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High school students of the month announced

By PAULETTE LASH RITCHIE
Published March 1, 2007


These are the Students of the Month for January for Citrus and Lecanto high schools.

Citrus High and the Rotary Club of Inverness announced the Rotary Seniors of the Month for January: Amanda Spellicy and Raymond Acker.

Amanda is a member of the National Honor Society, A.I.M. (Achievement in Motion) and Key Club. She has been on the CHS Academic Team and is a member of the CHS Vocal Association and Choral Program.

Amanda has had perfect attendance in high school. She has more than 300 hours of community service. Amanda plans to attend the University of Florida to study elementary education. She has a 4.37 grade point average and is the daughter of Dennis and Cindy Spellicy of Inverness.

Raymond is in the National Honor Society, played soccer and is on the track team.

He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and Who's Who Among American High School Students and was a National Merit Scholarship commended student.

Raymond plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to major in engineering and physics. He has a weighted 4.2 grade point average and is the son of Joseph and Christine Acker of Inverness.

Lecanto High School West Citrus Elks Lodge 2693 announced the Students of the Month for January: Melissa Cox and Tyler Deem.

Melissa, 18, is a member of National Honor Society, serving as co-president of the Social Inclusion Program, is a two-year member of Operation Shoebox, co-president this year; and is the treasurer of Student Government.

Melissa served as yearbook editor and prom committee member. She is a three-year member of the varsity swim team. She has more than 75 hours of community service.

Melissa has a 3.85 grade point average, was recognized for outstanding FCAT scores, and was nominated for the National Young Leaders Conference.

She plans to attend a Florida university and major in psychology. Melissa is the daughter of Teresa Pettit and Steve Cox.

Tyler, 18, is a member of National Honor Society, LINK crew and Key Club and participates in the Model United Nations.

He is in JROTC, serving as battalion commander this year, and participates on the drill and rifle teams.

Tyler was named as Honor Cadet at JROTC summer camp, was invited to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense and Intelligence and received the Leadership Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Tyler plays varsity soccer and serves as captain on a local under-19 competitive soccer team. He has more than 100 hours of community service.

Tyler has a 3.85 weighted grade point average and was a 2006 representative at Boys State. Tyler plans to major in criminology at a military college and is the son of Michael and Dorothy Deem of Beverly Hills.