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ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER Dozens of Dr. Phillips area residents packed the Sand Lake Elementary School cafeteria Tuesday, May 15, to voice their grievances about a proposed development coming to Southwest Orlando. County officials hosted a com munity meeting regarding a future land-use map amendment that would allow for the development of up to 450 single-family dwell ing units featuring a mix of hous ing types; 350 multi-family dwell ing units; 200 senior-living units; 100,000 square feet of commer cial/retail; 50,000 square feet of office; a three-acre park; and 93 O bserver WINDERMERE YOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine coming soon. 6. Kerina Parkside owners reveal plans for DP project SEE KERINA PAGE 4 VOLUME 3, NO. 34 You made it! See inside for our special section honoring the Class of 2018. 2018 HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1501229Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. Congratulations West Orange SchoolsJo Barsh, Agent 274932 Graduating Class of 2018 Congratulations Buoy bash GARDEN CLUB RECOGNIZED Windermere Garden Club received two prestigious awards from the Florida Fed eration of Garden Clubs at its May 10 meeting. Jackie Rapport earned the Outstanding Service Award, presented to one garden club member in the state. Rap port goes above and beyond the duties of her oce and committee chairmanships. Carolin Warren and cochair Vicki Hearst received the award for Decoration of a Historical Building by a Garden Club. Every year, the pair organize the Christmas decorations at Windermere Town Hall. During the holi days, the town hosts many events. YOUR TOWN Strong swimmers are invited to the Lake Cane Float Parade at Luckys Lake Swim this weekend. SEE PAGE 4. RUNWAY TO HOPE The Spring Fashion Soiree raised funds for pediatric cancer research. PAGE 7. REAL BLACK TIE ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobss entrance and exit were met with the same thing: a standing ovation and roaring applause. Jacobs delivered her final State of the County Address Friday, May 18, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Per forming Arts. Those in attendance included local leaders from several Orange County municipalities as well as Mayor Jacobs delivers nal State of the County address Jacobs said 149,660 new jobs were created in Orange County since she took oce in 2011. Courtesy photo Mayor Teresa Jacobs smiled and savored the moment as she delivered her nal State of the County address. The development would include 450 homes, 350 multi-family units, 200 senior-living units and more. LEAVING THEIR MARK Seniors at Olympia and Dr. Phillips celebrate the end of their high-school careers SEE PAGE 13. SEE JACOBS PAGE 5


2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 Join us as Matt Hurbanis, MD, discusses minimally invasive treatments for hip and knee joint pain including new Mako robotic-assisted surgery. Choose relief from Joint Pain Matt Hurbanis, MD Joint Pain Management and Treatment Options, | Orlando Health Health Central Hospital 10000 West Colonial Dr., Ocoee, FL 34761 To Register, email: 273895 Everything we serve is thoughtfully sourced, earth friendly, and tastefully adventurous. We provide everything from sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, soups, and salads that are made with love.New Location Inside Dr. P Phillips YMCA7000 Dr. P Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 407-730-3212 | | BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER CATERING 272161 Everything we serve is thoughtfully sourced, earth friendly, and tastefully adventurous. We provide everything from sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, soups, and salads that are made with love.New Location Inside Dr. P Phillips YMCA7000 Dr. P Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 407-730-3212 | | BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER CATERING 272161 FRIDAY, MAY 25 AMR CPR CHALLENGE 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Winter Garden Heritage Foundations Heller Hall, 21 E. Plant St., Winter Garden. American Medical Response is holding this free, public event in partnership with Orlando Christian Preparatory, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, the West Orange Healthcare District and the WGHF. More than 28,000 AMR paramed ics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.8 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and nonemergency situations. AMR Or lando provides medical trans port service for West Orange County, including the cities of Winter Garden and Ocoee and the town of Windermere. (407) 656-1304. POLTERHEIST 8 p.m. Friday, May 25; 6 p.m. Saturday, May 26; and 2 p.m. Sunday May 27, at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay St., Winter Garden. Mimis Community Theater presents a comedy family-friendly inter active murder-mystery show. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for children 10 and younger for the May 26 and 27 shows and $30 and $14 in advance for the May 26 show, which includes a dinner of New York strip steaks and potatoes. Tickets can be pur chased on Facebook at Mimis Community Theater. Call (407) 864-5029 to make a reservation. SATURDAY, JUNE 2 ADULT SUMMER READING KICKOFF CELEBRATION 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Join the library for an adult summer reading kick-o celebration with crafts and coloring. Learn about Beanstack to win badges and prizes this summer. Light refresh ments will be served. Limited supplies. Ages 18 and older. Registration re quired at (407) 8357-323. CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH FREE DAPS 11 a.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Celebrate the summer read ing program with FREE DAPS, a local group of freestyle rappers and improvisers who use hiphop to create a one-of-a-kind musical comedy show every time they perform. All ages invited. (407) 835-7323. SECOND CHANCE PROM 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at The Breakroom, 13105 W. Colo nial Drive, Winter Garden. The theme of the 21-and-older party is A Night in Paris. Guests can bring their own libations. Tickets are $25 each or $40 per couple and includes dinner, dancing and a prom photo. For tickets, email MONDAY, JUNE 4 CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH FREE DAPS 3 p.m. Monday, June 4, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Celebrate the summer reading program with FREE DAPS, a local group of freestyle rappers and improvis ers who use hip-hop to create a one-of-a-kind musical comedy show every time they perform. All ages invited. (407) 835-7323. THURSDAY, JUNE 7 PLANT CLINIC 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the Winter Garden Library, 805 E. Plant St. Bring your plants, get your soil pH tested and ask questions. Master gardener volunteers from the UF/IFAS Orange County Extension Of ce will be available to answer gardening questions and to assess any plant issues. (407) 835-7323. SATURDAY, JUNE 9 BOOK CLUB FOR ART LOVERS Noon Saturday, June 9, at the SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Hosted by the Winter Garden Art As sociation, this months book discussion is Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier. Participants will discuss the work of Johannes Vermeer and explore life during the Dutch Baroque period. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. Call (407) 347-7996 or email KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 9, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Meet with other Central Florida knitters and have a great time knitting and mingling. Be sure to bring your work in progress, yarn and needles. All levels are welcome. (407) 835-7323. LITTLE CHEF: A FULL SCOOP 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Mix and sprinkle fun top pings to make a delicious treat to keep cool. This is a Mommy or Daddy and Me event. Ages 3 to 5. (407) 835-7323. WINDERMERE ROTARY CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT 8 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the MetroWest Golf Club, 2100 S. Hiawassee Road, Orlando. All proceeds go to the USO and other local veterans projects. Single-player entry fee is $125; foursomes are $450. Informa tion and registration at win or (407) 421-0548. MONDAY, JUNE 11 CAMP OCLS 3 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor-inspired games, interactive stories and camp songs. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323. YOUR CALENDAR


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 3 DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORAs seniors Pooja Patel and Cynthia Santiago graduate from Dr. Phillips High and head to college, they wont be alone. Not only will they have $20,000, a laptop and textbook credits in hand, but also they will be equipped with confidential counseling, financial-aid coaching, work-life solutions and support staff. Patel and Santiago are two of only 14 students in the state and 500 in the country to have been named Dell Scholars. Dell Scholars is a scholarship and college-completion program that nurtures and empowers students on their path to a college degree, according to the program website. It began in 2004 under the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation with the aim of supporting low-income, first-generation students on their journey to college graduation. The scholarship recipients receive financial assistance as well as access to resources and mentoring. According to a 2016 study, Dell Scholars are 25% more likely to earn their bachelors degrees within four to six years of highschool graduation, compared with students of similar socioeconomic backgrounds. Patel found the program when searching for scholarships online, and Santiago decided to apply when her AVID teacher mentioned it to the class. It was a long process, Patel said. It required a lot of short responses. It was kind of like a get-to-know-you application where you come from, what your future plans are and stuff like that. Santiago said she completed the application in pieces and initially considered not even applying at all because of a schedule packed with work and school. Patel also balances work and extracurriculars with her academics. The application process may have been long, but the reward was worth the time. On April 10, both students learned they had been accepted. I have notification alerts on my phone so I got an email noti fication early in the morning, at 6 a.m., Patel said. I was half sleepy and half awake, and I clicked on it, and it was like, Congratula tions, youve been accepted, and I started screaming. I woke up my mom. When I found out the moment after and when every thing sank in I cried. Santiago learned of her award later that morning in class. It takes a heavy financial bur den off their shoulders: Both Patel and Santiago will have to pay their own ways through college. I knew I was going to have to get grants or take out loans or just pay my way, Santiago said. To know that that burden is lifted off me tremendously makes me so appreciative. Santiago will attend Valencia College for her associates degree before heading to George Mason University in Virginia for her bachelors and masters degrees in psychology. She hopes to become a counselor one day. Patel is headed to Florida Inter national University to major in health sciences, after which she plans to continue on to medical school to become a cardiothoracic surgeon.DP seniors receive Dell scholarshipDr. Phillips High School seniors Pooja Patel and Cynthia Santiago are two of 500 students nationwide to receive the Dell Scholars award. Danielle HendrixCynthia Santiago and Pooja Patel will receive $20,000 in scholarship money, a laptop, textbook credits, resources and support as part of the Dell Scholars program.WINDERMEREThe town of Windermere dedicated its Veterans Memorial in front of Town Hall on Veterans Day, and now, in time for Memorial Day, it has recognized its benefactors with a plaque at the memorial. A number of donors were on hand to witness Bill Criswell pull the cord to unveil the bronze marker in the center of the memorial on Monday, May 21. Tonight is a way to honor all these people who donated to bring this project to fruition, Mayor Gary Bruhn said. The veterans project was a partnership between the town of Windermere, Rotary Club of Windermere and multiple individual contributors. More than $40,000 was raised. Monies in excess of the costs of the construction and installation of the memorial are being donated to veterans projects through the Rotary Club. Criswell was instrumental in bringing the memorial to Windermere. WINTER GARDENThe city of Winter Gardens annual Memorial Day Service is at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, at Veterans Memorial Park, 420 S. Park Ave., Winter Garden. Former City Commissioner Theo Graham is the master of ceremonies for the 26th year, and Mayor John We should thank God such men livedCommunities throughout Orange County will honor those who died in combat with Memorial Day programs.Multiple events are taking place this week and next to commemorate Memorial Day, a day for remember ing the people who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. AMY QUESINBERRY Amy QuesinberryMany of the benefactors pose around the donors plaque at the Windermere Veterans Memorial.Rees is participating, as well. The guest speaker is Robert E. Cole Jr., a Winter Garden resident and retired master sergeant of the U.S. Air Force. Cole joined the military in 1959 and graduated basic training as an automatic tracking radar operator. After graduating from Advanced Missile Guidance at the former Orlando Air Force Base, he served several assignments around the United States and was stationed in Korea and, later, Vietnam. Cole retired in 1998 and became an electronic technician at Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin). The program also will include patriotic music by Geoff Bashioum, a color guard made up of members of the Winter Garden police and fire departments, a roll call of the war dead and a wreathplacing ceremony.WOODLAWN MEMORIAL PARKThe 68th Annual Memorial Day Celebration will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, in front of the mosaic at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha. The event will include veteran organizations, scouts and the tolling of the replica Liberty Bell in memory of those who died in war. American flags will be available for guests wanting to decorate a grave for Memorial Day. The Orlando Concert Band will present A Memorial Day Remembrance concert to honor those individuals who gave their lives in service to this country. ORANGE COUNTYResidentsare invited to join Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Veterans Advisory Council in honoring the members who served in the Armed Forces in Orange County and ultimately sacrificed their lives while serving their country. The annual Orange County War Memorial and Wreath Presentation commemoration ceremony will take place at the Orange County Courthouse, 425 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, at10 a.m. Monday, May 28. The event is free and open to the public. Mayor Jacobs will deliver remarks and present a resolution during the commemoration event. The advisory council will then accompany her in a wreathlaying ceremony, which will be followed by the playing of taps to commemorate the fallen heroes. Allie L. Braswell Jr., civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, will be the guest speaker. Robert E. Cole Jr., retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, is the speaker in Winter Garden.


4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 WINDERMERE OBSERVER The Windermere Observer (USPS 687-120) is published weekly for $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County) by the Observer Media Group, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Gar den, Florida 34787. Periodical postage paid at Winter Garden, Florida. POSTMASTER send address changes to the Windermere Observer 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787. Observer Media Group Inc. 1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468 Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David Beliles Publishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life, Season Magazine and Baldwin Park Living If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 1944 CONTACT US The Windermere Observer is published once weekly, on Thursdays. It provides subscription home delivery. The Wind ermere Observer also can be found in commercial locations and at our oce, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden. 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All Rights Reserved ERIC GUTIERREZ STAFF WRITER Swimmers: Grab your pool floats and head down to Luckys Lake Swim for the Lake Cane Float Parade on Saturday, May 26. Sponsored by the Lake Cane Restoration Society, the event takes place from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Luckys Lake Swim, 6645 Lake Cane Drive, Orlando. The event is free, but donations will be accept ed to benefit the Lake Cane Resto ration Society. Attendees will be treated to breakfast and have a chance to win a variety of prizes. Parade partici pants must take their own floats and life jackets. Additionally, par ticipation in the parade is only rec ommended to strong swimmers who can swim 1,000 meters. The parade is held to raise awareness of how residents can protect the water quality of Lake Cane and to raise money for the Lake Cane Restoration Society. The event also honors the 29th anniversary of Luckys Lake Swim. The preservation of the lake is essential not just for current swimmers but for maintaining property values, Lake Cane Res toration Society Executive Direc tor Jay Madigan said in a prepared statement. Everyone wants to live near a healthy lake. No one wants algae bloom in their backyard. Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer, of Luckys Lake Swim, said the Float Parade is a fun way to help raise money to preserve Lake Cane. Last year was the first time we did it, Meisenheimer said. It was a big success. It raised a lot of donations for the (Lake Cane) Res toration Society, and everybody had a good time. We have a little breakfast for everybody. And you dont have to (swim). People are welcome to just come and bring their kids and look at the floats and all that stuff. Its just a fun thing to do. Meisenheimer said floats of all shapes and sizes are welcome and encourages decorating them. Theres all kinds of weird floats out there, Meisenheimer said. You can bring your own float and you can design your own float. As long as its not going to be bad for the lake. A queen will be crowned for the first time at this years float parade. Additionally, swimmers will be allowed to tow people on the floats for the first time this year as long as the float rider wears a life jacket, Meisenheimer said. Well be selecting a Luckys Lake Swim Pool Toy Float Parade Queen this year, Meisenheimer said. Last year, we didnt let any body pull anybody (on the floats) because it was the first time we did it. I wasnt sure of the logis tics. This year I feel comfort able (doing it) as long as the kids or spouses (riding the float) have life vests on. Meisenheimer said the parade is one of many events that have spun off from his usual lake swim held six days a week. He added he enjoys opening up his home to other swimmers in the commu nity. This is probably the most vis ited home in Orange County, Meisenheimer said. Its all good for the community, and we enjoy doing it. Everybody has a good time. Ive always said, if the world was like this lake swim because nobody here cares whether youre rich, whether youre poor, they dont care what the color of your skin is, they dont care what your religion is all you have to do is just come out and enjoy swimming and everybody gets along here. Wouldnt it be great if the whole world was that way? Thats what makes this place neat. IF YOU GO LAKE CANE FLOAT PARADE WHEN: 7:45 to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 26 WHERE: Luckys Lake Swim, 6645 Lake Cane Drive, Or lando COST: Free, but donations will be accepted for the Lake Cane Restoration Society. acres set aside for conservation. The 215.67-acre project, known as Kerina Parkside Planned Devel opment, is located east and west of South Apopka-Vineland Road, south of Buena Vista Woods Bou levard and north of Lake Street. The applicant, Miranda Fitzger ald, of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster Kantor & Reed, P.A., is request ing to change the future land-use map designation of the prop erty from low density residential, low-medium density residential, and rural/agricultural to Planned Development-Commercial/ Office/Medium Density Resi dential/Low Density Residential/ Senior Living/Conservation (PDC/O/MDR/LDR/Senior Living/ CONS). Fitzgerald said Kerina Inc. has owned the property for about 30 years. She added the property has been designated as urban since 1991 and said the owner has been trying to develop it since the early 2000s. When we started this process we were trying to get a community retail center included in this prop erty in 2005, Fitzgerald said. We knew we were going to do a PD a planned development and thats what this has been all these years. Many area residents raised con cerns over density and traffic that would be generated by the pro posed development. Roy Messinger is part of the Southern Dr. Phillips Homeowners Coalition. He said he is opposed to the request and added the coalition has been involved with the appli cant regarding the development of the property for about 20 years. What theyre asking to do real ly violates everything that we had negotiated 12 years ago, and it also violates the land-use maps of the Buena Vista North Ordinance, Messinger said. What they want to introduce is huge density, which is unlike any density in a residen tial part of Dr. Phillips. Thats inappropriate for this location. Not every resident who came to the meeting was against the request. Khalid Ahmed said he supports the owners rights to develop the property. Although the request includes plans for a park and con servation area, he suggested devel oping something eco-friendly with more green spaces within the residential areas. We should develop it ... in such a way that it is eco-friendly, Ahmed said. I disagree with a lot of people here. I think this (devel opment) is going to come. This is going to happen. The retail and commercial is going to come in that area, because its the demand of the area. Thats why Sand Lake (Road) is so busy because you cant go anywhere else. Although the amendment is being requested, the subject prop erty still could be developed if the request is denied. Current entitle ments pertaining to the property allows for the development of up to 575 townhome units, 305 con dominium units, a three-acre park and 93 acres set aside for conser vation. In 2010, Orange County changed its Comprehensive Plan, and now the policies in the Com prehensive Plan are focused very heavily on how we create mixeduse communities, Fitzgerald said. Thats what were trying to accomplish. Were trying to accomplish some community, neighborhood-type commer cial (development). Our idea is to (do) a mix of uses. Not a strip (shopping) center. Concerns over the amount of students that could be gener ated by the development also were raised. Current entitlements would allow for the generation of an estimated 557 students. If the applicants request is approved, the development would generate an estimated 559 students, accord ing to Julie Salvo, senior adminis trator of facilities and planning for Orange County Public Schools. Its a difference of two stu dents, Salvo said. For us, the impact (of students) is not signifi cant for planning purposes. Regarding the traffic, Fitzger ald said part of the development plans include the construction of a new road that would extend Daryl Carter Parkway and connect to Apopka-Vineland Road. One of the things (with) this development in 2005 when we came through the process we were required to pay for essentially dedicated right of way, to pay for all the design, all the engineering, for the new road, Fitzgerald said. Although many of the residents were against the development, District 1 County Commissioner Betsy VanderLey reminded them the applicant still could develop the property if the request is not approved. If this (request) does not trans mit, they have current entitle ments that they can move for ward with without coming back in front of you for a public meeting, VanderLey said. I dont want to have you all thinking that if this gets a down vote somewhere along the way that youre golden and that stays raw land, because thats not reality. Freestyle floats If the world was like this lake swim because nobody here cares whether youre rich, whether youre poor, they dont care what the color of your skin is, they dont care what your reli gion is all you have to do is just come out and enjoy swimming and everybody gets along here. Wouldnt it be great if the whole world was that way? Dr. Lucky Meisenheimer Courtesy photos Kerina Parkside planned for DP CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 5 individuals representing the hospitality and tourism indus tries. Attendees joined Jacobs as she discussed the healthy state of the county and the triumphs and challenges she faced throughout her years of service as mayor. I am proud to announce that the state of Orange County is in fact very strong, Jacobs said. I took office during the heels of the great depression during which we lost approximately $150 million in annual revenue. Thanks to years of dedicated efforts, today our bond and credit ratings are routinely rated Triple A. That says to the whole world that were exemplary (stewards) of your tax dollars. Jacobs said 149,660 new jobs were created in Orange County since she took office in 2011. She added unemployment fell from 10.7% to 3.2% between January 2011 and March 2018. Today, we are busting at the seams, she said. Our tourism and hospitality sectors are stron ger than ever, generating $70 bil lion of economic impact annu ally, and supporting one in three jobs and welcoming more than 72 million visitors just last year. The housing market experi enced explosive growth, as well. We worked tirelessly to nur ture an environment that sup ports innovation and creativity not only in how we operate as a government but (also) in the communities that were creat ing in the future, Jacobs said. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in communities like Horizon West. In addition to discussing the economic growth of the county, Jacobs said the county should focus on improving credit and managing funds wisely. Although we are obviously experiencing an era of economic prosperity including job and wage growth to me, its criti cal that we view our economy holistically, she said. Knowing that economies do experience volatility, it is important that we focus so intently on boosting our fiscal management practices and improving our credit worthi ness. In terms of challenges, Jacobs recalled the Pulse shooting and the deaths of law-enforcement officers from surrounding municipalities, including Win dermere Police Officer Robert German. Moments of silence were held during the address to remember those who died. Our hearts were broken when Windermere Police Officer Rob bie German was senselessly gunned down by two suicidal teens, she said. Jacobs ended the address with a reflection of her mayoral career. In reflecting on this amaz ing era of recovery, discovery and transformation; an era of tragedy and triumph, of unity and resilience, I believe we have become the best place to live, work and raise a family, Jacobs said. Working with each of you ... has truly been the honor and privilege of a lifetime. 275201 274633 Jacobs address CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1


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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 BLACK TIE ORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Franklins Friends Unleashed. Uncorked. Unframed. 8. A. Jones Family Foundations Princess Ball 2018. 8. Hope springs eternal T he Runway To Hope nonprot pulled out all the stops for its eighth annual Spring Fashion Soiree on Saturday, May 19. Held at the Rosen Shingle Creek, the star-studded event had more than 2,000 guests raising money for pediatric cancer research and prevention through a silent and live auction. More than 150 children whose cancer was in remis sion also attended the lavish function and were celebrated at the fashion show. CNN anchor Lisa Ling, E! Entertainments Melissa Rivers and Joey Fatone were the celebrity high lights for the night. HARRY SAYER Eddie and Jessie Bosquez brought Ezekiel, 10, to the show. Janelle Bareld and Kattya Antenor kept it classy. Right: Abraham Nalbonado and Raymond Nalbonado were all smiles. Ethan Goldberg, 15, got drinks with Avery Goldberg. Riesa and Valentine Pascal met up with Juan Beltran and Liz Mejia. Tony Milam Jr., 12, and his dad, Tony Milam, looked classy.


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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 9 A tribute to Pops most legendary performers, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, The Blues Brothers and The Beatles. Just Us Orlando Productions presents Cirque e Musica Legends featuring performers from Disney, Universal, Sea World and Broadway to keep you entertained with their great Vocals, Dance, and Acrobatic performances accompanied by the Award Winning Solid State Band. The second half of our show is a live tribute to The Beatles performed by one of the most amazing Beatles tribute bands in the business, The Jukebox, from Puerto Rico. This band has thrilled audiences all over the world with their note-perfect renditions of Beatles songs. Now See Them Live! Cirque e Musica Legends is an amazing one of a kind show that will keep your feet tapping and your mind reminiscing.Our low price includes: Delicious Buet 90 Minute Show Dancing After Show Cast Meet & Greet Unlimited Soft Drinks Coee Station 1st Beer, Wine or Cocktail Our Delicious Menu: Garden Salad Prime Rib with Au Jus Herbed Baked Chicken Eggplant Parmesan Seasoned Vegetables, Herbed Rice Macaroni & Cheese Bread & Butter, Dessert FRIDAY, JUNE 8THBUFFET 6:00 SHOWTIME 7:30SUNDAY, JUNE 10THBUFFET 12:30 SHOWTIME 2:00SUNDAY, JUNE 10THBUFFET 5:30 SHOWTIME 7:00 SHOW DATES, TIMES & PRICES Get your tickets on line at Showcase Winter Garden, 12100 W Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, FL For more information all 407-347-9914 or email 275549 Advance Online Tickets Single Ticket $49.95 + tax Groups of 8 or more and children under 12 yrs $44.95 + tax Use discount code: Observer for an additional online discount of $3. At the door Single ticket $52.00 + tax Groups of 8 or more and children under 12 yrs $47.00 + tax MV APROGRAMS 269688 ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERWindermere residents have a new spot for noodles after Hawkers Asian Street Fare opened its new est location on April 23 at The Grove at 9100 Conroy Winder mere Road, suite 110. Hawkers specializes in Southeast Asian street food. The menu offers a wide variety of cuisine from wontons and pad thai to dim sum and ramen. Sharing is encour aged as part of the dining experi ence at Hawkers, said co-owner and co-founder Kaleb Harrell. Hawkers Asian Street Fare is an energetic, memorable, and authentic Southeast Asian experience, Harrell said. The menu is packed with flavorful dim sum and small plates, ideal for sharing with table-mates. This chopstickfriendly, sharing-encouraged format provides a fun way to sample an assortment of flavors from countries all over Southeast Asia. Each dish at Hawkers is handcrafted, made from scratch and served the moment its prepared to ensure that the guest enjoys the dish at the peak of freshness. The restaurants menu changes twice a year with the seasons. Harrell said he and the three other founders Allen Lo, Wayne Yung and Kin Ho traveled the world to curate the menu. The menu features popular street foods from Korea, China, Malay sia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. The name of the restaurant is inspired by street-food vendors known as hawkers found all throughout Asia. It all started with a craving, Harrell said. (We) all longed for the unapologetic flavors of true Asian food dumplings with bounce, spicy curries and crisp pork belly. (Our) intense passion for community and food made way for the creation of Hawkers. Hawkers in Windermere is the restaurants fifth location. The original opened in 2011 in Orlandos Mills 50 District. Hawkers also is located in Jacksonville, Neptune Beach and St. Petersburg. Additional locations are slated to open in Delray Beach and Atlanta. Were honored to join and support the thriving Windermere community, Harrell said. Each of our locations are a tribute to the communities (theyre in) they each have their own personality. From the neon and newsprint table tops, to the chopsticks and open scratch kitchen youll feel transported to the streets of Asia. IF YOU GOHAWKERS ASIAN STREET FARE 9100 Conroy Windermere Road, Suite 110, Windermere PHONE: (407) 583-6334 WEBSITE: HOURS: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays Hawkers brings Asian street fare to WindermereHawkers Asian Street Fare opened its new location April 23.THREE TO TRYRoti Canai Malaysian at bread served with a side of Hawkers signature curry sauce Pad Thai Rice noodles, shrimp, chicken, eggs, bean sprouts, carrots, spring onions, red chili pepper, roasted peanuts and lime Po Po Los Curry a signature recipe shared by co-founder Allen Los family for generations, served with rice and a choice of chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu Nutmeg ImageworksThe interior of Hawkers Asian Street Fare features newsprint on the tables and an open kitchen.


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She is well-remembered for her admirable ability to both inspire change in the lives of the youth she counseled and tirelessly cheer on Dr. Phillips High Schools football team and Wisconsins Green Bay Packers. Her love for football and sports should come as no surprise considering her high-school years as a cheerleader, but in a sense, you could say Dorsett became a lifelong cheerleader. Despite having officially left it behind as a sport years ago, Dorsett was a personal cheerleader to everyone in whom she invested her time, care and attention. In so doing, she has left behind a memorable legacy of encouraging others to succeed. She was very active in the community, which Im sure you could tell by the memorial, said Cler mont resident Ayana AlexanderThompson, one of Dorsetts three sisters. She was just all about changing lives, and she did it very humbly. She didnt need to brag or boast. She just did it and didnt need any public praise for it. Its rare because most people want a pat on the back or something, but she wasnt that type. Born Sept. 6, 1968, in Fort Pierce, Dorsett was raised by lov ing parents and grandparents who instilled in her the ideals of giving back to the community and influencing others to succeed, her sister said. Dorsett took those teachings to heart and became the epitome of motivating others to achieve their dreams. Her sister said Dorsett paid special attention to young, black men and pushed them to find their potential and ignore negative societal stereotypes. She served as a mentor and friend to several students, including HaSean Treshon Clinton-Dix, who many know as Ha Ha ClintonDix. Now 25, Clinton-Dix played on the Dr. Phillips High School football team and now plays for the Green Bay Packers. In a May 15 tweet, Clinton-Dix mentioned the positive effect her care and mentorship had on him. Still doesnt feel real, his wrote. The lives you have impacted in Central Florida and students you poured your all into cant be matched, but I will continue to carry every lesson and skill you stored into me and pass them on to the youth. Before moving to Central Flor ida, where she worked at Carver, Chain of Lakes and Lakeview middle schools and Dr. Phillips High, Dorsett earned a degree in accounting in 1990 at Tuskegee University. She later completed a masters degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She came back home after graduating from Tuskegee, and my mom is a retired educator, so she kind of followed in the footsteps of my mom, Alexander-Thompson said. It wasnt supposed to be long-term like it ended up being. She just stayed in education and found a passion for it. That passion led Dorsett to dedicate nearly 20 years to serv ing Orange County Public Schools, OCPS Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said. In her time working for OCPS, Dorsett brought Carver Middle from an F-rated school to a C-rated school and established a partnership with the University of Central Florida to train younger teachers and ensure they are better equipped to work with children. She loved these children she was a gardener who helped children blossom with her gentle and meticulous care, Jenkins said during a Celebration of Life memorial service held May 17 at Carver Middle School. And celebrating life was a priority for Dorsett, said AlexanderThompson, who described her older sister as someone who loved life, music, dancing and being the life of the party. Her son would always laugh, because she always knew all the latest hits, and she really did, Alexander-Thompson said. I wouldnt know who this person or who that rapper was, but she would know it and she would dance to it. Thats also what my kids remember about her every time something came on on the radio that was hip and new, she would turn up the radio and blast it and dance. Dorsett, who is likely dancing in heaven and continuing to cheer on her loved ones from above, is survived by her parents, Rufus and Sandra Alexander; her husband, Bertram Dorsett; her son, Jaden Dorsett; her sisters, Ayana Alexander-Thompson, Candace Witherspoon Jackson and Clesha Alexander Green; her brothers, Shawn Witherspoon and Brian Alexander; and her godsons, HaSean Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and James Gibson.WILLIAM SAMUEL JONES DIED THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018.William Samuel Jones, 1922-2018, age 95, of Ocoee, went to join his loving wife of 70 years, Nellie Jones, on Thursday May 17, 2018. Born in Sneedville, Tennessee, Sam moved to Ocoee from Miami in the late 1960s and openeda small auto-repair business. Sam kept the vehicles of a then-small Ocoee town and surrounding areas up and runningfor almost 30 years. Sam is survived by his son, Jamie Jones; granddaughters, Cyndy ColeMoschler, Rebecca Brooks Piety and Emily Ann Jones; grandsons, Ryan Jones and Joseph Marcum; greatgrandsons, ChristopherCole and Jacob Piety; great-granddaugh ter, Jennifer Cole Carter; and four great-great grandchildren. He waspreceded in death by his daughter, Judith Bellamy Brooks. A graveside service for Sam was held at2 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018,at Orlando Memorial Gar dens, 5264 Ingram Road, Apopka, FL 32703.WEST ORANGE OBITUARIESDr. Phillips, Orlando community mourns former principal Alisa Witherspoon Dorsett, a former principal of Carver Middle School and vice principal of Dr. Phillips High, died from a heart attack May 8. Clockwise from left: Dorsetts son, Jaden Dorsett, Alisa Dorsett, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who is Dorsetts godson. The Celebration of Life memorial ser vice for Alisa Dorsett was held Thursday, May 17, at Carver Middle School. Alisa Dorsett and her young er sister, Ayan AlexanderThompson.


1 The CFCA football team defeated War ner Christian (South Daytona) 30-0 May 19 in a game called at halftime. Photos from the win for the Eagles are available at After the game was delayed for three days, the Dr. Phillips baseball team nally played and defeated Boone, 7-3, in the FHSAA Class 9A, Region 1 Seminals May 18. A recap is available at The Panthers faced Lake Mary in the regional nal May 22 after press time.3 The West Orange softball team faced Timber Creek in the FHSAA Class 9A State Seminals May 2 3 in Vero Beach, after press time. The result is available at The game originally was scheduled for May 18 but was pushed back when the FHSAA rescheduled its softball state championships because of weather concerns.4 The Windermere High School foot ball team will host Holy Trinity (Melbourne) for its spring game at 7 p.m. May 24. The follow ing night, the West Orange High football team will host Gainesville at 7 p.m., wrapping up spring foot ball season.5 Dr. Phillips rising senior wrestler Shania Gowan, a two-time girls wrestling state champion who went 43-0 this past season, has committed to Missouri Baptist University. HIGH5 SPORTSMAY 25, 2018 Foundation Academy celebrates new eld as new AD settles in As Foundation Academy junior Warren Sapp II walked off the field May 11, he had to admit the grass beneath his cleats felt pretty right. It feels great everything Steven RyzewskiFoundation Academy quarterback Henry Austad scrambled to make a pass during the Lions blue-and-white scrimmage May 11.Foundation Academys football program played its spring scrimmage on its new, on-campus eld.STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORSteven RyzewskiIsabela Bartczak recalls not being particularly fond of running when she rst took up the sport. But it grew on her, and eventually, she came to love it.about this is great, said Sapp, a standout defensive lineman for the Lions, with a smile. Were all excited. Foundation Academys foot ball program, a longtime tenant of Winter Gardens Walker Field, had just played its blue and white spring scrimmage on its new, on-campus field. Although there is still plenty of work to be done on the facility including permanent bleachers, the concession stand and bathrooms SEE FOUNDATION PAGE 16FINISHING STRONGDr. Phillips senior Isabela Bartczak, a cross-country and track standout, will run in college for Brown University.When Isabela Bartczak walks across the stage at the Amway Center May 24 for Dr. Phillips High Schools Commencement, it will be a figurative exclamation point on a pretty great senior year. Bartczak, a four-year runner for Dr. Phillips cross-country and track teams, committed to her dream school Brown University last week. Before that, on May 8, she was recognized by athletic directors from around the state with the Mandy Stoll Scholar-Athlete Award, along with the $500 scholarship that comes with it. The proud owner of a 5.1 weighted GPA (4.0 unweighted), Bartczak has thrived in the classroom on campus, taking and passing 14 Advanced Placement classes. Earlier this week, at Dr. Phillips Highs Athletics Banquet, she received the Principals Award for girls cross country and the Bill Spoone Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. She was even named Orange County Public Schools Female Student-Athlete of the Year May 21. This all caps a year in which she placed third in the state in Class 4A in cross-country and sixth in the state in Class 4A in the 3200-meter run. Its safe to say that it has been an exciting and rewarding end to a high-school career that involved a little bit of good fortune and a lot of hard work. Im pretty proud, because its not something that just came to me, or I was just given its something I really worked for, Bartczak said. I didnt start out well (at running), at all. When I started running, I actually hated it, and I was really bad at it. There were a handful for turning points for Bartczak that helped set her on her current path. As a freshman, she witnessed a team-STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORIm pretty proud, because its not something that just came to me, or I was just given its something I really worked for. Isabela BartczakSEE BARTCZAK PAGE 16 Seth Daniels makes strong impression during spring football for Windermere Prep. Page 16.


16 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 the afternoon scrimmage, which lasted about 90 minutes, was a milestone for a program that is excited to play actual home games this fall. The field is in great condition; it should be a great venue for us, Lions head coach Brad Lord said. Walker Field has been good for us, but I know our kids are excited to finally play home games. The milestone is significant for a campus community that has invested in the schools new athletic complex on its South Campus and which also has been patient during the process. Hurricane Irma thwarted earlier hopes that games might have been played on it last fall, and when the field neared completion at the beginning of 2018, school officials opted to not play any soccer games there in favor of giving the sod more time to settle. As evidenced by players ability to plant and change direction during the scrimmage, the sod has settled in nicely, and although the facility has not been fully completed, Lord said he already can envision what home games on a Friday night will mean for the campus community. There is still plenty of time for progress to continue on the new facility before the Lions take the field for an official game, too. Foundation Academy President David Buckles said the school has ordered the first phase of its bleachers for the inaugural season. It will have bleachers in place to seat 300, with ensuing phases planned that will increase that capacity over time. Following its scrimmage, Foundation Academy played in and won its annual spring game at Lake Highland Prep in downtown Orlando May 17, 28-0. Grayson Wagner scored four touchdowns in the win for the Lions. As is currently scheduled, the official debut of the new field will take place at 7 p.m Aug. 31, when Foundation Academy hosts Kingdom Prep.NEW LEADERSHIPIn addition to its new field, Foundation Academy is also celebrating the addition of its new athletic director, Lisa Eaves. After spending more than three decades at her former school in the Panhandle, pack ing up and moving to Central Florida was no small decision for Eaves. Luckily though, Eaves said there were enough indications that the Winter Garden campus was where she is supposed to be. The Lord just kind of answered the (questions I had), and I had a peace about it, Eaves said. I never thought Id leave Rocky (Bayou Christian School), but it was just such a God thing. I just know (Foundation Academy) is where Im supposed to be. Eaves replaces outgoing Athletic Director David Baginski, who had been in the role since 2010, and already has begun working for the school on a part-time basis while she gets things in order ahead of her move to West Orange later this month. Her full-time start date is June 1. She joins an athletics program at Foundation that, like the school, is in a growth mode. As athletic director at the Niceville-based private school for the last eight years, Eaves oversaw the addition of nine middle-school sports and 13 high-school sports, indicating she has some significant experience with growing an athletics program. Its exciting to me, because thats what I did (at Rocky Bay ou), Eaves said. What are the next steps? What are the sports we add? Ive learned a lot here at Rocky, and so I think Im prepared to do it in a way thats going to be healthy at Foundation. State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community. 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Shannon Till, AgentFowler Groves 3279 Daniels Road Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 Hablamos EspaolAthlete of the Week Sponsored by...274080 ADVANCED CAMP FOR AGES 14+ June 14-16th 9am-2pm $200 BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE CAMP FOR AGES 10+ June 25-28th 5-8pm $125 Foundation Academy Gym15304 Tilden Rd, Winter GardenRegister at 274111 ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Call us at 407-656-2121Email us at AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.comor mate on the Dr. Phillips crosscountry team receive a letter from Columbia University. I thought that was just amazing, Bartczak recalled. So I thought, If I work hard and excel in this, maybe that could be me in the future running for a really good school. And then I fell in love with it. She did just that first under the tutelage of Jorge and Angie Fleitas, the husband-and-wife duo that coached Dr. Phillips cross-country and track teams her freshman and sophomore years, and later for current coach Laura Kirkikis. Bartczak credits her relationship with Angie Fleitas, in particular, as pivotal when she wasnt sold on the sport. Shes the one who really got me into running, and shes been like a second mom to me, Bartczak said. Shes someone Ill have for the rest of my life. Bartczak learned to embrace the metal aspect of the sport she said she enjoys longer races, where she has more time to think and strategize and as she describes it, push past the pain. Over time, she became a role model for the program. (Isabela is) great because she knows so much about the sport and cares so much, Kirkikis said. Shes very helpful with the younger girls and the J.V. team she likes to be involved. She helps younger girls under stand what we do, and they see her working hard. Bartczak credits her participation in sports for helping her stay focused in the classroom, noting it required time management to manage her schoolwork, sports and the clubs and volunteering she did. I definitely think that if I didnt have sports, I dont think Id be as good of a student, Bartczak said. All that hard work in the classroom and on the track culminated in her being recruited by, among other schools, Brown. The school is one of the elite institutions that always had been at the top of Bartczaks list. There, she plans to study ing international relations there and build off of a lifelong love of traveling for the native of Brazil. This is definitely my dream school, and Im honestly shocked that I made it its kind of amazing and I still dont believe it, Bartczak said. (International relations) is a really broad field, so Im going to take a few classes and see what I want to specialize in. Graduation is an exciting time for any senior, and perhaps a little more so if you have the kind of opportunities afforded to a student-athlete poised to compete at the next level. Of course, that doesnt mean there isnt a tinge of nostalgia for this star student-athlete as Dr. Phillips goes from being the school she attends to her alma mater. I think Dr. Phillips has definitely opened so many doors for me, Bartczak said. What was the experience of the spring game, getting to take the field with your teammates while also navigating poor weather? I was super excited to be out there I loved getting it going. The rain, though the rain was a huge problem. It got us unor ganized. I mean, it felt great to be out there, and I just had a great time playing with my teammates. How do you think the spring season went for the team? We were just really focused on getting as good as we can in a short amount of time. I know a lot of people were focusing on transitioning into different roles on this team. I think the spring went well, even though we lost in our game. What do you enjoy about playing for the coaching staff at Windermere Prep? I love how the coaches are just so experienced, and theyve all played at a high level and some have coached at high levels. They know the game and they talk to us realistically about how we can get to the next level. Theyre helping us do that, and I feel like they do a great job of getting athletes in front of (college) coaches. SPORTS SPOTLIGHTSeth Daniels, a sophomore for the Windermere Prep football team, made quite an impression on Lakers head coach Jacob Doss and his sta this spring. Daniels excelled on both sides of the ball and shined during a soggy spring game against Oviedos The Masters Academy May 16.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESSeth Daniels Who is a collegiate or professional player you admire? Of course, I love my cousin Matt Forte (former running back for the Chicago Bears and New York Jets). Ive always admired the way he plays the position, and it was just great watching family out there playing. Do you have any cool stories related to having a cousin in the NFL? Recently, I think two years ago, I went to a Jets game when he played for them and I got to sit in the skybox. My dad will always send him clips of my games, and hell comment or post them on social media. Hes always just told me to keep working hard. Hell watch my film and tell me things Im doing well hes a great role model. What was your favorite class this year? My favorite class this year at Windermere Prep was my 10thgrade (Honors) English class, taught by Logan Stumph. We do a very high level of thinking, and he (Stumph) just gets your mind working a very creative way. What are some areas of study you might like to pursue? I love film production, and I love music, so I would love doing something like being a music producer or anything in film production. I plan to study film production in college. What is a good movie you have recently watched? I love the recent movie Black Panther I love the film and how it focused on AfricanAmerican heroes, and a society and a different culture we hadnt necessarily seen with superheroes before. After practice, whats your go-to meal? The first thing I crave when Im starving is barbecue meatballs my mom makes about 50 of them, and I just end up eating them throughout the night, with whatever vegetables and starches. Did you hear Laurel or Yanny? I couldnt hear either one of them. I heard a low-pitched Laurel, possibly, but I couldnt hear a high-pitched anything. STEVEN RYZEWSKI THE BASICSSchool: Windermere Prep Year: Sophomore Positions: DB, WR, RB Height: 5-foot-11 Weight: 155 pounds Hometown: Lumberton, New JerseyBartczakFoundationCONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15


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I was channel-surng a couple weekends back and came across some thing unexpected: the 2018 National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship on ESPN. If beach volleyball as an offi cial NCAA sport sounds like something new to you, youre not alone. The NCAA only upgraded the sport from emerg ing a distinction it was awarded when the NCAA first began sponsoring it in 2010 in 2015, and began holding sanctioned championships for the sport in 2016. This recent championship, won by UCLA, was the third in the NCAA era. Previously, the American Volleyball Coaches Association hosted a championship. This spring, 69 NCAA institutions sponsored the sport. I had known that college beach volleyball was a thing but only in a vague sense. I knew Florida State had a program, but not much else (it turns out, so does FIU). But beach volleyball is far from new and colleges have been com peting for years outside of the formality of the NCAA. With the added legitimacy of the NCAA hosting sanc tioned championships, and with ESPN broadcasting those championships for the first time, the growth trajectory of the sport figures to be a lot less vague going forward and the trickle-down effect already is being felt here in West Orange. Earlier this spring, West Orange High Schools beach volleyball club team won the Sunshine State Athletic Con ferences State Championship. Kaeli Crews, a junior at West Orange, stars for the Warriors indoor and outdoor teams but is committed to South Carolina for the beach game. Horizon West sisters Cassidy and Amanda Chambers a freshman at Windermere High and eighth-grader at Bridge water Middle, respectively play both versions of the sport. But they prioritize the beach game over the indoor game and switched their travel volleyball club to a beach-focused club in Cocoa recently to reflect that. Julianne Calcote, the new head coach for Olympia Highs volleyball program, played beach volleyball in college and later coached the beach program at her alma mater something that likely was con sidered in the hiring process at Olympia. And the new athletic director at Foundation Acad emy, Lisa Eaves, mentioned the sport as a potential addition candidate for the Lions. Windermere Prep even invested in an on-campus facility with a small seat-back bleacher and patio area. In short, something is hap pening here. Central Florida is already a hot-bed of volleyball, with local travel teams from clubs such as Orlando Tampa Vol leyball Academy and Top Select regularly competing on a national stage. There now seems to be a growing enthusiasm for the outdoor game, as some girls choose to prioritize it and as others choose to play it secondarily, as a way to round out their game. With only two teammates competing on the sand, players are forced to be well-rounded players who can dig, pass and rise up for a kill. The path to beach volleyball becoming an FHSAA-sanc tioned sport, if it eventually does that, would be long with several hurdles. But that hasnt stopped forward-thinking athletic directors such as West Oranges Jerry Shafer from pushing the sport and having his girls compete in the SSAC and other leagues that are or will soon be forming. Windermere Prep also has a beach volleyball program, and I anticipate more local schools that are serious about the indoor game soon will entertain adding the outdoor game, as well. In a lot of ways it is a win-win the sport is relatively inexpensive. Suffice to say, it is an excit ing prospect for our local programs that choose to hop on the beach volleyball band wagon. As the game grows at the collegiate level and the number of scholarships offered along with it more families are going to be cognizant of whether a public or private school offers it. If the end results is more excitement and more wellrounded volleyball players, that seems like a win for all. Growth of college beach volleyball trickling down to local level Steven Ryzewski West Orange volleyballs Italia Bollo scrambled for a dig during the Warriors beach victory against Merritt Island April 14. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR SIDELINE SCENE r See Page 19 of this weeks paper 503 Main Street Windermere Florida 34786 First exhibition: Friday June 1st 6:30-8:30pm407-808-0665 503 Main Street Windermere Florida 34786 First exhibition: Friday June 1st 6:30-8:30pm 407-808-0665 New Artists Exhibiting Every Two MonthsFirst Exhibition: Friday, June 1 6:30-8:30PM503 MAIN STREET WINDERMERE, FL 34786 276049 ART GALLERY GRAND OPENING


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