NEW THIS WEEK
CHS students to perform ‘Clue’ on stage
The Citrus High School (CHS) drama department will present “Clue” on stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Citrus High Cafeteria at 600 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness.
Advance tickets for K-12 students are $5 and $8 for the general public. Tickets at the door will be $12.
To purchase tickets and for information, call 352-726-2241 ext. 4556.
CHS class of 1979 planning reunion
Citrus High School (CHS) class of 1979 is celebrating its 40-year reunion on Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find “Citrus High School Class of 1979” on Facebook.
WTC offers Nursing Assistant program
Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) is offering a six-week Nursing Assistant (Articulated) program starting Oct. 28.
Students will learn to provide care with activities of daily living for persons in long-term care facilities, hospitals and other entities. Additional instruction will be given in monitoring vital signs, feeding, grooming, toileting, position changes and ambulation.
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the Florida Department of Health Certified Nursing Assistant examination. The examination can be taken at the college.
The instructor is a registered nurse with many years of experience in health care training and education. Contact WTC at 352-726-2430 for more information, including costs, or visit www.wtcollege.org.
Join Youth Leadership Citrus
All juniors and seniors are invited to participate in Youth Leadership Citrus. The free program is a series of interactive days designed to educate teens on community resources and issues, develop excellence in leadership, build teamwork skills and foster involvement in community services.
There are six program days which include everything from teambuilding, touring the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge on paddle boards, experiencing the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office firefighter training, to being involved in a mock trial at the court house. Lunch and snacks are provided, as well as transportation from the YMCA to all program activities.
The sessions are from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in October through April 2020. Deadline to apply is Oct. 4.
To sign up or for more information, contact Debbie Rumpf at email@example.com or 352-500-9622.
Of special note
Financial aid workshop at CF Citrus
High school seniors and incoming and current college students interested in getting assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can attend a workshop on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 5-7 p.m. in the Citrus Learning and Conference Center at the College of Central Florida Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.
Students younger than 24 years old are encouraged to attend with their parent or guardian. Required documents to bring include the student’s photo identification, parents’ and student’s 2018 income tax returns and all W-2s, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of parents and student, and records of all 2018 untaxed income.
Space is limited. Register at www.CF.edu/fafsaworkshop. For more information, call 352-249-1215.
Applications available for fishing program
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2019-20 High School Fishing Program offers high school fishing clubs or teams the opportunity to apply for the Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant. This grant program is focused on recruiting new anglers, retaining active anglers and reactivating lapsed anglers to ensure the future of fishing in Florida.
The Florida Sport Fish Restoration R3 Fishing Grant will award 40 high school fishing clubs or teams up to $500 of financial assistance as a part of the 2019-20 High School Fishing Program. Program participants will receive an updated educational curriculum comprised of lessons and activities on fisheries conservation and resource management, plus a chance to compete with participating clubs or teams in the Costa Kick Plastic Conservation Project competition.
The grant program is open to new or existing freshwater or saltwater fishing clubs or teams at public, private and charter high schools throughout Florida. To be considered for the grant, high school fishing clubs or teams must have a minimum of five members and be represented by a school faculty member who will follow the provided instructor’s manual.
The application can be downloaded online at MyFWC.com/fishing by scrolling just below the middle of the webpage. The deadline for submitting applications is Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. ET. Submit applications to R3Fishing@MyFWC.com or mail to FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management, Attn: High School Fishing Grant, 620 S. Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399.
Scholarships & more
Elks sponsors nationwide essay contest
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Grand Lodge is sponsoring a nationwide essay contest for students enrolled in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Students enrolled in these grades are invited and encouraged to participate. The theme for this year’s essay is “What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me.”
Eligible participants must be students enrolled in the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth grade at the time of the contest. Essay length is not to exceed 300 words. Essay must be typed or legibly printed in ink. Also, essay must be submitted as written (or typed) by the entrant.
Essay must be submitted for judging to West Citrus Elks Lodge No. 2693, 7800 Grover Cleveland Blvd., Homosassa, FL by Dec. 15. Each entry must have Essay Contest Cover Sheet attached with participant’s name, grade and the school he/she attends.
The Grand Lodge will award plaques for first, second and third places for national winning essays. Winners will be announced at the Grand Lodge Session in Baltimore, Maryland, July 5-8, 2020.
West Citrus Elks Lodge has allocated cash prizes of $75, first place; $50, second place; and $25, third place, to winners who enter the contest through the lodge.
For more information, contact Jeannette Buck-Newhouse, West Citrus Elks Lodge No. 2693 Americanism chair, at 336-963-2079; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-621-3004 for information.
WTC offers carpentry class beginning Oct. 14
Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) is offering a carpentry class from Oct. 14 to Nov. 29. The class will be held at the college Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. These are new dates for this class.
Class participants will learn employability skills, the proper use of hand and power tools, how to read plans and elevations, information about floor systems, wall and ceiling framing, roof framing, and installation of windows and exterior doors. Additionally, students will earn a Carpentry Level 1 certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and an OSHA 10-Hour Safety Card.
There will be a hiring event on site at the end of the class. Cost is $600. There is a $50 discount for the first 10 registrants.
WTC offers basic home improvement class
Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) is offering a basic home improvement class from Oct. 19 to Nov. 30. The class will be held at the college on Saturdays only from 9 a.m. to noon. These are new dates for the class.
Class participants will learn the basics of plumbing, electrical, drywall and repair. You will learn how to perform basic repairs and when or if you need a contractor, including whether you will need a building permit for your home project.
Cost is $100.
Learn woodworking with WTC this year
Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) is offering a beginner’s woodworking class from Oct. 16 to Dec. 11. The class will be held at the college on Wednesdays only from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. These are new dates for this class.
Class participants will safety training and how to use various hand and power tools. You will gain confidence and competence to work with wood and basic tools. You will also make a project to take home.
Cost of the class is $150.
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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