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School News, June 14


Pasco summer camps to start June 23

Pasco County summer day camps will offer youngsters games, sports, arts and crafts, movies, field trips and more June 23 through Aug. 8.

The Starkey Park Nature Camp will cater to youths ages 7 to 13. The J. Ben Harrill recreation Complex in Holiday and Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson will keep children ages 5 to 13 busy. Hours will be from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at all three locations. Fees are $50 to $55 per week.

Two area community centers at Shady Hills and Odessa Park will offer plenty of activities for children ages 5 to 13 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The cost is $15 per week.

To register call (813) 929-1229 or go online to

NPR Rotary honors high school grads

New Port Richey Rotary Club honored 36 of the top graduating students in West Pasco at its 2014 honor student banquet.

Keynote speaker for the evening was Circuit Judge Lynn Tepper. “It’s better to be judged by your kindness than your GPA,” she said.

Students receiving recognition were:

Fivay High School – Jacqueline Meyer, Bianca Gallina, Kevin Millner, Amber Mariano, Terence Niles, Hannah Hall, Cassidy O’Connor, Christopher Mancini, Rachael Bradley, Meghan Mancuso, Christian Breviario and Stefanie Ramotar.

Gulf High School – David Graniero, Julide Iye (that is correct spelling), Shane Gillen, Danielle Hu, Madison Morlan, Eliza Gazda, Josie Bready, Evan Moore, Brooke Maestas, Timothy Flores, Kayla Kivinski and Alexandra Cochrane.

River Ride High School – Andrea Burgess, Baylee Lewandowski, Hannah Fahsbender, Kenneth Thomas, Amanda McLoone, Jessica Mertz, Joseph Hoppes, Allyson Jack, Sarah Koeningsfeld, Kayla Ladez, Nicholas Alfonsi and Caroline Fassi.

Three Pasco educators to teach in China

Pasco County public school teachers Anne Currelly, Charles Kohl and Lizzette Nazario will travel to China this summer to teach summer school in Beijing.

Currelly is a French teacher at Gulf High School. Kohl is a Bayonet Point Middle School social studies teacher. Nazario is a Spanish teacher at Fivay High School.

They will join 41 other educators to teach English listening comprehension and conversation to 1,200 students from across China, according to Linda Cobbe, Pasco school district spokeswoman.

The students will be freshmen at the university in Beijing or at associated universities. Chinese public school students begin studying English in the third grade.

The teachers will tour the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the nearby port city of Tianjin.

Bash at Ranch raises $35,000 at PHSC

Proceeds from the Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation Bash at the Ranch event exceeded $35,000, William Shustowski announced as the college’s dean of institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation.

The funds will create new scholarships, including an endowment established in honor of the Porter family.

Ted and Avis Phillip once again opened their home, the 4G+1 Ranch//, for the Bash.

For more information on the PHSC Foundation call 727-816-3410 or go online to

West Pasco stuidents makes dean’s lists

David Bender, a senior from Holiday, was named to the spring 2014 dean’s list at Beloit College. The college in Beloit, Wisc., draws students from 48 states and 30 countries to its campus along the Rock River on the Illinois-Wisconsin stateline.

Hunter Mary Dakota Howle, a resident of Port Richey, has been recognized among more than 1,800 students at Georgia’s Valdosta State University who made the Spring 2014 dean’s list.

Valdosta State students who achieve a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher are recognized.

Jenna Karn, a resident of Holiday, made the spring 2014 dean’s list at SUNY New Paltz, in New York.

Karn majors in theater arts. SUNY New Paltz students who earn at least a 3.3 GPA make the list. State SUNY New Paltz has about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students at the campus about 90 minutes from New York City.