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IPS Terrific Kids
On Oct. 25, the following students celebrated at lunch with their families on the Inverness Primary School stage and received a ribbon for their quality of “Being Honest.”
Recognized IPS students were: pre-K — Jaylee Eddy, Philip Equi, Thomas (TJ) Wright; kindergarten — Jamarien Bentley, Jude Burtnett, Berkleigh Hamm, Zachary Newsome, Westin Tyler; first grade — Reef Bartlett, Ikaika Dorton, Cheyann Eirman, Khloe Mustard, Riley Nealey, Dominick Sousa; second grade — Grady Bartlett, Logan Cooper, Sophia Hegg, Chase Holland, Liliana Hollis, Sterling Moore; third grade — Anthony Chapman, Makana Dorton, Lily Izzo, Luke Meade, Jorja Sippel; fourth grade — Alexis Briscoe, Alex Liranzo, Harley Potkul, Kenna Smith, Taylor Turner; and fifth grade — Eliana Autry, Cason Davis, Isaac Haimbaugh, Serena Moore and James Seget.
Entrepreneurship Academy at CF
OCALA — The College of Central Florida recently announced a partnership with Chick-fil-A of Ocala franchise to offer an Entrepreneurship Academy credit college certificate. The program allows students to gain insight, experience and skills that are foundational in becoming entrepreneurs and business community leaders.
This innovative 18-credit program will accommodate up to 20 students annually. Students will receive two semesters of instruction in entrepreneurship-focused courses. Each course will be complemented with hands-on experiential activities organized by Chick-fil-A of Ocala leadership. The program is a unique experience for students to receive behind-the-scenes knowledge of one of the most successful franchise business model in the restaurant industry.
Students will receive well-rounded understanding of business entrepreneurship activities through the following courses: Entrepreneur Opportunities, Small Business Management, Principles of Management, Customer Service, Principles of Marketing and Business Finance. The first cohort is expected to start in fall 2020.
For more information, visit www.CF.edu/bustech or call 352-875-5800.
Health programs information
OCALA — The College of Central Florida is conducting Health Sciences program information sessions in November. Potential students must attend a session before applying to any of the programs. Sessions provide details about admissions criteria, program requirements, costs and more.
There is no waiting list for any of the Health Science programs. Some programs have part-time enrollment options.
Upcoming information sessions include:
Emergency Medical Services
- Friday, Nov. 1, 2-3 p.m., Ocala Campus, Building 35, Room 105, 3001 S.W. College Road
- Friday, Nov. 1, 6-7 p.m., Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, 15390 N.W. Highway 19, Chiefland
Nursing (Associate Degree Nursing, Bridge and Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
- Wednesday, Nov. 6, 3-4 p.m., Ocala Campus, Building 16
Physical Therapist Assistant
- Monday, Nov. 4, 4-5:30 p.m., Citrus Campus, Building C3, Room 201, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.
- Tuesday, Nov. 12, 4-5 p.m., Ocala Campus Building 20.
- Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4-5 p.m., Ocala Campus, Building 19.
For information about any of the programs or sessions, call 352-873-5817, or call 352-873-5800, ext. 1655.
Purple Heart scholarship
Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) has announced the Chapter 776 College of Central Florida (CF) Endowed Scholarship Award of $1,000 for 2020 to an applicant accepted or currently enrolled at CF as a full-time student (12 or more semester credit hours).
Interested applicants can obtain the Chapter 776 scholarship application at www.citruspurpleheart.org or by calling 352-382-3847. Chapter 776 must receive its endowed scholarship application no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 29, 2020.
Scholarships and Contests
Americanism Poster Contest
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) sponsors an Elementary School Americanism Poster Contest. The Withlacoochee Chapter of the SAR invites all third, fourth and fifth-grade students interested in the history of the war for American independence (Revolutionary War), to participate in the Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest.
The contest is open to public school, parochial school, home-schooled students, scouts or Children of the American Revolution member students in that same grade range. Young artists with an enthusiasm toward art, a love of American history or a passion in creative expression can submit their posters to the Withlacoochee SAR chapter for competition.
While the Americanism Poster Contest judging begins at the local and state levels, students’ masterpieces may eventually be judged and monetarily awarded at the national level in June 2020 at the annual NSSAR Congress. Starting at the chapter level, there are cash awards at each level of the contest.
The theme for the 2019-20 contest will be “The Battle of Thomas Creek.” After the French and Indian War, eastern Florida was ceded to Great Britain by Spain. It became a separate colonial province with its capital at St. Augustine. On May 17, 1777, the Battle of Thomas Creek ended the Second Florida Expedition, an attempt by Georgia patriots to invade British East Florida during the American Revolution.
The Second Florida Expedition ended in disaster and the death of Button Gwinnett, a Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence. As president of Georgia in early 1777, Gwinnett planned an expedition against St. Augustine. He had no military experience, so command of the mission was given to Brigadier Gen. Lachlan McIntosh, Gwinnett’s chief political rival. Both tried to lead the mission, causing unnecessary delays.
Their constant fighting caused the General Assembly to call them both back to Savannah after they had already left on the mission, command of which was given to Col. Samuel Elbert. On May 17, 1777, the cavalry reached the Loyalists who were hiding in wait at Thomas Creek. When they were fired upon, the surprised Georgia militia turned to flee, only to run right into more Loyalists who had come up behind them.
A handful of Georgia patriots were killed or wounded, but more than 30 were captured. The rest of the Georgia militia escaped and made their way to rendezvous with Col. Elbert.Citrus County and Hernando County teachers, and all others interested in this program, may call Larry Sturgeon at 352-688-2947 or email him at flssar_withlacoochee_chapter@
Elks’ 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: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-527-4968; or VFW Post Cmdr. John Bond at email@example.com or 248-379-6928.
Patriotic art scholarships
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To download an application and see the 2019 winners, visit vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships.
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 scholar
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 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.
Of special note
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, 2020, 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.
AACCC plans annual scholarship fundraiser
The Afro-American Club of Citrus County (AACCC) will host their 30th Anniversary Scholarship Fundraiser and Christmas Dance on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Saint Michael’s Banquet Hall, 4705 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto. Music by the Soul Sensations.
Donations $75. No tickets will be available at the door.
For tickets and information, call Carol at 352-302-9453 or Gaynell at 347-306-5915.
All invited to WTC open house
Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) will host an Open House event from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Interested persons are invited to visit the college, meet the instructors, visit classrooms and shops, ask questions, enroll in classes, and learn more about WTC and the programs it offers.
Most programs at WTC can be completed in one school year or less. Among the 22 career and technical education programs offered are: Medical Assisting, Patient Care Assisting and Nursing Assistant (Articulated), Cosmetology, Automotive Collision Technology Technician, Professional Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Technology Support Services and Massage Therapy. Additional programs offered include adult education such as GED(r) preparation and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Additionally, law enforcement and corrections training is available through our Public Safety Academy.
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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