School Board Recognitions May 30, 2017

Rotary Club of Spring Hill recognizes the exceptional performance of Hernando County students at the Brain Bowl and the teachers who prepared them.

Mary Sports, president of the Chapter, along with several of the Rotarians, noted that this was the 25th year for the Brain Bowl.

Sports presented a trophy to the winning team from Challenger K-8. This was their fifth consecutive win. She called the Challenger coaches, Ronica Guerrier and Victoria Jasztal, to accept the trophy and a certificate from the Rotary Club of Spring Hill for their time and efforts in helping the students.

The students were also invited to come to the front to be recognized and gather for a team photo. Board member Linda Prescott remarked that Jasztal had participated in the Brain Bowl as a student, and challenged these students to come back to teach others.

Second place was awarded to Powell Middle, which will host next year’s Brain Bowl.

Wellness Champions Awarded

Lisa Becker, Human Resources Director for Hernando County Schools, briefly explained the Wellness Program for employees. Approximately 500 employees took part in the program, designed to help staff make better choices and improve their overall health, particularly by losing weight.

Partnering with the school district were Florida Blue, Oak Hill Hospital, and the Great Hernando Weight Loss Challenge. Joni Industries provided team shirts.

School team leaders, who provided encouragement for those participating in their schools, were given medals and movie theater vouchers. Juan Ortiz of Eastside Elementary received a trophy in absentia.

The top three schools were given cash awards from the wellness funds. Westside Elementary, in third place, earned a $500 prize. The $1,000 second prize was awarded to Eastside Elementary. Spring Hill Elementary took home the first prize of $1,500 and a banner they can display.

Becker stated that by spring 2018, a fitness center for employees is scheduled to open.

ESchool Students Celebrate Success

Hernando ESchool Principal Zana Brooks, presented the 2017 graduates at the 05/30/17 School Board meeting in a graduation ceremony complete with “Pomp and Circumstance”, robes, honor cords and medals. As the nine students entered, audience members and the school board members applauded them.

As part of her remarks to the students, Ms. Brooks read a selection from Dr. Seuss, “Today is Your Day.” She then announced that the students had met all the requirements for graduation.

ESchool Guidance Counselor Ms. Melissa Deal called the names of the students as they greeted the School Board and School Superintendent Dr. Lori Romano to receive their diplomas and pause for pictures.

Together they tossed their caps in the air as family members took pictures. After the students exited, they attended a reception.