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Students and Educator of the Month February, 2014


From left, Sertoma Club President Kevin Hagan, Margaret Parrett, Dylan Chiodo, Casey Church and Greg Miller, chair of Student and Teacher of the Month.

The Sertoma Club of Venice announced its Students and Teacher of the Month at its February 27th meeting. 

Casey Church is a senior at Venice High School, her interests include singing, playing musical instruments and The Girl Scouts.  Casey is involved in several choirs including Exsultate!  a community choir for which she has an auditioned position as an apprentice. She is active in her church praise team and will be traveling to Boston to sing in Faneuil Hall along with attending a clinic at Harvard.  

Casey received the Bronze Award from the Girls Scouts for projects such as marking storm drains on the Island of Venice to prevent pollution and volunteering for Vacation Bible School. 

Casey plans to study music at State College of Florida.  Her parents are Richard and Christine Church. 

Dylan Chiodo is a senior at Venice High School in AP Calculus, Physics, World History, Macroeconomics and Government. Dylan plans to attend Georgia’s Institute of Technology and major in Aerospace Engineering and will receive his commission as a US Naval Officer following his graduation. 

Dylan plans to serve in the US Navy as an aviator, flying high speed jets off of aircraft carriers.  During his service Dylan intends to study at Naval Postgraduate School and receive his Master’s degree in astronomical engineering.  Dylan aims to work for NASA as an astronaut.  His mother is Annemarie Constantine.

This is the second time Margaret Parrett has been honored as Teacher of the Month.  Over her 42 year career Mrs. Parrett has taught over 7,000 middle and high school students.  From 2002 until January 2014 when she retired she taught English 2 Honors, English 3 Honors, AP Language and Composition and English 4 College Readiness. 

Mrs. Parrett received her B.A. from Kentucky Wesleyan College, her M.A. from Western Kentucky University and did post-graduate study at USF. 

As part of the Venice High School staff, Mrs. Parrett served on the VHS Literacy Council, the VHS Scholarship Committee, and the National Honor Society Advisory Board and over the years she sponsored or co-sponsored several clubs including Link Crew. 

Venice High School has been an integral part of her life as her son Ryan graduated in 1997, and her daughter Katie graduated in 2001.  For nearly 40 years Mrs. Parrett and her husband, former VHS principal Dan Parrett, have attended and enjoyed hundreds of athletic, academic, musical and drama events.


Students and Educator of the Month January, 2014


From Left: Sertoma Club President Kevin Hagan, Tyler Adams, Michaelah Park, Shirley Boone and Greg Miller, chair of Student and Teacher of the Month.

The Sertoma Club of Venice announced its Students and Teacher of the Month at their January 30th meeting. 

Tyler Jacob Adams is a senior at Venice High School maintaining a 4.7 GPA.  He is the commanding officer of the USMC JROTC program, a member of the Link Crew, National Honor Society and both the cross country and track teams.  

Tyler has completed over 400 community hours, many of which he earned through color guard where he presents the national flag during local sporting events, parades and various ceremonies and meetings.

Tyler is hoping to attend the United States Naval Academy to receive his degree in Mechanical Engineering and his commission as a Second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.  Charles and Ileane Stowe were in attendance for Tyler’s award. 

 Michaelah Park is a determined and hardworking student consistently receiving straight A’s and holding a 4.3 GPA at Venice High School. She is the Operations Officer for the USMC JROTC and the Vice President of the 2 year old Christian Girls Club “Light”.  Michaelah enjoys horseback riding, reading and playing videogames in her free time. 

Michaelah plans on attending the University of South Florida to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering while also working on receiving an Officer’s commission in the United States Marine Corps upon graduation through the NROTC program.  Paul and Suzanne Park were in attendance for Michaelah’s award. 

Educator of the Month was awarded to Shirley Boone. Shirley, a friend to the Sertoma Club, worked in the Sertoma Club Speech Clinic from 1988-1990. Shirley has been working as a speech-language pathologist for the past 20 years.  She holds a Master’s degree in Education Speech Pathology from the University of Florida. 

Shirley enjoys working with the students at both Venice High School and Venice Elementary and watching them reach their individual goals.

Caroline Boone was in attendance for her Mother’s awards.  


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