Congratulations to Peggy Williams and Amy Frigano, both selected as student of the month.
Take Stock in Children Scholarship winners are Stephanie Shreenan and Danielle Vargnaud.
GULF HIGH SCHOOL:
Teacher Nicole Wilson has been selected as 1997 Florida German Teacher of the Year. Ms. Wilson established a school-to-school exchange program between Gulf High and Berufschule Begisch Gladbach (school) in Germany.
MITTYE P. LOCKE ELEMENTARY:
Teacher Heather Rose-Florentino has been selected by Who's Who in American Women.
PINE VIEW MIDDLE:
Students Kelly Prince, Keith Strand, Matt Jackson, and Kevin Cochrane won the Dragon Team Column Caper Competition. They designed paper columns engineered to hold the most weight of all entries.
SHADY HILLS ELEMENTARY:
Fifth-grader Janet Houck is student of the month. She was selected for her excellence in writing.
SEVEN SPRINGS ELEMENTARY:
The first Parent Teacher Student Association (PTA) was formed with full support from principal Roni Sushko. Student board members are: Patti Armstrong-Dailey, president; Liesha Spencer, first vice president; Terri Laska, second vice president; Linda Rogowski, third vice president; Debra Zeglarski, treasurer; Shirl Dubats, secretary; and Cecelia Meyer, teacher liaison.
Yearbook staff was selected by sixth-grade teacher/sponsor Marci Balow. The staff includes Amara Monbarron, Sarah Crumb, Tiffany Moss, Stacey Cox, Holly Wood, Brittany Bartsch, Cale Strife, Tiffany Pass and Jamie Blair.
The school welcomes Tampa Mayor Dick Greco today. He'll be speaking to students and joining them for lunch.
WEST ZEPHYRHILLS ELEMENTARY:
Kiwanis SuperKids are Amanda Lennard, Jesse McGee, Bryan Limoges, Cecily Coltrane, Loe Maggard, Richard Proctor, Ashley Bartsch, Jose Rangel and Lisa Bryant.
Gulf High 1997 graduates Netta Toprani and Chris Letsos have been named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board for their exceptional achievement on the AP exams.
Mittye P. Locke principal Dennis Taylor has been appointed to the University of South Florida task force to determine the feasibility of bringing USF faculty to teach upper-level university courses to Pasco and Hernando counties.
Congratulations to Andrew Springer, a junior at Hudson High School, on his selection to the National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Andrew will join 350 other high school scholars nationwide who were chosen for their scholastic merit and leadership potential. Andrew will interact with national and local leaders from the three branches of government during this unique week. Andrew lives with his parents, Eleanor and Darrell Springer of Hudson.
The first place winners of the Pasco Regional Library's "Poetry Speaks Contest" are Kate Hays, Lake Myrtle Elementary School, Ali Bigger, Seven Springs Middle School, and Daniel DeVincente, Ridgewood High School. Here are their winning poems:
The Rose Will Know, by Kate Hays
The meaning of life?
I do not know
But I do know who to ask
In the garden of Princess Vanessa
Many lovely things grow
Fields of pansies and lilies, you know
Sunflowers that reach the sky
Bluebells as blue as the vast blue sea
You know I do not lie
Amethyst grapes on silver strings
Many, many lovely things
But none as lovely as the Rose.
Ruby red petals, emerald stem
Nothing like nettles,
too many thorns on them
The Rose answers any question
She will give you a whole lesson
Ask the Rose
The Rose knows.
Sweet Dreams, by Ali Bigger
Crickets sing their sad lonely songs
The house creaks as if stretching
My sister stirs but then quiets
I can almost hear Earth breathing
Millions of miles away burning balls
of gas sparkle in a sea of blackness
Tucked into my warm thick sheets
I sense peace and security
I close my eyes. . ..
War Cries, by Daniel DeVincente
My thoughts pick up through the wind and leave me
As I hear the war cries from the dying bodies before me.
A rusty double-edged sword juts from the ground in two places
From this field of death and hate, among the once partnered bloody cadavers.
Our forces have been held back and we will lose this war
A messenger bears despairing news, and I hear the battering rams plowing through our castle doors as the enemy proclaims our death on their weapons.
The smell of blood is unbearable.
We've lost morale; the wars cries louder
We'll surely die out; we have no protection
We must pray for a miracle.
As I have yet to complete my dream,
I realize where I am now and can never be. There.
Honorable mentions in the more than 600 poems submitted are:
Tyashia Lonette Alexander
Jose M. Dangond