Thursday, April 27, 2017

Young Entrepreneurs Rewarded for Business Proposals

Land O’ Lakes — (April 27, 2017) — Seven students from Pasco County Schools’ business and entrepreneurship principles program showcased their technical creativity Tuesday night during the Pasco’s Young Entrepreneurs Finals, and three of them emerged to take top honors.  See attached photos.

Timothy Hernandez of Zephyrhills High School won first place and $2,500 for his CPRGo mask; Hannah White of Pasco High School received second place and $1,000 for The Organized Design customizable planner; and Jackson Rossi of J. W. Mitchell High School received third place and $500 for the Brij marketing app.

The event, held at Land O’ Lakes High School Academy of Culinary Arts, gave competitors an opportunity to present their unique business idea in a traditional slideshow format to a live audience and panel of judges — startup experts representing Pasco County and the Tampa Bay region.

Also in attendance were representatives from Pasco County Schools, Career Source Pasco/Hernando, the Pasco Education Foundation, the Pasco Economic Development Council, the USF Stavros Center, and Pasco SCORE.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pasco’s Young Entrepreneurs Hope to Win Big at Competition Finals

Who: Students from the business and entrepreneurship principles program, the Office for Career and Technical Education, Career Source Pasco/Hernando, the Pasco Education Foundation, the Pasco Economic Development Council, the USF Stavros Center, and Pasco SCORE

What: Pasco’s Young Entrepreneurs Finals

When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 25

Where: Land O’ Lakes High School Academy of Culinary Arts, 20325 Gator Lane in Land O’ Lakes

Why: Students will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of expert judges and a chance to be Pasco County’s Future Entrepreneur.

How: The finalists from each of the participating high schools will present their business idea in a traditional slideshow format to a live audience and panel of judges — startup experts representing Pasco County and the Tampa Bay region.

 

Student(s)-Justin Hall, Katelyn Ortiz   Product-Wallet Bug   School-Sunlake High School

Student-Jackson Rossi   Product-Brij   School-J.W. Mitchell High School

Student-Taylor Townsend   Product-SafeRide  School-River Ridge High School

Student-Timothy Hernandez   Product-CPRGo  School-Zephyrhills High School

Student-Alex Violini   Product-Go-Tek  School-Ridgewood High School

Student-Hannah White   Product-Customizable Planner  School-Pasco High School

 

Grand prizes will be awarded to the top three students — first place: $2,500; second place: $1,000; third place: $500.  For more information, contact the Office for Career and Technical Education at (813) 794-2211.

 


 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Statement by Superintendent Kurt Browning on ZHS Employee Arrest

Land O’ Lakes, FL — (April 22, 2017) — The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel Walker, a 39 year old Zephyrhills High School instructional assistant and girls junior varsity basketball coach. He was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor. According to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office’s report, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing arrest warrants.

“It is heartbreaking to see one of our employees arrested for a sexual crime involving one of our students,” said Superintendent Kurt Browning. “Student safety is the district’s top priority. The alleged behavior does not reflect the qualities instilled in our employees and it will not be tolerated. I applaud Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee, Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, and their deputies’ swift ability to hold criminals accountable. Our community can rest assured that our district will handle this situation appropriately at the proper time, in accordance with state law and school board policy.”

Mr. Walker, hired in August of 2016, is currently on administrative leave. The School Board will address his employment status after the conclusion of the investigation. Zephyrhills High School and Pasco County Schools personnel have worked cooperatively with both Pasco and Hillsborough sheriff’s offices to ensure this situation is handled quickly and confidentially to protect the identity of the student victim.

To clarify an incorrect news report, at no time were there any allegations regarding administrators at Zephyrhills High School. Pasco County Schools continues to await any further outcome of the Hillsborough and Pasco sheriff’s offices’ investigations. Out of concern for the investigation integrity and student safety, please direct any further inquires to their offices.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lacoochee Elementary Gives Color to 5K Run

Who: Lacoochee Elementary School students, families, and their community

What: 5K Color Run

When: 9 a.m., Saturday, April 29

Where: Lacoochee Elementary School, 38815 Cummer Road in Dade City

Why: The 5K Color Run brings the Lacoochee Elementary community together for a day of healthy fun.

How: Lacoochee Elementary invites its community to enjoy a day of food, family friendly activities, and lots of cool prizes. The school encourages participants to wear white, bright-color-sprayed shirts, and comfortable tennis shoes. Participants can either walk or run. Volunteers are needed. For more information and to register, contact Wanda DeLaRosa at (813) 447-7981.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sunray Elementary and the American Heart Association Celebrate a Gift with Heart

Who: Sunray Elementary School students and staff and American Heart Association (AHA)

What: Jump Rope for Heart celebration

When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, April 28

Where: Sunray Elementary School, 4815 Sunray Drive in Holiday

Why: The AHA will join Sunray Elementary to celebrate the $4,200 in donations the school has raised for the nonprofit through their collaborative Jump Rope for Heart event.

How: Representatives from the AHA, including Rory from the AHA zoo crew, will join Sunray Elementary physical education classes and hand out prizes to students. Students also will get snacks, and the top donors from each class will be recognized. For more information, contact Sunray Elementary at (727) 774-9101.

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