Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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March 29, 2017

Outstanding Student

Outstanding Student: Annie Mansfield

Age: 17 // Senior at First Academy-Leesburg Vital Stats: The 5-foot-10-inch outside hitter played a vital role in the Eagles’ first district volleyball championship against Orlando Christian Prep. Started playing volleyball competitively in eighth grade; she has been attending First Academy-Leesburg since fifth grade. Signed volleyball scholarship to play at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, a NCAA Division II school. One word that describes…
Marlee Nickerson

Marlee Nickerson

Age 17 // Senior at Umatilla High School/Giving with Compassion and Excellence What influenced you to raise awareness of the Music and Memory Program through the Girl Scout Gold Award Project? I learned about the Music and Memory program through a movie my mom brought home, called “Alive.” The Gold Award is for Girl Scouts like the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Award, and since I have…
Outstanding Student: Katlyn Carney

Outstanding Student: Katlyn Carney

Katlyn Carney Age 19 / First Academy-Leesburg graduate VITAL STATS: PASSION FOR ANIMALS: She has raised pigs and shown prize-winning goats at county fairs, and won the $1,000 Randy Jones Sr. Memorial Scholarship through the Miss Leesburg Scholarship Program. NOW ATTENDING: Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in Tifton, Georgia FREE TIME: Often spent at a Weirsdale farm where she assists in caring for several goats and…

outstanding student: TylerHicks

Photo: Fred Lopez Age 17 / First Academy, Leesburg   FAVORITE FIELD OF STUDY: American government is my favorite class. I’ve always been interested in history. If you don’t learn about the past, we are bound to repeat the same mistakes of the past. AMERICAN LEGION BOYS STATE PROGRAM: I was nominated by Ms. [Amanda] Patterson, my guidance counselor, and I attended a week-long program…
OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Clarissa Bowers

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Clarissa Bowers

Age 18 / Umatilla High School Graduate PHOTO: Provided MY LIFE AT THE MOMENT: I am currently playing volleyball at the collegiate level while majoring in psychology with future plans to attend medical school. MY JOURNEY IN MODELING AND DESIGNING SWIMWEAR: I am so grateful for all of the opportunities I have had and those who have supported me along the way. I never saw…
OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Natorie Williams

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Natorie Williams

photo: provided Natorie Williams, 17 and a student at Eustis High School, was recognized by Congressman Daniel Webster as Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties Youth of the Year. When did you first visit the Boys and Girls Club? In the summer after fifth grade, my mom wanted my sister and me to go. Why do you keep coming back? The support…
OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Nicholas Smith

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Nicholas Smith

photo: fred lopez BEST DAY OF MY LIFE: The acceptance into The Citadel was a crowning moment, and the start of a new chapter for me. It meant things were going my way, and all my hard work paid off. MY IMMEDIATE THOUGHT: I was just surprised and speechless. Going to The Citadel, and being an out-of-state student, it would cost me at least $52,000…
OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Morghan Neuhofer

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Morghan Neuhofer

Top state winners: Morghan Neuhofer and Brianna Thomson, sophomores at South Lake High School in Groveland, recently placed third at the 2016 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference with their Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) skills. One of my passions: I love reading books. I’ll read any genre, I just like to read. Favorite subject: Probably health science. I like to learn…
OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Brianna Thomson

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Brianna Thomson

Top state winners:  Brianna Thomson and Morghan Neuhofer, sophomores at South Lake High School in Groveland, recently placed third at the 2016 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference with their Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) skills. One of my passions: I’m really passionate about school and my extracurricular activities of weightlifting and HOSA. I put my all into both of them. Favorite…

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Justin HELMS

Age 16/ Lake Minneola High School PHOTO: FRED LOPEZ What groups are you involved in? Future Farmers of America, Health Occupation Student Association, volunteer at South Lake Hospital, and Boy Scouts of America. What claims most of your time? FFA is the one I’m most committed to because we are such a tight-knit group. There’s always a competition I can be involved in with my…
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