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Members of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce were treated this morning to an outstanding breakfast prepared by Culinary Arts students at Lake Minneola High.

Students brought their ‘A’ game serving nearly 200 guests at the chamber’s monthly breakfast. With a spread that included scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, yogurt parfaits and homemade mini muffins the students and Culinary Instructor Nick Sandora earned a lot of praise. (more…)


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Speedy auto body work by East Ridge High School’s students is quickly earning the school a fast reputation as one of the most advanced high school auto body classes in the nation.

Working with corporate partners and community relationships, Teacher Bill Barto has been able to provide unique opportunities for students in the Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing program. The opportunity presented by the Braille Battery Race Team is earning the school some well-deserved kudos.

The Gymkhana Grid Nissan 350z was showcased at Daytona International Speedway (photo provided by AutomotiveAddicts.com).

The Gymkhana Grid Nissan 350z was showcased at Daytona International Speedway (photo provided by AutomotiveAddicts.com).

“We were so impressed at the skill level and top equipment at the school,” stated Braille Battery President, Blake Fuller, in a company news release. “The students did such an amazing job on the Hot Rod Hybrid car that we hoped they could piece together a very crashed race car and bring it back to its original glory.”

The wide body Nissan 350Z had seen two years of drift racing with both rear fenders destroyed and a front end that consisted only of shredded pieces of fiberglass after impact with a concrete wall. The car was then retired and sat in the Braille warehouse for three years before the 2013 X Games inspired ideas for a new life for the racecar.

The new X Games sport, Gymkhana Grid, was the brainchild of the Internet driving sensation, Ken Block. This head-to-head rally race pitted two cars on mirrored racetracks, both trying to be the first to cross the finish line, but with obstacles that were similar to drifting and ultimate car control. These All-Wheel-Drive Supercars would go on to compete in the Red Bull Global Rally Cross at the same event. The Braille team began to imagine the retired Nissan wide body drift car in an Unlimited Two-Wheel Drive Class, which would allow it to once again compete at the track.

Students went to work overhauling the racecar. According to Chris Brewer from AutomotiveAddicts.com, “the eye-catching Gymkhana Grid Nissan 350z sponsored by Braille Battery, Nissan North America, and GO PUCK (and many others) was showcased on the infield during the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) event at Daytona International Speedway August 22-23, 2014. The restoration was a labor of love, painstakingly restored by auto body students from Clermont, Florida’s East Ridge High School using PPG paint materials, the radically customized 350z looks absolutely stunning in the bright Florida sun.”

The Gymkhana Grid Nissan 350z will also be showcased at the 2014 SEMA Show, an automotive specialty products trade event, on Nov. 4-7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“I am proud to partner with PPG and I look forward to a long and productive working relationship with them and Braille Battery,” Barto said. “It’s great to see the involvement of these corporations, and we hope to build on these for the students’ benefit.”

The Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing course at East Ridge High School is part of the school’s robust Career-Technical Education (CTE) programs, which also includes 13 other programs such as Allied Health Assisting and International Business. Career and Professional Academies provide students the opportunity to earn industry certifications. The appropriate industry certifications for the Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing program are the National Automotive Technology Education Foundation’s Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Automobile/Light Truck Technician in the areas of Nonstructural Analysis and Damage Repair and Painting and Refinishing.

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South Lake High School senior Jana Caracciolo is one of five finalists for the 2014 Ryan Rimmer Outstanding District Officer Award.

Jana Caracciolo

Jana Caracciolo

The award is selected by application from the 24 district officers throughout the state and is given to the district officer who excels in their service to Florida FFA. The state winner will be announced during the 6th General Session of the 86th Florida FFA State Convention on July 3 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando.

The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 17,000 middle and high school student members — as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

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Aspiring chefs from area high schools will face off in an annual culinary competition at Leesburg High School, located at 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, on Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m.

Foodies are encouraged to join in on the fun by purchasing a $15 all-you-can-eat pass for an opportunity to taste all the unique flavorful choices of the five competing schools: Eustis High School, Leesburg High School, Mount Dora High School, The Villages High School and Umatilla High School.

For more information, contact Chef Nicole Austin at 352-357-9196 or email austinn@lake.k12.fl.us.

Culinary Arts is of one many Career-Technical Education (CTE) programs offered by Lake County Schools. Lake County’s 10 middle schools and eight high schools house more than 100 state-of-the-art CTE laboratories. Thirty-eight Career and Professional (CAP) Academies provide students the opportunity to earn industry certifications, including the National Restaurant Association’s Certified Professional Food Manager (ServSafe) and National ProStart Certificate of Achievement in the Culinary Arts CAP Academy. For more information about CTE programs at Lake County Schools, call 352-253-6780.

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Partners for SuccessLake County Schools is excited to be a part of the upcoming Partners for Success event on Thursday, April 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lake-Sumter State College’s Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center, located at 9501 U.S. Highway 441 in Leesburg.

During the event, students, teachers and administrators will be highlighting many of the Career-Technical Education (CTE) programs featured at area high schools. The Partners in Success event will also give students — trained in various technical skills — from Lake Tech, LSCC and Lake County Schools the opportunity to mingle with business leaders, entrepreneurs and human resources professionals. Partners for Success is a joint effort between the Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department, Lake County Schools, LSSC, Lake Tech and the Lake County Chamber Alliance.

The list of programs to be featured from Lake County Schools includes:

  • East Ridge High — Applied Cybersecurity; Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing; Commercial Art Technology; Early Childhood Education; International Business; Pathways to Engineering; Marketing; Television Production
  • Eustis High— Applied Cybersecurity; Culinary Arts
  • Leesburg High — Agritechnology; Building Construction Technology; Energy Technician(Power Academy); Horticulture Science & Services; Pathways to Engineering; Culinary Arts; Digital Design
  • Lake Minneola High — Architectural Drafting; Automation & Production Technology; Commercial Art Technology; Early Childhood Education; Plant Biotechnology
  • Mount Dora High — Architectural Drafting; Culinary Arts
  • South Lake High — Allied Health Assisting; Nursing Assistant; Culinary Arts
  • Tavares High — Culinary Arts; Game/Simulation/Animation Programming; Allied Health Assisting and Nursing Assistant
  • Umatilla High — Agritechnology; Culinary Arts; Horticulture Science & Services
  • Academic Services’ Curriculum Department will showcase AVID, STEM, Science Fair and AP Seminars during the event.

Lake County Schools features robust CTE programs at all of its high and middle schools. The curriculum consists of 31 career preparatory high school programs and five middle school programs. Lake County’s 10 middle schools and eight high schools house more than 100 state-of-the-art CTE laboratories. Programs of study are varied and technically challenging, and include Plant Biotechnology, Engineering, Gaming and Simulation, Automation and Production (Robotics), Culinary Arts, Allied Health, Television Production and Architectural Drafting (these are only eight of the 29 high school programs offered). Thirty-eight Career and Professional Academies provide students the opportunity to earn industry certifications, including Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and Adobe Dreamweaver.

For more information about the event, contact Nancy Muenzmay at muenzmaN@lssc.edu.

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East Ridge High School TV Academy’s second annual Movie Knight was a success as the numbers of entries from Lake County students tripled and the audience filled the largest theatre at Epic Theatres of Clermont.

Grassy Lake Elementary won for “Best News Broadcast” for the elementary division. Anthony, Ryan, Paris, Delany, Arielle, Christina, Justin, Samantha, and Leah along with Amanda LaMagna, Media Specialist, were full of excitement.

Grassy Lake Elementary won for “Best News Broadcast” for the elementary division. Anthony, Ryan, Paris, Delany, Arielle, Christina, Justin, Samantha, and Leah along with Amanda LaMagna, Media Specialist, were full of excitement.

“The overwhelming response from the community has helped this unique event grow to six county schools including elementary, middle and high schools,” said Denise Honey, TV Production Teacher at East Ridge High. “I was again surprised at the turnout. With virtually no promotion, we sold out the largest theatre. Next year we have to expand to multiple showings and even multiple nights to keep up with the demand for seats.”

The community film festival included six categories: short film, documentary, newscast, educational video and public service announcement.

The winners were:

  • Public Service Announcement — Umatilla Middle School & Groveland Elementary School
  • Newscast — Umatilla Middle School & Grassy Lake Elementary
  • Short Film — “Gifted” by Jeron Jordan & “The Watcher” by David McLaughlin
  • Documentary — “Stress on the Field” by Jason Felice
  • Educational Video — Cardio Vascular System by Umatilla Middle School

With 31 original productions entered, the film festival will have two separate showings next year. Elementary and middle schools will have their own showing and the high schools will enjoy their own show. Even though the film fest was started by the East Ridge High TV Academy all schools are welcome to submit entries.

“Our production students and our community need to see all the amazing work that our students are creating throughout the year,” Honey said.

Judges included representatives from Bright House Sports network and Gary Warnecke, president of Orlando Film Studios. Sponsors of this year’s Movie Knight included BankFirst, High Five Frozen Yogurt, Spiros Pizza, Sylvan Learning and the Plaster Cottage.

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Students in the East Ridge High Culinary Academy dished out some impressive performances at 14th Annual Prostart Culinary Competitions on March 5-6 at the Orange County Convention Center.

A total of 60 schools participated in the competition with 16 schools winning top awards throughout the day’s events. More than $800,000 in scholarships was distributed to the winning schools. All participating teams were comprised of high school juniors and seniors that are enrolled in the ProStart curriculum program during the 2013-2014 school year. Teams participated in four competitions which included the Cracker Barrel Management Competition, the Johnson & Wales University Culinary Competition, the Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition, and the Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition.

Final results of East Ridge High students, as announced by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation, included:

Overall Competition Winners (combination of all scores)

  • Fifth place:      East Ridge High School — Instructors: Lucressie McGriff, Ken Pitts

Cracker Barrel Management Competition

Participating teams demonstrated their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a business proposal for a new restaurant concept. The business proposal consisted of a defined restaurant concept, supporting menu, and supporting marketing plan. Teams prepared a comprehensive written proposal, verbal presentation and visual display.

  • Second place:      East Ridge High School — Students: Ashley Hobbs, Jessica Telemaco, Paige      Tosh, Avorie Seaver

Johnson & Wales University Culinary Competition

Participating teams demonstrated their creative abilities during the competition through the preparation of a meal consisting of: starter (such as soup, salad or appetizer), protein (such as meat, fish or fowl), starch, vegetable, and dessert.

  • Seventh place:      East Ridge High School — Students: David Berberena, Zean Verdesoto, Matt      Mandio, Sean Purvis

Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition

Participating teams demonstrated their creative ability during the competition through the preparation of an edible centerpiece consisting of fruits and vegetables. Contestants explained nutritional information, product availability, and preparation techniques.

  • 12th      place: East Ridge High School — Student: Paige Spatta

Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition

Participating teams demonstrated their ability to duplicate a table setting while racing against the clock.

  • Eighth place:      East Ridge High School — Students: Tonisha Green, Mariah Shirley, Dorothy      Eaves

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