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Take Stock in Children seeks more mentors

Take Stock in Children is a school-based mentoring program that assists in creating a brighter future for deserving youths by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, tutoring and

long-term support.

Take Stock in Children of Citrus County currently monitors 57 active students enrolled in Citrus County’s middle and high schools. It is that time of year when we are hoping to add new students to our program. We are hoping to recruit some caring adults who have some time to share with a student.

You can help make a tremendous difference in the life of a student by serving as a mentor, meeting once a week, in school, for 30 minutes.

Take Stock is not a tutoring program; rather, it is a program that provides support, guidance and encouragement for students as they work their way through middle and high school and prepare for college.

Call Pat Lancaster, student services coordinator, at 352-422-2348 or 352-344-0855 to learn more about the program.

IPS names monthly Terrific Kids

On Jan. 30th, the following students celebrated at lunch with their families on the Inverness Primary School stage and received a ribbon for being “Good Citizens.”

Pre-K: Ayden Coffee, Zayleigh Forehand and Liam Jablonskis;

kindergarten: Easton Feeser, Ge’Audray Fluker, Jacob Guinn, Olivia Nicholson and Tyler Walla; first grade: Noah Griffis, Kailey Harrison, Caelynn Hemmer, Natalie Ruska, Ashlyn Sanders and Emma Santos; second grade: Vannessa Aguilar, Kenna Carter, Brycen Grace, Ashlyn Harcrow and Amber Joseph Mason Strickland; third grade: Gabriel Cruz, Addy Feeser, Abel Paquin, James Ross and Taylor Secore; fourth grade: Anika Daxon, Jaycob Linaje, Isabella McKinnon, Elise Peltzer and Landon Smith; and fifth grade: Hannah Hughes, Urijah Jones, Taylor Nealey, Nathan Purdy and Jarrell Skinner.

IPS Upward Bound students

Upward Bound is a program that recognizes fourth- and fifth-grade students who have made a strong effort to improve in their behavior, academics or both. The Rotary Clubs of Citrus County and the Citrus County School District conduct the Upward Bound Program three times during the school year.

The students are honored with a breakfast and award. The second Upward Bound program was held Jan. 22 at the Citrus Springs Community Center.

Inverness Primary School students who are Upward Bound are: fourth grade — Brandon Ayers, Braden Eddy, Tyler Packer, Emily Stambek and Kylee Walburn; and fifth grade — Audessa Figueroa, Cheyanne Groth, Nathan Purdy, Joshua Reyes and Mayson Votrobek.

Resident earns spot on dean’s list

Stephen Rundgren of Citrus Springs has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year. Rundgren, a sophomore chemical engineering major, was named to the dean’s list for the College of Engineering.

Qualification for the dean’s list varies among the eight undergraduate colleges and the Explore Center. All qualifying grade-point averages are based on a four-point scale and a minimum of 12 graded semester hours. Students can be on the dean’s list for more than one college.

Of special note

Preview Night at CF Citrus

The College of Central Florida will host its annual Preview Night open house from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Citrus Learning and Conference Center, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.

Students who submit an application on site will have their $30 college application fee waived and may enter a drawing to win a scholarship to pay for one three-credit undergraduate class at the in-state rate.

The college will showcase the many career and educational opportunities it offers. Prospective students can attend workshops on dual enrollment and financial aid. They may also interact with faculty and staff to learn about workforce and certificate programs, and advanced degrees, including CF’s baccalaureate programs.

For more information about the free event, call 352-746-6721 or visit

Spring break registration now open

Citrus County Parks and Recreation will host a Spring Break Camp for ages 11 to 14 Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27, at the Central Ridge Community Center, 77 Civic Circle, Beverly Hills.

Cost is $50 per child, with discounts offered for those attending with family members. For information, call 352-527-7540. Register online by visiting

Future Pirates invited to Freshman Orientation

Freshmen Orientation Night for those planning to attend Crystal River High School in the fall of 2020 will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Crystal River High School, 3195 Crystal River High Drive, Crystal River.

Students are invited to explore elective choices before selecting their courses, while meeting guidance counselors, teachers, coaches, administrators and current high school students.

Upon arrival, students with a last name starting with A-L should report to the cafeteria and students with a last name starting with M-Z should report to the gym.

Citrus Fine Arts Summer Camp

Teenagers have a special opportunity this summer to participate in and learn more about the arts.

Citrus Fine Arts, a Citrus-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, annually hosts a summer camp for middle school-age kids, and is looking for camp participants and art instructors to spend five days enjoying the arts at the Art Center Theatre. The summer camp exposes youths to a wide variety of art forms including acrylics, drawing, ink, portraits, watercolor, visual arts, dance, theater and more.

Citrus Fine Arts hosts fundraisers annually to contribute to its Arts Education Fund. While Citrus Fine Arts hasn’t set the dates for the camp yet, they are looking for art teachers and art enthusiasts to teach and engage students during the five-day camp.

Students and prospective teachers interested in the camp should visit or email

Take Stock in Children applications

Take Stock in Children is a program that helps economically disadvantaged students and their families realize their dream of sending their child to college. To be considered for a scholarship, a 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 the Take Stock in Children website: The deadline is March 30.

For more information, Take Stock in Children of Citrus County at 352-344-0855.

Girls State, Boys State

Girls State is open to young women in their junior year of high school. It is a weeklong, all-expense-paid trip to Tallahassee for an intense study of government. College scholarship opportunities will also be available. Girls State will be June 10-18.

Qualifications for a junior female interested in Girls State include an interest in government, demonstrated leadership, Florida residency, willingness to salute the American flag and take the oath of office on a Bible and an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

For an application and/or more information about Girls State, contact the school’s guidance counselor or Elfi Baker, Girls State chairperson of the American Auxiliary Unit No. 155, at 352-564-2548 or, or go online to (Girls State). Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

Boys State, June 21-27, is open to young men in their junior year of high school. It is a weeklong, all-expense-paid trip to Tallahassee for an intense study of government. College scholarship opportunities will also be available.

Qualifications for a junior male interested in Boys State are an interest in government, demonstrated leadership, Florida residency, willingness to salute the American flag and take the oath of office on a Bible and an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

For an application and more information about Boys State, contact the school’s guidance counselor or Robert Baker, Boys State chairperson of the American Legion Post No. 155, at 352-564-2548 or, or go online to (Boys State). Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

Study abroad with CF

OCALA — Community members are invited to join College of Central Florida students on two study abroad trips this summer to Belize.

Both trips are from May 31-June 8. Cost is approximately $1,480 for each trip and includes eight nights of accommodations, all ground transportation, eight breakfasts and dinners, seven lunches and a full-time guide. Program price is an estimate until tickets are finalized.

Participants can choose between a traditional study abroad experience that includes snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, visiting Caye Caulker beaches, iguana farm, Blue Hole National Park and Xunatunich Mayan Ruins and an introduction to medicinal plants. Or, choose a trip focused on allied health, which includes most of the traditional highlights as well as clinics, site visits and observations and a nursing workshop.

For more information, call Wendy Adams at 352-854-2322, ext. 1546.

Save the date for annual dinner

Withlacoochee Technical College’s second annual Made for the Trades Dinner and Auction will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the Citrus County Fairgrounds Auditorium.

Come thirsty, hungry and ready to bid on unique items.

For more information, call Ashley Smerecki, sponsorship and donations coordinator, at 352-726-2430, ext. 4316.

Florida Elks Youth Camp

Registration is ongoing for the Florida Elks Youth Camp. The Elks camp is open to all children ages 9-13 for seven weeks each summer, membership in the order is not required. The camp features sporting opportunities such as two shaded pools, a large lake for boating, a gymnasium with three basketball courts, archery, soccer, climbing wall, rope confidence course and 150 acres of open space for other activities.

Campers are housed in block cabins which are air conditioned and heated. Each cabin accommodates seven campers and two trained staff members. Meals are served family style in the pavilion and are prepared by the camp chef. There is a nurse on standby at the camp infirmary at all times. The cost of the camp is $180 per week, but no one is turned away for inability to pay and all information is confidential. The Elks’ goal is for the children to have a week of fun.

Applications are only available on the State Elks website at, click on the “Read More” box under the Florida Elks Youth Camp heading at the upper right of the page. Assistance with the application is available at the West Citrus Elks Lodge by calling the secretary at secretary at 352-628-1221.

Classes, training

Learn about medical careers

Withlacoochee Technical College will host free information sessions on its medical assisting program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 4, at 1201 W. Main St., Inverness.

WTC will also host free information sessions to learn more about the practicalnursing program from 9-10 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. Mondays, March 2, April 13 and May 4.

Bring a photo ID. For information about the sessions, call 352-726-2430.

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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