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Hometown Hernando for July 25

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Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or

High fives

Emmanuel College President's List: Paisley Whitaker, 18, was recently named to the President's List at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., for the spring semester. Paisley, who was homeschooled, graduated from high school in December 2013 and was captain of the girls swim team at Hernando High School. She is the daughter of Paula and Lee Whitaker of Brooksville.

Clubs and organizations

NCT automotive students place in the top 250 nationwide: Nature Coast Technical High School's automotive class sent its top two qualifying students, Austin Harlow and Eion Keiper, to compete in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills hands-on state championship at Seminole State College in Sanford. The class placed in the top 10 in the Florida auto skills competition, but only the top two students qualified for the finals.

Harlow and Keiper finished sixth in the state and took home $5,000 in scholarship money. Though the two didn't make it to the national competition in Michigan, Nature Coast placed in the top 250 nationwide.

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Oak Hill's Volunteer Association gives 15 scholarships: Oak Hill Hospital's Volunteer Association recently presented $1,000 scholarships to 15 high school seniors.

Recipients included: Samira C. Consuegra, Brianna Fanning and Yahya Hamed, all of Central High; Katrina Carroll, Brennan Claude Ertl, Jamie Vandenlangenberg and Justin Zimmerman, all of Hernando High; Catherine Hurtado, Brittany Tercero and Mary Thomson, all of Nature Coast Technical High; Robyn Cotney, Ravi Vemuri and Chang-Hung Wu, all of Springstead High; and Jake Bence and Ricky Ramos-Galicia, both of Weeki Wachee High.

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HPH nurse recipient of NISOD excellence award: Registered nurse Patricia Garcia was recently selected as a 2014 recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award.

Garcia, a member of the HPH Hospice nursing staff, is also an assistant professor of nursing at Pasco-Hernando State College. She was presented the award in Austin, Texas, on May 25.

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Rotary inducts new member: The Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central recently welcomed new member Dr. Amy Ackley. She practices at Ackley Dental Group in Spring Hill and volunteers at the Crescent Community Dental Clinic.

Hometown Hernando for July 25 07/23/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:26pm]
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