ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 PLAY BALL!Windermere, DP all-star squads take the eld. 11. PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer Police: Money argument led to shootingWueizman Saul Leal is accused of shooting and killing his mother in Summerport. SEE STORY ON PAGE 4.S-U-C-C-E-S-S! Windermere native spells on national stage FOURTH & FLAPJACKSIn honor of Independence Day, the town of Windermere once again will hold its Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St, Windermere. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children, and will be available at the breakfast. For more information, visit town. wind-YOUR TOWN Windermere ocials assess trac problems in workshopVOLUME 3, NO. 38 BEATING THE HEATGABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOR Windermere Town Council members and staff focused their latest public workshop on traffic issues that plague the small town of 2,889 residents. The workshop, held Wednesday, June 20, featured a discussion on the findings ERIC GUTIERREZSTAFF WRITERSome children are born to play a sport. Ava Allen was born to spell. When she was a baby, a piece of art depicting the letters of the alphabet hung on the a wall in her nursery. That piece of art helped spark an early interest in language, Allens mother, SPORTS Windermere hosted a workshop on Wednesday, June 20, to discuss recommendations of its latest trac study.SEE WINDERMERE PAGE 6 Ava Allen competed in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 29 to 31.SEE BEE PAGE 4Despite the summertime heat, Church of the Lakes Vacation Bible School featured plenty of faithful fun to keep students cool. SEE PAGE 9.Eric GutierrezJaxon Bornstein was all smiles after going down the water slide. IN THIS ISSUE
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GrowingTogetherPeds .comOpen: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm THURSDAY, JUNE 28ENTREPRENEURS & HOME OFFICE WORKERS LUNCH MEETUP Noon Thursday, June 28, at ScribbleSpace, 13790 Bridgewater Crossings Blvd., No. 1080, Windermere. Meet other small-business owners in startup and growth mode for support, friendship and encouragement. Bring your own lunch. bit. ly/2Kbod6E. SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: FATAL ATTRACTION 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Enjoy a summer tradition with classic favorites. Tickets are $8. Gar dentheatre.org/movies.FRIDAY, JUNE 29STORYBOOK FUN 10:15 a.m. Friday, June 29, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. The use of picture books, songs and told stories will encourage your child to read, talk, sing, write and play. (407) 835-7323. ROCKIN COLORING TIME 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Come on in and have a relaxing afternoon coloring to your hearts content. (407) 835-7323.SATURDAY, JUNE 30INDEPENDENCE FIREWORK SPECTACULAR 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Commons, Avenue of the Groves, Winter Garden. This event will feature the INDY KidZone, food trucks, entertainment and vendors. It concludes at 9 p.m. with a reworks display over Lake Hancock.SUNDAY, JULY 1MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL SING ALONG & TRIVIA 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the Gar den Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. The theater is getting silly for this Summer Movie Series showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, complete with trivia and a sing-along. Note: Shrubberies are not required for admission to this event. Tickets are $8 and available at gardentheatre. secure.force.com.MONDAY, JULY 2MOOVIN & GROOVIN TO SILLY DANCE TUNES 3 p.m. Monday, July 2, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Put on your dancing shoes and boogie down to the beat of your favor ite dance tunes. Ages 3 to 12.TUESDAY, JULY 3CAMP OCLS 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Have fun with outdoor inspired games, interactive stories and camp songs. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 835-7323.WEDNESDAY, JULY 415TH ANNUAL ALLAMERICAN KIDS PARADE & BREAKFAST 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay St., Winter Garden. Parade through downtown begins at 10 a.m.; lineup starts at 9:45. The morning includes entertainment, activities and childrens identication opportunities. Breakfast is free for children. Sponsored by the Masonic Lodge, Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and Winter Garden downtown merchants. (407) 656-3244. WINDERMERE FOURTH OF JULY PANCAKE BREAKFAST 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St, Windermere. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets will be available at the breakfast. WINTER GARDEN JULY 4 PARTY IN THE PARK Party in the Park 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Newton Park, 29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Attendees can take a chair or blanket for this annual tradition, which will include live music, family activities and food. Parking is available at Health Central Park and Dillard Street Elementary. For information, call Winter Garden City Hall at (407) 656-4111. In case of a potential rainout, call the rainout hotline at (407) 877-5432.SATURDAY, JULY 7MUSIC IN THE LIBRARY: SHAUN DAVID WILLIAMS 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Every acoustic performance from Shaun Williams delivers a blend of popular cover music and original acoustic songs. He has been a consistent member of the Orlando music scene for more than 20 years. (407) 835-7323. MUSICAL GAMES 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Ages 6 to 12. (407) 8357323. RED, WHITE & BLUE ON THE PLAZA 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Centennial Plaza, 101 W. Plant St., downtown Winter Garden. Listen to live music featuring Mud Rooster, a local blues trio. (407) 656-4111.MONDAY, JULY 9CENTRAL FLORIDA RAILWAY MEETING 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Videographer Danny Harmon will present Preparing for a Train-Watching Outing at this Central Florida Railway Historical Society meeting. Free. (407) 656-0559. YOUR CALENDAR
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 3GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOROrange County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a renewal of the special millage dedicated to Orange County Public Schools on the Aug. 28 election. One of the questions on the ballot regards the one-mill special ad valorem property tax that property owners currently pay on their tax bills. The tax, which generated $116,368,388 during the 2016-17 school year, is added to the OCPS budget and earmarked for myriad programs. The programs mostly include arts and athletics education, but the money also helps fund teacher-retention programs, helps pay for social workers who aid at-risk students and pays for some college and career counselors, said OCPS Chief Communications Officer Scott Howat. The special millage, which remains in effect for four years, was first passed in 2010 by 58% of Orange Countys voters and then approved for renewal in 2014 by 76%, Howat said. Howat said school-district officials are grateful of Orange County residents generosity. He also emphasized that, because of inadequate funding from the state and federal government and minimal year-by-year increases in per-student funding, the money is desperately needed to support the countrys ninth largest school district. OCPS currently has an esti mated 209,560 enrolled students and 24,629 employees 14,213 of which are teachers. State revenue makes up about 51.6%; local revenue makes up about 40.2% of our funding; the federal government makes up (0.6%) of our funding, Howat said. And then the special millage the one mill makes up about 7.6% of our funding. So its small compared to what the state provides, but its still critical. Howat said the 7.6% is critical because per-student funding from the state is below what it should be, if adjusted for inflation. The difference in the per-student funding between July of 2007 and July of 2018 is $32.75, over 11 years, Howat said. That means that weve increased on average less than $3 per student from the state. And ... if the (state) would have funded, just based on whatever the Consumer Price Index increase was, we would be $1,400 over where we are today, as of July of 2018. Howat said the per-student funding increase the district received this year was $110 but added the vast majority of the total already was designated toward specific programs, including more school-safety officers and mental-health counselors. After those programs, the district received a 47-cent increase in per-student funding for discretionary expenses, he said. So our concern is, with this small of an increase and with us continuing to try to find more efficiencies in our budget and try ing to squeeze things up so we can give raises to teachers and do other things. ... How do we continue to maintain the momentum? he said. If the referendum does not pass this year, OCPS anticipates a 2019 budget reduction of about $143 million, Howat said. The school approved to add the referendum to the ballot on April 10, and the Orange County Board of County Commissioners approved the resolution during its May 22 meeting. The decision is now left up to Orange County voters, who may vote on the millage Aug. 28. Early voting will be from Aug. 17 to 26.OCPS seeks millage renewalThe special millage, a one-mill special ad valorem property tax levied on property owners, provides the district with funding for arts and athletic education. TAX CALCULATIONSAccording to the Orange County Property Appraisers oce, the median home value in Orange County is $160,000. Assuming a $25,000 homestead exemption for Florida homeowners who use their home as a primary residence, the average homeowner pays $135 per year, or $11.25 per month, to help fund the school district. To calculate how much you would pay toward the districts one-mill property tax for your property in a year, divide its total taxable value by 1,000.BALLOT QUESTIONThe question on the ballot, titled The School Board of Orange County, Florida, Ad Valorem Millage Election, will read as follows: Shall the School Board of Orange County, Florida renew the current one (1) mill ad valorem millage for essential operating expenses in order to preserve academic programs, retain highly qualied teachers, and protect arts, athletics and student activities beginning July 1, 2019, and ending four (4) scal years later on June 30, 2023, with annual reporting to ensure proper scal stew ardship of these funds to the citizens of Orange County?HELPFUL LINKSTo learn more about the One Mill referendum, visit youdecide.ocps.net. To read about how the school district spent the $116 million added to the 2016-17 OCPS budget via the one-mill tax, visit bit. ly/2JxZrwX. weve increased on average less than $3 per student from the state (between 2007 and 2018). And ... if the (state) would have funded, just based on whatever the Consumer Price Index increase was, we would be $1,400 over where we are today, as of July of 2018. OCPS Chief Communications Ocer Scott Howat With laptops open and LEGO pieces scattered about, campers at Rosen JCCs iBrick Academy summer camp focused on the task at hand building and programming their own robots. On Monday, June 18, the campers focused on creat ing robots that would pick up and drop o blocks, drive along the carpet or even sort colored bricks. Campers followed instructions that showed them how to assemble and program their new robots. DANIELLE HENDRIXEverything is awesome! Gavin Goldberg watched as Alexander Rosemeier programmed his machine to sort colored bricks. Kaiden Eppink thoroughly enjoyed putting his robot together. Nicole Meeks showed Hudson Buholz how to program his robot. Tino Librado was all smiles as he waited for Shiv Raja to nd the correct piece.
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All Rights ReservedGABBY BAQUERO AND ERIC GUTIERREZOn the morning of Friday, June 22, Wueizman Saul Leals stepfather, Nicholas Petrone, saw Leal hold ing a black handgun. He urged him to go to a shooting range to release his anger. According to Orange County Sheriffs Office detectives, 12 hours later, Leal, 41, shot and killed his mother, Tania Perez Creek, 59, in a home in the 14200 block of Bridgewater Crossings Boulevard in the Summerport Community. The uncharacteristic violence rocked the typically safe Horizon West community. The night of the shooting, neighbors watched as officers roped off and investigated the scene. After the shooting, someone left a bouquet of flowers at the front door of the home. Andrew Flores, who lives two houses down from the residence, came home from work the night of the incident to a heavy police presence near his home and police markers and police tape lining his street. My heart sank immediately, because Id never seen anything like that, Flores said. I asked an officer what happened. He said there was an incident. He didnt specify, but then later I found out there was a murder that happened. Im shocked that it happened here in an area like this, but it can happen anywhere. Pam Soderberg lives out of state but is currently visiting her son who lives next to the residence for the summer. She said she remembers Creek as the friendliest of the three but also said the family kept to themselves. We were shocked, Soderberg said. They never seemed to bother anybody. (My son) never had any conflict (with them). They never caused trouble. Leal was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.TIMELINE OF A TRAGEDYAt 8:47 p.m., Creek called 911 and stated, My son is getting crazy over here, according to an arrest report. Deputies were dispatched to the residence. Upon arrival, a deputy noticed the homes front door was open and saw Leal slam it shut. About five to 10 seconds later, as responding deputies approached the home, deputies heard the sound of a woman screaming followed by gunshots, according to the report. Deputies secured the perimeter of the home and spoke with Petrone, who told deputies his stepson shot Creek and was still inside the home. Deputies caught Leal trying to exit from a back door of the residence. Inside the home, deputies discovered Creek with multiple gunshot wounds and administered life-saving measures until Orange County Fire Rescue arrived. She was taken to Florida Hospital Winter Garden, where she later died. According to the police report, Petrone told the homicide investigator he was about to leave to go to work at 9 a.m. that morning. Before he exited the home, he noticed Leal holding a black handgun and advised him to go to a gun range to release his energy. Once Petrone got off work at about 7 p.m., he ate dinner at a restaurant with Creek. When they arrived home, Creek got into a conversation with Leal over money and Leal finding a job. The conversation escalated into an argument. Petrone told investigators he then saw Leal pacing around the home with a handgun, waving it around in the air in fury. Petrone said he made an effort to calm Leal down. Petrone then heard the sound of a door being kicked in, followed by gunshots. When he walked into the bedroom, he saw Creek with gunshot wounds and tried to call 911 but was confronted by Leal, who threatened his life. Petrone then fled the residence via the back door, where he met with responding deputies. It was not unusual for Creek and Leal to have heated arguments. However, this was the first time an argument evolved into violence, Petrone told investigators. Lynelle Lawrence said. She used to ask for me to take the art off the wall and put it on the floor, and she would trace the letters with her fingers, Lawrence said. (She) taught herself to read with flashcards by the time she was 3. Allen, now 14, is home-schooled and participates in an academic homeschool program with Liber tas Academy. She fulfilled a childhood dream when she competed in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 29 to 31. She had been preparing for the Bee for a number of years. It was my first time (competing) at the national level, Allen said. Ive been (competing in) the spelling bee since I was five. In sixth grade, I came in third place on the county level for Orange County. And then in seventh grade, I got second place and moved on to the regional (spelling bee). Then this year, I came in first place at the county and went on to regionals. Although she made it to the regional spelling bee this year, she didnt win. To compete at the national level, she applied for the Scripps RSVBee program to get a wild-card invitation. This was the first year that Scripps used RSVBee program. This year was the largest National Spelling Bee because of the RSVBee program, Lawrence said. It (RSVBee) was designed specifically for areas like ours where its super competitive and you may have several national-caliber spellers, Lawrence said. Orange County apparently is one of the largest school districts in the nation. We live in a super competitive area in terms of getting to the national (spelling) bee. The Scripps National Spelling Bee starts with a written exam the morning of the first day. Results of the exam are kept secret until before the finals begin. Competitors then spell on stage after the written exam on the first day and spell on stage again on the second day. After the second day of spelling, the exam results are used to help determine the finalists from the competitors who have not spelled out onstage. Allen was just shy of competing in the finals when she tied for 42nd place. The top 41 spellers got to compete in the finals, Lawrence said. She just missed the cutoff (score for the exam), Lawrence said. She didnt actually spell out at the national level. The written test was super hard this year. Allen said preparing for the bee required more than just knowing had to spell the words. You have to study the etymology (of words), Allen said. You study language patterns and then (you study) definitions and language of origin. The written (exam) is half spelling (and) half vocabulary, Lawrence said. So you have to start studying vocabulary, as well. The written test was so hard that they gave all the spellers branded packs of tissues so that they could cry while they took the test. Every one had a pack of tissues waiting for them at their assigned seat. As a rising freshman, this year was the last time Allen was eligible to compete. However, she is not finished with spelling bees. She plans to continue her love of language by coaching the next generation of spellers. Eighth grade is the last year for eligibility, Allen said. I really want to be a spelling coach next (year) and help other kids make it to the national bee, because I feel like Ive just learned so many things that I could help teach other people. For now, Allen can take a break from spelling. Lawrence said shes requiring a month break to unwind and decompress. At the end, it got extremely intense, Lawrence said. Shooting in Summerport Spelling beeCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1Courtesy photoAllen spells onstage at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee. She said her most dicult word during the oral spelling rounds was oleocellosis which is spotting of citrus fruit skins. Eric GutierrezA bouquet of owers was left on the porch of the Summerport home where the shooting incident occurred Friday, June 22. Wueizman Saul Leal was charged with rst-degree mur der following the shooting.
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6 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 276538 277259 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITOROut of 50,000 high-school stu dents with the highest PSAT/ NMSQT test scores this year, only 7,500 seniors will have received National Merit Scholarships for college. And of those 7,500, at least eight West Orange-area students are among them. Local students who received college-sponsored scholarships include: Olympia Highs Gar rett Fullerton and Megan Galeski; West Orange Highs Sarah Tatum; Windermere Preparatory Schools Dale Hill; Lake Highland Preparatory Schools Jonathan Khouzam; and Cypress Creek Highs Kevin Wu. Students who received the National Merit $2,500 scholar ship are Windermere Preps William Sealy and Olympia Highs Soo Min Kim. LOCAL NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSCOLLEGESPONSORED RECIPIENTS Dale Hill Windermere Preparatory School: National Merit Florida State University Scholarship Jonathan Khouzam Lake Highland Preparatory School: National Merit University of Florida Scholarship Kevin Wu Cypress Creek High School: National Merit University of Florida Scholar ship Sarah Tatum West Orange High School: National Merit University of Florida Scholar ship Garrett Fullerton Olympia High School: National Merit University of Florida Scholar ship Megan Galeski Olympia High School: National Merit New College of Florida Scholarship $2,500 RECIPIENTS William Sealy Windermere Preparatory School Soo Min Kim Olympia High SchoolWest Orange-area graduates earn National Merit Scholar statusSARAH TATUMTatum, 18, is a recent West Orange High graduate who also will head to UF this fall, where she plans to major in microbiology. She sees herself going to graduate school and becoming a doctor in the medical research field. I was introduced to the whole (idea of) making sure you had a good PSAT score and all that by my cousin, she said. I studied really hard and kind of knew it was out there, so I made sure I did well on the test. The opportunity couldnt have been any better, because just doing well on that one test got me a full ride to UF. Tatum is also part of the Stamps Scholars program at UF and will spend the remainder of her summer studying abroad with fellow scholars in Mexico. At West Orange High, her extracurriculars included marching band and serving as president of the National Honor Society. I was very excited (about being a finalist) but at the time I really wanted to go to Duke, she said of discovering she was a National Merit Scholar finalist. I got really far and was a finalist for a scholarship there, but that ended up not going through. At that point, Id already received the Stamp scholarship. I did end up getting into Duke, but there was no way I could pass the opportunity of going to school for free versus paying.GARRETT FULLERTONFullerton, 17, is a recent Olympia High graduate who will head to the University of Flor ida this fall to study biomedical engineering. He wants to pursue a doctoral degree and potentially go into research regarding oncology. I just had a few senior friends who told me about (NMSC) and they said, Hey, you should try to do really well on this, because itll be impor tant later on, he said. I was friends with a senior who was also a National Merit Scholar. I took the PSAT, and I met the qualifications for NMSC, and I did a lot more research into the program. Then I thought that it would be good for me, because I saw all the different scholar ship opportunities. Fullerton learned in January that he was a finalist, but he had a decision to make: Would he go out of state where he wasnt guaranteed a scholar ship, or stay in state where he was guaranteed a full ride to a university? Its just a level of recognition that allows colleges to see what level you are on academically and just puts you on a higher radar for discovery by different schools, he said. Because of the NMSC recognition, I received a full ride to the University of Florida. This was nice, so I didnt have to worry about the finances at all. I eventually decided on UF because of the reputation that it has as a top-10 public university, and it has a more established medical program, which is the field that I want to go into. of the towns most recent traffic study performed by Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. The study evaluated where the 20,000 vehicles that pass through the town originate and where they are headed, as well as which cor ridors receive the most traffic. According to the study, Sixth Avenue and Main Street are the most stressed roads. Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith said the goal behind the study and data collection was twofold: to determine whether any viable options exist to reduce cut-through traffic and ensure the town had ample proof demonstrating the adverse impact Orange Countys incessant growth has had on the towns roadways. Now, we actually have accurate numbers that show 75% of the traffic in peak times are coming from the east to the west, and its coming from Sixth Avenue down Chase (Road), because theyre going toward Summer port, Smith said. Town officials believe Orange County needs to be mindful of how dense residential and commercial projects it approves might impact surrounding jurisdictions. Windermere is sandwiched between the Butler Chain of Lakes and has several dirt roads it prizes as part of its small-town charm, leaving limited options when it comes to constructing parallel reliever roads or placing speed bumps on residential roadways. Its just something that were going to have to live with unless we get those parallel relievers constructed, Smith said. And Im not saying that would be a 100% fix, but I think it would help drastically. The town also is prohibited from impeding its roadways in any way because of an agreement with Orange County, resulting in even fewer options to manage the traffic. The go-to solution for most communities of adding more lanes to its main thoroughfares would be unacceptable, Smith said. You cannot have a main street that is full of lanes, he said. Youd pretty much kill the town of Windermere. Thats why I think its a good thing that were think ing about the possibility of a linear park on the west side of Main Street. The best thing we could do, really, is work with (Metroplan Orlando) on trying to get parallel reliever roads constructed that would, hopefully, take away some of the pressures of people using us as a cut-through, so people would have more options. And that would be necessary for the north and the south. Thats why Smith hopes the hard data can be used to per suade the county to either offer jurisdictions relief for roadways negatively impacted by its developments or at least reduce the density of future projects. Were kind of stuck, because of what other surrounding jurisdictions have approved, Smith said. Their decisions have a major impact to our areas and our roadways. But I can use that data whenever some large project is about to be developed and say, Listen, before you approve this project, you need to find some sort of relief to the roadway system that we currently have, because our roads cant take it anymore. However, the county is under no obligation to make concessions for surrounding jurisdictions. Its just a matter of hoping that Orange County will do the right thing on making sure that whatever entitlements theyre giving, theyre taking into consideration the impacts on other jurisdictions, Smith said. And this data helps us prove to them that it is having a negative impact on us. Windermere hosts trac workshopNow, we actually have accurate numbers that show 75% of the trac in peak times are coming from the east to the west, and its coming from Sixth Avenue down Chase (Road), because theyre going toward Summerport. Windermere Town Manager Robert SmithCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ARTS + CULTURETHURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM Sew much love for BroadwayDANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORTwo years ago, Victoria Salisbury and her siblings were busy sew ing and distributing felt hearts to people in the community in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The young Winter Garden resident, now 12 and a rising seventh-grader, has tapped back into her sewing skills two years later for a dierent purpose: To help fund a trip to Broadway the week of July 8.My parents drive me everywhere and pay for all my classes I want to take, and I didnt want this to be hard for them, because I know they spend a lot of money on it. I just wanted to do it myself.GET VICTORIA TO NEW YORKVictorias lanyards can be bought at the Winter Garden Collective, 505 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden. She suggests picking one up there, so customers can see the lanyards in person before they buy. They cost $10 each. Lanyards can also be purchased through her Facebook page, Sew Much Love for Broadway.Victoria Salisbury, a 12-year-old Winter Garden resident, sews and sells lanyards to help pay for her tuition at the Broadway Artist Alliance.Danielle Hendrix Winter Garden resident Victoria Salisbury, 12, has been sewing and selling lanyards to pay her way toward training with Broadway professionals in New York.SEE BIG PAGE 10
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10 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 West Orange Chamber of CommerceCelebrates Business For more information about joining the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, call 407-656-1304 or visit wochamber.com The West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon-cutting celebration for Flippers Pizzeria, located at 6506 Old Brick Rd. #140 in Windermere. Flippers has been serving handcrafted, artisan pizza in Central Florida since 1987 using only the highest quality ingredients. To learn more, visit www. flipperspizzeria.com. Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of Flippers PizzeriaThe West Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon-cutting celebration for uBreakiFix, located at 6536 Old Brick Rd. Suite 100 in Windermere. uBreakiFix fixes electronic devices (its in their name after all). From the classic phone drop in the parking lot to the tablet in the toilet, theyve seen it all. They understand how traumatic it is when you break your favorite devices and want you to feel better the moment you walk in. To learn more, visit www.ubreakifix.com.Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of uBreakiFix TheWest Orange Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon-cutting celebration for The Big Easy, located at 7782 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Suite 140 in Windermere. The Big Easy is all about good food and good community. We offer New Orleans style food, featuring crawfish etouffee, both Creole and Cajunstyle Jambalayas, seafood gumbo, shrimp and grits, red beans and rice, and a wide selection of po-boys. To learn more, visit www.thebigeasyfl.com. Photo courtesy of WOCC. Celebrating Ribbon Cutting of The Big Easy Windermere 278332 ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 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Getting to train with Broadway professionals is a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience for Victoria, but it doesnt come without costs airfare, hotel and program tuition. She was well aware of the costs but set out on a mission to pay for her tuition on her own. Thats when she came up with the idea of putting her sewing skills to use by creating and selling lanyards.BROADWAY BACKSTORYVictoria auditioned with her friend for the program in March, which required her to learn and perform a dance combination as well as sing and do a monologue. About six weeks later, she learned she along with her friend was accepted. It was really fun overall, and I felt good about it when I was done with it, she said. They sent me an offer for dance and voice, so I had to choose which one would be my major. I was really happy. With some help from friends who have more experience in the theater community, Victoria decided to major in voice. Victorias passion for the arts has been evident since she was small, her mother, Amanda Salisbury, said. She began dancing at 2 years old mainly ballet, tap and jazz and performed for the first time in Oliver at the Garden Theatre as a kindergartner. When we first went (to audi tion), we just went for the experience and didnt have an expectation of getting an offer to go, Amanda said. Were really excited for her to go to New York and train with professionals on Broadway. Victoria had wide eyes and a bright smile on her face as she talked about her upcoming trip. One of the highlights will be tak ing a voice class with Gavin Lee, the voice of Squidward in The SpongeBob Musical, as well as getting to take in a Broadway show and participating in a talk-back session with the cast. Shell be immersed in the arts for five days. Im just excited to learn something new, because you can always do regular camps, but I get to have fun and challenge my brain and learn at the same time (in New York), Victoria said.PAYING HER WAYMy mom is a teacher, and she always wears lanyards, and I thought itd be helpful to a bunch of people, Victoria said. My grandma helps me with the lan yards and taught me to sew. ... We do it together. My parents drive me every where and pay for all my classes I want to take, and I didnt want this to be hard for them, because I know they spend a lot of money on it, she said. I just wanted to do it myself. Amanda Salisbury said her children are always conscious about sacrifice whether its time or money but she was pleasantly surprised by her daughters deter mination to help pay her way to New York. I was really proud that she came up with the idea to pay for this her self, Amanda said. She couldve easily expected us to take care of it for her, so I was impressed with it. Its an expensive trip we have flights and hotels still but she said she wanted to work for it. She came up with this idea, and she and her grandma started sewing. The two went to Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts and looked in the clear ance section for fabric. Victoria got to work cutting and ironing the fabric to prepare for sewing. So far, the two estimate Victoria has made close to 150 lanyards, which she sells for $10 apiece. She has been selling them for a couple of months now and plans to con tinue until they are all gone. My original goal was $500, or about half of the tuition, and I just switched it to $1,100, which is the full tuition, she said. I just want to try to pay for it all by myself. Although shes ecstatic about the support she has gotten thus far, the best part for her is seeing the reactions of happy customers. I just like seeing peoples reactions and seeing people I know with the lanyards, especially just giving them to them, she said. It feels good, because theyll send me pictures and say, Oh my gosh, I love it!Big Apple opportunityCONTINUED FROM PAGE 7
Teams from Dr. Phillips, Ocoee, Windermere and Winter Garden took the eld last weekend at Winter Garden Little League for the Florida Little League District 14 Majors (12-year-old) All-Stars Tournament. Majors is the level of play at which teams can advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Through the rst two days of the three-day event, teams from Dr. Phillips and Winder mere were each 2-0, meaning the teams squared o June 25 for the district title. Windermere edged Dr. Phillips 2-1, behind a strong pitching performance from Oscar Perez and a two-run double by R.J. Ruiz. With the win, Windermere will advance to the Florida Section 5 Tournament, which begins July 6 at Dr. Phillips Little League. The majority of this group for Windermere had been part of teams that had lost to Dr. Phillips as 9-year-olds, 10-year-olds and 11-year-olds, so to come out on top this time was big thrill for the boys. That was our goal the whole time our group wanted to take one district (title), coach Bo Barnes said. The team includes: Chance Barnes, Davis Goodlatte, Derek Lopez, Nicolas Mujica, R.J. Ruiz, Donald Steward, Tyler Wall, Henry Davis, Maxwell Hurd, Dominic Madrid, Oscar Perez, Aseny Stefanos, Carson Toughey and Jack Waller. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SPORTSJUNE 28, 2018 Windermere Prep grad Jovanny Green was recognized at the schools sports banquet with a scholarship. Page 12. HIGH5 1 Khadry Jackson, a rising senior defensive back for the Winder mere Prep football team, committed to the Univer sity of Pittsburgh June 17. Jackson is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals and 24/7 Sports.2 Five girls wrestler s from Dr. Phillips were part of the Florida team that took fth place in the nation at the Junior Womens National Duals recently Jessica Corredor, Karoline Ortiz, Jada St. Cyr, Shania Gowan and Skyy Gowan. Three of those wrestlers Corredor, Ortiz and Shania Gowan combined to go undefeated in nine matches.3 Motin Yeung, a Winder mere Prep alum, won the Kunming Championship June 17 a PGA TOUR Series-China title after triumphing in a three-way playo. 4 Olympia High alum Jesse Winker hit his rst grand slam in Major League Baseball June 21. Winkers grand slam against the Chicago Cubs keyed a six-run, sixth inning and led the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 victory. 5 West Orange soft ball alumna Jade Caraway will nish her college career in her home state. Caraway, a standout the last two seasons for North Carolina State, has transferred to the University of Florida. Caraway led the team in hits both during her freshman and sophomore seasons, also earning spots on the All-ACC Second Team, All-ACC Freshman Team and AllACC Academic Team in 2017. Caraway joins a Gators team that advanced to the Womens College World Series last season. District Drama12-year-old Little Leaguers from around the area squared o last week for the Florida District 14 Championship.Photos by Steven RyzewskiTop: The Windermere Little League All-Stars were elated after winning the District 14 Championship. Above: Derek Lopez pitched for Windermere June 23 against Winter Garden. Left: Connor Mangum pitched and homered for Dr. Phillips against Ocoee June 23.Another Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft came and went earlier this month, and as is often the case, a few of the names called over the three-day event had ties to programs in the Windermere and Dr. Phillips area. Of the players, Dr. Phillips alum Kyle Marman a pitcher for FAU during his college career was the first selected. Marman was drafted in the 13th round by the Cleveland Indians and earned a signing bonus of $125,000. Olympia High alum Michael Byrne, a pitcher for the Univer sity of Florida, was taken soon after in the 14th round by the Cincinnati Reds. Byrne, who won the 2018 Stopper of the Year award for being the nations top relief pitcher, has not signed with the Reds as of press time the Gators wrapped play in the College World Series June 22. Another player who just concluded play in the College World Series and was drafted is Windermere Prep alum Austin Bergner. Bergner, a pitcher for the Univer sity of North Carolina, was taken in the 32nd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. As of June 25, Bergner had not signed with the Diamondbacks. A teammate of Bergners while he was at Windermere Prep, Rylan Thomas, was taken in the 26th round by Cincinnati. Com ing out of UCF, Thomas signed a deal with the Reds as a pitcher Locals taken in MLB DraftSix players with ties to local high-school programs were selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR SEE DRAFT PAGE 12
12 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 and first baseman with a signing bonus of $287,500 well above the usual bonus for players drafted in that range. A Winter Garden native, Thomas began his high-school career at West Orange before finishing at Windermere Prep. Kendrick Calilao, who graduated from TFA this spring, was taken in the 30th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Finally, an alum of nearby West Orange High alum, Andrew Karp was taken in the sixth round with pick No. 191 by the Washington Nationals. A pitcher for Florida State, Karp signed with the Nationals for a signing bonus of $200,000, according to MLB.com, and began his professional career with 1.2 scoreless innings June 23 for the GCL Nationals, the clubs Rookie League affiliate. 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 www.shannontill.com Hablamos EspaolAthlete of the Week Sponsored by...276543 Wills/Advance Directives Estates Corporation/LLC Commercial transactions Landlord/Tenant Attorney At Law 407-656-5521 425 South Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 B M. JProudly serving West Orange County for over 36 years.www.blairjohnsonlaw.com Real estate: Contracts, Closings, Short Sales, Deed in Lieu And other matters 276467 SPORTS SPOTLIGHTJovanny Green, a recently graduated senior at Windermere Prep, was only on the Lakers football team for one season, but made quite an impression so much so that at the schools athletics banquet May 21, he was recog nized with the Davis Family Laker Student-Athlete Scholarship. A running back, Green intends to walk-on for the football team at Stetson University in DeLand.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESJovanny Green THE BASICSSchool: Windermere Prep Position(s): RB, LB Height: 5-foot-5 College: Stetson Graduated: 2018 GPA: 3.5 Hometown: MascotteWhat was the experience like of receiving the Davis Family Laker Student-Athlete Scholarship Award? It was a special feeling, because I felt like my hard work paid off. Coaches and my parents always used to tell me, Little things matter the most, and I felt like that award symbolizes a person who goes around doing the little things correctly. So I felt like I was blessed to receive it. Which game from 2017 football season was the most memorable? The game where it came down to the wire the Orlando Christian Prep game. They caught back up, and it was one of those games where it was a last-minute moment the game mattered at fourth down. Those moments mattered. Who is a coach at Windermere Prep who had an impact on you? Coach (Jacob) Doss, he taught us a lot of life lessons on the field and he taught how to enjoy the game, but work hard at it. That youve got to fall in love with the process. He made practice fun. What do you have to do to prepare for the challenge of walking on at Stetson? I just have to work hard. I feel like I can hang. Its the next chapter of my life, so you start from the bottom again. I feel like I just got to keep working, so that I can have what I always wanted. What was it like on the academic side finishing your high-school education at Windermere Prep? I enjoyed coming to school here. It was hard, yes, because the academic system is raised. The work is hard, and it gets you ready for college. But if you know how to use your time wisely, then youll have fun.The Windermere Little League 10-Year-Old AllStar team won the Florida District 14 Tournament at South Lake Little League, defeating Winter Garden 6-2 in the championship game June 21. Windermere had opened the six-day tournament with a 6-5 loss to Winter Garden June 16, before bouncing back with three consecutive wins 14-4 vs. South Lake, 12-9 vs. Ocoee and 15-14 vs. Dr. Phillips. With the win, the team advances to the Florida Section 5 Tournament, which will take place July 6 to 9 at St. Cloud Little League. The team includes: Ben Bunnell, Charlie Capozzoli, Nicholas Collins, Brayden Couts, Jack McKissock, Anthony Miceli, Michael Palma, Anant Patel, Micah Philbin, Jonah Reeves, Lucas Straka, Michael Streibig and Quin Sundermeyer. STEVEN RYZEWSKIWindermere 10-year-olds win districtDraftFROM PAGE 11 Photo courtesy of Courtney CulbreathMichael Byrne, an Olympia alum and the 2018 Stopper of the Year in college baseball, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.Photo courtesy of UCF AthleticsRylan Thomas, a pitcher and rst baseman for UCF who played his high-school ball at Windermere Prep and West Orange, signed with the Cincinnati Reds. Courtsey photoAfter losing the rst game of the district tournament, Windermere rallied for four consecutive wins. What was your favorite class while at Windermere Prep? Probably Mr. (Mike) Crocettis class, Anatomy and Physiology. He made it fun he always connected to sports or something outside where we could actually related to it. Whats your dream job? I plan on being a sports (physical) therapist or some type of doctor for athletes. Who is your role model? My mother Joanny Nazario. Growing up and seeing all the hard work and sacrifices shes made, theres nothing I could do to ever repay her. I always looked up to her. What else do you like to do? I ride motocross. Ive been doing that since I was 3, and that was actually the first sport I started off riding dirt bikes and motocross. I didnt play football until spring of my sophomore year. I like to go fishing with my uncle and play soccer with my dad. STEVEN RYZEWSKI
WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018 13 278321 Eat, Play & Stay Healthy West Orange! ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Call 407-656-2121 or Visit OrangeObserver.com College football coaches, cur rent and former NFL players and a handful of the top high-school football coaches in Central Flor ida all will converge on Central Florida Christian Academy July 14 for a camp aimed at youth football players, as well as the coaches who guide them until they reach high school. The Central Florida All-Star Football Game Youth Coaching Clinic & Camp will be a collaboration among top local footballrelated organizations, including Excel Speed Training, the Central Florida NFL Alumni and the Aar on Jones Foundation. The clinics proceeds will benefit the Aaron Jones Foundation and also help to promote its namesake highschool all-star game, of which Excel Speed Training has taken over operations in recent years. For Lo Wood, the owner of Excel Speed Training and the man behind the event, the occasion represents a unique opportunity to get players and the coaches who will guide them throughout the entirety of their careers together in one place. I feel like if we can find a way to bring the kids and the youth coach with the high-school coach and the college coach now weve got more hands on everything, Wood said. It also brings the whole entire community together as a whole. CFCA will host the event, which begins at 8 a.m., and second-year head coach Jeremy Campbell is excited for the opportunity to share his program and facilities with the community. Im all about getting people on campus, Campbell said. We feel like having this camp here, at CFCA, were a centralized location. Getting people on campus getting different coaches and Camp to focus on youth football players and coachesThe Central Florida All-Star Football Game Youth Coaching Clinic & Camp July 14 will bring a host of college and highschool coaches together to share tips with youth players and their coaches.STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITOR Steven RyzewskiExcel Speed Training owner Lo Wood, right, has partnered with CFCA foot ball coach Jeremy Campbell and others to host a large camp and clinic for local football players and youth coaches.different kids on campus thats our main goal. In a summer landscape that has no shortage of camps of all varieties, one of the aspects that separates this particular event is the attention it will pay to youth coaches. As a high-school coach, one of my biggest concerns is the youth organizations and how we can help those kids be better prepared when they get to high school, Campbell said. The speakers will include UCF tight ends coach Jon Cooper and FIU offensive line coach Allen Mogridge. High-school coaches presenting will include Dr. Phillips Rodney Wells, West Oranges Bob Head, Apopkas Rick Dar lington, Bishop Moores Matt Hendricks, Lake Highland Preps Ben Bullock and several others. Coaches at both levels will share with the youth coaches tips on safety, tackling technique, how to run a practice and more. They also will dive deeper into how youth coaches can build a cohesive culture for their programs. (Theyll explain) building a program what makes their program run, Wood said. Theres a football team, and theres a program. Current NFL players Andy Jones (Detroit) and Brandon Dukes (Dallas) will be among dozens of camp coaches with college and pro experience who will lead the youth players through drills to emphasize speed and position technique. The camp which will cost $10 per athlete and $25 per youth coach is open to anyone, whether they are local to Central Florida or not. We want to open it up to all communities we want it to be a big Central Florida affair, Wood said. WHAT TO KNOWCENTRAL FLORIDA ALLSTAR FOOTBALL GAME YOUTH COACHING CLINIC & CAMP WHEN: 8 a.m. July 14 WHERE: CFCA, 700 Good Homes Road, Ocoee COST: $10 for players; $25 for coaches INFORMATION: ExcelSpeed.com or call Lo Wood, (407) 466-5637 Dr. Phillips head coach Rodney Wells will be among the coaches presenting July 14.
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P.O. Box 784233 Winter Garden, FL 34787 407.906.5064www.wodentalalliance.orgTreated PatientsWeprovideno cost urgentdental care to the uninsured, low income, unqualied & overlooked citizens residing in the western portion of Orange County, Florida. anks to funding from the West Orange Health Alliance, the West Orange Dental Alliance program has been possible. WODA is now making emergent dental care available to qualifying residents of West Orange. With the support from our community, the West Orange Dental Alliance is able to coordinate and enable our caring local dentists, who have graciously volunteered to participate in this program, who serve patients in their oces to help create smiles that give hope and improve lives. WODA does not have an exact location or clinic, as each patient is referred to the specialist of their needed treatment.Quick Facts About West Orange Dental Alliance e WODA Dental program is for low-income, uninsured residents in the West Orange Healthcare district. Currently we are only accepting patients in need of emergent dental care. Patients must provide proof of residency and income before any services are rendered. ere is NO out-of-pocket cost to an eligible patient. e WODA program refers out to local dental providers that have agreed to complete treatment on patients in their own oce. We have implemented a JUMP START program to help residents obtain better dental health and employment. Statistics are from 04/01/17 03/31/18Other Treatments Crowns Extractions Fillings Removable Appliances Root Canals61 3 6 78 66 734 227 277132 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer
277133 Jump Start Program Restorable to Employablee Jump Start program is an additional programwhere we give West Orange residents the opportunity to becomeRestorable to Employable with full smile restorations and employment. Our goal is to oer dental restorations/treatment to bring the patient back to a healthy smile so that they have the best possible chance to get a job or advance out of poverty level. We connect them with local job placement agencies in the West Orange area.BlessingsReferred by: Christian Service Center, OcoeeI taught my daughters to take care of their teeth, and today, they have nice teeth and beautiful smiles. I however did not practice what I preached. Somewhere along the way I gave up on taking care of my teeth because of fear of the drill, needles and the dental equipment that looked scary. My teeth eventually began to chip, break o and decay. I went years with my mouth resembling that of a jack-o-lantern. As Ive aged my life has changed in that I am represented more and more in the public eye through my church. I started to feel ashamed to smile or speak publicly, as the years progressed, my condence and self-esteem seemed to be diminished, but because of my faith in God, I knew that he would guide me in the right direction. I remember ling out the application to become a candidate for the program and thinking that this will just turn into another disappointment like all the other programs I have applied for. I cannot express enough appreciation for their help because when I caught my rst glimpse of myself in a mirror with my new smile, I could not help but crytears of joy. Today my condence has increased tremendously, and my self-esteem has been boosted. I feel like the old me again and I have Dr. Briceno (Oral Surgeon), Titus Dental (Cosmetic Dentist), Aordable Dentures (Appliances) and WODA to thank for giving me so much while they gained so little. God bless each and every one of them.Total TransformationReferred by: Florida Hospital Apopka ER Getting accepted in this program really changed my life, in the long run it probably saved it. I could not ask for a better sta of ladys who care not even knowing who you are or where you come from. No matter if you were feeling down about the procedure or whatever the issue may be, they always had a way to cheer u up and make u feel safe and comfortable. Since Ive received my new beautiful smile Ive started a new job as adispatcher. I really feel that having a pretty smile landed me this job. Ive always worked at clothing stores, now Im in my own oce at a desk. My whole life Ive always wanted, wished and prayed for a pretty smile. You just dont know the years of pain and swollen faces Ive been through, must be over 100 trips to the ER. I am very thankful for all of this. When I tell my story to people I cry every time, honestly EVERYTIME....but its happy tears and how caring people can still be these days. If I ever become wealthy I want to do the same thing for people. Help them in a way thats life changing. ank you, West Orange Dental Alliance & a, special thank you to the beautiful ladies who were there walking with me every step of the way. You are the sun, in my dark sky!!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead Amazing TransformationLife ChangingWow! Beautiful
277135 WODA is an initiative of the West Orange Health Alliance. They originally formed, and continue today, to serve as a healthcare collaborative to promote and protect the health and well-being of families residing in West Orange. Since 2002, the West Orange Health Alliance has helped fund, assist and collaborate with local healthcare providers who in turn provided healthcare to West Orange residents. Health alliance sponsor website: www.wohealthalliance.org All of these amazing smiles and life changes would not be possible without our caring providers who volunteer their time, oces, sta and hearts to help make an impact in our community.