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Students and Educator of the Month March, 2014


Clockwise From bottom right, Kelly Felix, Brandon Stevens, Sertoma Club President Kevin Hagan, Larry Shannon, and Greg Miller, chair of Student and Teacher of the Month.

At the March 27th meeting, Sertoma Club of Venice announced its Students and Educator of the Month. 

Kelly Felix is an academically-involved senior at Venice High School.  Kelly is taking AP Psychology, Physics Honors, Personal and Family Finance Economics Honors and holding a GPA of 4.5. 

Kelly has volunteered with various community organizations for many years, including Relay for Life and the Senior Friendship Centers. Kelly enjoys helping people of all ages, her true passion shows through her internship with Mrs. DiPillo’s first grade class at Venice Elementary School and her goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. 

Kelly will be attending University of Central Florida as a LEAD Scholar this fall as she works towards earning her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education.  She looks forward to educating our community’s future leaders.  Kelly’s parents are Jerilyn Felix and the late Michael Felix.  

Brandon Stevens is a senior at Venice High School, taking AP Macroeconomics, AP Calculus, AP Government, Physics Honors and Executive Internship all while maintaining a 4.4 GPA. 

Brandon is President and co-founder of the VHS Philosophy Club, a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish Honor Society and Zoology Club.

Brandon’s interests lie within government and environmental science, he hopes to work with the federal government serving to protect America’s wildlife.  His biggest passion is playing guitar and singing in the band The Apple Scruffs, playing rock music from the 50’s & 60’s.

 This summer Brandon will do an internship at the Sarasota Clerk’s Office, then attend New College of Florida and complete his undergraduate studies.  Brandon’s parents are Christina Stevens and Eugene Streett.

 Mr. Larry Shannon has been a teacher at Venice High School since 2004.  Currently an Engineering Technology Teacher, Mr. Shannon holds teaching certifications in Technology Education, Physical Education and ESE.

 Mr. Shannon is a certified 3D Drafter and has helped over 70 students obtain their certifications over the past 3 years. He coaches football and is the Indian’s Defensive Coordinator.  He was also Head Coach for Boys Track for over 8 years


Students and Educator of the Month April, 2014


Clockwise from bottom right: Caleb Upton, Lisa Fusco, Greg Miller, chair of Student and Educator of the Month, Steve Case, and Sertoma Club President Kevin Hagan.

At the April 24thmeeting The Sertoma Club of Venice announced its Students and Educator of the Month.

Lisa Fusco is Vice-President of her senior class, carrying a 4.755 GPA and is currently named Co-Salutatorian of her school.  Lisa is also President of Mu Alph Theta, a member of the National Honor Society and competes in Academic Olympics.

Lisa is presently enrolled in AP Government, AP Calculus, AP Economics, DE Written Communications and DE Statistics.  Lisa runs for the Venice High School Varsity Cross Country team, as well as, plays for the Varsity Soccer team. She has run two half-marathons and has been a Girl Scout for eleven years.

Lisa plans to attend the University of Florida to major in Biology, minor in Nutrition, attend medical school and become a Doctor.  Lisa’s parents are Arsenia and Edward Fusco

Caleb Upton is a senior at Venice High School carrying a 4.0 GPA, is a National Commended Scholar, and has received a Junior Book Award.  He is currently enrolled in AP Music Theory, Mixed Chorus, DE Astronomy and DE Microeconomics.

Caleb is an accomplished student and talented musician playing acoustic, electric and bass guitar. He is involved in his school choir, the after school advanced choir, and is part of the worship band at his church.

Caleb plans to attend Taylor University in Indiana to pursue a degree in music.  Caleb’s parents are Jenny and Dave Upton.

 Mr. Steve Case is a National Board Certified Physics teacher who has been teaching at Venice High School for 14 years. Currently the Science Department Chair, he is actively involved with the student body as coach of the Venice High School Academic Olympics team and co-founder of the Venice High School Amateur Radio Club.

 Mr. Case is a TI-Nspire Lead Teacher for the county, instructing other teachers in emerging educational technology.  He is the Webmaster of the high school’s website and runs the school’s weather station.


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