Pasco News

School News, June 21

Pepin Academies expanding into Pasco

In a traditional classroom, it would be easy for Shelley Sharp Young’s son, Andrew, to fall through the cracks.

Diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, he struggled with academics at his public elementary school and then at a Montessori school before blossoming at Pepin Academies. Andrew, now 18 and finishing the 10th grade, was inducted into the National Honor Society, plays on the school’s golf team and is active in its culinary program.

In the fall, Pepin Academies will expand with a Pasco County school opening for grades third through 10th in New Port Richey. About 80 have already at the Pasco school, with 220 more spots available.

PHSC plans nursing degree info session

Pasco-Hernando State College will holdan information session on its new bachelor’s degree in nursing 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at its West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road.

This free event is open to any student interested in the BSN program at PHSC. Seating is limited; RSVP online at For additional information call (727) 816-3274 or visit

The first class begins in August. Applications are due by 4 p.m. by the extended deadline date, of July 30, August admission.

Peace Lutheran has first VPK graduates

Peace Lutheran Preschool of Holiday celebrated the first class of Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten graduates.

The ceremony was complete with a slide show of the year and a video where the children explained what they had learned during their VPK year at Peace Preschool. The children, dressed in caps and gowns, sang a few songs. They received diplomas and gifts.

Vocational career readiness workshop

The Pasco Youth Initiative will hold a free three-day class from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on June 25, 26 and 27 for at-risk youth, ages 16-25, looking to increase their professional business skills.

The youth empowerment event will be held at the West Pasco office of CareerSource Pasco Hernando, at 4440 Grand Blvd.

PYI is accepting nominations for 15 motivated youth participants to attend at no charge. Send nominations to for consideration.

Johnson Controls is sponsoring the personality test and curriculum. Perry Ellis and Innovate To Educate Inc. donated professional attire. CareerSource Pasco Hernando provided the workshop space. Knowledge Quest Education Solutions is facilitating the workshop. Contact Betsy Robinson at (813) 919-7099 or to donate lunch, portfolios or door prizes.

Together We Stand summit eyes bullying

Building safer, more inclusive schools and reducing violence were some of the goals at the recent Together We Stand Youth and Community Summit at River Ridge Center for the Performing Arts at River Ridge High School.

School board members, administrators, educators. students, law enforcement, Pasco Youth Initiative and others discussed bullying prevention.

Superintendent Kurt S. Browning kicked off the event.

The musical “Weight of Words” was performed by River Ridge Middle/High School drama students, directed by Peter Nason and Diana Rogers.

The PYI material, donated by Staywell Kids, was handed out to more than 250 participants.

The hashtag #Pasco2gether is helping to keep positive connections going via social media after the summit.

Veterinanrian PHSC distinguished alumna

Veterinarian Diana Mattox was awarded the honor of Distinguished Alumna at Pasco-Hernando State College’s annual Student Activities and Distinguished Alumni Award Recognition Ceremony recently held on the West Campus in New Port Richey.

By the time she reached PHSC, she was a veterinary assistant dreaming of her own small animal practice. Mattox received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 1995, both from the University of Florida in Gainesville. In 1997, she opened San Antonio Animal Hospital.

In 2007, Mattox founded Spay Pasco, a nonprofit that offers low-cost spaying and neutering.

Mattox serves on Pasco-Hernando Veterinary Medical Association board and the Pasco County Animal Services Advisory Committee.

In addition, several PHSC students received 2014 Dr. Felisha R. Barker Outstanding Student Leaders honors, including Anthony Joseph Alexander Avila, Harshada Reena Kalidas, and Chelsee McLean of the West Campus in New Port Richey.

Pasco tops state in course-end exams

Pasco County students outperformed the state in the percentage of students achieving Level 3 or higher on all end-of-course exams in 2014, except for Algebra 1.

Pasco students also showed improvement in the percentage of students scoring Level 3 or above on all assessments, except for Algebra 1, where there was a slight decrease.

The most significant jump was on the U.S. history exam, where students improved by 8 percentage points over 2013

Scott appoints two to PHSC board

Gov. Rick Scott recently appointed Marilyn Pearson-Adams and Robin Schneider to the District Board of Trustees for Pasco-Hernando State College.

Marilyn Pearson-Adams, of Brooksville, is the president of Century 21 Alliance Realty and a director with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.

Robin Schneider, of Spring Hill, is marketing coordinator at Medical Center of Trinity. She is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Pasco.

Hudson students makes dean’s list

Sarah Staley of Hudson has been named to the dean’s list at Youngstown State University for the Spring 2014 Semester. Staley is majoring in STEM first-year engineering at YSU. To be eligible, a student must carry a 3.4 GPA or better.

Suncoast News staff