• Gigantic aspirations

    Erica Shewbart, 17, knows exactly what she wants out of life.
    Every day she wakes up with one goal: to become a veterinarian.
    “I want to be a vet for a zoo or a wildlife sanctuary for large exotic animals,” Shewbart said. “I have known since about 3 years old — I’ve always loved animals.”
    Upon graduation from Lecanto High Schools International Baccalaureate program this school year, she’s seek to be enrolled in the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Students sent packing

    Julie Gorham
    Staff writer
    Hands of youths at Seven Rivers Christian School are helping CREST School students through the Citrus County Blessings’ Silencing Weekend Hunger Program.
    Each week, all grade levels at Seven Rivers crate and pack food for the students at CREST — which stands for Citrus Resources for Exceptional Students in Transition. Seven Rivers has also made room for a food pantry, which provides storage for the food that will be separated and packed at the private school.

  • AES freshmen spend a day on the water for first kayak trip

    Julie Gorham
    Staff writer
    Every new class of freshmen gets an orientation on the procedures and rules of kayaking at The Academy of Environmental Science (AES) by spending a day on the water. The kayak trip helps to ensure that when they go out to collect data for labs or experiments, they know what is expected of them and how to stay safe.

  • Students tour 9/11 exhibit at Valerie Theatre

    Julie Gorham
    Staff writer
    More than 500 students toured the 9/11 memorial at the Valerie Theatre on Monday.
    Many have learned the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, through photos and videos, movies and what is told through text books. The exhibit at the Inverness theater brought them closer.
    Around the room sighs came from the young onlookers as they gained greater understanding of the tragedy that happened 15 years ago.  

  • Lecanto High School has IB opening ceremony

    Lecanto High School International Baccalaureate (IB) program juniors and seniors stood with parents, school leaders and friends at the official IB opening ceremony on Saturday, Sept.10, at Curtis Peterson Auditorium on the Lecanto school campus.
    The IB opening ceremony recognized juniors by giving them a Lecanto High School IB hoodies and recognizes seniors by parents “pinning” the students with the official IB LHS pin.

  • Forum for transition

    Knees begin trembling on the first steps into middle school, bringing a rush of emotions to many sixth-graders. Thoughts start racing: Will I have friends? Will the older kids be mean? What do I do if I can’t find my classes or if I can’t even open this silly lock?
    All of these things rush through a pre-teen’s mind while making the transition from elementary to middle school.
    To Devon Newton, getting through the first year of middle school was tough — but she made it out alive and wants others to know they can survive, as well.

  • Education Innovation

    Innovative changes are happening at Lecanto Middle School.
    Recently, Lecanto Middle School’s Zachary Leonard was named Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert, joining more than 4,800 educators in the MIE Expert program worldwide.
    Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educators to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology.

  • ‘We are having a blast’

    Two high schools are welcoming new band directors to lead their band’s musical way. 

    Joshua Tavana joined Citrus High School just a few weeks ago, replacing Jermaine Reynolds. While Bobby Crane joined Lecanto High School this summer, replacing Aaron Woodfin.

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    Joshua Tavana is bringing his love for music to the students at Citrus High School year all the way from Michigan. 

  • Students gain high-tech skills

    INVERNESS — Citrus High School is leading the way in technology by introducing The Academy of Computer Sciences for students entering ninth grade this year. 

    The goal of the academy is to provide students with the best foundation possible in the computer sciences using real-world scenarios.  

  • Small school, big plans


    Rochelle Kaiser

    For the Chronicle

    When Homosassa Elementary School has a rare vacancy for a teacher it’s safe to say it goes rather quickly. Luckily for Paula Carty she was able to get one of only three spaces available for the coming school year.