Student Government Student of the Month: September

Student Government Student of the Month: September

Our September Student Government division student of the month is Shane Salyer, Pasco-Hernando State College. Shane was nominated by his advisor Ahmy Arca. 

Here’s what Ahmy shared with us about Shane: “Shane recently graduated from Pasco High School Cum Laude. He was dual enrolled at PHSC since his junior year of high school. Over the past year, he has become very involved in SGA and will serve the 2018-2019 year as the SGA President of the East Campus. He plans to transfer to USF in the Spring and major in Exceptional Student Education or ESE, a program for children with learning disabilities who may require specialized instruction or services.

In the summer, Shane volunteers at Camp Boggy Creek. Camp Boggy Creek is a place where children with life-changing or even life-threatening illnesses can come and enjoy life away from a hospital or doctors for a week. Shane found his passion for helping people when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2009. Lymphoma is a type of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system. He began his battle in September 2009. Through his battle he went through rounds of chemo therapy, and for about one year he fought the disease until April 2010 when he was declared cancer free. However, his battle did not end there.  In Spring 2012, he was again diagnosed with a recurrence of lymphoma. For another year he fought against a more aggressive and deadlier version of cancer than he was diagnosed with in 2009.  After 90 rounds of chemo, he was again declared cancer free on January 4th, 2013. Since that day Shane has had no recurrences and has been in remission for five years now. Shane says, “If my fight has taught me anything it is that life is far too precious to waste and we should do anything we can to make the world a better place.” Shane loves working with kids and people and looks forward to serving his fellow students and staff at PHSC.

Congratulations to this outstanding student and our thanks to Mr. Arca for taking the time to nominate him!