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Congratulations to Quade Vatch of Leesburg High School on receiving a swim scholarship from Marymount University! LHS is also looking for any alumni who were on the swim team in previous years to join in the school’s first ever Alumni Swim Meet. This meet will be the day after the homecoming game October 15th.  Interested alumni are asked to contact the school.


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Abigail_Glover02Every year the Atlantic Institute holds a thematic essay and art competition running from August to December, giving students a wide frame of time to pour their most profound ideals into their pieces. The theme for the 2015-2016 year was “What can you accomplish in 10 Days, Weeks, 10 Months, 10 Years?” While many focused on world events and instances to come for students (such as graduation and approaching trips), mine took a more emotional approach, utilizing color and symbolism to evoke a similar response in audiences. I spent a little over a week pouring my heart into the piece, hoping that people would find comfort in the similarities between us all. At the awards ceremony, I was greeted with a familiar face upon arriving- sitting on an easel was my self-portrait in all of its nonsensical glory. That night I was honored with receiving first place for the art category out of 600 students across the state. The award consisted of a two-hundred dollar check and a trip to the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium to take place in late July, to be accompanied by my art teacher Mrs. Mickens. The emotions I felt that night were overwhelming, and filled both my family and me with a sense of profound enlightenment for the emotional appeal my creation had. I was honored to have experienced such a feat, and am pleased to remain humble when asked about the event and its impact on me. It has been one of the better accomplishments in my artistic career, and will certainly continue to impact me for future pieces and opportunities.

-Abigail Glover, 12th Grade



Artist’s StatementAbigail_Glover01

“My artwork takes an emotional approach when looking at the accomplishments that one can complete in given days, months, and years. Everything around us is constantly adapting and evolving- the seasons change, people leave, and in the end we are left with nothing but our own ambition and what we make of it. It is because of these reasons that as time passes we are capable of accomplishing so much that we are both aware and unaware of. Self-discovery and the opportunities that arise from accepting ourselves and others is one of the first steps to bettering circumstances around us. I used myself as reference to represent the biggest obstacle we face: our own doubts. The flowers emerging from the chest (in addition to the moon cycle) show possibilities arising from within, as well as life through natural changes. Finally, the cool colors are used to show the obscurity in which we all live and how differently every person’s view is. Life is a journey, and the destination is ultimately what we make of it and how we feel. After all, tasks that have pride within them are much more satisfactory than those without.”

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NAWIC2016The National Association of Women in Construction, (NAWIC), was founded in Fort Worth, Texas in 1955 with the goal of enhancing the success of women in the construction industry.   Today, the association has more than 3,500 members throughout the country.To fulfill the education goal of NAWIC, the association created the NAWIC Education Foundation in 1973.  The CAD Design/Drafting program brings real world drafting problems to the classroom of high school students in grades 9-12.

The contest provides recognition to students for creative design, successful problem solving, and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings.

Each “Design Problem” is created by a licensed architect or engineer and is generic enough to meet the needs of all areas of the US and the NAWIC international affiliates.

Projects are judged at the local, regional and national level.  Prizes are awarded to the three national CAD winners.

The students are required to submit 5 drawings for judging they are; site plan with roof plan, floor plan, exterior elevations, building section and wall section, and electrical plan.

This year Mount Dora High Schools, Architectural Drafting Academy students competed in the NAWIC Greater Orlando Chapter 73, local competition, where they were required to design a 7,000 to 7,500 square foot dollar store.  On May 10, 2016 the winners for the competition where announced during the awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida.

The award winners were:

1st Place – Jeffrey Hackett, 11th grader at Mount Dora High School

2nd Place – Luke Hardin, 11th grader at Mount Dora High School

3rd Place – Rylie Brumley, 11th grader at Mount Dora High School

Since Jeffrey Hackett won first place in the local competition his drawings moved on to compete in the southeast regional competition.  At the regional competition Jeffrey Hackett’s drawings won first place for the NAWIC Southeast Regional Competition.

By placing first the in the Southeast Regional Competition Jeffrey Hackett was eligible to compete in the NAWIC CAD Design/Drafting National Competition.  The winners were recently announced.

1st Place – John Peter Acayan
Sponsor: Pacfic Southwest Region
Chapter #111 San Bernardino / Riverside
2nd Place – Sabrina Brown
Sponsor: North Central Region
Chapter #302 Kalamazoo / Battle Creek
3rd Place – Jeffrey Hackett
Sponsor: Southeast Region
Chapter #73 Greater Orlando

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SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel.

SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

Eight of the Mount Dora High School students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Florida 2016 State Leadership & Skills Conference.  Which were held in Lakeland, Florida April 24 to 27, 2016.

Jacob Abel, a senior, placed 2nd in Technical Drafting.  The Technical Drafting competition evaluates contestant’s preparation for employment and recognizes outstanding students for excellence and professionalism in the field of technical drafting. The contest focus is on the solution of industry-developed problems by applying appropriate technical drafting skills and tools including computer-aided drafting (CAD).

Natalie Burno, a freshman, placed 4th in Computer Programming.  The Computer Programming competition consists of project coding and output, a skill-related written test and an interview.

The Quiz Bowl team placed 4th.  The team members were Helena Austin, Rylie Brumley, Breanna Marriot, Nora Abbott and Jacob Oh.  Quiz Bowl test a team of 5 competitors’ ability to quickly respond to questions covering the areas of Academic knowledge, professional development and current events.

Jacob Hackett, a junior, placed 12th in Architectural Drafting.  The Architectural Drafting competitions contestants had to use their drafting skills to solve an Architectural problem. The problem includes a written test, a hand sketch, and drawings that are computer-generated (CAD). The contest tests the contestants’ problem solving abilities, not simply their CAD skills.

The SkillsUSA organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.

More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.

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NHDLake County middle school and high school students are gearing up for the second annual National History Day competition. This competition allows students to create projects on historical topics in the categories of exhibit, paper, documentary, performance, or website.

Students from every middle school and four of the high schools (East Ridge, Eustis, Lake Minneola, and South Lake) will come together on March 5, 2016, at Windy Hill Middle School to be judged on their projects in the morning. In the afternoon, starting at 5:00 p.m. there will be an Open House and the awards ceremony will follow at 5:30 p.m.

Each year there is a different National History Day theme that students use as a guide for creating their projects. Last year’s theme was Leadership and Legacy. This year’s theme will be Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange. Students will be challenged to think, research, and write like historians while exploring human history and its effects on our society today.

The top two winners in each category will be moving on to the state competition, held in Tallahassee, May 1-3, 2016.

For more information or to see how you can sponsor or help with this event, contact Nicole DeLuca, Social Studies Program Specialist, at delucan@lake.k12.fl.us or 352-253-6874.

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lweekFour schools in Eustis were notified this week that they, as a team, have won either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in a statewide literacy-civic service contest. The formal announcement will be made later this month in Tallahassee.

A group of 20 student ambassadors from Eustis Heights and Eustis elementary schools, Eustis Middle School and Eustis High School teamed up for literacy last month and began writing an alphabet book with members of the community. They will come back together on Friday, Jan. 15, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Eustis Heights to complete the narrative, add pictures and put the final touches on the book which, when finished, will highlight strategic points of interest in Eustis.

The project was submitted as an entry to the statewide Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Literacy-Civics Service contest, and the schools learned this week that they are a winner of either a $25, $500 or $1,000 prize.

The Eustis schools plan to use the money they win to get their book published so they can present copies to local day care centers and pre-schools.

Florida First Lady Ann Scott will present the awards at a ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee. In addition, Eustis Mayor Michael Holland will read a proclamation on Jan. 21, when the student ambassadors will present the book to the city commissioners. Mayor Holland will declare Jan. 27, 2016, as “Read Across Eustis Day,” part of the statewide designation of January as “Read Across Florida Month.” The students will travel throughout Eustis to read the book they created, helping to instill a love of reading and an appreciation for the Eustis community.

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STEMosphereStudents in PK through 12th grade, their families and all lifelong learners are invited to explore, invent and experiment at STEMosphere Orlando! This free highly interactive event hosted by UCF on Jan. 23, 2016, will include hands-on adventures such as building with KEVA planks, Incredible Insects, a mobile STEM lab, core sampling with NASA and virtual animal dissection. Click here for information and to register. Space is limited!

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