The East Pasco Chamber Foundation in partnership with the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce recognized ten students from Academy of Spectrum Diversity, The Broach School, Chester W. Taylor Elementary, Heritage Academy, Raymond B. Stewart Middle School, The Broach School,West Zephyrhills Elementary, Woodland Elementary, Zephyrhills Christian Academy, and Zephyrhills High School. The students were honored as the Greater Zephyrhills Student Citizen of the Month for September. The ceremony took place at Venue Sponsor, Chick-fil-A in Zephyrhills on September 21st at 8:00 am.
Students are chosen by the teachers and administration of their individual schools for exemplary effort, achievement and contribution to their school, family, and community. This is the 25th year in which the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce has recognized students with this program each month during the academic year.
The students receiving honors were: (Academy of Spectrum Diversity) Adam “AJ” Byro Jr,7thgrade; (Chester W. Taylor Elementary School) Nickolas Kluge, 5th grade; (Heritage Academy) Brantley Raza, 2nd grade; (Raymond B. Stewart Middle School) Kimberly Zurita, 8th grade; (The Broach School)Ethan West, 4th grade and Rebekah Santiago, 12th grade; (West Zephyrhills Elementary School) Lilly Saunders, 2nd grade; (Woodland Elementary School) Abdiel Ruziga, 2nd grade; (Zephyrhills Christian Academy) Arya Thurston, 2nd grade and (Zephyrhills High School) Alyssa Rojas, 10th grade.
Chick-fil-A owner and Foundation board member Scott Amole hosted the event providing breakfast for all the students, their families, and their teacher. He stated “At Chick-fil-A Zephyrhills, we are dedicated to encouraging students by celebrating their accomplishments. Thank you for the opportunity to partner in recognizing our Student Citizens of the Month. We look forward to hosting this school year!”
Katy Boyd from AdventHealth Zephyrhills has been involved with the program as the emcee since 2014 said “This is truly my favorite day representing AdventHealth Zephyrhills. Seeing the pride beaming from the kids and hearing the supportive and loving words from parents and teachers is so uplifting and inspiring. The community support is evident at this event, and I leave feeling like our community is in amazing hands.”
Sponsors and supporters of this year’s program are as follows: AdventHealth Zephyrhills, the City of Zephyrhills, Chick-fil-A of Zephyrhills, IR Staffing, San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union, and Suncoast Credit Union. The event is supported byU.S. Congressman, Gus Bilirakis; Senator Danny Burgess, District 20; Florida House of RepresentativesRandy Maggard, District 38; Pasco County Clerk of Court, Nikki Alvarez;Zephyrhills Mayor, Gene Whitfield;Pasco County Sheriff, Chris Nocco; Bahr’s Propane Gas & AC;East Pasco YMCA; Faithful Friends Pet Cremation;Jarrett Ford of Dade City; Pin ChasersZephyrhills; Pioneer Florida Museum & Village;SouthState Bank;Sonny’s Bar-B-Q; and The Zephyrhills/Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association.
If you are an area business and would like to support this impactful program, please contact Vicki Wiggins at the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce at 813-782-1913.