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Pasco Turnaround Achievement Award winners changed their lives

And the winners are:

Middle School winners

Bayonet Point Middle: Corey Reyes, Grade 8. After bad grades and several referrals, he had his eyes opened to his wrong choices after a school incident.

Centennial Middle: Robert Leatherwood, Grade 8. He got in trouble from time to time but persevered and has found success.

Chasco Middle: Aurora Anderson, Grade 8. Family issues weighed heavily upon her, but she has shown tremendous academic improvement.

Crews Lake Middle: Robert Cowdrey, Grade 8. He had poor behavior and a lack of respect but has improved his attitude and grades while participating in several activities.

Gulf Middle: Nicholas Ritter, Grade 8. In trouble for much of sixth and seventh grades, he set goal of staying out of trouble and improving grades. He has "far exceeded" those goals.

Hudson Middle: Dakota Smith, Grade 8. He did not fit in and would not sit still. He set school record for referrals among sixth-graders. Now he has focused on music to find a sense of belonging at school.

John Long Middle: Michael Conley, Grade 8. A goof-off who was purposely failing, he brought up his grades and showed better attitude after a critical parent conference.

Pasco Middle: John Brown III, Grade 8. He overcame learning challenges to become a school athlete with good grades.

Pine View Middle: Josh Reyes, Grade 7. He had poor behavior and grades, then he made a "complete 180 degree change" and now shows leadership potential.

River Ridge Middle: Kristi Ball, Grade 8. She showed improvement in attendance, discipline, attitude and grades.

Charles Rushe Middle: Sierrah Billington, Grade 8. Once indifferent to school, now she cares and has rising grades and a "sunny disposition."

Seven Springs Middle: Nicholas Eady, Grade 8. A year ago he was unprepared, rude, disrespectful and confrontational. Now he's a popular school leader with improved grades.

Paul R. Smith Middle: Zachary Smith, Grade 8. Frequently in trouble during sixth and seventh grades, he has become more mature and self-controlled.

Raymond B. Stewart Middle: Lance Saunders, Grade 8. He was tardy, disrespectful and lethargic, now he's the "complete opposite."

Thomas E. Weightman Middle: Elijah Boston, Grade 8. A reformed class clown, he's serious about school, working as a peer helper with autistic students and seeking to learn.

High School winners

Gulf High: Chelsea Szymczak, Grade 11. Previously uncooperative and nonproductive, now she's a "model student."

Hudson High: Danielle Bebout, Grade 12. Improved academic performance and increased self-confidence, she's focused herself on career and school goals.

Land O'Lakes High: Albert Cruz, Grade 12: Once a dismal student, he is now exemplary and serious about academics.

Mitchell High: Margaret (Meg) Hesser, Grade 12. She had been falling behind in credits and grade-point average, constantly getting into mischief. Now she's on track to graduate on time.

Pasco High: Marissa Scroggins, Grade 11. Once defiant and with low grades, she's now on the A/B honor roll. Family changes helped focus her.

Ridgewood High: Karina Breitbarth, Grade 12. Previously a "reluctant student," she is now a mentor and teacher's aide with a GPA above 3.0.

River Ridge High: Brandon Price, Grade 12. Expelled last year for fighting with a teacher, he returned with a positive attitude and readiness to succeed.

Sunlake High: Bryan Grant, Grade 10. Always in trouble, he was sent to a different school. When he returned, he became a straight-A student and Student of the Month.

Wesley Chapel High: Juan Martinez, Grade 12. Was 12 credits behind and did not have a high enough grade-point average to graduate. He improved his performance to finish high school on time.

Wiregrass Ranch High: Daniel Romano, Grade 12. He showed improvement in grades and attitude.

Zephyrhills High: Trever Marsha, Grade 12. He had three credits after two years of high school, turned around his attitude after being told he could not come back to school.

Alternative education winners

Irwin Education Center: Derrick Tucker, Grade 11. At one time an underachiever, he now has become an inspiration to himself and others in school.

Schwettman Education Center: Joey Hartzog, Grade 9. Alternately slept or clowned around in class, he decided he was sick of getting in trouble and now is a student mentor.

Marchman Technical: Angel Torres, Grade 12. Overcame family challenges including the loss of his mother and grandmother, becoming technically homeless, and becoming a father, to raise his GPA and be on track for graduation.

Moore-Mickens Education Center: Angelica Najar, Grade 12. First enrolled in 2003, she spent time on and off in school, having to deal with illness. Committed herself after a challenge from her 6-year-old daughter, is now on track to graduate.

Pasco Turnaround Achievement Award winners changed their lives 05/06/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 7, 2009 12:31pm]
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