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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

 

 

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“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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Tavares High School Drama Club Presents…

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Thursday and Friday, December 17th and 18th.

Tavares High School Auditorium

Show time: 7:00pm

Cost: $5.00

Run time: 75-85 minutes

Summary: Stage kisses, pinkeye, inciting World War III — these are only a few of the many things that can go wrong during the production of a play. From the author of 15 Reasons Not To Be in a Play comes a full evening of the horrors and hardships that befall those who feel the call of the stage. In a series of hilarious examples, this play proves that drama can be a very dangerous thing and it must be avoided at all costs.

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Congressman Daniel Webster recognized three Tavares High School art students at the school this week for placing in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition.Mediacap005
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entries.

The winning students from Tavares High School are:

• Brittney Nesmith – First Place
• James Wehrly – Second Place
• Mariah Villalobos – Third Place

Their photography will hang in Congressman Webster’s local office for the next year.

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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
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AP11th

• Registration for the April 25th seminars runs through April 20, 2015 at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AP25th

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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Enjoy a celebration of culture and history at the Black Heritage Festival in Tavares, Feb. 6 and 7.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, American Idol’s David Oliver Willis will perform at the Tavares High School Gymnasium, 603 N. New Hampshire Ave., along with The Community Choir of Tavares and The Center for Contemporary Dance.

The Center for Contemporary Dance will present the Moore Dance Project and Dawn Branch Works in “Heritage,” a series of contemporary and cultural dance works inspired by the African-American experience. Under the artistic direction of award-winning choreographer Dario J. Moore, dancers from the organization’s professional companies will present an opening tribute to the 59th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, featuring the music of Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and The Voices of East Harlem. Following the opening performance, the audience will take part in a joyous, dance-from-your-seat African dance component led by Master Teacher Dr. Margo Blake. The evening will close with breathtaking and uplifting contemporary dance works that inspire the audience to celebrate their heritage, embrace the present and take part in designing the future.

The Center for Contemporary Dance is an award-wining education, incubation and production center for the dance arts. Responsible for the emergence of no less than twelve professional contemporary dance companies, the organization has received recognition and awards from United Arts of Central Florida, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. To learn more about the organization, visit http://www.TheCenterForDance.org.

The event is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. Refreshments will be provided by the Tavares African-American Heritage organization.

The festival continues on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby Street, with singing, dancing, gospel choirs, steppers, arts and crafts, food vendors, and historical and cultural exhibits.

For more information on the events, contact Tavares Community Services, 352-742-6319.

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The Villages Elementary, Oak Park Middle and Tavares High School were recognized this week for returning the highest percentage of library card registration forms to the Lake County Library System late last year.

Plaques were presented to the principals of each school at a meeting of all Lake County principals on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The presentation brought to a close a district-wide contest that kicked off last fall. Lake County Schools and the Lake County Library System teamed up to ensure all students had an opportunity to receive a library card, which gives them access to free computer use, free Wi-Fi, inexpensive copiers, online databases and e-books, and summer and after-school activities.

Each school in the district received library card registration forms. The forms were sent home with the students, who were asked to return the forms by Nov. 21. A free library card was sent to every student who signed up, and the elementary, middle and high schools with the highest percentage of forms returned by the deadline received a plaque.

Students at The Villages Elementary returned 78 percent of their forms, students at Oak Park Middle returned 18 percent, and students at Tavares High returned 38 percent.

The contest brought in more than 8,000 registration applications, and more than 1,000 students reported that they already had library cards.

“That’s roughly 20 percent of the entire student body,’’ said Paul Alford, Library Services Division Manager. “That’s an awesome start to what we hope will be a very successful partnership.”

Alford asked principals to encourage students, staff and faculty to use the Lake County Library System, which includes nine member libraries and six branch libraries. “We have resources and opportunities for all, and the more teachers are aware of what’s available, the better they’ll be able to guide and direct students in after-school opportunities,’’ he said. “If you folks have not used a public library in a while, we encourage you to come and see what’s going on locally.”

Learn more about the Lake County Library System at http://www.mylakelibrary.org.

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The entire Lake County community is invited to choose between two proposed calendar options for the 2015-2016 school year through an online poll at http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/calendarvote.

Parents, students, employees and community residents have until Tuesday, Jan. 13, to select an option. A summary of the options is shown below.

OPTION 1:
• School starts Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.
• Five days off around Thanksgiving – Nov. 23-27, 2015.
• Spring Break from March 21-25, 2016.
• School ends Thursday, June 9, 2016.

OPTION 2:
• School starts Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.
• Three days off around Thanksgiving – Nov. 25-27, 2015.
• Spring Break from March 21-25, 2016.
• School ends Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Visit http://www.lake.k12.fl.us/calendarvote to view each option in detail.

The online poll will close on Tuesday, January 13.

The results of the poll will be forwarded to the Lake County School Board. The Board is expected to consider the 2015-2016 school calendar options at its meeting on Monday, January 26.

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