NEW THIS WEEK
Dean’s list honors
Dennis Nguyen of Homossassa was named to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2018 semester at Johns Hopkins University.
To be selected for this honor, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale in a program of at least 14 credits with at least 12 graded credits.
Nguyen is the son of David and Kim Nguyen and attended Lecanto High School. He is at the school of Arts & Sciences.
VFW scholarship programs
Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to participate in VFW Scholarship Programs for the 2019-20 school year.
Grades 9-12 are eligible to enter the “Voice of Democracy” contest. The theme for this year is “What Makes America Great.” The student is required to record their three-minute, no-longer-than-five-minute speech on a CD/flash drive. The CD/flash drive is to be submitted along with a typed copy of the speech and the entry form.
All materials must be submitted by Oct. 31 to a local participating VFW post. First-place prize is $30,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with cash awards all the way to 53rd place.
Grades 6-8 are eligible to enter the “Patriot’s Pen” written essay contest. The essay theme this year is “What Makes America Great.” The essay is required to be typed and cannot be fewer than 300 words or more than 400 words in length.
The essay and entry form must be submitted by Oct. 31 to a local participating VFW. First-place prize is $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with cash awards all the way to 53rd place.
Students in public, private, parochial and home-schooling are eligible. For entry forms, go online to www.vfw.org — Community tab, Youth & Education tab.
For more information, contact VFW Post 4252 Youth and Education Committee Chair Bob Haines at email@example.com or 352-527-4968; or VFW Post Cmdr. John Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-379-6928.
Of special note
CF slates careers, colleges expo
The College of Central Florida and Citrus County Public Schools will present 2019 Careers and Colleges Expo Monday, Sept. 9, from 5-7 p.m., at the CF Citrus Learning and Conference Center, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.
Representatives from more than 20 educational institutions, businesses, professional and government organizations, and the military will be on hand, sharing valuable information with area high school students and their families.
“College-bound students, as well as those interested in career exploration, will find valuable information at the expo,” said Sonya Warden, CF director of Student Affairs.
There is no charge to attend the free event. For more information about CF, visit www.CF.edu.
Students, mentors sought for Take Stock
Take Stock in Children is a school-based mentoring program that provides support, guidance and encouragement for students as they work their way through middle & high school and prepare for college. Each student in the program receives a college and vocational scholarship, a volunteer mentor and long-term support.
Take Stock in Children of Citrus County is a program sponsored by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and currently monitors 57 active students enrolled in Citrus County’s middle and high schools, Caring adults are needed to help make a difference by mentoring these students, once a week, in school, for 30 minutes. Mentor sessions will start at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. Call Pat Lancaster at 352-422-2348 or 352-344-0855 to learn more about the program.
CHS now selling passes, permits
Citrus High School is now selling athletic passes from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The athletic passes are good for regular season home events, but exclude all pre-season and state series events.
Prices for athletic passes are as follows: family — $125; CHS student — $30; senior — $20; adult — $40.
Make checks payable to Citrus High School. For more information, call Mrs. Morga at 352-726-2241, ext. 4504.
Citrus High School is also selling parking permits from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Students applying for a parking permit must attend the Teen Drivers Challenge class and present their certificate.
All obligations must be cleared before a parking permit will be assigned. Students must show proof of insurance, a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration.
The cost for parking is $20. Make checks payable to Citrus High School. For more information, call Mrs. Morga at 352-726-2241, ext. 4504.
Scholarships & more
DAR offers essay contest
The United States Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, and each year, we celebrate Constitution Week from Sept. 17-23.
The Fort Cooper Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is promoting the reading of the U.S. Constitution with an essay contest which is open to all school-age students in Citrus County. One winner will be selected and receive $100.
To enter, submit a typed essay responding to “How has the 19th Amendment effected your family throughout the generations?” and a completed entry form by Sept. 30 to DAR Fort Cooper Chapter, 7749 West Inn Lane, Homosassa, Florida, 34446.
For more information, contact DeeDee Wilcox at Jwilcox2@tampabay.rr.com or 352-634-4179.
Patriotic art scholarships available
VFW Auxiliary Dumas Hartson Post 8189 is excited to announce the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Local students in grades nine-12 have the opportunity to compete for $31,000 in national scholarships.
Students must submit an original two- or three-dimensional piece of artwork. Digital art, photography and jewelry are not accepted. The entry must have completed during the current 2019-20 school year and the application must include a teacher or supervising adult’s signature.
Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level.
The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to District competition (if applicable) with District winners advancing to the state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of $31,000 in national awards, and the national first- place winner is awarded a $15,000 scholarship. National first- through eighth-place winners are featured in VFW Auxiliary Magazine and on the VFW Auxiliary website. All state winning entries will be held and displayed and judged at the VFW Auxiliary National Convention that will take place July 18-23, 2020 in Reno, Nevada.
Student entries must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary Dumas Hartson Post 8189 by March 31, 2020. Interested students, parents and teachers should contact Roger Ingall at 352-697-1826 or at email@example.com for more information.
To download an application and see the 2019 winners, visit vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships.
Take Stock offers college scholarships
Take Stock in Children (www.takestockinchildren.org) is a statewide, school-based mentoring program that assists in creating a brighter future for deserving youths from economically disadvantaged families by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, support staff, early intervention and long-term support.
Its mission is to provide deserving qualified children with scholarships to college and guidance from caring mentors. Once students are accepted into the program, they remain in the program until they graduate from high school.
Upon graduation, students who complete the program will receive a two-year, tuition-free scholarship (two years of college in Florida) through a partnership with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
Contact the Take Stock Office at 352-344-0855 for more details, including income eligibility guidelines. The fall application deadline is Oct. 22.
Pick up an application packet from the guidance office at your school or visit the website at www.takestockcitrus.org.
Fleet Reserve essay contest begins
The Fleet Reserve Association’s National Committee on Americanism-Patriotism is sponsoring its upcoming annual Americanism-Patriotism Essay Contest, based on this year’s theme: “What My Vote Will Mean to Me.”
The essay contest’s Grand Prize is $5,000, with additional prizes for first place — $2,500; second place — $1,500; and $1,000 for third place in grades 7-12.
All national winners will receive an attractive plaque citing their achievement. Every entrant judged at the national level receives a “Certificate of Recognition.” Winners in the local area are judged by the Branch and then sent to the Regional Convention for further judging. Regional winners then advance to the National level for final judging. Additional prizes may be awarded at the Branch and Regional levels.
FRA’s essay contest is open to all students in grades 7-12 (including home schooled). Students attending grades 7-12 can contact their guidance counselor. Each entrant must be sponsored by an FRA member in good standing or by a currently chartered branch.
Local contact is Bob Huscher, Chairman, FRA Branch 186, at 352-344-0727. All entries must be submitted by Dec. 1 or sooner to the local chairman or to the student’s local school representative.
DAR seeks female scholars at WTC
The Fort Cooper Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is offering two $500 scholarships for young women enrolling at Withlacoochee Technical College who seek training in non-traditional female occupations. These scholarships represent the mission of DAR to encourage female participation in the trades workforce.
Funds are available for tuition, books, tools, fees and certifications. Financial need is of great importance and applications and guidelines are available in the WTC guidance office.
For more information, contact Fort Cooper DAR scholarship chairman Shirley Hartley at 352-270-8590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take Stock in Children scholarships
Take Stock in Children is looking for students who have a dream of going to college. To be considered for a scholarship, your child must be in a public school, in the sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth grade, meet the financial eligibility requirements, agree to remain drug, alcohol and crime free and get good grades.
Take Stock in Children’s two-year, tuition-free scholarships are provided through a partnership with the Florida Prepaid Foundation. Applications are now available in the guidance offices of Citrus County School District’s middle schools or high schools or through the Take Stock office (352-344-0855) or on our Take Stock in Children website: www.takestockcitrus.org.
For more information about the program, find out whether or not your child meets the eligibility requirements, call 352-344-0855.
Concert choir advances education
The Citrus Community Concert Choir offers a $1,500 scholarship opportunity to qualified students residing in Citrus County who wish to further their education in vocal or instrumental musical arts.
Information is at www.citruschoir.com or call 352-637-2377.
Garden club environmental scholarships
The Riverhaven Garden Club in Homosassa has been giving scholarships for more than 20 years to area seniors interested in pursuing a career in botany, landscape design, or ecology. The scholarship alternates between Lecanto and Crystal River, since these are the two area high schools that students in Homosassa attend.
The scholarship amount has varied, as has the number of recipients, but we have given these scholarships for amounts between $500 to $1,500 toward a recipient’s college tuition. Email email@example.com or call 352-621-3004 for information.
Adult learning in Old Homosassa
The Old Homosassa Learning Center has a new Adult Learning Schedule. Call 352-628-9333 for information including prices.
The current lineup is: Monday at 9 a.m., yoga with Michelle DiDomenico; Tuesday at 10 a.m., Zumba with Nadeen Horak; Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., body sculpting with Michelle DiDomenico; Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., Zumba with Nadeene Horak; Thursday at 9 a.m., yoga with Michele DiDomenico; Thursday from 12:30-3 p.m., Sew Cool! Workshop with Faith Peix; and Friday at 10:30 a.m., body sculpting with Michelle DiDomenico.
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