Ten LHS seniors receive the Elks Student of the Month award

Winners of the Elks Student of the Month award pose for a picture (Photo: Wolfe).

Front row: Beza Alford, Alexandra Ramallo, Alexia Duncan, Jaden Johnson, Ashley Southey. Back row: Dakota Poppino, Alejandro Arevalo, Blane Gower, Nick Lahera, Shane O’Leary. (Photo: Wolfe).

Paige Daly, Staff Writer – Spring 2018, Lecanto High School [LHS] teachers and staff nominated ten students to receive the Elks Student of the Month awards. A male and female student is nominated for each month, January through May, based on academic performance and participation in school activities. A total of twenty seniors have been selected for the 2017-2018 school year.

Dakota Poppino and Beza Alford received the award for January.

Poppino participated in National Honors Society [NHS] for the past two years and maintained honor roll for all four years of his high school career. He also did numerous hours of community service and competes in Lecanto’s track and field. Poppino plans on completing ten years of service with the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer.

Alford is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate [IB] program and is a member of multiple LHS clubs. She earned many community service hours through working at mission trips and leadership camps throughout Florida. She also received principal’s honor roll. Alford wants to attend the University of Central Florida [UCF] and get a degree in vocal performance.

For the month of February, seniors Alejandro Arevalo and Alexandra Ramallo obtained the award.

Arevalo is enrolled in the IB program, and participates in LHS’s marching band and orchestra. He tutored children in both math and reading. Arevalo was accepted to the University of Florida [UF], Florida State University [FSU], and the University of South Florida [USF]. Although he is not sure which school he will attend, he plans to go through the pre-med route.

Ramallo participated in weightlifting and is a weightlifting county champion. She has successfully earned the principal’s award for Spanish 2 and is in Advanced Placement classes. Ramallo will attend UCF to pursue a physical therapy degree.

Ramallo’s passion for helping others helped her to discover her future career path.

“I like helping people and it’s [physical therapy] is something I really wanna do,” said Ramallo.

Alexia Duncan and Blane Gower won the award for March.

Duncan actively participates in many different LHS sports. She is a council member of the Advancement Via Individual Determination [AVID] program, as well as the commissioner of the Link Crew. She received principal’s honor roll all four years and the principal’s award for social studies. Duncan plans on finishing her Associate of Arts [AA] degree at the College of Central Florida, and wants to study medicine in the future.

Duncan felt the key to academic success was to put in effort to study and learn in classes.

“Work hard in your classes, don’t slack off, and don’t procrastinate,” Duncan said.

Gower participated in the Rowing Origination of Cirtus County Students [ROCCS], and is currently active in NHS. He received honor roll awards all four years of high school. He completed multiple service projects and volunteered at Lecanto Primary School over the summer. He plans on attending UCF and studying journalism or entertainment.

Nicholas Lahera and Jaden Johnson received the award for April.

Lahera is active in numerous clubs and earned many awards for his hard work and determination. He is the president of the Student Government Association [SGA] and was previously the vice president, the secretary, and the class vice president. He is a member of the Superintendent’s Council and is a candidate for the Citrus County School Board. Lahera plans on attending UF to major in political science and minor in economics.

Lahera worked throughout Citrus County and the state of Florida in the past to improve education, and plans on continuing to do so after he graduates from high school.

“Many people have voiced their opinions on education to me and I just want to jump into that,” Lahera said.

Johnson was previously on the LHS soccer team and is currently on the LHS swim team. She also is a member of the Interact Club and worked doing community service for the club itself. Johnson would like to attend USF to study nursing, and plans on pursuing pediatric medicine in the future.

Shane O’Leary and Ashley Southey received the award for the month of May.

O’Leary is an IB student and an NHS member. He previously was in multiple clubs and is an active band student. He also collected community service hours by taking mission trips to Hillsborough County and participating in the Medshare Club. O’Leary wants to pursue a degree in instrumental music education, and plans on attending either FSU or the University of North Texas [UNT].

O’Leary was very pleased to be one of the students who received the Elks Student of the Month award.

“I feel grateful and thankful for all of the programs that are advocating for students and education,” O’Leary said.

Southey is a member of the Lecanto School of Art [LSA], played in many varsity sports teams, and is the current captain for both varsity basketball and varsity volleyball. She is the secretary for the National Art Honor Society [NAHS], and does dual enrollment at the College of Central Florida. She also got the principal’s award in a variety of subjects. Southey plans on attending UF to receive a bachelor’s degree of science in biochemistry.

Congratulations to the ten seniors who won the Elks Student of the Month award!