Teacher, student receive state awards Seven Springs Middle School teacher Andrea Schleicher received the Florida 2013-2014 Outstanding Educator of the Blind, and Genesis Morales-Agosto, a senior at River Ridge High School, received the Most Promising Visually Impaired High School Senior Award from the Florida Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Schleicher is a teacher of the visually impaired at Seven Springs. She received the award for making a significant contribution to teaching blind or visually impaired children in Florida. Morales-Agosto received her award for showing achievement through school and community involvement and academic accomplishments as well as by overcoming obstacles to become independent and self-sufficient.
Schleicher accepted both awards at the FAER annual conference in Tallahassee because Morales-Agosto did not want to miss class. PHCC performing arts schedule The Pasco-Hernando Community College Foundation announces the schedule for its 2014 Performing Arts Series. Four shows will be presented this season in the college's Performing Arts Center on the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road. Ticket prices range from $25 to $30. The season will open Saturday, Jan. 25, with annual favorite Gaelic Storm. Marking their eighth appearance, the Celtic-rock band sails into PHCC promoting their new album “The Boathouse.” The performance starts at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 8, Marty Balin performs an acoustical show featuring hits such as “Volunteers,” “Hearts” and “Miracles.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon and founding member of music groups Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, delivers classic favorites blended with new selections. Balin is also the featured artist in January and February at the PHCC Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery. An artist meet and greet is scheduled before the show. The performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, PHCC presents Monday Monday, an exciting tribute to 60s hit makers, The Mamas and The Papas. Accenting band favorites, including “Go Where You Want To Go,” and “California Dreamin,” the group also features other chart toppers from the Woodstock era. The show begins at 8 p.m. On Sunday, March 23, the series culminates with Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience. This electrifying, high-energy rock 'n' roll extravaganza features tribute to legendary rocker Buddy Holly. The performance is at 7 p.m. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, seniors, season ticket holders and PHCC students and staff. Season tickets can be purchased online only at www.phcc.edu/tix. The PHCC Box Office opens Oct. 22 for season tickets. All individual show tickets will be available for purchase starting Nov. 5. The PHCC Box Office will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the PHCC College Store on West Campus in New Port Richey or at (727) 816-3707. Keynote speakers at PHCC's Peace Week Pasco-Hernando Community College will present four keynote speakers to celebrate Peace Week Oct. 7–11 at the West Campus in New Port Richey, East Campus in Dade City, North Campus in Brooksville and Spring Hill Campus. This year's Peace Week theme, Transformation, is reflected in each keynote presentation. Keynote speaker Daniel Caron will discuss Leadership and Peace, by bringing the concept and practice of Original Play to existing leadership models on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the West Campus, and at 2:30 p.m. at the North Campus, Also, Caron will present on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the East Campus at 3:30 p.m. Daughter of Holocaust survivors and advocate for the disenfranchised, Ida Manning will present Shifting the Conversation on Immigration on Oct. 8 at North Campus at 12:30 p.m. and at East Campus at 3:30 p.m. Also, Manning will present on Oct. 9 at 11:10 a.m. at West Campus and at 3:30 p.m. at Spring Hill Campus. Keynote speaker, Bob Hall, former board member of New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, will present “Nonviolent Sexuality: Making Peace with Passion” on Oct. 8 at 11:10 a.m. at West Campus and at 5:30 p.m. at Spring Hill Campus. Hall also will also speak on Oct. 9 at 11:10 a.m. at East Campus and at 4 p.m. at North Campus. Hall will discuss conflict resolution, human interaction and the bottom line, that force is never acceptable, and communication is always respectable. On Thursday, Oct. 10, Ben Hewitt, freelance journalist and author, will present “Peace and Carrots: cultivating local food economies in the 21st century” at 9:40 a.m. at the Spring Hill Campus, at 12:40 p.m. at the West Campus, and 3:30 p.m. at East Campus. Hewitt and his family set the example of how to live in a way that truly connects with nature and leaves no carbon footprint. He will share practical ways to take action in your life now. In addition to keynote presentations, Peace Week also will offer guest and faculty lecturers, a sand mandala, exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, peace and religion festivals and musical performances. The sand mandala is a symbolic structure, with many layers of meaning, created from colored sand. Visit www.phcc.edu/peace for a daily agenda of activities, times and room locations at the various campus locations or call 1-877-TRY-PHCC for more information. All Peace Week events are free and open to the community. Free SAT/ACT prep for students The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has been accepted into the National SAT/ACT Donation Project. Students and families in Florida, regardless of ahtletic affiliation, can now receive a free semester-length DVD or Online SAT or ACT prep program, the same programs used in classrooms around the country and by the U.S. military. The project waives the full retail price of the programs so parents can request a free $250 program. In 2005, eKnowledge formed The SAT/ACT Donation Project with support and partnerships with caring athletes from the NFL and MLB, as well as more than 100 corporations, foundations and not-for-profit organizations. To date, the project has provided more than 200,000 SAT/ACT Prep Programs valued over $44 million. — Suncoast News reports