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Meet Pasco County’s valedictorians and salutatorians for 2023

Graduation season continues with a look at those who led the field in academics at the county’s public and private schools.
 
Graduation ceremonies for Pasco County's public high schools begin Tuesday and continue through Sunday.
Graduation ceremonies for Pasco County's public high schools begin Tuesday and continue through Sunday. [ Times (2006) ]
Published May 30, 2023

Today we highlight this year’s top students from public and private schools in Pasco County. Commencement ceremonies continue through Sunday for the county’s public system.

In addition to the list below, top graduates from Hillsborough County’s public and private schools were previously featured, as were students from Pinellas County’s public and private schools.

Academy at the Lakes

Valedictorian

Saneyah Khan, 17

Saneyah Khan
Saneyah Khan [ Courtesy of Academy at the Lakes ]

GPA: 4.0

Parents: Ghazanfar Khan and Najia Ikram

College: University of Florida

Major: Pre-med

Salutatorian

Savina Patel, 17

Savina Patel
Savina Patel [ Courtesy of Academy at the Lakes ]

GPA: 4.0

Parents: Nilash and Sinal Patel

College: University of Florida

Major: Pre-med

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Anclote High

Valedictorian

Mace Jellings, 17

Mace Jellings
Mace Jellings [ Courtesy of Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Nicole and Donald Jellings

College: Brigham Young University

Major: Mechanical engineering

Co-Salutatorian

Leviticus Baldinger, 18

Leviticus Baldinger
Leviticus Baldinger [ Courtesy of Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Linda Baldinger and Craig Baldinger

College: University of South Florida

Major: Geography

Co-Salutatorian

Joseph Truelove, 18

Joseph Truelove
Joseph Truelove [ Courtesy of Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Chrissy Wheeler

College: Pasco-Hernando State College, then USF

Major: Biology

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Cambridge program at Anclote High

Valedictorian

Armani Romay, 17

Armani Romay
Armani Romay [ Courtesy of Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Camille and Carlos Romay

College: University of South Florida

Major: Computer science

Salutatorian

Ivy Burks, 18

Ivy Burks
Ivy Burks [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Sugey Rostran and Fred Burks

College: St Petersburg College

Major: Sustainability management

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Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High

Valedictorian

Catherine McCaughey, 18

Catherine McCaughey
Catherine McCaughey [ Courtesy of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High ]

GPA: 4.5

Parents: Charles and Lynn McCaughey

College: Saint Leo University

Major: Forensic science

Salutatorian

Rosemarie Meurer, 18

Rosemarie Meurer
Rosemarie Meurer [ Courtesy of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High ]

GPA: 4.44

Parents: David Meurer and Windy Carson-Meurer

College: Loyola University Chicago

Major: Pre-law

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Classical Prep

Valedictorian

Nathan Herrington, 18

Nathan Herrington
Nathan Herrington [ Courtesy of Classical Preparatory School ]

GPA: 4.47

Parents: Janet and Lewis Herrington

College: University of Kentucky

Major: Computer science

Salutatorian

Jenna Kinard, 18

Jenna Kinard
Jenna Kinard [ Courtesy of Classical Preparatory School ]

GPA: 4.02

Parents: Deborah Jones and Mark Kinard

College: Flagler College

Major: Elementary education

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Cypress Creek High

Co-Valedictorian

Sienna Silvest, 18

Sienna Silvest
Sienna Silvest [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Melissa and Scott Silvest

College: University of Florida

Major: Geology

Co-Valedictorian

Anastasia Bogdatova, 18

Parents: Anzhelika and Nickolai Bogdatova

College: University of South Florida

Major: Undecided

Co-Salutatorian

Reagan Alapa, 18

Reagan Alapa
Reagan Alapa [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Shauna and Brent Alapa

College: University of Florida

Major: Political science

Co-Salutatorian

Sarah Raza, 18

Sarah Raza
Sarah Raza [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Lily and Khaliq Raza

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical science

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Dayspring Early College Academy

Valedictorian

Laney Windlan, 17

Laney Windlan
Laney Windlan [ Courtesy of Dayspring Early College Academy ]

GPA: 4.66

Parents: Audrey and Harold Windlan

College: Florida State University

Major: Biomedical engineering

Salutatorian

Emma Grace Schaeffer, 18

Emma Grace Schaeffer
Emma Grace Schaeffer [ Courtesy of Dayspring Early College Academy ]

GPA: 4.64

Parents: Kelley and Matthew Schaeffer

College: University of Florida

Major: Marketing

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Fivay High

Valedictorian

Kyrstin Wallen, 18

Kyrstin Wallen
Kyrstin Wallen [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Kristina and Marc Eliason, Ross Wallen

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Finance

Salutatorian

Makayla Way, 18

Makayla Way
Makayla Way [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Brandy and Christopher Way

College: Truman State University

Major: Pre-med

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Grace Christian Schools of Pasco

Valedictorian

Jubilee Cochran

Jubilee Cochran
Jubilee Cochran [ Courtesy of Grace Christian Schools of Pasco ]

GPA: 3.8

Parents: Harold and Celeste Cochran

College: Southeastern University

Major: Nursing

Salutatorian

Luke Alan Dunkerley

Luke Alan Dunkerley
Luke Alan Dunkerley [ Courtesy of Grace Christian Schools of Pasco ]

GPA: 3.8

Parents: Wayne and Gina Dunkerley

College: Saint Leo University

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Gulf High

Valedictorian

Elvira Ramic, 18

Elvira Ramic
Elvira Ramic [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Svjetlana and Sejdalija Ramic

College: University of Florida

Major: Health sciences

Salutatorian

Alexis Pridemore, 18

Alexis Pridemore
Alexis Pridemore [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Bobbi and Craig Pridemore

College: Undecided

Major: Political science

• • •

International Baccalaureate program at Gulf High

Valedictorian

Erika Neff-Flahan, 18

Erika Neff-Flahan
Erika Neff-Flahan [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Natalie Neff and Patrick Flahan

College: University of Florida

Major: Undecided

Salutatorian

Krisha Choksi, 18

Krisha Choksi
Krisha Choksi [ GPI | Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Tarak and Mamta Choksi

College: University of Florida

Major: Political science

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Hudson High

Valedictorian

Olivia Diel, 17

Olivia Diel
Olivia Diel [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Amy and Ben Diel

College: Florida Gulf Coast University

Major: Marketing

Salutatorian

Airyona Ermatinger, 18

Airyona Ermatinger
Airyona Ermatinger [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Stephanie and William Ermatinger

College: University of South Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

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Cambridge program at Hudson High

Valedictorian

Valeria Revilla, 18

Valeria Revilla
Valeria Revilla [ COMPUTER - APPSRV21 : USER - APPSRV21 : VERS 2.12.2 | Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Lorena Roncagliolo and Raul Revilla

College: University of Florida

Major: Political science

Salutatorian

Erika Bohlen, 18

Erika Bohlen
Erika Bohlen [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Timea Bohlen

College: University of South Florida

Major: Cybersecurity

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J.W. Mitchell High

Valedictorian

Kiersten Cohen, 18

Kiersten Cohen
Kiersten Cohen [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Kristin and Courtney Jason Cohen

College: University of Florida

Major: Architecture

Salutatorian

Stella Tucker, 18

Stella Tucker
Stella Tucker [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Dara and Aaron Tucker

College: University of Florida

Major: Chemistry

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Land O’Lakes High

Co-Valedictorian

Ashley Brown, 18

Ashley Brown
Ashley Brown [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Dawn and Darrell Brown

College: University of South Florida

Major: Undecided

Co-Valedictorian

Kaitlyn DeTuccio, 18

Kaitlyn DeTuccio
Kaitlyn DeTuccio [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Amber and James DeTuccio

College: University of Florida

Major: Nursing

Co-Salutatorian

Alejandro Capuzano Gutierrez, 18

Alejandro Capuzano Gutierrez
Alejandro Capuzano Gutierrez [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Patricia Gutierrez and Jaime Campuzano

College: University of Florida

Major: Finance

Co-Salutatorian

Dalton Sallengs, 18

Dalton Sallengs
Dalton Sallengs [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Sarah and Tim Sallengs

College: University of Florida

Major: Undecided

• • •

International Baccalaureate program at Land O’Lakes High

Valedictorian

Lilly Xu, 18

Lilly Xu
Lilly Xu [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Yan Chai and Yanji Xu

College: Harvard University

Major: Statistics

Salutatorian

Sarvesh Gade, 18

Sarvesh Gade
Sarvesh Gade [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Dipalee and Atul Gade

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Electrical engineering

• • •

Pasco eSchool

Valedictorian

Michael Zak, 18

Michael Zak
Michael Zak [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Kathleen and Christopher Zak

College: University of South Florida

Major: Microbiology

Salutatorian

Jonah Blankenbaker, 18

Jonah Blankenbaker
Jonah Blankenbaker [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Michelle and James Blankenbaker

College: University of South Florida

Major: Environmental science

• • •

Pasco High

Co-Valedictorian

Natalie Virgen-Catrett, 18

Natalie Virgen-Catrett
Natalie Virgen-Catrett [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Elizabeth and Jose Virgen

College: University of South Florida

Major: Health science

Co-Valedictorian

Madison Gunn, 18

Madison Gunn
Madison Gunn [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Sabrena Bondari

College: University of South Florida

Major: Medicine

Salutatorian

Fidencio Jauregui, Jr., 18

Fidencio Jauregui
Fidencio Jauregui [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Maria and Fidencio Jauregui

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Sports medicine

• • •

Cambridge program at Pasco High

Valedictorian

Frida Rodriguez Rubio, 18

Frida Rodriguez Rubio
Frida Rodriguez Rubio [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Elisa Rubio

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Industrial engineering

Salutatorian

Casey Wright, 18

Casey Wright
Casey Wright [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Tracie and Michael Wright

College: University of Florida

Major: Veterinary medicine

• • •

River Ridge High

Valedictorian

Sierra Marando, 18

Sierra Marando
Sierra Marando [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Paula and John Marando

College: Florida State University

Major: English

Salutatorian

Katelynn Nemetz, 18

Katelynn Nemetz
Katelynn Nemetz [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Sarah and Paul Nemetz

College: Undecided

Major: Psychology

• • •

Sunlake High

Valedictorian

Kalyn Day, 18

Kalyn Day
Kalyn Day [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: April and Barclay Day

College: Vanderbilt University

Major: Engineering

Salutatorian

Caitlyn Crossley, 17

Caitlyn Crossley
Caitlyn Crossley [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Susan and Jason Crossley

College: University of Florida

Major: Food sciences

• • •

Wendell Krinn Technical High

Valedictorian

Mary Keeley, 17

Mary Keeley
Mary Keeley [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Mary Keeley

College: University of Florida

Major: Biology

Co-Salutatorian

Andrew Brady, 17

Andrew Brady
Andrew Brady [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parent: Michael Brady

College: Undecided

Major: Pharmacy

Co-Salutatorian

Jackson Davis, 17

Jackson Davis
Jackson Davis [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Jenny and Dave Davis

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Mechanical engineering

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Wesley Chapel High

Valedictorian

Julia Olsen, 18

Julia Olsen
Julia Olsen [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Heather and Jeffery Olsen

College: University of South Florida

Major: Nursing

Salutatorian

Olivia Kawalya, 18

Olivia Kawalya
Olivia Kawalya [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Mary and Moses Kawalya

College: Georgia Institute of Technology

Major: Computer science

• • •

Wiregrass Ranch High

Co-Valedictorian

Elizabeth Gage, 18

Elizabeth Gage
Elizabeth Gage [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Deborah and Kenneth Gage

College: University of Florida

Major: Zoology

Co-Valedictorian

Landyn Williams, 18

Landyn Williams
Landyn Williams [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Marci and Douglas Williams

College: University of Central Florida

Major: Biomedical sciences

Salutatorian

Marissa Adams, 17

Marissa Adams
Marissa Adams [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Bartty and Dhruva Adams

College: University of Florida

Major: Political science

• • •

Zephyrhills High

Valedictorian

Alexander Gard, 17

Alexander Gard
Alexander Gard [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Michelle and Jamie Gard

College: Florida Polytechnic University

Major: Mechanical and environmental engineering

Salutatorian

Samantha Bailey, 18

Samantha Bailey
Samantha Bailey [ Pasco County Schools ]

Parents: Melissa and Marcus Bailey

College: University of South Florida

Major: Cell biology

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