The East Pasco Chamber Foundation in partnership with the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce recognized nine local students.
The students were honored as the Greater Zephyrhills Student Citizen of the Month for December. The ceremony took place at Venue Sponsor, Chick-fil-A in Zephyrhills Dec. 14 at 8 a.m.
The students were from the Academy of Spectrum Diversity, The Broach School, Chester W. Taylor Elementary, East Pasco Adventist Academy, Heritage Academy, Raymond B. Stewart Middle School, West Zephyrhills Elementary, Woodland Elementary, and Zephyrhills High School.
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 Landon Bevell (10th grade, Academy of Spectrum Diversity); Megan Kelley (1st grade, The Broach School); Emily Ortiz (1st grade, Chester W. Taylor Elementary School); Tristan Geist (7th grade, East Pasco Adventist Academy); Aaron McClamma (1st grade, Heritage Academy); Paola Linares (7th grade, Raymond B. Stewart Middle School); Taylor Mertz (5th grade, West Zephyrhills Elementary School); Mo-Nayia Carter (Kindergarten, Woodland Elementary); and Destini Harden (Zephyrhills High School).
AdventHealth Zephyrhills sponsors the event and provides a medallion to each child. Marketing Coordinator, AdventHealth Dade City and AdventHealth Zephyrhills Ashley Jablonski attended the ceremony and noted that “Supporting students in the community throughout their education is pivotal for their personal growth. I am proud to be a part of an event that helps encourage our bright leaders and gives them the tools and motivation they need to follow their dreams.”
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;Sonny’s Bar-B-Q; SouthState Bank;The Zephyrhills/Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association;Trax Credit Union; and VITIS Realty.