinator Elizabeth Witherell.

Meanwhile, at West Hernando Christian School, twins Meghan Amanda Goode and Moira Shaunessy Goode will not only graduate together, they are also co-salutatorians.

The daughters of Trinette Goode and Chuck Paige and Mark and Amanda Goode, the twins have matching grade-point averages of 3.9.

Meghan plans to attend Clearwater Christian College, majoring in elementary education and missions. Moira intends to enroll at Pasco-Hernando Community College, then pursue a degree in business and missions at a university.

Wider Horizons graduates include natives of Florida, Pakistan and Korea.

Ariana Bond, daughter of Ira and Sandra Bond of Spring Hill, shares the valedictorian spotlight with Pakistan native Aarish Hasan, son of Dr. Syed and Jazyeen Hasan, who spend time in Pakistan and Spring Hill. Both graduates have maintained 4.0 grade-point averages since their freshman year.

They'll be joined at commencement exercises by Seok Won Kang, a Korean exchange student who enrolled at Wider Horizons for one year of study and stayed for three. Hosting his stay have been Patrick and Joan Soderquist of Spring Hill.

Bond and Hasan have logged "many, many hours of community service," said co-principal Julia Maglio, Bond at Health South and Hasan at a local walk-in medical clinic.

Bond will further her education at Florida State University in the field of meteorology, while Hasan has enrolled in the medical program at University of South Florida. Both are winners of Bright Futures scholarships.

Kang tentatively will pursue an international studies program at Purdue University Calumet.

Samantha Pippenger, who graduated from Wider Horizons in January, has since then been enrolled in an honors program at the University of Tampa.

At Spring Hill Christian Academy, the seniors spent time this year on a class project for Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County. The youths tackled paint scraping, repairs, maintenance and paint application at homes Habitat was refurbishing.

Meanwhile, the senior class at Hernando Christian Academy buckled to studies, its valedictorian and salutatorian earning greater than 4.0 grade-point averages.

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Private school graduates

Home Circle

of Hernando

Commencement: June 5, 1 p.m., Spring Hill Baptist Church


Justin Berleth

Kaitlyn Berleth

Kayla Berleth

Jessica Garcia

Nathan Gregory

Elliott Harrold

Tyler Johnson

Daniel Martin

James McTague

Jacob Peters

Timothy Rushing

Trisha Russell

Benjamin Witherell


Christian Academy

Valedictorian: Meredith Coats

Parents: Timothy and Crystal Coats

GPA: 4.2

College: Southeastern University

Field of study: Music education and ministry

Salutatorian: Samantha McCord

Parents: Michael and Jennifer McCord

GPA: 4.18

College: Lindenwood University

Field of study: Undecided


Audrey Lynn Allen

Brandon Stephen Bilsborough

Shanice Nicole Boyce

Dylan Burke

Elina Cotz

Alicia Kalee Field

Stephanie Kaye Harris

Samuel D. Kautsky

Karisa Shelsie Kroslack

Kenneth Daniel Lehman

Madison Lee Manuel

Kyle Marra

Jenna Suzanne McDaniel

Garrett Michael Mikkola

Kevin D. Wilcher

Wider Horizons

Co-valedictorian: Ariana Bond

Parents: Ira and Sandra Bond

GPA: 4.0

College: Florida State University

Field of study: Meteorology

Co-valedictorian: Aarish Hasan

Parents: Dr. Syed and Jazyeen Hasan

GPA: 4.0

College: University of South Florida

Field of study: Medical program


Seok Won Kang

West Hernando Christian School

Commencement: Today, 5 p.m., at Northcliffe Baptist Church

Valedictorian: Emily M. Covert

Parents: Harold and Marti Covert

GPA: 4.02

College: Southeastern University

Field of study: Undecided

Co-salutatorians: Meghan Goode, Moira Goode

Parents: Trinette Goode and Chuck Paige; Mark and Amanda Goode

GPAs: 3.9

Colleges: Meghan will attend Clearwater Christian College; Moira will attend Pasco-Hernando Community College

Field of study: Meghan will major in elementary education and missions; Moira will pursue business and missions


Aimee Grace Babler

Tyler Christopher Banks

Matthew James Canalia

Ashley Leanne Dell

Brian Paul Hayes

Nicole Ashley O'Beid

Angelika Syntia Onishi

Kyle Ryan Pratt

Brian Matthew Zierdon

Spring Hill

Christian Academy

Commencement: June 6, 6 p.m., Spring Hill Baptist Church

Valedictorian: Michael Garcia Jr.

Parents: Michael and Marisol Garcia

GPA: 3.97

College: Southeastern University

Field of study: Pre-med biology

Salutatorian: Candice L. Lopez

Parents: Wayne and Alexandra Lopez

GPA: 3.76

College: Southeastern University

Field of study: Pre-med


Holly Ann Franey

Andrew Keith Joyce

Elizabeth Santiago

Triplets, twins graduate from Hernando private schools 05/28/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 28, 2010 8:29pm]
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