Chamber Tips Its Hat to Teachers, Students 10 in Area Receive Spotlight Awards for Achievements

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The Southeast Business Council of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce honored 10 students and teachers from the five area high schools at its recent luncheon.

The winners were given certificates for their accomplishments. The chamber recognizes 10 outstanding teachers and students three times each year at its area business council meetings.

The following students and teachers received spotlight awards:

FROM CLAY HIGH SCHOOL:

-- Sarah Calvert is a junior with a 3.8 weighted grade-point average in honors classes. She helps with the school's television production, participated in the Miss Clay High 2003 Pageant, is the junior class president, secretary of the Beta Club and a member of the National Honor Society. Sarah has been a cheerleader for three years and this year she is the co-captain of the varsity squad. She attends Fleming Island Methodist Church, is a member of the Florida Elite All Stars Senior Girls Cheer Squad and coaches an Orange Park Athletic Association Cheer Squad.

-- Danny Waggoner has taught at the school for two years. He has taught geometry, algebra I and II, chemistry, physics, physical science and biology for the past 29 years. He was a volunteer fire chief for five years and served as land use administrator for 10 years in Nassau County. He is in charge of the school's 450 computers and oversees the day-to-day operations of all the network. Waggoner is a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Green Cove Springs and serves as youth leader.

FROM KEYSTONE HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL:

-- Natalie Sullivan is a leader in the agriscience program and has taken agriscience courses since the eighth grade. She is an officer in the Future Farmers of America chapter, ran for state office and served as the FFA Sub-District Chairman. She has won several grand championships at agricultural fairs, showing steers. She was selected to play in the FFA National Band for two years and with her leadership skills, helped the FFA senior chapter at the school receive the prestigious State Premier Chapter Award.

-- Michael Booth is a science teacher and activities director. He holds a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science, a master's degree in sports administration and is seeking national certification as a strength and conditioning specialist. Booth put together a state of the art fitness center at the school, which allows students and staff a place to work out.

FROM MIDDLEBURG HIGH SCHOOL:

-- William Kastelz, a senior, is an officer in Middleburg High School's NJROTC unit. In the four years of his service, he has accumulated a lengthy list of responsibilities and awards from several associations. Billy has held numerous positions in the NJROTC, including athletics team commander, drill team commander, academic team and administrative assistant and now he serves as commanding officer to over 100 cadets. Among his other activities, he is a past member of the Beta Club, a delegate to Boys' State, works with the yearbook staff and he has an alter ego as "Bucky the Bronco," the school mascot. …