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2020 Drop Savers poster contest open
Citrus County Utilities seeks student participation in the 2020 Drop Savers poster contest. Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to create a poster depicting a water-saving idea, in slogan form, drawing form or both. Posters must focus on how to use less water and encourage water-conservation behaviors.
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ongoing We’re for Water campaign, this year’s theme is “Fixing Leaks Saves Water” to raise awareness to the nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.
A $25 cash prize will be awarded to the countywide first-place winners in each of the five divisions. Posters will be judged by grade level as follows: Division 1 — kindergarten and first grades; Division 2 — second and third grades; Division 3 — fourth and fifth grades; Division 4 — sixth, seventh and eighth grades; Division 5 — ninth through 12th grades. A $50 cash prize will be awarded to each division winner’s school to be used for art supplies, as well as a plaque displaying the winning artwork.
Applications and posters must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Mail or deliver submissions to 3600 W Sovereign Path, Suite 202, Lecanto, FL 34461. For applications and contest guidelines, call 352-527-7684.
Celina Hodges makes dean’s list in Pensacola
Celina Hodges of Inverness was named to the dean’s list by Dr. Troy Shoemaker, president of Pensacola Christian College, for academic achievement during the 2019 fall semester. This was a result of earning a semester grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
Pensacola Christian College is a liberal arts college enrolling students from every state in the U.S. and from around the world. The college has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students (undergraduate, graduate, and seminary) and offers a variety of programs of study.
Take Stock in Children applications available
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: www.takestockcitrus.org. The deadline is March 30.
For more information, Take Stock in Children of Citrus County at 352-344-0855.
SECO Energy has Scholarship Program
SECO Energy is kicking off its 2020 SECO Scholarship Program. For over two decades, SECO Energy’s Board of Trustees has renewed its commitment to members and the communities the cooperative serves by approving the Scholarship Program for local students. A total of $36,000 is available for 12 recipients to receive $3,000 each.
SECO Energy is adjusting the eligibility requirements for the 2020 Scholarship Program to better align with its corporate goals. SECO believes its annual scholarships are a way to spark an interest in energy industry careers and should be used as a recruitment tool.
To be eligible to apply, the student must be interested in pursuing a career in the energy sector. The student must live in a home served by SECO and be a high school senior who is graduating this school year (May/June). Awardees must be enrolled full-time in an accredited college, university or vocational/technical school located in Florida by the end of 2020. Students should also be pursuing a degree in technology, engineering, math or business. The student may also pursue a certification directly related to jobs in the electric industry.
Scholarship applications are available at SECOEnergy.com/Your Co-op/Scholarships, and also at SECO’s Member Services Centers. The application must be completed in full and received in our corporate offices on or before 5 p.m. Friday, March 27. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ray Darling Upward Bound Scholarship
The Rotary Clubs in Citrus County have established a fund to provide an annual scholarship of $1,500 to a high school student in recognition of the founding of the Ray Darling Upward Bound Program in Citrus County by the late Ray Darling in 1990.
Since then, the program has expanded to six presentations per year, three for elementary school students and three for middle and high school students. Nearly 600 students are recognized each year.
To qualify, students must be in the final year at a Citrus County High School, be planning to attend college/university/technical college in 2020-21.
Additionally, students must write an essay of approximately 800 words on the subject of “I am Upward Bound because ...” — an indication of what receiving an Upward Bound Award meant to the student and how it influenced their progress. Each applicant must have been a recipient of an Upward Bound Award.
Applications must be made in writing, stating full name, current school, address for communications, date, grade and school attended at time of Upward Bound award and summary of further education being considered. A supporting memo of confirmation must be submitted by parent/guardian, school official or public official to whom the student is known.
Applications should be sent to Upward Bound Scholarship, c/o Kings Bay Rotary Club, P.O. Box 27, Crystal River, FL 34423, and postmarked no later than midnight March 6.
It is intended to make the presentation of the scholarship at the Upward Bound Award ceremony on April 9.
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.
of special note
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 email@example.com, or go online to www.girlsstate.alafl.org (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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online to www.flondalegion.org (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, 2020. 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 FloridaElks.org, 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.
Home improvement class
Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) is offering a Basic Home Improvement class for those interested in learning the basics of plumbing, electrical, drywall and repair. The class will help you gain confidence and competence doing basic home repairs, as well as help you learn when or if you will need a contractor or permit.
The class starts Saturday, Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. at WTC, 1201 W. Main St., Inverness. There will be six sessions total. Each will be held on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 352-726-2430 for more information and to register.
Beginners Woodworking class
Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) is offering a Beginners Woodworking class for those interested in learning more about using hand- and power-tools in regard to carpentry. The class will help you gain confidence and competence working with wood and basic tools. You will even make a project to take home.
The class starts Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. at WTC,1201 W. Main St., Inverness. There will be six sessions total. Each will be held on Wednesday evenings from 4-7 p.m. 0 pm. Call 352-726-2430 for more information and to register.
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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