Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
12:13 am EDT
Monday, September 27, 2021

Local students attend inauguration for new governor

Lily Parker, Grand Island; Taylor Crenshaw, Wildwood; Kayce Taylor, Winter Springs; Kady McKenna, Orlando; and Autumn Sommer, Winter Park were among the students from Florida Hometown USA who attend the inauguration of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Five young ladies from Florida’s Hometown USA Program recently attended events at the Inauguration of Governor Ron DeSantis. Specifically, they were a part of A Call to Action Honoring Service, Sacrifice, and Country, honoring fallen heroes, Gold Star Families, and all military.

The next morning, they were VIP’s at the Working Together in Faith Inaugural Prayer Breakfast. Their final event was the swearing-in-ceremony, where Governor DeSantis took his oath of Office in front of the state’s historical Old Capitol.

These outstanding students were invited due to their academic records and in recognition of their volunteer work. They serve as role models for today’s youth. In addition to being a memory of a lifetime for the young ladies, it was an educational trip, allowing them to see the workings of their state in action.

Florida’s Hometown USA Program. Inc. is a non-profit educational youth program organized to involve more students in the area of volunteering and recognized them as leaders in caring for children and youth and servicing people.  This program encourages and works with students who have a desire to volunteer and promote pride in their community by active involvement. It supports students making a difference in the state of Florida through their selfless acts of giving. The director of the program is Linda Watts, who lives in Leesburg and oversees the Miss Leesburg Scholarship Pagaent.