Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sunlake High School Student is Pasco’s Outstanding Senior

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (November 14, 2018) – Pasco County Schools announces that Jillian Gordy of Lutz has been selected as the 2018-2019 Pasco County Schools Outstanding Senior.

Every year, each high school nominates an outstanding senior who competes for the district award. The students are nominated on the basis of outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, and citizenship. First, they are screened by their school’s student body, faculty, and administration, for the school-level award. Next, a panel of district and school administrators interviews all school-based nominees and selects the winner.


Jillian has taken several Advanced Placement courses and earned the AP Scholar award for earning 5s on all of the AP exams she took. She won the Science Achievement Award for Academic Excellence in AP Environmental Science as a sophomore. In addition to AP courses, she has been taking dual enrollment courses since her sophomore year. She was awarded the English Achievement Award for Dual Enrollment as a sophomore and junior, and made the PHSC Honor Roll both semesters of the 2017-2018 school year. Jillian has earned the All A’s Academic Honor Roll every year of high school. She already has earned 35 college credits and her GPA exceeds 4.0.


Jillian also has shown great leadership throughout high school. She is executive student body president and has been an officer in student government for four years. Within the first months of her term, she started two new traditions at Sunlake. With the help of administration, she enabled both staff and seniors to paint their parking spots as a way to encourage school spirit. She also started the tradition of making and distributing freshmen goodie bags that contained applications for clubs, athletic information, and homecoming information during freshmen orientation to encourage new students to become involved.

Jillian is the student government representative on the School Advisory Council as well. In addition to her involvement with student government, she is the president of the French Honor Society and French Club. She has been an officer in this club for three years. Moreover, Jillian has been the Class of 2019 director for Key Club for three years and is the Sunlake High School representative on the Pasco Schools Student Congress, working to identify problems within her school and district and create plausible solutions. During her sophomore year, she was selected to participate as the Sunlake representative on the Youth Leadership Pasco program to learn about opportunities within the county. Jillian also is a member of the National Honor Society at her school.


Jillian has been a member of Sunlake’s Key Club, a volunteer organization, for four years and the class director for three years. Through this club, she has volunteered for a multitude of events in and around her community, earning more than 450 volunteer hours throughout her high school career. Jillian won the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award for her volunteer work with Toys for Tots, an organization she has been volunteering for since she was five. Jillian also worked as a Hurricane Irma shelter volunteer at her high school last year.

She has used her leadership role in Key Club and her passion for the health of the environment to encourage members to become active in improving the world around them. She has been the point person for youth volunteers for Keep Pasco Beautiful organization, volunteering at the last three annual Coastal Cleanups, the Earth Day event, and the Great American Cleanup. Jillian has earned the Key Club Distinguished Member Award for her service and was the Key Club junior classman with the most volunteer hours. She has volunteered during Upperclassmen and Freshmen Orientation for four years. Her goal is to become a life-long volunteer and she believes that her volunteer work will continue in the next chapter of her life.


In addition to the above activities, Jillian has displayed citizenship and contributed to her community by using her leadership role in Key Club to benefit the Toys for Tots organization. As a sophomore, Jillian initiated the first Toys for Tots gift drive affiliated with Key Club. Specifically, Jillian asked her peers to bring in gifts for teenagers, after noticing that the 13- to 17-year-old age group is often overlooked by donators. In years prior to her initiative, the table for teen gifts was desolate, but after she raised awareness and asked her peers to donate, the table has been overflowing with gifts. She has continued this initiative and is currently working with the Kiwanis of Greater West Pasco to expand awareness and increase donations directed towards teenagers. Jillian has used her voice to positively impact people in her community.

The Pasco County School Board will recognize Jillian for her achievements at an upcoming school board meeting.