Education

High school senior organizes seminar on vape awareness

by LISA MACNEIL
HERNANDO SUN REPORTER

In a packed auditorium at Hernando High School, Senior Malia Williams gave a very personal account of her sixteen year old sister’s frightening experience while experimenting with others using an eCigarette, or ‘vape.’  

Shortly after puffing on the device, her sister’s heart rate soared to a dangerously high rate.  Doctors would later report that the fluid within contained arsenic.  “That’s rat poison!” Williams told the audience.

Data show underage substance abuse on the rise

by KENNETH ANTON
Hernando Sun Reporter

During the April 9, 2019 School Board workshop,  the Supervisor of Exceptional Student Support Services requested a presentation of the three-year comparison data on Substance Abuse from Janice Smith and Ricardo Jaquez, the Substance Abuse Prevention Educators for the Hernando County School district.  The given presentation covered a breadth of substance abuse related findings which included: 

Agriscience Fair promotes next generation of agricultural innovators

by JULIE B. MAGLIO

On March 18, 2019, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall told AG Daily, 
“The long-term sustainability of agriculture depends on talented young people pursuing careers in farming and ranching, as well as related fields and food-chain professions. Student agricultural projects encourage interest in fields of study that will provide the next generation of farmers, ranchers, food scientists, agricultural engineers, agronomists, horticulturalists and soil scientists.”

Historical Figures come alive for fourth-grade Students

A wide array of famous people, both living and once living, paid a visit to West Hernando Christian School on Friday, March 29. Children in Mrs. Michele Durling's fourth-grade class portrayed these historical figures in a Living Wax Museum. The famous personages included explorers, such as Leif Erickson and Christopher Columbus, as well as astronauts, such as John Glenn and Sally Ride. Figures from the Bible, such as Moses, Jesus and Ruth, and even Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Donald Trump showed up.

Gulf Coast Academy avoids charter revocation

by KENNETH ANTON
Hernando Sun Reporter

Gulf Coast Academy, one of three charter schools within the Brooksville / Spring Hill area, avoided imminent shut down on March 15th as school administrators finally entered into a contract with Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to provide a full-time “School Resource Officer” (SRO).  According to a media release from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office: