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Elfers' top graduates ready for next step
By TIMES STAFF
Published May 30, 2007
Elfers Christian School valedictorian Katie Scott
GPA: 3.58 weighted.
Clubs/Extracurriculars: Volunteering at the Wednesday Night Dinners that are held after services at First Baptist Church of Elfers.
Favorite place on campus: The lunchroom, because I love food.
If you could, what would you change about your high school? I wouldn't change a thing.
Future school: Pasco-Hernando Community College. Major in radiography.
Ideal career: Radiographer.
Most inspirational person: My mom. She is the most loving person you'll ever meet. She has always been there for me and I love her very much.
Salutatorian Jami Lucas
GPA: 3.44 weighted
If you could, what would you change about your high school: I would like there to be more students. It is a little too small.
Future School: Florida State University. Major in English.
Ideal career: English professor.
Favorite book: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Most inspirational person: It's not really one person but my whole family is a huge inspiration to me. They are always there when I need them.
Best advice/quote: "The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping."
- Izaak Walton
After winning awards at the Regional Science and Engineering Fair, middle and high school students from Pasco County attended the 52nd annual State Engineering and Science Fair held April 11-13 in Fort Myers.
The following students were named winners:
-Jaclyn Rossi, Clearwater Catholic: third place, senior behavioral science, for "Tanning: Exploring the Attitudes of Teens."
-Samantha Beach, J.W. Mitchell High: senior recognition, biochemistry, for "Effect of Alcohol on Biological Membranes."
-Jayne-Marie Raponi, J.W. Mitchell High: honorable mention, senior botany, for "What is the Effect of Acid Rain on Plant Growth?"
-Harold Hedrick, River Ridge High: senior recognition, engineering, and a four-year $9, 600 scholarship to the University of Central Florida for "Running on Empty."
-Joshua Hammer, Centennial Middle: second place, junior medicine and health, for "Effects of Magnetism on T-Cell Development."
-Brandon Allickson, Seven Springs Middle: second place, junior environmental, and Scientific American certificate and subscription for "Effects of Three Elements on the Life of a Lake Snail."
-Jillian Rossi, Bishop Larkin Catholic: third place, junior medicine and health, and American Heart Association Award of $50 savings bond for "A Lot of Clot? Testing Catheters."