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Shining Stars: Pasco County’s Project Turnaround Awards Illuminate Student Success

This post was created on 02/08/2024.

From Challenges to Triumphs: Celebrating the Journey of Resilience and Achievement in Pasco County Schools

On a bright Thursday morning, the Cypress Creek IPAC Center came alive with the spirit of achievement and hope as Pasco County Schools celebrated the 36th Annual Project Turnaround Awards. This year's ceremony was a heartfelt showcase of the resilience, hard work, and success of students who have turned their academic and personal lives around, embodying the essence of desire, dedication, and distinction.

Celebrating Student Success

With over 200 community members in attendance, the event was a vibrant testament to the collaborative effort of educators, students, and supporters like the Pasco Education Foundation and Suncoast Federal Credit Union. Each turnaround story was a beacon of inspiration, highlighting the incredible journey of students across 38 schools who have risen above challenges to achieve excellence.

Awards of Distinction

Introducing the 3D award to the Pasco Education Foundation marked a memorable moment, celebrating their unwavering commitment to student success. Likewise, Suncoast Federal Credit Union was honored as a World Class Partner, a nod to their significant financial support. The ceremony was even more heartwarming, presenting a lifetime achievement award to Superintendent Kurt Browning, whose dedication to Pasco County's families has left an indelible mark.

Experience the Joy

We invite our community to visit our website to explore a complete list of this year's awardees and immerse themselves in a photo gallery that captures the essence of the celebration. See firsthand the smiles, the applause, and the unmatched joy of students recognized for their hard-earned achievements.

The Project Turnaround Awards are more than just a ceremony; they remind us what we can accomplish when we come together to support and believe in each other. Pasco County Schools is proud to be at the forefront of this incredible initiative, dedicated to enhancing graduation rates and transforming lives.

 

School

Abbreviations

Student

Presenter

Group1

Anclote High School

AHS

River Frey

Kristy DePerto

Angeline Academy of Innovation-MS

AAI

Zaylee Waldroupe

Orquidea Shoup

Bayonet Point Middle School

BPMS

Kayla Tyska

Kathy Wild

Centennial Middle School

CENMS

Austin Smith

Kim Valdner

Charles S. Rushe Middle School

CSRMS

Nicolas May

Eilis Huyck

Chasco Middle School

CHMS

Haily Cardona

Jackie Masotto

 

Group2

Crews Lake Middle School

CLMS

Kyra Conley

Angela Vasvari-Toke

Cypress Creek High School

CCHS

Jillian Horn

Ondinia Garrett

Cypress Creek Middle School

CCMS

Logan Stiles

Cherylann Booker

East Pasco Education Academy

EPEA

Zaine Martin

Heather Campbell

Fivay High School

FHS

Alexander Morales

Robert Burgos

 

Group3

Gulf High School

GHS

Anthony Wilton

Amy Mazurowski

Gulf Middle School

GMS

Alex Castillo

Lori Mobley

Hudson Academy

HAC

Lezlie Hodge

Jo Anne Benedetti

Hudson High School

HHS

Angelika Mitchell

Edina Mercurio

John Long Middle School

JLMS

Zachary Thomas

Victoria Hammond

 

Group4

J.W. Mitchell High School

JWMHS

Isaiah Robles

Regenia Dixon

Kirkland Ranch Academy

KRAi

Jayden Sullivan

Connie Mirrop

Land 01 Lakes High School

LOLHS

Arianna Hernandez

David Phillips

Pasco eSchool High School

Pasco eSchool

Damian Rezaj

Darci Donofrio

Pasco eSchool Middle School

Pasco eSchool

Matthew Denton

Mark Englander

 

Group5

Pasco High School

PHS

Hector Moreno

Ramiro Tejada

Pasco Middle School

PMS

Brittany Crisp

Holly Mickler

Paul R. Smith Middle School

PRSMS

Alaina Kirby

Kailin Montgomery

Pine View Middle School

PVMS

Lena Marcellus

Brianna Filippeli

R.B. Stewart Middle School

RBSMS

Viviana Farr

Donnie 11DJ11 Manning

 

Group6

River Ridge High School

RRHS

Annalina Pistone

JD Baker

River Ridge Middle School

RRMS

David Aikens

Jamie Sestokas

Seven Springs Middle School

SSMS

Adriana Aguirre

Jeanette Edwards

Starkey Ranch K-8

SRK8

Laila Ponshock

Robert McGowan

Sunlake High School

SLHS

Monica Benavides

Doug Elias

 

Group7

T.E. Weightman Middle School

TEWMS

Lenine Point DuJour

Mary Beth Foti

Wendall Krinn Technical HS

WKTHS

Kalyn Kuberski

Chris Dunning

Wesley Chapel High School

WCHS

Ben-Oni Charitable

Kristen Mikell

West Pasco Education Academy

WPEA

Daniel Santerre

James Cook

Wiregrass Ranch High School

WRHS

Timothy Steele, Jr.

Shannon Cordero

Zephyrhills High School

ZHS

Keyshawn Gardner

Troy Hochstetler