Brilliance lives among us! The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce honored 49 graduating students at their 41st Student Recognition Banquet on Thursday evening, April 23rd. In partnership with the local Kiwanis Clubs and through the support of our great community the event brought much honor to very deserving students. This year 18 scholarships totaling $11,000 were presented during the banquet that was held at Spring Hill’s Palace Grand.
Hernando County seniors were nominated by school staff in categories of academics, entrepreneurial/business, community service, leadership, vocational/technical, and special recognition. In a letter to the honorees, Hernando County Chamber of Commerce chairman, Travis Wellman said “We thank you for setting the example of hard work, commitment and building a strong foundation to support your future endeavors.”
One of the keys to great education is a proactive community and many Hernando County businesses showed their support through event sponsorship, mentoring, and scholarships through this program. Event chairperson and local business owner, Windy McGinnis, summed up the truth that our future lies in the next generation when she said “I am so passionate about our youth. I know that somewhere in the United States there is a child in grade school that will someday become the president of the United States.” Positively impacting and encouraging the various talents and accomplishments within our community breeds success. Guest speaker, Bob Johnston delivered an inspiring and motivational speech about his journey from dishwasher to CEO of Front Burner Brands, the company who owns Melting Pot restaurants, among others. His objective was to highlight the importance of higher education in prerequisite to the most direct route to career success.
Hernando County’s Teacher of the Year, Stacey Visceglie of Challenger K-8 was also presented a plaque as merit for her passion for education. Hernando County Schools are pouring the foundation of excellence through education. Many congratulations to the diligent, exceptional, and simply brilliant honorees of the 41st Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Student Recognition Banquet!
The roll call of students that were honored at the banquet is as follows:
Central High School:
Jenna Barbee, Zachary Blackburn, Joseph Frangione, Tyler Gramazio, Chris Hernandez, Temperance Jones, Dayna Meletiche, Gregory Presing, Daniel Scott, Vladimir Valencia
Hernando High School:
Ruth Babione, Trevison Clark, Brent E. Day, Shannon Fry, Rebecca Laing, Shavon Revell, Mark Uhlich, Savanna Wells, Lizelle Williams
Nature Coast Technical High School:
Jacob Arnett, Kameron Faulkenberry, Cole Lanning, Alec Lund, Nickolas Pais, Andrew Scaglione, Connor Schwefringhaus, Ashlie Smyth
Springstead High School:
Elizabeth Acevedo, Ashley Clark, Iana Escober-Nario, Chandler Griffin, Kiran Mohan, Logan White
Weeki Wachee High School:
Victoria Adesso, Lauren Brigham, Andrew Ercolano, Liner Gala, David Hokanson Jr., Samatha Page, Collin Pitts, Morgan Van Houten, Alison Wilfong, Jennifer Willis
Hernando Christian Academy:
Madison Frazier, Chelsea Lowe
Spring Hill Christian Academy:
Daniela Alonso, Julie Huynh
West Hernando Christian Academy:
Correi Bourguignon, Emma Woodring