James Steffens sworn in as New Port Richey Police Chief
On Tuesday, December 6, CCC Alumnus James Steffens 86' was sworn in as police chief for the City of New Port Richey, Florida. Hired in May 2011 as a Lieutenant for the New Port Richey Police Department, James became acting interim Chief in October. Prior to his service with the NPRPD James retired from the Clearwater Police Department - Swat Team in January 2009 after 20 years of service.
Alumnus Pat Siracusa 86', Pinellas - Pasco Circuit Court Judge, had the honor and pleasure of swearing in his friend and former classmate.
Alumni David Habib '11 & Kayla Allen '11 Take Service Trips to Guatemala
Alumnus David Habib '11 recently traveled with fellow UF students to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, where he learned about educational barriers and discrimination in Guatemala. Most importantly, he learned how certain citizens have chosen to move forward from discrimination to promote educational equality for all students. Specifically, Jorge Chojolan, the founder of the school, has worked for over 20 years in promoting quality education for young females and males. He welcomes all children into his private school, regardless of their name, cultural background, or economic status.
"In Guatemala, fewer than three in ten children finish sixth grade. At the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, 95% move on to higher education. It was amazing to see the impact one person could have on the future generations of Guatemala. Jorge was inspiring and humble. Because of his actions and persistence against educational inequality, he has changed the lives of thousands of students.
My class for the week was a group of 1st grade students. I taught them English, art, and they critiqued my Spanish haha. We spent our afternoons taking cultural visits and learning about the indigenous Mayan population."
While in Guatemala David met up with fellow CCC alumnus Kayla Allen '11 who was also in the same city doing a service trip at an orphanage and building stoves for the people in the mountains with UCF.
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Kayla Allen & David Habib in Guatemala