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Here are Pasco County’s 2021 valedictorians and salutatorians

Meet the top students from public and private schools.
Students at Academy at the Lakes prepare for their graduation ceremony in 2019. The Pasco County school held its 2021 commencement on May 15.
Students at Academy at the Lakes prepare for their graduation ceremony in 2019. The Pasco County school held its 2021 commencement on May 15. [ Times (2019) ]
Published Jun. 1
Updated Jun. 2

ACADEMY AT THE LAKES

Valedictorian

Tikiri Manohari Ekanayake, 17

Tikiri Manohari Ekanayake
Tikiri Manohari Ekanayake [ Courtesy of Academy at the Lakes ]

GPA: 4.0

Parents: Dhammika and Geethani Ekanayake

College: University of Florida

Major: Civil engineering and business

Salutatorian

Vanessa Nicole Alexander, 18

Vanessa Nicole Alexander
Vanessa Nicole Alexander [ Courtesy of Academy at the Lakes ]

GPA: 3.968

College: Brown University

Major: Undecided

• • •

ANCLOTE HIGH

Valedictorian

Anastasia Kelarakos, 18

Anastasia Kelarakos
Anastasia Kelarakos [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Helen and Nick Kelarkos

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biology

Salutatorian

Alexis Duong, 18

Alexis Duong
Alexis Duong [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Anh Thu and Paul Duong

College: Undecided

Major: Biology

• • •

CAMBRIDGE PROGRAM AT ANCLOTE HIGH

Valedictorian

Han Mach, 18

Han Mach
Han Mach [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Thien Mach and Tam Le

College: University of Florida

Major: Computer science

Salutatorian

Cody Flynn, 18

Cody Flynn
Cody Flynn [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Darlene and Joseph Flynn

College: University of Florida

Major: Electrical engineering

• • •

BISHOP MCLAUGHLIN CATHOLIC HIGH

Co-Valedictorian

Faith Quinn, 18

Faith Quinn
Faith Quinn [ Courtesy of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High ]

GPA: 4.5678

Parents: Peter and Kelly Quinn

College: Benedictine College

Major: Chemistry and astronomy

Co-Valedictorian

Grace Quinn, 18

Grace Quinn
Grace Quinn [ Courtesy of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High ]

GPA: 4.5678

Parents: Peter and Kelly Quinn

College: Benedictine College

Major: Chemistry and computer science

Salutatorian

Justin Nunag, 18

Justin Nunag
Justin Nunag [ Courtesy of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High ]

GPA: 4.533

Parents: Randolph and Tara Nunag

College: University of Florida

Major: Pre-med

• • •

CLASSICAL PREPARATORY SCHOOL

Valedictorian

Graham Abell, 18

Graham Abell
Graham Abell [ Courtesy of Classical Preparatory School ]

Parents: Anthony and Julianne Abell

College: Union University

Major: Mechanical engineering

Salutatorian

Leonardo Martinez, 17

Leonardo Martinez
Leonardo Martinez [ Courtesy of Classical Preparatory School ]

Parents: Francisco and Gladys Martinez

College: University of Florida

Major: Undecided

• • •

CYPRESS CREEK HIGH

Valedictorian

Ashleigh Lacey, 18

Ashleigh Lacey
Ashleigh Lacey [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Robert and Michelle Lacey

College: University of South Florida

Major: Psychology

Salutatorian

August Eberhard, 17

August Eberhard
August Eberhard [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Sara Connolly and Christopher Eberhard

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Hospitality

• • •

DAYSPRING ACADEMY

Valedictorian

Jenna Boudreau, 18

Jenna Boudreau
Jenna Boudreau [ Courtesy of Jenna Boudreau ]

GPA: 4.61

Parents: Peter and Nancy Boudreau

College: University of South Florida

Major: Management

Salutatorian

Johnathan Bohm, 17

Johnathan Bohm
Johnathan Bohm [ Courtesy of Johnathan Bohm ]

GPA: 4.58

Parents: John and Lizett Bohm

College: University of Florida

Major: Entrepreneurship

• • •

FIVAY HIGH

Valedictorian

Erika Bowling, 18

Erika Bowling
Erika Bowling [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: David and Elisi Bowling

College: University of South Florida

Major: Pre-med

Co-Salutatorian

Tyler Borges, 18

Tyler Borges
Tyler Borges [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Michael and Christine Borges

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Chemistry/sociology

Co-Salutatorian

Eric Kunzinger, 17

Eric Kunzinger
Eric Kunzinger [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: James and Nicol Kunzinger

College: Saint Leo University

Major: Education

• • •

GULF HIGH

Valedictorian

Mitchel Nguyen, 18

Mitchel Nguyen
Mitchel Nguyen [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Eric Nguyen and Amy Pham

College: University of South Florida or Saint Leo University

Major: Business

Salutatorian

Faith Skinner, 18

Faith Skinner
Faith Skinner [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Dave and Deanna Skinner

College: University of South Florida

Major: Architecture

• • •

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT GULF HIGH

Valedictorian

Kara Pugliese, 18

Kara Pugliese
Kara Pugliese [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Laura and Denys Pugliese

College: University of Florida

Major: Neuroscience

Salutatorian

Theresa Bernardo, 18

Theresa Bernardo
Theresa Bernardo [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Anne Collazo and Tony Benardo

College: University of South Florida

Majors: Biomedical sciences/social and behavioral sciences

• • •

HUDSON HIGH

Valedictorian

Olivia Schaeffer, 18

Olivia Schaeffer
Olivia Schaeffer [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Matthew and Kelley Schaeffer

College: University of Florida

Major: Criminology (pre-law)

Salutatorian

Benjamin Zonic, 17

Benjamin Zonic
Benjamin Zonic [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Samedina and Jasmin Zonic

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Computer engineering

• • •

J.W. MITCHELL HIGH

Valedictorian

Gitanjali Reddy, 18

Gitanjali Reddy
Gitanjali Reddy [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Angela Persaud-Reddy and Koushik Reddy

College: Georgetown University

Major: International politics and health care management and policy

Salutatorian

Tatiana Maher, 18

Tatiana Maher
Tatiana Maher [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Keith and Marina Maher

College: University of Florida

Major: Finance

• • •

LAND O’LAKES HIGH

Valedictorian

Alexis Rose Fernandez, 18

Alexis Rose Fernandez
Alexis Rose Fernandez [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Michael and Darla Fernandez

College: University of Florida

Major: Undecided

Salutatorian

Raven Reddic, 18

Raven Reddic
Raven Reddic [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Stacy Reddic

College: University of South Florida

Major: Undecided

• • •

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT LAND O’LAKES HIGH

Valedictorian

Prayuj Tuli, 18

Prayuj Tuli
Prayuj Tuli [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Bharati and Vijay Tuli

College: University of Florida

Major: Finance

Salutatorian

Will Fletcher, 18

Will Fletcher
Will Fletcher [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Kate and Russ Fletcher

College: University of Florida

Major: Psychology

• • •

PASCO ESCHOOL

Valedictorian

Mallie Fitzgerald, 18

Mallie Fitzgerald
Mallie Fitzgerald [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Michael and Wendy Fitzgerald

College: Indiana Wesleyan University

Major: Biochemistry, humanities

Salutatorian

Sevana Gunn, 18

Sevana Gunn
Sevana Gunn [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Siamack and Sabrena Bondari

College: Saint Leo University

Major: Social work

• • •

PASCO HIGH

Valedictorian

Thalia Soto, 18

Thalia Soto
Thalia Soto [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Pedro Soto and Olga Villa

College: Florida State University

Major: Psychology

Salutatorian

Brian Schildt Jr., 18

Brian Schildt Jr.
Brian Schildt Jr. [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Brian and Angel Schildt

College: University of Florida

Major: Applied physiology and kinesiology

• • •

CAMBRIDGE PROGRAM AT PASCO HIGH

Valedictorian

Atheena Kuriakose, 17

Atheena Kuriakose
Atheena Kuriakose [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Aby Kuriakose

College: University of Florida

Major: Pre-dental

Salutatorian

Allyson Jender, 17

Allyson Jender
Allyson Jender [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Terri Epperson

College: University of South Florida

Major: Environmental science and policy

• • •

RIVER RIDGE HIGH

Valedictorian

Robert Marzicola, 18

Robert Marzicola
Robert Marzicola [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Jeremy and Gretchen Marzicola

College: United States Air Force Academy

Major: Engineering

Salutatorian

Cheyenne Rossman, 17

Cheyenne Rossman
Cheyenne Rossman [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Nicole Rossman

College: Florida Gulf Coast University

Major: Biology

• • •

SUNLAKE HIGH

Valedictorian

Madeline Murch, 18

Madeline Murch
Madeline Murch [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Patrick and Renee Tara, Kevin Murch

College: University of Florida

Major: Computer science

Salutatorian

Diego Montoya, 18

Diego Montoya
Diego Montoya [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Andres and Maria Montoya

College: Duke University

Major: Biomedical

• • •

WENDELL KRINN TECHNICAL HIGH

Valedictorian

Michael Trischka, 18

Michael Trischka
Michael Trischka [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Maureen and Steven Trischka

College: University of South Florida

Major: Computer engineering

Salutatorian

Alondra Marenco Mentor, 18

Alondra Marenco Mentor
Alondra Marenco Mentor [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Hilsie Mentor

College: University of Florida

Major: Microbiology

• • •

WESLEY CHAPEL HIGH

Valedictorian

Olivia March, 18

Olivia March
Olivia March [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Ron and Trish March

College: University of Florida

Major: Undecided

Salutatorian

Michelle Joo, 18

Michelle Joo
Michelle Joo [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Chang and Hwa Joo

College: Yale University

Major: Neuroscience

• • •

WIREGRASS RANCH HIGH

Valedictorian

Timothy Kovacs, 18

Timothy Kovacs
Timothy Kovacs [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Endre and Gabriella Kovacs

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Computer and political science

Co-Salutatorian

Lynn Asare-Bediako, 18

Lynn Asare-Bediako
Lynn Asare-Bediako [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Lynda Asare-Bediako

College: Boston University

Major: Film and TV/pre-med

Co-Salutatorian

Dylan Katherine Garrison, 17

Dylan Katherine Garrison
Dylan Katherine Garrison [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Sanya and Randall Garrison

College: University of Florida

Major: Aerospace engineering

• • •

ZEPHYRHILLS HIGH

Valedictorian

Taija McCullough, 17

Taija McCullough
Taija McCullough [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Meagan Simmons and Ken McCullough

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology (pre-med)

Salutatorian

Alexandria Poulimenos, 18

Alexandria Poulimenos
Alexandria Poulimenos [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Jill and Demetrius Poulimenos

College: Pasco-Hernando State College

Major: Radiography