Students of the Month

From left, Educator of the Month of February, Coach Pete Dombroski; Sertomans Bob Vedder and President Stephen Lingley; and Students of the Month Wyatt Ehrhardt and Madeline Jaques.

Sertoma Club of Venice honored two Venice High School seniors and a teacher at its Feb. 28 meeting. Students of the Month of February are Madeline Jaques and Wyatt Ehrhardt. Educator of the Month is Pete Dombroski.

Madeline, who holds a 4.33 grade-point average, is secretary of the VHS Interact Club, vice president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and past treasurer of National Art Honor Society. She volunteers at her church and in the community. She particularly enjoys volunteering in the VHS Exceptional Student Education classroom.

Madeline is a recipient of the Golden Eagle Award and first-place award in the Sarasota County Art Show. She plans to attend Southeastern University in Lakeland and earn a master’s degree in special education.

She is the daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Jaques of Englewood.

Wyatt, who holds a 4.2 grade-point average, is a member of National Honor Society and was a member of the gifted and talented education program. He is a member of the VHS varsity football team and plays travel baseball in the summer. He volunteers at InStride Therapy Inc. in Nokomis, where he helps with the hippotherapy program using horseback riding to help children with special needs to gain balance, coordination and strength.

Wyatt likes to hike, fish and spend time with his family. He plans to attend University of South Florida in Tampa to study chemical engineering.

He is the son of Caren and James Ehrhardt of Venice.

Dombroski is the athletic director and a physical education teacher at VHS, where he has been on the faculty since 1991. Before coming to Venice, he taught in New Jersey for seven years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kean University in New Jersey and a master’s degree in education leadership from Argosy University. He received the exceptional student education certification from the University of South Florida in Sarasota. He also taught ESE class, world history and served as behavior specialist.

Dombroski served as athletic business manager, assistant athletic director, oversaw the minority mentoring program and the Mr. Venice fundraiser. He is best known in the community for his coaching of football, baseball and softball.

The monthly recognition program is organized by Sertoma member Bob Vedder.


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