Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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September 24, 2017

Outstanding Student

Outstanding Student: Benjamin Mack-Jackson

Outstanding Student: Benjamin Mack-Jackson

Age 15 // Sophomore at Lake County Virtual School Vital Stats: Maintains a 4.45 grade-point average Has interviewed more than 40 World War II veterans to preserve the history of the war. 2:38:08. His state-record-setting time in the 200-meter long course breaststroke. Each of these artifacts photographed are from his collection   Tell me about your organization, the World War II Veterans History Project. It…
Outstanding Student: Olivia Gerlach

Outstanding Student: Olivia Gerlach

Graduate of Lake Minneola High School Vital Stats Received rowing scholarship from Jacksonville University. First senior from Lake County Rowing Association to receive rowing scholarship. Maintained 3.8 or higher GPA throughout high school. Played on LMHS basketball team as freshman.   How do you feel about college? Nervous to be leaving and living on my own but excited to start rowing at a collegiate level.…
Danielle McKay

Danielle McKay

Age 18 // home-schooled senior   Vital Stats: Outside interest: Volunteers at Give Kids the World. Favorite craze: Loves anything “Star Wars.” Looking at the future: Plans to get a degree in graphic design. My TEK Lab really worked well with my home schooling. It’s a place where kids can do great stuff with computers—computer programming, robotics, using 3-D printers. Through My TEK Lab, I…
Outstanding Student: Garrett Hill

Outstanding Student: Garrett Hill

  Cadet 2nd Lieutenant, ROTC // Eustis High School   Vital Stats: Age: 18 Grade: 12 GPA: 4.7885 Hobbies/Sports: Gaming and volunteering Favorite subject: Math Favorite food: Spaghetti Favorite professional sports team: Pittsburgh Steelers Extracurricular: ROTC   Plans for college and your field of study? I plan to attend the University of North Florida for four years, studying mechanical engineering and earning my bachelor’s in science.…
Outstanding Student: Darian & Raelyn Heers

Outstanding Student: Darian & Raelyn Heers

Age: 17 // SENIORS AT EUSTIS HIGH SCHOOL     Vital Stats Darian, above left, is eight minutes older than her identical twin, Raelyn, right. Both sisters have GPAs above 4.0, including advanced placement and honors courses. They were inspired to volunteer and work at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis by their grandmother, Natalie Windsor, who’s the horse barn manager at the camp for children…
Outstanding student: Schuyler Purdy

Outstanding student: Schuyler Purdy

Age: 18 // SENIOR AT TAVARES HIGH SCHOOL How does it feel to have Yale offer you a football scholarship? It’s pretty humbling, to be honest. I never really thought that a school like Yale would be interested in me. I didn’t really ever expect it. Why do you like football? Sometimes academics and stuff can get stressful, so it’s a really good thing for…

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…
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