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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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Mediacap010Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) students at South Lake High School are celebrating several milestones as they prepare to close out the school year:
• Dylan Wesseling, Daniella Villanueva and John Bodzioch each won an ROTC scholarship worth $180,000.
• The unit was selected as a Distinguished Unit for 2014-15 ; it’s the sixth time the unit has earned this honor.
• The unit is ranked No. 9 of 58 NJROTC units in the state of Florida during the Florida Stat Drill Championship in March.
• Cadets volunteered more than 10,200 hours of community service to South Lake high School and Lake County – more than 55 hours per cadet average.
• They earned an outstanding assessment during the Area Manager Inspection in December.

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10911_1563404700575168_3283847938020716863_nCongratulations to the Silver Sisters Quartet of South Lake High School for their Superior rating – the highest rating possible – at the recent State Solo and Ensemble competition.

The participants are Stephanie Hefelfinger, Irene Orcasitas, Megan Murphy and Marissa Weis.

Weis also received a Superior rating for her solos and was selected to perform in the Honors recital at the end of the competition!

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from left, Kevin Evans, Fred Key, Nick Guidetti, Angel Puente, Nick Morey, Dedrick Mack

from left, Kevin Evans, Fred Key, Nick Guidetti, Angel Puente, Nick Morey, Dedrick Mack






Several athletes at South Lake High School recently signed letters of intent at a ceremony to celebrate their college choices. Congratulations to:

  • Kevin Evans, RB – Northland Technical College (MN), Football
  • Nick Guidetti, QB – Jacksonville University, Football
  • Fred Key, LB – Northland Technical College (MN), Football
  • Dedrick Mack, OL\DL – Carson Newman University (TN), Football
  • Nick Morey, LB – Jacksonville University, Football
  • Angel Puente, K – Warner University, Football

Five other athletes were honored for their contributions to South Lake’s football program and for their academic accomplishment. Each of them has a grade point average over 4.0. Combined, they passed eight 8 Advanced Placement exams and earned 75 college credits while dual enrolled in college during high school. They are:

  • Rhys Armatti – Florida State University, Film and World History Major
  • Franklin Fisher – Florida Atlantic University, Pre-Medical Science Major
  • Anthony Giglia – University of Florida, Physical Therapy Major
  • Steel Templin – Georgia Tech University, Nuclear Engineering Major
  • Brady Walters – University of Florida, Mechanical Engineering Major

“At South Lake, we believe passionately that helping student-athletes ‘get to the next level’ is not all about simply helping a few kids play sports in college,” said Principal Rob McCue “It is about nurturing an entire team to excel academically and make the best decisions for their futures.  For some that means playing a sport in college, for others it means pursuing dreams of becoming doctors and nuclear engineers and having wonderful memories of their high school sport experiences.  We could not be more proud of these seniors.”

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sjrwmd_logoTwo South Lake High School sophomores will be honored by the St. Johns River Water Management District for submitting winning essays. Cameron Broughton will be recognized as a 2015 STEM Essay Award Recipient, and Justin Nelson will be recognized for an Honorable Mention. Both students and their parents are invited to receive their awards from the district’s Executive Director and Governing Board members on April 14, STEM Day at the District. They will tour the district facilities in Palatka, FL, have lunch while they are there, and hear presentations from scientists, engineers, hydrologists, land managers and others.

The goal of the day is to allow the award recipients to learn more about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Cameron’s essay was on prescribed fires. In it, he wrote: “Scientists have investigated and designed a way to set prescribed fires in the attempt to eliminate much of the devastation and destruction that is caused by unintentional or unforeseen fires.  The effects of setting prescribed fires are the new life and well-designed changes that it can bring by attempting to control the outcome.”

He wrote it in Shanna Steinberg’s Honors Biology class for a semester project, and she submitted it for the contest. “Cameron has been nothing but the exemplary student in my class,” she said. “Extremely respectful and motivated, he does nothing but excel in anything he puts his mind to. I am extremely proud of him, as I know his parents are as well.”

Justin’s essay was about water. “Homo sapiens are completely reliant upon water for their very survival. However, mankind goes on leaving water on their wayside as their canteen drips dry with no oasis in sight,” he wrote. “Humans must learn the importance of water and why it is worth saving, how humans have and are currently wasting water, and what technology is currently being implemented to help this growing epidemic and what the average citizen may do to assist.”

“Justin is an exceptional student of good character and a fine scholar,’’ said Deane Marshall, his Honors Chemistry teacher. “He is a pleasure to teach.”

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A South Lake High School student was recently ranked No. 1 among individual competitors in the FFA 2015 Middle and High School Floriculture Career Development Event. Cassandra Emelianchik received the state’s highest individual score, and the South Lake High School team received the state’s second highest team score.

FloricultureThe event is designed to stimulate interest in learning activities related to the floriculture industry, including the identifying plants, professionally handling business situations and raising awareness of safety issues. Participants were required to property identify plants, pests and tools related to Florida’s floriculture industry. They had to complete written exams that tested their knowledge of horticulture. They also were presented with a variety of hazardous situations that could develop in a retail nursery, greenhouse or floral business, and were required to determine the most appropriate solutions to the problems. They had to complete a practicum on customer service as well, addressing effective customer communication, professional presentation, salesmanship, product displays and teamwork.

Congratulations to Cassandra, South Lake High and all of the Lake County schools who participated. They are listed with their rankings below:
• No. 4 – Umatilla High School
• No. 9 – Lake Minneola High School
• No. 17 – East Ridge High School
• No. 18 – Leesburg High School

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Students districtwide can register now for Advanced Placement (AP) Seminars planned for Saturday, April 11, at Tavares and Lake Minneola high schools and Saturday, April 25, at Eustis and South Lake high schools. The sessions are 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

AP_logoThese three-hour districtwide sessions are designed to give students extra practice and review for AP exams. The seminars include test-taking strategies, practice exam questions and content overviews. They will be designed and taught by AP teachers from across the district.

Students can select times and subjects for the sessions they want to attend. AP Human Geography, US History, World History, Psychology, and English Language Composition will be offered both dates. AP Calculus, Statistics and Environmental Science will be offered April 25.

Thirty seats are available for each session. Use the links below to register.

• Registration for the April 11th seminars runs through April 8, 2015 at

• Registration for the April 25th seminars runs through April 20, 2015 at

Students can receive more information about the seminars from their AP teachers.
Lake County Schools is the 19th largest school district in the state of Florida, serving approximately 41,000 students across 45 learning sites including conversion charter schools and a virtual school. Our mission is to provide every student with individual opportunities to excel. For more information, visit http://www.lake.k12.fl.us. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeSchools.

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