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GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORJudging by Windermeres Aug. 13 budget workshop, the Town Council is currently leaning toward the idea of increasing the towns millage rate from 3.25 to 3.7425. After hearing presentations from Windermere Town Manager Robert Smith, the council agreed the town could use the increased revenue from a 3.7425 millage rate to fund projects listed in the towns Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan. Smith emphasized the .49 increase is desperately needed to fund multiple capital projects, because if the millage rate is kept at 3.25, the town only would have $548 left after all expenses. The incremental tax increase from 3.25 to 3.7425 will generate about $320,000 more in ad-valor em revenue, Smith said. For conObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer PAPERS WIN STATE AWARDSThe West Orange Times and Observer and Windermere Observer won a combined 12 awards in the Florida Press Associations 2017 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented at the 2018 Florida Media Conference Aug. 10 at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. The rst-place awards include: Front-Page Makeup, West Orange Times & Observer Sports Section, West Orange Times & Observer: Steven Ryzewski Sports Spot News Story, YOUR TOWN SEE TOWN PAGE 4Danielle HendrixThe Windermere Wolverine Band hosts multiple fundraisers throughout the year, such as the recent mattress sale in the gym.Town manager: Revenue from tax increase would fund needed projectsAchilles Art Cafe celebrates 10 years. 9.Three vie for O.C. mayorMeet the three candidates who hope to succeed Teresa Jacobs. SEE PAGE 3. The Windermere Town Council held a second budget workshop Aug. 13 to learn what projects could be funded in the future with a higher millage rate.VOLUME 3, NO. 43 IN THIS ISSUE Just to see them come through the doors I cant wait. To see the magic happen in the classrooms and on that stage its going to beautiful. Jason King, director of ne arts, Windermere Prep SPORTSBand boostersNow in its second year, the Windermere Wolverine Band needs a little boost from the community to keep the beat going. PAGE 4. Windermere Preparatory School welcomes Nathan Peck and Micah Kurtz to sta. SEE PAGE 15. SEE YOUR TOWN PAGE 6

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2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018 Check in Online Select Treatment Time Wait at HomeChoose your ER time. Online. *For minor emergencies that are not lifeor limb-threatening.And wait from the comfort of your own home.* With eight conveniently located ERs in Central Florida, youre never far from highly specialized emergency care close to home. Choose expert care thats close when it counts. Choose Orlando Health. 5932-128909 HCH ER 2.0 Woman Observer Media.indd 1 8/3/2018 10:33:35 AM 281033 Pammies Sammies provides everything from sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads, soups, and salads that are made fresh every day with love.New Location Inside Dr. P Phillips YMCA7000 Dr. P Phillips Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 407-730-3212 | www.pammiessammies.com | BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER CATERING 281055 THURSDAY, AUG. 16AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP MEETING 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, in Building C, Room 204/206, at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando. This support group is designed for parents of children/teens on the Autism Spectrum Disor der. Share challenges, ideas, concerns, success stories and fellowship. A trained facilitator from UCF CARD oers a brief topical lesson each month. Email care@st.lukes.org or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 262, to register to attend. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP MEETING 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando. All faiths welcome. This support group is open to newly diag nosed cancer ghters, survivors, caregivers and spouses/part ners. Meetings include a time of sharing, spiritual and emotional support. Email care@st.lukes. org or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 262, to register to attend.FRIDAY, AUG. 17HAUNTED HOUSE AUDITIONS 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17; Saturday, Aug. 18; and Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Winter Garden Masonic Lodge, 230 W. Bay St. Panic on Plant Street Haunted House is looking for high-energy adults and teen volunteers to join the Scream Team. For infor mation, go to Mimis Community Theaters Facebook page. WEST ORANGE BABE RUTH LEAGUE FALL FLING 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at 560 Flewelling Ave., Ocoee. This will be an evening of family fun and a chance to register for fall baseball. Event includes kickball and Wie ball, corn hole and food and beverages for purchase. For more, visit estorangebaberuth.org.SATURDAY, AUG. 18SEVENTH ANNUAL JCCF FAMILY FUN BOWL 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Winter Garden Bowl, 715 S. Dillard St. Sign in at 12:30 p.m. Price is $20 per bowler and includes shoe rental. There will be family-appropriate prizes and raes, as well. (407) 656-6974.MONDAY, AUG. 20WINDERMERE LITTLE LEAGUE FALL BALL REGISTRATION 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, Thursday, Aug. 23, and Wednesday, Aug. 29; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at George Bailey Park, 11974 Robertson Road, Winter Garden. Practice begins Monday, Sept.17. Windermerell.org.WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22SINGLE & PARENTING SUPPORT GROUP 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Aug. 22 in Building C, Room 201/203 at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Or lando. Childcare and youth programming available with prior reservation. Weekly meetings through Nov. 28 include practical topics addressing the many challenges facing single parents. Register online at st.lukes.org/ care. Email care@st.lukes.org or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 262, for more information. FRIDAY, AUG. 24FAMILY FOOD TRUCK NIGHT 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in front of Windermere Town Hall, 520 Main St. Join the Town of Windermere Downtown Business Commit tee for its fourth-Friday food truck event. Trucks are open for business from 5 to 9:30 p.m. For a list of the trucks, go to the Of cial Food Truck Event page on Facebook. PUPS, PINTS & PEEPS 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Crooked Can Barrel Room, 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Grab your pup, call your peeps and get ready for a puppy hour like no other. Who wouldnt enjoy a Happy Hour amongst their fourlegged friends? (407) 456-7144.SATURDAY, AUG. 25#FELTSTRONG SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER First game is at 8 a.m. Satur day, Aug. 25, at Braddock Park, 13460 Lake Butler Blvd., Winter Garden. Proceeds from the double-elimination competition will be given to the parents of Tyler Felt, who died from injuries sustained in an automobile crash. Register by emailing margiearivera@gmail.com. Cost is $225 per team. For questions, call or text Jim Klick at (407) 462-3921, Allan Campos at (352) 978-5467 or Margie Rivera at (407) 202-2362. ART LOVERS BOOK CLUB Noon Saturday, Aug. 25, at the SoBo Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. The discussion is hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association and is based on Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (In That Order), by Bridget Quinn. Tickets are $10 for WGAA members, $15 for others. For infor mation, call (407) 347-7996 or email info@wgart.org. To register, visit wgart.org/events/summerbook-club-broad-strokes.SUNDAY, AUG. 26GIRL SCOUTS RECRUITMENT FAIR 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Ascension Church, 4950 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando. Join the Dr. Win community for an afternoon of Girl Scout fun. Contact Georgia MacKenzie at join_drwin_girlscouts@yahoo. com with questions. YOUR CALENDAR

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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018 3 281050 rrfwww.eprealtors.com | 407-704-80304848 S Apopka Vineland, Ste 212 Windermere FL 32819Expand Your Real Estate Portfolio PETE CLARKEOCCUPATION: County Commissioner District 3 RESIDENCE: Conway area unincorporated Orange County; Orange County resident of 53 years WEBSITE: peteclarke. orgWhy are you running for the mayoral seat? As a two-term county commissioner and someone who has invested considerable time in the community before running for office, I want to continue building a home for all of our citizens. We have a lot of challenges, and I am certainly up to the task, as evidenced by my work as a commissioner, appointed county official and community volunteer. What are three reasons why county residents should vote for you? As a county commissioner, I am the best prepared to (ensure) continuity of essential county services, especially with three new commissioners joining the board. My educational background, military training and hands-on county experience cannot be matched by other candidates. I have a long history of community involvement before running for office. Having a desire to give sets me apart. I have sat on, chaired or created (more than) 20 community organizations dedicated to helping. Health care, childrens services and public safety are examples of our efforts. If elected, what would be your priorities for the county? Day one (and during transition) will begin our efforts to tackle the housing issue. We have an excellent blueprint developed by the Affordable Housing Task Force to use as a guide. This level of community involvement will continue as we address the need. Concurrently, we will address county permitting. We have online processes now, so I will look at moving from sequential processes to parallel processes to shorten our time frames. Transportation funding is critical, and I will look to determine if tolls can be utilized. What would you do differently to balance growth and transportation infrastructure? My record of not supporting sprawl and respecting the balance between growth and infrastructure differentiates me in this race. I will demand that we grow with infrastructure, not ahead of it. The work that created Innovation Way is an example of what can be accomplished and what should be accomplished. This will necessitate a regional approach as well as an in-depth assessment of our growth plans. We are a destination of choice both domestic and international for relocations so pressures will not subside. MEET THE CANDIDATES ORANGE COUNTY MAYOROrange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs is leaving after reaching the eight-year term limit, and three candidates are seeking to succeed her: Or ange County Commissioner Pete Clarke, Orange County Sheri Jerry Demings and businessman Rob Panepinto. Former candidate Bill Sublette the Orange County Public Schools chairman dropped out of the race Jan. 31. In an exclusive Q&A with the W indermere Observer, the candidates answered questions regarding their priorities for the county, motivations to run for the open mayoral seat and ideas for how to address the issues facing Orange County. The election for Jacobs seat is scheduled to take place Aug. 28. If a candidate fails to win 50% of the vote, a runo will be held Nov. 6. For complete, unedited answers, visit OrangeObserver.com.GABBY BAQUEROJERRY DEMINGSAGE: 59 OCCUPATION: Sheri of Orange County RESIDENCE: Dr. Phillips area; Orange County resident of 59 years WEBSITE: jerry demingsformayor.net Why are you running for the mayoral seat? I have (more than) 37 years of competent, drama-free leadership as a public servant in Orange County. I believe my experience as a leader in both private and public sectors make me the best choice for the position. This is my home and the home of my children and grandchildren. In my role as Orange County sheriff for the past 10 years, I would rise early thinking about the safety and wellness of our residents and how to make our community better. With the support of the Board of County Commissioners, I was also able to raise employee wages while still maintaining a balanced, fiscally conservative budget. What are three reasons why county residents should vote for you? 1. I am uniquely qualified to be Orange County mayor having served as Orlando police chief, Orange County deputy county administrator, interim jail director and Orange County sheriff for three terms. 2. I demonstrated my commitment to diversity and promoted minorities and women to the highest ranks they ever held within the Sheriffs Office. 3. I have been endorsed by broad segments of the Orange County community. I am endorsed by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and many current and former local mayors. Endorsements include business chambers, the lodging and hospitality industry, the Orlando Regional Realtors, Greater Orlando Builders Association, Apartment Association of Central Florida, Fraternal Order of Police, International Association of Firefighters, Equality Florida, Vamos 4 PR Action Association, Latin American Civic Alliance and more. What would you do differently to balance growth and transportation infrastructure? We must reduce the number of people reliant on automobiles for individual transportation. This requires a recommitment to smart growth initiatives, which focus on mixed-use developments that create centers of commerce where people work close to where they live and then connect such centers via a robust transportation system. This system should include rapid transit, commuter rail, high speed rail, ride-share vehicles and expanded use of autonomous vehicles. ... We should explore a dedicated funding source to support mass transit. ROB PANEPINTOAGE: 50 OCCUPATION: President of Florentine Strategies; CEO of Entrepreneurs in Action; CEO of the Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator RESIDENCE: Winter Park WEBSITE: robforcountymayor.comWhy are you running for the mayoral seat? I want my daughters, and others like them, to see our community as the place they can build their lives, careers and families. We are a community with so many positives and potential. Yet, we are 160th in average wages, a third of our renters pay 50% of their income in rent and 25% of our kids live in poverty. Creating higher-wage jobs, expanding affordable-housing options, building a world-class infrastructure and continuing to help those in need requires experience not found in those who have spent their careers in government. What are three reasons why county residents should vote for you? I am the only candidate with a defined blueprint for an even better Orange County, founded on my experience of growing successful businesses and working as a civic leader. I will bring new perspective and innovation, as a job creator and nonprofit leader. I will bring a broader set of voices to county government to create higher-wage jobs, reduce the cost of housing and improve the quality of life for our residents. If elected, what would be your priorities for the county? Here is my blueprint for an even better Orange County: Attract new jobs and higher incomes; reduce our cost of housing; encour age entrepreneurship and small business growth; ensure we have abundant educational opportunities to help prepare a skilled workforce to support new industries; improve public transit; invest in personnel and resources for first-responders and publicsafety officers, and invest in our infrastructure. What would you do differently to balance growth and transportation infrastructure? We need a comprehensive transportation network that includes car, bus, rail and bicycle options. Closer coordination or consolidation of Lynx, SunRail and the Expressway Authority could allow for dollars to be allocated across different modes of transportation. Lets expand SunRail to the airport and run it more frequently. Lets explore mass-transit options to the Convention Center, Disney and Universal, leveraging potential for a high-speed-rail service to Tampa.

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4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018 DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORWhen a high-school marching band takes the field at halftime, fans get to enjoy a high-energy performance the fruit of the bands labor. What isnt visible is the time, money, coordination and hard work it takes to go from practice to performance. Most high-school bands also have the advantage of tradition on their side. But because Winder mere High School opens its doors to students for just the second year, the Wolverine band is putting in overtime to continue building their brand.OFF THE GROUNDBand Director Rob Darragh who also plays in the Florida National Guard 13th Army Band in Miami knew the task he had taken on of building a new program from the ground up was going to be a challenge, but it still didnt prepare him when he walked into a bare band room last summer. We walked into an empty band room with no instruments, stands or chairs, Darragh said. We had to sit on the floor our first meeting, and we had nothing whatsoever. The first week of band camp, (we had) nothing. (The students) were standing there with their hands up like they had an instrument. Our second week we borrowed some tubas and things like that from UCF. Finally we had instruments, then the rest. Nothing came all at once even the middle of the year and toward April, they were still getting instruments. To get people excited about the band was very difficult, he said. Once things took off, I did a pretty good job of trying to energize them as much as I could. The hurricanes that fall added to the challenge, and Darragh said the band didnt get its whole show on the field until a week or two before states. It was rough all around, slow going, but everyone rallied at the end and plowed through it, and we went to contest this year, our first year out, he said. This year, everythings been so much better. They now have instruments, uniforms, some music and equipment, but it still doesnt negate the programs need for time and support to get to the caliber its members hope to be at. Traditions take time to build, so that definitely is a challenge, because a lot of bands have them, Darragh said. Were just kind of feeling it out. Were trying to build the band like we want it but a lot of that is student-driven. Jessica Kendall is the parent of a junior in the band and knew she was going to be involved in the program her daughter is so passionate about. Last year as parents we were so anxious to get started waiting for the band director to arrive, waiting for the instruments and uniforms to arrive and everything was such a sense of anticipation, Kendall said. There were a lot of areas where parents were needed to step in because it was such a monumental task. Were here first and foremost for the kids to make sure they have a great experience, to make sure they have a chance to shine on the stage, on the field, in the performance hall, and that they have the tools they need to do the very best job and represent our community.BETTERING THE BANDGoing into its second year the band is more at ease and better prepared than in its inaugural year, but the legwork is far from complete. And with about 170 members thus far, coordinating and prioritizing the bands needs is no easy task. We started with nothing, no money, Darragh said. Everything we were doing was fundraised, and they pay a fee to be in marching band. That fee is not enough but helps us at least break even somewhat. For high-school bands, fund raising is key, and Darragh aims to continue getting his bands name out in the community. He equates it to giving student-athletes the funds and tools they need to be successful at their sports. For band especially one that will require transportation for both home and away games there are buses, instruments, music and more. He added that a band could easily have a $100,000 operating budget for marching season, competitions and school representation. Each member pays $400 in fees and must raise the rest of the money. We are the largest sport on campus, he said. We have the most moving parts, and were the largest team to manage, and I dont think that many people think about it that way. Kendall added that the band also wants to give back to the commu nity. The kids perform, and they like to be heard, Kendall said. We would love for people to come out to the football games. Were really excited to take the field on our home turf and show people what we have. We want to give back we know that for some people in our community this was a big compromise to let us build the school here. With its stadium ready to go this football season, the band is look ing forward to getting a boost from selling concessions. It also hopes to get corporate sponsors. Were so very happy to be here, but (we also want) to ask if someone has it within their means and their hearts to help us just a little bit more in any of these ways, Kendall said. Whether its getting a discount card, coming to the mattress sale, going to a spirit night, any way that they can help we really appreciate it, and it means the world to these kids. HOW TO HELP These are some of the bands greatest needs: Concert tubas, marimbas, other old instruments, parade banner, sousaphones, two trucks (to borrow or rent for transporting instruments and equipment during football season). Discount cards will be sold from Aug. 20 through Sept. 2 for $10 each and are good through May 2019. Corporate sponsors and community members who wish to donate or partner with the band can visit its donation website at schoolpay.com/pay/for/ Band-Donations/IdGWL. Additionally, follow the band on Facebook to stay up to date on upcoming spirit nights and other fundraisers: facebook. com/Wolverinebands.text, the median household tax able valuation is about $460,000. This would be a $228 increase for the entire year. The increase was justified due to the fact that if the town were to keep the ad-valorem rate at 3.25, we would have about $548 left over to fund the various projects residents have been ask ing for over the past seven years. During the workshop, Smith informed council members which capital projects the town would be able to self-fund in the next two to three years with the expected rev enue increase. One of those projects was the masterplan ($130,000) and designs ($456,000) required to retrofit the town for sewer infrastructure. According to cost estimates presented at a utilities expansion workshop held Jan. 23, construction would be about $7.5 million, bringing the total to roughly $8 million. However, the town plans to pur sue financial assistance for construction costs from the state and federal government, Smith said in a January interview. The town also would be able to fund repairs for any damaged sidewalk areas throughout the towns 19,850 linear feet of existing sidewalk. The repairs would cost an estimated $595,500, and according to Smith, the town would be able to fund the initial $70,000 cost of repair for 2,333 linear feet of sidewalk with the 2018-19 budget. In addition, the town would be able to fully fund the design and construction of a new pedestrian crossing/golf cart bridge by October 2020, he said. The current canal bridge, he said, is too narrow for pedestrians, bicyclists and golf carts to cross simultaneously, but a planned upgrade would allow for both pedestrians and golf carts to cross, connecting both north and south Windermere. Lastly, Smith said, the town would be able to pay for the conceptual design and construction of a planned capital-improvement project to enhance the towns stormwater-retention system. The project is intended to create a more interconnected stormwater system to relieve existing ponds and areas of the town that experience significant washouts and flooding, Smith said. According to budget documents, the conceptual design would cost $20,000 and could be funded in this years budget, while the $200,000 estimated cost of construction would be funded in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 budgets. The towns first budget hearing is at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Town Hall.Town hosts budget workshopCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1The show must go onGabriel CosmeMembers of the Windermere Wolverine Band are excited for fans to see their new show. 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, 661 Garden Commerce Parkway, Suite 180, Winter Garden, 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.OrangeObserver.comObserver Media Group Inc.1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David BelilesPublishers 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, 1944CONTACT USThe Windermere Observer is published once weekly, on Thursdays. It provides subscription home delivery. The Windermere Observer also can be found in commercial locations and at our oce, 661 Garden Commerce Parkway, Suite 180, Winter Garden, Florida 34787 If you wish to subscribe to, visit our website, OrangeObserver.com, call (407) 656-2121 or visit our oce, 661 Garden Commerce Parkway, Suite 180, Winter Garden.TO ADVERTISEFor display or digital advertising, call (407) 656-2121. For Classieds, call (407) 656-2121.SEND US YOUR NEWSLet us know about your events, celebrations and achievements. To contact us, send your information via email to Michael Eng, meng@OrangeObserver.com.ObserverWINDERMEREPublisher / Dawn Willis, dwillis@OrangeObserver.com Executive Editor / Michael Eng, meng@OrangeObserver.com Design Editor / Jessica Eng, jeng@OrangeObserver.com Senior Sports Editor / Steven Ryzewski, sryzewski@OrangeObserver.com News Editor / Gabby Baquero, gbaquero@OrangeObserver.com Community Editor / Amy Quesinberry, amyq@OrangeObserver.com Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, dhendrix@OrangeObserver.com Sta Writer / Eric Gutierrez, egutierrez@OrangeObserver.com Advertising Executive Cyndi Gustafson, advertising@OrangeObserver.com Business Development Kim Kowske, kkowske@OrangeObserver.com Creative Services Tony Trotti, ttrotti@OrangeObserver.com Customer Service Representatives Allison Brunelle, abrunelle@OrangeObserver.com Katie Rehm, krehm@orangeobserver.comObserver Media Group Inc.1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David BelilesPublishers 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 2018 The Observer Media Group Inc. 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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018 5 Its hard to believe summer is drawing to an end and kids are already heading back to school. Here are a few tips to help prepare your child for a healthy and successful school year. Be involved. Parents who are active in their childrens education can have a very positive impact on their success in school. Ways to get involved include: Talk to your child about their classes. Meet their teachers and school administrators. Get to know other parents. Go to school events. Volunteer to help in the classroom. Stick to a routine. Having the same bedtime and wake-up time every day will help your kids get a better nights sleep. And remember to build in enough time for a healthy breakfast to get their day started right. Skipping breakfast can make kids feel tired, restless or irritable. Get up-to-date on shots. Vaccines help your child, and those around them, to stay healthy. Pack smart. Make sure your childs backpack never weighs more than 10 to 20 percent of their body weight. Heavy packs can strain developing muscles and joints. Be organized. Get a calendar for your refrigerator or wall to keep track of things like: After school activities Sporting events Project due dates Teacher meetings Doctor visits and more! Each week, review your calendar together to stay on top of upcoming events. Read together. Get your child excited about new subjects by reading together for 20 minutes a day. Visit your local library to check out age-appropriate books that interest your kidsall for free! Designate a study area. Set up a special, quiet and safe place thats just for school work. Cook healthy meals. Kids who eat regular, healthy meals often do better in school. Try to incorporate the following food groups into their daily diet. Protein: lean meats, seafood, poultry, eggs, beans, soy products and unsalted nuts/ seeds Fruits: apples, bananas, berries, and citrus Vegetables: red, orange and green leafy items, plus beans and peas Grains: whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pastas and rice Dairy: milk, yogurt, cheese or Also, try to sit down to eat together as a family every night. Its a great time to catch up after a busy day and enjoy a relaxing, healthy meal! Partnering with your child to get organized, involved and healthy will make for a successful and memorable school year. HEALTH OBSERVED By Carol Lemerond, ARNP, Florida Blue Nurse Practitioner (352) 242-6800 Clermont (321) 441-2020 Winter Park www.FloridaBlue.com Carol Lemerond is a nurse practitioner at the Florida Blue Centers in Winter Park Village and inside the Clermont Wal-Mart, where she teaches free health and wellness classes that are open to the public in addition to providing health coaching and assessments. Health Observed allows brands and businesses to connect directly with the Observers readership and participate in the conversation by creating engaging content on the Observers digital publishing platform. For more on Health Observed, email us at kohara@yourobserver.com.ADVERTISEMENT 266865 Preparing for School Year Success DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORNot many high-school students can say they have volunteered at three different hospitals and a church, worked a paid internship and met with local politicians in the nations capital all in one summer. But 17-year-old Mackenzie Johnson, a senior at Windermere High School, wrapped up her summer with all that accomplished. Johnson recently completed an eight-week, paid internship at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Floridas Universal branch through the Bank of America Student Leaders pro gram. Since 2004, Bank of America has conducted a student-leaders program, and it was really our goal to identify and nurture young leaders and help them build their capacity as future leaders, said Jodie Hardman, senior vice presi dent and marketing manager for Bank of Americas Orlando mar ket. We do it across more than 45 markets nationwide: Every year we pick five students (in each market) who are juniors and seniors. We reach out looking for students like Mackenzie who have a passion for giving back and doing more, and for recognizing a need in the community, their schools and neighbor hoods and serving. Johnson comes from a small town outside of Nashville and only has lived in the Horizon West area for a year. But as soon as she moved, she knew it was important to get involved in her new community. She currently volunteers at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Win nie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies and at her church with preschoolers. Additionally, she has participated in cleanup days with Bok Tower Gardens and mentors a fellow Windermere High student. At my old high school, I played volleyball, and during volleyball season, I wasnt able to do nearly as much volunteering, Johnson said. When I moved, I missed tryout dates, and I decided I didnt want to do single tryouts. Finding time with not playing a sport has been easier, but I really have to monitor how I spend my time. I have to keep time in perspective to be able to do all the things that I do. Johnson, who aspires one day to become a neurosurgeon and open a nonprofit hospital in a developing country, discovered the Bank of America Student Leaders pro gram through the schools college and career specialist. She was one of five students out of more than 100 applicants in the Orlando area to be chosen. We met Mackenzie in person, and she just further exemplified everything that she had written about and felt about leader ship, what she felt were important issues in the community and how shes working above and beyond what she does in school, Hardman said. A lot of teenagers who are volunteering, its because of required hours, but (for) Macken zie its innately how shes wired. She wants to do more than what is expected, because it feels good to her but also shes making a dif ference. Thats what we want to nurture. For seven weeks this summer Johnson worked with children in summer camps at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, but from July 8 to 13 she and the four other Orlando-area students selected embarked on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. More than 25 student leaders attended the summit to receive financial-literacy training; discuss issues pertinent to society; learn how the government and nonprof its work together to advance social change; and meet with change makers on a national level. It was an encouraging trip, Johnson said. Sometimes, the youth can be viewed (like) our opinions dont matter because we cant vote, but to have all of these important people looking at us as the future, that for me is what this entire trip was about. Their motto is Serve, Inspire, Change, and I got to see all of that in action.Local student selected for leadership programWindermere High senior Mackenzie Johnson was one of ve students in the Central Florida area to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders program this summer. CourtesyMackenzie Johnson, a senior at Windermere High, traveled to Washington, D.C., this summer as part of the Bank of America Student Leaders program.We met Mackenzie in person, and she just further exemplied every thing that she had written about and felt abut leadership, what she felt were important issues in the community and how shes working above and beyond what she does in school. Jodie Hardman

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ARTS + CULTURETHURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018 ORANGEOBSERVER.COM GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORWhen Achilles Ash Popal opened the doors to his coffee shop in August 2008 in MetroWest, he wanted to make sure everything was perfect for his first impression. But the morning he opened his business, he realized he forgot something critical: how to make coffee. It was so bad, Popal said, laughing. I knew that the first impression had to be right. So everything was picture perfect. But the day I was opening the cafe, I realized, Oh my God, I didnt learn how to make coffee or lattes. So I printed out the instructions on how to make a basic latte and cappuccino from Google. So when people ordered it, I would look at the instructions to see how to do it. And thats how it started. Fast forward a few years, and his coffee shop, named Achilles Art Cafe, is a popular venue with its own unique style. It serves every thing from smoothies, tea, beer, wine, sandwiches, appetizers, baked goods and coffee coffee that Popal proudly claims is the best in MetroWest. And with 241 reviews on Google granting the cafe a 4.6 rating and 131 five-star ratings on Yelp,he might not be wrong. But the popular cafe, which locals describe as a hidden gem, has gone through its share of struggles.BAD TIMINGWhen Popal, who was born and raised in Germany, moved in October 1999 to Florida to pursue the American Dream, he had $23 in his pocket. He didnt know any English except for the word for pen and the phrase, My name is Achilles. But he didnt let that stop him. He took a three-month English course and lived with a host family during that time. Later, he found work in the hotel industry in Fort Lauderdale and saved up to buy a house in MetroWest. Despite not having any culinary experience, he clung to his dream of one day opening his own cafe a cafe inspired by one he would visit in Hamburg, Germany. In Germany, I used to go to this cafe thatonly had a couple of stuff, but it was always good, Popal said. So I knew I wanted to have something like that.I never wanted to have a restaurant. I just wanted to have something that had a little bit of everything, like beer, wine, coffee, tea, hookah, sandwiches, smoothies I wanted everyone to be able to find somethinghere. After going though a 10-month process with the city of Orlando to Perk Place The cafe, which opened Aug. 8, 2008, has had its share of struggles.Achilles Popal, commonly known as Ash, is the owner of Achilles Art Cafe in MetroWest. The Achilles Sandwich was my rst sandwich its my own recipe, Popal said. I cant cook, but I can create. If you told me to make you spaghetti bolognese, I would have zero idea how to do that. But if you have leftovers from dierent stu, I could create something better than before.Photos by Gabby BaqueroTHREE TO TRY1 Achilles Sandwich: Turkey, pepperoni, ham, swiss, provolone, lettuce, tomato, pesto, honey mustard and feta cheese pressed on French bread2 Turkey, Apple & Brie: Turkey, apple, brie, honey, mayo and mustard pressed on French bread3 Pineapple Sandwich: Ham, turkey, pineapple, provolone, & sun-dried tomato on French bread SEE ACHILLES PAGE 10

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10 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018 receive all the required permits, he finally opened his business as everyone else was closing. When he opened in 2008, it was the start of the recession. To pull through the sudden economic downturn, he worked hard and managed everything himself. For a couple of years, I worked everything by myself the front and the back, Popal recalled. And I used to have sandwiches brought here from other com panies, but then I decided I just wanted to make them myself to make sure they were fresh. And Im a little bit of a perfectionist. I like giving a good presentation. I dont like sad-looking lettuce hanging there. As economic conditions improved, he hired six employees. He now makes everything from scratch to ensure the quality is top-notch, he said. But, despite all the hard work he put into his cafe, he never expected it to become this successful. A lot of people always said its about location, location, location, but as you can see, this location is not the greatest location, Popal said. This is the corner of the corner of the corner of MetroW est. I have no idea where all these people come from. Ive never spent a dime on advertising or any of that stuff.CHRISTMAS FIREIt was the support of his customers who helped make sure he stayed in business when a fire destroyed the cafe in December 2016 only two days after Christmas. The fire claimed everything, including his will to continue the business, he said. Literally everything was destroyed everything, he said. The couches. The tables. The walls were covered with soot, which had been covered by water. And I just couldnt handle it. I didnt think I would be open again because it looked really bad. However, his fortunes changed when an employee offered to set up a GoFundMe to raise funds for the needed repairs. The GoFundMe, which asked for $10,000, raised $4,000 in a day, he said. They reached their goal shortly thereafter, and Popal felt he owed it to everyone who donated money to try yet again. Achilles Art Cafe is now, once again, a popular hangout spot for locals and students from nearby Valencia College. Patrons often are impressed by the colorful decor and food, Popal said. The work of about 25 to 30 local artists adorns the walls. He invites artists to display their artwork and include their name, phone number and asking price on the back of their canvas for anyone interested in buying the art. Its a good deal, he added, as it helps the artists get recognized and adds to the artsy vibes and homey feeling of his cafe. One thing that always bothered me about some places was that they all had the same decorations, he said. All the tables and the seats were the same. Sometimes, they ask you, Where you would like to sit? But I think, Well, it all looks the same, so what does it matter? So I thought I should make it all different. Everybody finds their own little spot that makes them comfortable here. Some people like couches, others like the tables, some prefer the corner. But I want to make sure it has a homey feeling. Like youve walked into someones liv ing room. I want everyone to feel welcome. 282754 250293 407-573-1300 14100 W Colonial Drive Winter Garden, FL 34787 281089www.jaysqualitytreeservice.com STUMPED?? Call us today!We specialize in: Tree services including tree removal and stump grinding Mistletoe and Moss removal Crane, land clearing, and bobcat services Hurricane preparation And all your landscaping needsOce: 407-880-2221Cell: 407-358-4188 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICEFree estimates Licensed and insured 280893 281518 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 IF YOU GOACHILLES ART CAFE 2869 Wilshire Drive, No. 103, Orlando PHONE: (407) 704-7860 HOURS: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to midnight Fridays. Closed weekends.And I used to have sandwiches brought here from other companies, but then I decided I just wanted to make them myself to make sure they were fresh. And Im a little bit of a perfectionist. I like giving a good presentation. I dont like sad-look ing lettuce hanging there. Achilles Ash PopalAchilles turns 10CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9

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US Hwy 27 Minneola, FLOne block north of Citrus Towerwww.cremationchoicesfl.com Direct Cremation$675Plus Container We offer a non-traditional setting for families to feel comfortable when planning for themselves or their loved ones. For more information and a complete list of prices, please visit our website: www.cremationchoicesfl.comCremation Choices offers an affordable alternative to expensive funeral homes and cremation services in the Central Florida area. 281373 PATRICIA MERLE DECKER DIED WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2018.Patricia Merle Decker was born Sept. 18, 1944, in Leesburg, Florida, and passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Ocoee, Florida. She was the daughter of Leila Bell Cockcroft and Causey Charles Cockcroft. Merle was loved by so many and made a huge impact in the softball community. She had such an infectious smile with plenty of love to go around. She always believed that having a good heart was a magnet for miracles. Merle is survived by Edsel Decker (husband); Richard Decker (son); Vicky Decker (daughter-in law); Connie Gamble (daughter); Jack Gamble (son in-law);, Renita Rowe (daughter); Joey Rowe (sonin-law); Kay Stewart (daughter); Bobby Stewart (son-in-law);, Shan Decker (son); and Tonya Decker (daughter-in-law). She was also survived by 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She had many accomplishments, but one of her greatest was the family dynamic she created. After 25 years of employment, she retired from the Disciples of Christ in Florida but was also the first female police officer in Winter Garden, Florida, years prior. Her beautiful heart will forever live on. Her wings were ready, but our hearts were not. Her viewing was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, followed by the service at 2 p.m. Your sweetie (Edsel) will sure miss you dearly. WEST ORANGE OBITUARIES AMY J. LINDSEY DIED FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2018.Amy J. Lindsey, age 49, of Ocoee, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. She was born on May 26, 1969, in Orlando. She was a lifelong resident of Ocoee and was a member of Starke Lake Baptist Church. Amy was very devoted to her family. Shewas extremelypatriotic and had a deep love of her country, especially the military. She was also a big fan of the Flor ida Gators. Shewas preceded in death by her father, Ray Lindsey; and her grandparents, H.B. and Gladys McCoy. She is survived by her daughter, Brooke; her parents, Martha and Larry Herrington; her sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Brian Hendrix; as well asmany nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members. Visitation for Amy was from 10 to 11 a.m.Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at Starke Lake Baptist Church, Ocoee. The funeral ser vice followed at11 a.m., also at the church, with Pastor Jeff Pritchard officiating. Interment was to be at the Ocoee Cemetery. To express condolences, please visitcollisonfamilyfuneralhome. com. Services entrusted to Collison Family Funeral Home, Winter Park. (407) 678-4500.STEVEN TYLER FELT DIED WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2018.Steven Tyler Felt was born on March 24, 1992, to Ralph Steven Felt and Rachel Christine Felt. Tyler attended Ocoee High School before continuing his career in construction manage ment. He was currently living in Winter Garden, Florida, before claiming his forever home on the outskirts of Heaven on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Tyler was someone who could ease your troubles, make you laugh, make you think or make you crazy. He could dance with you, sing with you, hunt with you, fish with you or drive a dirt road with you. No matter what you did or who you were, he only had to flash his stunning smile and your life would never be the same again. Our worlds have been forever changed without his love, protection, generosity and wit. Tyler was predeceased by his grandparents, Nelson and Janice Felt, Paul Dyal and Charles Buddy Stephens. He is survived by his grandmother, Patricia Dyal; parents, Steve and Rachel Felt; siblings, DeAnne Martin, Sarah Felt and Rebecca (Cameron) Dotson; nieces, Abby and Charlotte Wallace; along with many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Services were entrusted to Collison Carey-Hand Funeral Home and held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at Mosaic Church Winter Garden. A memorial at Tanner Hall followed at 5:30 p.m. later that day.

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SPORTSAUGUST 16, 2018 Olympia High junior Alec Johnson was named an NISCA All-American in water polo this summer. Page 16.1 Nominations are being accepted for the Florida High School Athletic Associations Student-Advisory Committee. For more info, visit fhsaa. org/gov/saac.2 The U.S. Amateur is ongoing this week at Pebble Beach in California and features Jonah Leach and Eric Berggren, of Olympia High and Windermere Prep, respectively.3 Bob Levy, of Winder mere, has qualied for the 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur. Levy nished tied for rst at a qualifying tournament in Valrico July 26. 4 After Hurricane Irma damaged the West Orange High football teams home eld, compromising its ability to host home games in 2017, the team is fundraising to make up for lost revenue. It has a goal of raising $7,000, and donations will go toward equipment, travel ex penses, team meals and more. To donate, visit bit. ly/2MEV3K3.5 Eddie McDoom, a 2016 graduate of West Orange High and a wide receiver for the University of Michigan the last two years, has announced his intention to transfer and reopen his recruitment. As a result, he will have to sit out one season, per NCAA transfer guidelines. Several Division I, FBS programs have expressed interest in adding McDoom. HIGH5 Dynamic duo Kicking OFF A NEW Season! To advertise or subscribe email AdvertiseNow@OrangeObserver.com or call 407-656-2121 Sponsored in part by...Follow Your School... Photo Galleries Interviews Team of the Week Videos & More 282756 Facebook ..... Observer Preps Twitter .......... @ObserverPreps Instagram .... @observerpreps 407-271-8931www.southwestorlandoeyecare.comAllergies/Tearing Blepharitis Cataracts Conjunctivitis Diabetic eye exams Dry eyes Emergency eye care Foreign body removal Glaucoma Iritis/ uveitis Keratoconus Lasik Consultations Latisse Consultations Macular degeneration Pink eyes Styes Plaquenil toxicity exams Vision Therapy Vision TrainingComprehensive eye exams for all ages | Award-winning Optical Boutique Contact lens ttings from simple to complexDr. John Nowell Dr. Ben KonynenbeltFree Single Vision Lenses With The Purchase of Any Frame August 1, 2018-August 31, 2018 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORIts been a little difficult for Windermere Prep Athletic Director Jacob Doss to contain his excitement about two particular hires he made this summer. Perhaps it is because Doss is also the head football coach for the Lakers, and having a hired topnotch strength and conditioning coach and an athletic trainer with professional and Division I college experience certainly will come in handy for a program that hopes to be at the top of the class in the Sunshine State Athletic Confer ence. Whatever the reason, Doss and the Lakers athletic community on campus have fully embraced Windermere Preps new dynamic duo of head strength coach Micah Kurtz and head athletic trainer Nathan Peck, both hired in June. Both of them have made an immediate impact, Doss said. It feels like theyve already been here for a year. Kurtz and Peck both said they have received a warm welcome in Laker-land. Theyve opened their arms to us, which is awesome, Peck said. Everyone wants success across the board, which is nice.PECKS PEDIGREEIts easy to understand why the addition of Peck to the staff at Steven RyzewskiWindermere Prep head athletic trainer Nathan Peck, left, and head strength and conditioning coach Micah Kurtz have made an immediate impact on campus after each being hired in June.The athletic community at Windermere Prep has been abuzz about two high-prole hires from this summer new athletic trainer Nathan Peck and strength coach Micah Kurtz.SEE TRAINERS PAGE 16

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Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. 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...278860 r See Page 19 of this weeks paper Windermere Prep has produced a bit of excitement by looking at his work history. The newcomer has worked in professional baseball and also at the collegiate level for Rice University, Long Beach State and the University of South Carolina. Most recently, he was the head athletic trainer for the football team at Appalachian State. His is a career spanning two decades that had its origins in an injury. I started like a lot of people in this profession, Peck said. I got hurt playing high-school football, had to go through some rehab, and I was like, This is something I could see myself doing. Doss recalls on Pecks first day in June, when he was out on the field rehabbing with a Laker athlete and has praised the programs new athletic trainer for his attention to proactive and preventative practices. Nate is really big on the prehab, if you will, Doss said.BRANDBUILDERPart of the reason its easy for some to feel as though Kurtz has been on campus longer than he has is his enthusiasm. Kurtz is active on Twitter, highlighting the progress of Laker athletes, and his energy has not gone unnoticed by the student-athletes. Micah has a following already, and hes been here for a month, Doss said. Hes really cutting-edge with the stuff that he does, and he has a great way of teaching it. You naturally want to follow a guy like that. Kurtzs path to Windermere Prep has its roots in a love for sports that translated to a love for the process of getting better at them. My biggest influences and mentors were my high-school coaches and P.E. teachers, Kurtz recalled. I really fell in love not only with sports but (also) with strength training and yearround training. Kurtz has experience as a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina and has worked the last 10 years as the full-time strength coach at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina. He also has worked to coordinate the strength and conditioning program for national basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, and he was asked to speak recently at the National High School Strength Coaches Associations national conference. Named to the 40-under-40 to watch by Coach & AD Magazine, Kurtz said the respect he has accrued within his profession only translates with the student-athletes once there is an established relationship something he has been intentional about building. If they know that you know what youre doing, and they know that you care about them, then theyre going to do any thing for you, Kurtz said.COLLABORATION CULTUREKurtz and Peck share contacts through the University of South Carolina and are off to a good start collaborating as partners for the Lakers. Although their job duties are different, there is an under standing from each that the other is crucial to the ultimate goal success for Lakers student-athletes. We collaborate daily, Peck said. I have that certification (as a strength and conditioning coach), as well, so that helps me and Micah communicate. Collectively, both men are excited to be in a high-school setting where they can have an impact and also have the backing of a committed school administration. Ive learned in these 10 years that the impact you can have at the high-school level is second to none, Kurtz said. To be at a place where you know that youre going to give it your 100% all and you know that the administration has your back 100% thats something you hope and dream for as a coach and as a professional. It seems like just the other day that spring football was wrapping up and even that wait has been unbearable for highschool football fans. Luckily, varsity football returns this week with preseason Kickoff Classics Aug. 17 featuring all six of seven area programs, headlined by a rematch from last falls regional playoffs and the Windermere Wolverines hosting the rival West Orange Warriors. A day earlier, on Aug. 16, Windermere Prep will host Jacksonvilles Cedar Creek at 4 p.m. One of the top games in Central Florida will be a rematch of last falls FHSAA Class 8A Regional Semifinals between eventual-state champion Dr. Phillips and Osceola. The game also will mark the debut of the new Championship Stadium at the recently expanded AustinTindall Sports Complex in Osceola County. Almost a year to the day after the West Orange War riors slapped 70 points on the Windermere Wolverines in last falls preseason game the first game for the new program at Windermere High the Wolverines will get a chance to show improvement when they host the Warriors. Parking is expected to be at a premium at Deputy Scott Pine Community Park, and fans are encouraged to arrive early and catch shuttles to the field from Windermere Highs campus. In other action, Olympia High will host Lake Nona, Foundation Academy will travel to east Orlando to take on a talented Orlando Christian Prep, The First Academy will host Lakeland Christian, and CFCA will travel the farthest of all local schools, heading to St. Petersburg to take on Northside Christian. STEVEN RYZEWSKIWait is over for varsity football Trainers settle in at WPSFile photoWindermere will host rival West Orange in its Kicko Classic. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15What was it like to earn AllAmerican recognition? When they first posted it, I was so happy for Luke (Carey) to see he got First Team AllAmerican. That just solidifies the fact hes the best player in the state and thats my teammate. When I scrolled down the list and saw my name as a Sixth Team AllAmerican, I was so surprised, happy and grateful. Does that taste of national recognition motivate you? Yeah, because now Luke has First Team, and I have to get First Team. What was it like to be part of last seasons state championship team? The team chemistry were, literally, like brothers. Its closer than any other team youve probably ever seen. When we got in that pool (for the state championship), there was no doubt in our mind that we were going to win that game. What were some memorable games that will stick with you from last season? Our biggest loss, Id consider, was probably the St. Thomas (Aquinas) game. I felt like we played pretty well, but it really taught us a lesson that any team can beat you at any time. And then our second most memorable game was the Super Tournament final we won that tournament, and it was our first taste of success. How long have you been playing water polo? I played in fifth grade and, funny story, up until eighth grade, I did it as cross-training and absolutely hated it. I got really good at it, my dad kept me going to practice, and I just learned to love it. Can you expand a little bit on what you love about the game? The physicality and the fact that when the ball goes into the net, youre the most happy person in the world. Whats your favorite area of study? In school, my favorite subject is math. I love doing equations when you work it out and are completely done, it feels amazing. What does the team do when it hangs out outside of the pool? Usually we go bowling or something like that, and then we go to Twistee Treat Twistee Treat is always the place. I usually order vanilla soft serve I keep it basic. See any good movies lately? The Meg it kept you on your toes the entire time. It was super crazy and surprising. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SPORTS SPOTLIGHTAs if being part of a state championship team this past spring wasnt enough, Olympia High water polo standout Alec Johnson learned in July that along with teammate Luke Carey he had been named an All-American by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. Carey was named to the First Team and Johnson was named to the Sixth Team as a sophomore.SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESAlec Johnson THE BASICSAGE: 16 SCHOOL: Olympia High YEAR: Junior HEIGHT: 6-foot-2 POSITION: Utility CLUB TEAM: Orlando Thunder OTHER VARSITY SPORT: Swimming

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WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018 17 282758 STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORIt may be a time for highschool baseball fans in West and Southwest Orange County to re-evaluate their allegiances as far as professional baseball is concerned. Or if youre like me and have an undying loyalty to a bad team shout out to the Chicago White Sox it might at least be time to make room for a new team to follow on a secondary basis. Whether you knew it or not, if you root for local ballplayers once they move on to college and beyond, youre probably rooting for the Cincinnati Reds. Two local alumni Jesse Winker and Mason Williams have suited up for Cincinnatis Big League club this summer, and two more Rylan Thomas and Michael Byrne were drafted by the Reds and are finding early success in the teams farm system. Time to track down a Mr. Red bobblehead on Amazon. Winker, a 2012 grad of Olympia High, has had the most success with the franchise and has been there the longest. Before he was shut down for the season with a shoulder injury that required surgery, the former Titan was a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate in 281 at-bats this season, he has hit .299 with 43 RBIs and seven home runs. According to MLB. com, Winker had been battling a lingering pain in his right shoulder for the entire season, and after it was re-aggravated during a game July 23, the team made the decision to address the issue in its totality. Its been happening, and weve done everything we can to keep it at bay, Winker said. Now its time to go in there and fix it. Everyone agrees with this step. Its time to go do it. The unfortunate turn of events for the Olympia alum created an opportunity for an alumnus of one of the Titans top rivals: Mason Williams, a former West Orange Warrior. Drafted by the New York Yankees, with whom he debuted as a Big Leaguer in 2015 and appeared in 25 games, Williams was acquired by the Reds in November. He had been playing for Cincinnatis Triple-A franchise in Louisville when the call came July 26 to return to baseballs top echelon. A day after the call-up, on July 27 against the Philadelphia Phillies, Williams crushed a go-ahead, three-run home run to help elevate his new team to a 6-4 victory. In his brief time with the Reds, Williams is hitting .289 with four RBIs and four runs scored, making his case to stay with the Big League club. If it wasnt enough that two local alumni have suited up for Cincinnati this summer, the Reds drafted a couple promising local prospects for good measure. Rylan Thomas, a Windermere Prep alum who had started his varsity career at West Orange, had a dynamic college career at UCF, clubbing 13 home runs and driving in 55 RBIs as a sophomore while hitting .343. Drafted by Cincinnati in the 26th round of this summers MLB First-Year Player Draft, Thomas has been strong in his debut professional season with the Greeneville Reds, Cincinnatis Rookie League affiliate. Thomas is hitting .291 on the season with 19 extra-base hits (10 doubles and nine home runs) and was recognized as the Appalachian Leagues Player of the Month for July. Joining Thomas as a Reds selection in this summers draft is Michael Byrne, another Olympia alum and currently a pitcher for the Daytona Tor tugas Cincinnatis Class-A Advanced affiliate in the Florida State League. Byrne, arguably the best closer in college baseball as a pitcher for the Florida Gators, has made 14 appearances as a pro and has an impressive ERA of 1.80. There are no guarantees in professional baseball; players are traded or option back to the minors every day. But with Williams being the oldest of the four players mentioned at 26, and Winker just 24, its not impossible to imagine a scenario one day with four players from four local schools suiting up for one Big League franchise. In which case, dont be surprised if you start seeing more Reds jerseys around town here locally a mere 900 miles away from Great American Ball Park. SIDLEINE SCENE Local ties piling up with MLBs Reds Courtesy Cincinnati RedsBefore an injury cut his season short, Olympia alum Jesse Winker was a Rookie of the Year candidate. rfn 282831 tbn rfntbnfn n tnfrfntfbfbnnnnfrfbtbf

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