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- December 11,2009 January 14, 2010


Dress code

tightened


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE'.,,.ICE
Seminole County stu-
dents may have to clean up
their look before heading
to school after the winter
break, as the School Board
is rushing to change some
dress code rules and ramp
up enforcement of exist-
ing ones to combat lax atti-
tudes.
With language that spe-
cifically bans piercing chains
that span from noses to ears,
pants that droop to show off
underwear and shirts that
ride high to model midriffs,
the Board is cracking down
on a problem that Super-
intendent Bill Vogel said
needed to be addressed.
But this is no revival of
"Footloose", he said. Rather
than acting alone, the Board
even enlisted students to
help determine what fash-
ions are fab or flops.
"Students tend to dress
in a style that periodically
appears and changes," Vogel
said, "so I think that the
work of the committee was
effective in that it tried to
be reasonable in taking that
into consideration."
A special committee that
updated the dress code met
with the council of student
governments for input
before drafting new rules.
"They were on board with
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SunRail wins approval in Legislature


JENNY ANDREASSON, ISAAC
BABCOCK AND MEGAN STOKES
THE VOICE
The third time was the
charm for SunRail, as the
hotly debated commuter
rail project passed through
the Senate late Tuesday in
a surprising 27-10 vote.
Now key legislators who
helped compel the $1.2
billion deal's passage are
trumpeting it as a victory
for commuters and busi-
ness.
Standing just outside
the Florida Senate cham-
ber, State Senator Lee
Constantine couldn't stop
his phone from ringing
after the news began to


spread.
"Longwood's gonna
have their station now,
my friend," he said to
Longwood Mayor Butch
Bundy, holding a phone in
each hand.
"I'm happier than I've
been in a long time,"
Constantine said.
The legislation, which
had died in the Senate
twice before, will pave the
way for a 61-mile commut-
er line through Central
Florida, purchased from
rail company CSX. It is now
on its way to Gov. Charlie
Crist's desk. The bill will
also direct money to the
foundering South Florida
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These tracks should begin carrying commuters by 2012, after the Florida Senate
approved a controversial SunRail bill Tuesday. The House approved it on Monday.


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Page A2 December 11,2009 January 14, 2010 Seminole Voice

THIS WEEK in history

Jean Paul Getty III, the kidnapped grandson of American blliaire
J. Paul Getty, was found alive near Naples, Italy. J. Paul Getty had
finally agreed to pay a $17 million ransom after the boy's severed
right ear was sent to a newspaper in Rome.
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Cheer to the hospital halls


ABRAHAM ABORAYA
GUEST REPORTER

Ask Pastor Wally Meyer if he has any
favorite stories from volunteering
with Caroling for Kids for the last
six years and he'll pause. His favor-
ite story isn't a specific one, but
rather one that unfolds every year
at Florida Hospital East.
Every year, there are children
with the group of carolers bring-
ing Christmas spirit and gifts
- to children in the hospital on
Christmas. And every year, a child
will go into a room and give a toy to
another child.
"There's just a connection
immediately, the kid smiling at the
bed," said Meyer, who was a Florida
Hospital East Foundation board
member until a few years ago. "It's
so neat to see that. And that hap-
pens on a regular basis."
Since Christmas 1998,
Nathaniel's Hope, a non-profit
Christian mission organization
dedicated to helping children with
disabilities, has organized Caroling
for Kids. It all started with Marie
Kuck, the executive director.
Kuck's son Nathaniel was born
prematurely on June 6, 1997, with


PHOTO COURTESY OF NATHANIEL'S HOPE
Groups of carolers visit disabled children in local hospitals during the holidays each year to lift their spirits thanks to Nathaniel's Hope.


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ents to the children. "This
last year, we had 550 people going
into the hospitals in 14 caroling
teams," Kuck said.
Nathaniel's Hope, Kuck's orga-
nization, is ramping up for this
Christmas. Before the big day,
they are asking the communi-
ty to donate prepackaged snack
items, Christmas cookies, big red
and white candy canes and beanie
babies. The deadline to drop off
items is Dec. 16, and the items can
be dropped off At any Walgreens,
including the location at State Road
436 and Curry Ford Road.
They also need volunteer carol-
ers and musicians on Christmas
Day to bring cheer to the hospi-
tal as well as homebound children
with disabilities, which over the
past few years the program has
been expanded to include. Last
year, they paired 72 homebound
children with 72 groups of carol-
ers to sing and hand out presents.


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Kuck said that having a child with
disabilities can be .severely taxing
financially, and for some families,
the gifts Nathaniel's Hope gives are
the only gifts the children get.
"The needs are incredible," Kuck
said. "We're trying to identify the
families that are the neediest and
that truly couldn't come to us to
get the help they need."
Nathaniel's Hope organizes four
major programs every year, includ-
ing Caroling for Kids. They offer
the Buddy Break program, which
allows families with children with
special needs to drop their child
off at a church and take a break
for an hour or two. They offer the
Birthday VIP program, which sends
various cards and letters of encour-
agement to children throughout
the year.
Every June, Nathaniel's Hope
puts on the Make 'm Smile event,
which celebrates Nathaniel's birth-
day. This June, they had 7,000 peo-
ple at the event, including 1,000
kids with special needs.
Meyer, a pastor at Calvary
Assembly of God in Orlando, said
that he would encourage anyone
thinking about volunteering to do
it. He said caroling in hospitals on
Christmas has helped him to better
appreciate time with his family on
Christmas.
"Oh Amen," Meyer said. "I don't
know that I've ever spent a night
in the hospital. To think that you're
there on Christmas, when it's such
a family day and a day to celebrate
the birth of Jesus Christ, you're even
more thankful of what you have."


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KAREN McENANY-PHILLIPS
THE VOICE
It seemed like a fairy tale
when 14-year-old Darla
Ward began dating her high
school's football team cap-
tain. Upon graduation she
married him, but after 17
violent years, the marriage
failed. She endured and a
series of abusive relation-
ships after that and she
finally died at the hands of
yet another boyfriend who
said he loved her.
Her younger sister Karen
Ward Procell has been
fighting for domestic abuse
victims ever since. Now a
successful attorney, Procell
was a second-year law stu-
dent when her sister was
murdered on Thanksgiving
Day 1993. Her family raised
Darla's young children,
2 and 5 years old at the
time, who were sleeping in
the next room when their
mother was fatally stabbed
31 times.
According to Procell,
who founded the annual
fundraising event Return to
Respect in 1999 which sup-
ports local domestic vio-
lence shelters and aware-
ness, domestic violence was
the only violent crime to
increase in Florida in 2008
"and no one talked about
it," she said. "Domestic vio-


lence can happen to any-
one."
Return to Respect has
raised nearly $500,000
since 2000 and supports
Harbor House in Orange
County, SafeHouse in
Seminole County and
SOAR (Speaking Out About
Rape, Inc). Orlando Police
Chief Val Demings and
Orange County Sheriff Jerry
Demings were honorary co-
chairs at the event held on
Oct. 10 at Hard Rock Live
which included a silent auc-
tion, celebrity meetings and
comedy entertainment.
According to the
National Coalition Against
Domestic Violence, it's the
most underreported vio-
lent crime. Recent exam-
ples like the alleged cases
in Isleworth and Heathrow
show that the issue cuts
across racial, ethnic and
economic lines. "We need
to help women not to be
ashamed and show chil-
dren there is another way,"
Procell said.
Education and commu-
nication includes under-
standing that domestic vio-
lence is more than physical
abuse. Intimidation, isola-
tion, emotional abuse, min-
imizing/blaming/denying,
using children, economic
abuse, male privilege and
coercion and threats are all


tools used by abusers.
The whole family suf-
fers from domestic vio-
lence. Ward was hospital-
ized from her husband's
abuse and he gave her
a puppy in apology. Days
later he deliberately ran
over and killed the puppy
in the driveway when Ward
spoke too long to a male
grocery clerk. Procell not
only advocates for human
victims of domestic abuse
but the animals involved as
well. Statistics link animal
abuse and domestic vio-
lence. Harbor House is the
first local shelter to build
kennels so that women can
bring their family pet when
they flee the home.
Times were tough along
the way for Darla's children
- Grace, now 18, and Levi,
22.
"We see moments of
my sister in them, which
is sweet," Procell said. In
a term paper Grace wrote
that she never used the
word "Mommy" and will
live her life never having
someone to love her as a
mother. "As much as we
love her we can't replace
her mother," Procell said.
She advocates early
childhood intervention,
as 85 percent of kids who
witness domestic violence
grow up to be abusers orvic-


tims. "Not enough is being
done in the school system
at a younger age, includ-
ing long-term mentoring,
showing how families are
supposed to work that
hands are not for hitting."
Executive director of
SafeHouse of Seminole
Jeanne Gold agrees. "In
order to make a long-term
social change we have to get
to the kids who are grow-
ing up witnessing domestic
violence in their homes..'
Gold and her team recently
rolled out an interactive
program for teens called
"The Emancipation of Me"
exploring gender and social
roles in order to recognize
healthy and unhealthy rela-
tionship dynamics.
Ten years after founding
Return to Respect, Procell
admits to getting tired at
times but determined that
other women and children
have voices in the fight.
Procell said fundraising
is "extraordinarily difficult"
under any circumstances,
but when funds dry up due
to the economy, people
ration their donations to
less controversial efforts.
Unfortunately when abus-
ers lose financial control in
their lives they often tight-
en control in their intimate
relationship.
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It's almost time for the
jolly man in the red suit to
come down our chimneys
- those of us that have
them. I guess if there isn't
a chimney, he might sneak
in some other way. Perhaps
when you wrote your list
to Santa, you told him the
easy way in to place your
toys under the tree.
There's also a fact you
might have overlooked:
You better not be on his
"Naughty List." Then you
will get coal in that stock-
ing. I hope I have been
good. At least that's what
I'm telling my family. Our
family, like most, this spe-
ldal season of the year
is following traditions
and memories of years
past, having the popu-
lar Christmas traditions,
gift-giving, trees, special
ornaments, being thank-
ful for the blessings we
have received during this
year, and being with fam-
ily now and remembering
the loved ones who could
not be with us. Memories
are made each year and we
must treasure them. Also a
tidbit of history: Christmas
was not an American holi-
day until 1870.
Now let us visit some
of the activities before Mr.
HoHo comes calling:
Storyteller Joe Rosier
will portray Father
Christmas and tell stories


of his gift-giving adventures
at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11,
at the Lake Mary Historical
Museum, 158 N. Country
Club Road. Reservations are
required. Admission is $5
for adults, $2 for children
17 and younger. Call 407-
585-1481 for reservations
and information.
The Oviedo holiday
parade begins at Oviedo
High School at 3 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 12. It ends
at the Gymnasium and
Aquatic Facility, where the
Christmas tree will be lit
at 5:30 p.m., the Woman's
Club will hand out cookies,
and Santa might arrive by
fire truck.
The Florida Trail
Association is leading a
6.3 mile walk at 9 a.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 19. The walk
through Fort Christmas
Historical Park visits 20 his-
torical sites along the trail.
Admission is free. For infor-
mation, call 407-325-6269.
Student Art Fest 2009
had 530 contribut-
ing students from all 11
Oviedo Public Schools
with their artwork on dis-
play. Bob Dallari College
Scholarships were awarded
to 1st Place Mackenzie
Gill and 2nd Place Haley
Nungesser, both from
Oviedo High School. The
High School artwork win-
ners were as follows:
1st Place Brianna


Howard, OHS
2nd Place Kelsey
Bressler, Hagerty High
3rd Place Mackenzie Gill,
OHS
Honorable Mentions
included Michael Brown,
Nicole Landi, Rogelio
Navarro and Olivia Kain
from Hagerty High School
and Kevin Eubanks, Jonah
Bascombe and Morgan
Casavant from Oviedo High
School.
The Artistic Hand on
North Central Avenue hosts
a Children's Weekend Art
Workshop from noon to
3 p.m. on Saturday and
Sunday, Dec. 19-20. Del
Seaman's co-teachers
Caitlyn and Callisa will
conduct these classes.
Cost is $125 per student. A
deposit of $25 is required
at the time of registration.
Full payment is due by
Saturday, Dec. 12. Suggested
projects for the students
are: 3-D hollow string orna-
ments, gingerbread houses
and cookies, marbleized
globe ornaments, holiday
quilts, glass sun catch-
ers, 3-D stars, clay picture
frames, ready-to-make
cookie jars and more.
Remember, these projects
are tentative and there
will not be enough time to
do everything on the list.
Register by calling 407-
366-7882 or stop by 353 N.
Central Ave.
The Oviedo Woman's
Club really had a Great Day
on Nov. 14. The crowds
were estimated by the
Fire Department to be
more than 60,000 and the
Woman's Club outdid itself
by adding more vendor
booths this year. Everybody
seemed to be in the buy-


'Naught,
ing, eating and drinking
mood. Most visitors come
to Great Day to start their
Christmas shopping and
that they did. I was asked
who won what in the Arts
and Crafts and Opportunity
Awards. So here's an update
of the 36th Great Day in
the Country. This Great Day
hosted 328 vendor booths,
18 business booths, and
a total of 37 non-profit
booths.
We were delighted to
have Miss Florida 2009,
Oviedo's own Rachel Todd,
as our featured guest. We
wish her the best in her
quest to become Miss
America.
Opportunity Ticket
Awards: Rivership Romance
three-hour Lunch Cruise
- Pam Phillips, Dillard's
Large Fragrance Basket -
Sue Collins, $100 Publix
Gift Certificate Godfrey
Barnet, $100 Buca di
Beppo Gift Certificate -
Chris Cork, Snap Fitness
two-month membership
- Tom Iverson, Macy's
Fragrance Basket Leon
Olliff, $50 Lucas Nursery
Gift Certificate Marshall
McRee, Starbucks Basket
- Jess Chapman, PartyLite
Basket Bentley Tillis,
$15 Chili Gift Certificate
- Gwen Szelc, Men's
Gift Basket Harry Tice,
Ashton Photography Gift
Certificate Mae Phillips,
King's Manor B&B Gift
Certificate Madeline
Tammie, Digital Picture
Frame Troy Dunberger,
Macy's Fragrance Basket
- Bonnie Banda, Princess
House Chip/Dip Basket
- Helen Jordan, Magic
Basketball Tickets (2) -
John Witty, Mary Kay Gift


y List'
Basket Deanna Fore
and R. Gritz, Grooming by
Ginger Glenna Peters,
Tony's Tree Service Jeri
Wingo, and Facial and
Glamour Makeover Lynn
Seigler.
Arts and Crafts Awards
Best of Show went to
Denise McCabe $1,000.
Division 1 of Fine Arts:
First place Mary Miller,
$400, Second place Ross
Fox, $200, Third place Mike
Carley, $100.
Division 11 of Fine Arts:
First place Jo Chambness,
$400, Second place Bob
Boughton, $200, Third
place Belinda Glennon,
$100.
Country Arts and Crafts:
First place Magall Groves,
$200, Second place Terri
Pike, $100, Third place Jim
Kilgore, $50.
The Oviedo Woman's
Club will distribute funds
from Great Day in the
Country (our largest fund-
raiser) at our Philanthropic
Awards in the spring. This
will include Scholarships
to graduating students,
schools in our community,
other philanthropic agen-
cies in our community,
Hacienda Girls Ranch, Boys
Town and other organiza-
tions that support families
in need.
A thought "Good
humor may be said to
be one of the very best
articles of dress one can
wear in society." William
Makepeace Thackeray

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going on around town by e-mailing
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DRESS CODE I Superintendant hopes stricter dress code rules take effect by fall


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it," Vogel said. "They were
very understanding of what
we've been doing."
The committee stopped
short of recommending
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requiring them.
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superintendent said he'd
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Bill Harris, superinten-
dent of The Master's Acad-
emy, said that uniforms
can cut down on clothing
expenses, reduce bullying
and turn kids' focus to edu-
cation.


As a parent and head of
the Oviedo-based private
school, Harris has seen the
effects of a stricter dress
code from two perspectives
- all positive, he said.
"As a parent who's had
two kids wear uniforms and


one who did not, I personal-
ly would take the uniforms,"
he said. "There was no fight-
ing over what to wear in the
morning, we saved a ton of
money over having to buy
all the fancy stuff... it was all
positive."
He also said that effect
translated toward better
attitudes in school.
"It shifts their focus from
who's wearing what new
fashions, and helps them
concentrate on education,"
he said. "And kids who can't
afford those new $100 jeans
don't have to feel bad about
it."
Vogel said that he's inter-
ested in schools asking
for uniforms, and that the
Board supports schools that
already have, though he
shied away from suggesting
that student performance
improved in those schools.
"We'll hopefully have
these rules implemented
by the fall, though enforce-
ment will be stronger now,"
he said. "And if any schools
want to approach us about
uniforms, they can."


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The story of their favorite Christmas


The story of their favorite Christmas


By Karen McEnany-Phillips


Enjoy this true Christmas
story from our own Mal
and Mary Jo Martin:
A few years ago, my wife
and I were making our
annual trip from Geneva
to Lexington, Ky. to spend
Christmas with her fam-
ily. We bring a pop-up
camper and stop every year
at Croft State Park near
Spartanburg, S.C. to spend
the night. It was already
dark when we pulled into
the park and set up. Being
just a few days before
Christmas, there was only
one other camper there, a
pickup truck camper that
had been off-loaded onto
the ground with a tent
nearby. There were five
children and we did not see
an adult with them.
After we set up, a


10-year-old girl came over
to ask how long we were
staying. She seemed glad
to see someone else camp-
ing nearby. She was very
talkative and we soon
knew everything about
her family. They were
from Michigan and were
headed to Florida in search
of work for her father. In
the family was a 16-year-
old girl, a 13-year-old boy,
the 10-year-old girl who
became our instant friend,
a 9-year-old girl and a
7-year-old boy.
We could tell that they
were in dire straits and
there would be no Santa
Claus visit for them. Still
there was a small pine
tree at their campsite with
lights on it. It was apparent
that her parents were try-


ing to keep the Christmas
spirit alive!
Being from a family of
12 children and raised as
a sharecropper's son from
south Mississippi, I knew
about hard times. My wife
is one of six children and
we just could not leave
without doing something
for this family.
The next day we talked
to the park ranger who said
the family had run out of
money in South Carolina
and had been living in the
park for a month or two.
The father had just found
work and the parents were
in town trying to find a
place to rent. He assured
us they were just a normal
family down on their luck.
We found the nearest Wal-
Mart and headed out on a
fun shopping spree fun,
for me a retired Air Force
guy and my wife who
doesn't get to buy many
toys anymore since our kids
are all grown.
. We can't remember
everything we purchased,
but we remember Barbie
dolls with clothes for the


younger girls (we laughed
as we argued over which
dolls were best); a neat
Swiss Army Knife with all
the gadgets for the oldest
boy; a pretty sweatshirt for
the older girl, who was the
caretaker while the parents
were out; and a big truck
for the little boy. We also
purchased little gifts for the
parents and a canned ham,
big can of popcorn arid a
fruitcake.
We took it all to the
ranger's home and asked
him to deliver it to the fam-
ily from Santa Claus. In the
food bag we left a note for
the parents that said "We
know what it is like to be
in your situation. When
you get back on your feet,
pass it on to someone else.
Merry Christmas!"
That was our most
remembered Christmas.
The following year when
we stopped again at the
park we hoped the ranger
would still be on duty so
we could ask him how
the family was. He was
not there but the assistant
ranger remembered the


family and said they had
gotten a place to live and
were still living in the area.

Mal and Mary Jo
made that a memorable
Christmas for a struggling
family and we can only
imagine how each one
paid forward the kind-
ness of strangers. Take a
moment to help someone
less fortunate this holiday
season. Many are struggling
as never before. Just like
the little drummer boy did
for the Christ Child, find a
special gift that is priceless.
Merry Christmas and happy
holidays to all!


TA KAREN

Please share your thoughts about
Geneva at 407-221-7002,
kphillips@observernewspapers.
com with "Stetson's Corner" in the
subject line, or fax 407-349-2800.
Thanks!
This column is dedicated to
Deputy Sheriff Gene "Stetson"
Gregory, killed in the line of duty
on July 8,1998. Geneva will never
be the same because of Deputy
Gregory it will be better.


RAIL I Some cities not happy about being on the hook for funding


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commuter rail system, Tri-
Rail, and possibly lead to
a high-speed rail system
eventually linking Orlando
to Tampa and Miami.
The vote in the Senate
was expected to be a lot
closer, with three key
Democrats able to sway the
decision. The AFL-CIO labor
union came to an agree-
ment to support the deal at
the last minute, changing
key votes.
Local leaders expressed
mixed reactions to the deal,
which retained some con-
troversial provisions.
"There's too much at


stake for virtually much of
the metro areas through-
out Florida for this not
to have passed," Maitland
Mayor Doug Kinson said.
Maitland's commuter rail
station will be -just north
of the city's proposed Town
Center project, between
Parker Lumber and First
Colony Bank.
Winter Park Mayor Ken
Bradley said the deal would
prove a boon for his city, as
well as Central Florida as a
whole.
"All railroads lead right
through Central Florida
and right through Winter
Park," Bradley said.


But Winter Park City
Commissioner Beth Dillaha
railed against the bill's $1
billion price tag that she
called a giveaway to special
interest groups.
"The project was never
about mass transit," she
said. "It was a special inter-
est deal."
She said that with the
state staring down a mas-
sive economic shortfall in
the coming fiscal year, it
could be devastating in the
next budget cycle.
"Next year when we're
trying to balance the state
budget, I think we're going
to see just how bad this is


really going to be."
Orange County
Commissioner Bill Segal
said that funds for SunRail
come from a "pot that is
strictly for transit."
"Money is not always
transferable in govern-
ment," he said. "I wish I
could solve everything but
if I can solve one problem,
it is a lot better than doing
nothing."
Kinson said SunRail
should be funded region-
ally, not locally.
"There will be more
people riding SunRail at
the Maitland station that
are from outside of Orange


County than within Orange
County," he said. "If it's a
Maitland-only entity, any-
body living outside of the
county is riding for free."
While SunRail might not
solve many local transpor-
tation issues, Segal said it
will encourage more transit,
such as trolleys and buses,
to sprout in local commu-
nities.
"I have been here all my
life and this is in league
with the announcement of
Disney coming to Central
Florida it is that impor-
tant," he said. "It's the begin-
ning, the spine of a new
urban Central Florida."


The Seminole Voice will return in print on Jan. 15, 2010. We will continue to publish online weekly editions during

our print hiatus. Have a safe and happy holiday season! Your Seminole Voice Staff


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for her advocacy against
domestic violence. BOA
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and has awarded more
than $90 million nation-
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John Moskos, Central
Florida president at Bank
of America, said,- "Karen
Procell has demonstrated
remarkable courage and


action through her work
with Return to Respect by
raising awareness of domes-
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honor."
Procell said she applauds
a big company like Bank
of America for getting
involved in an uncomfort-
able topic something that
has to be done to save many
innocent lives.
"It is killing our moth-
ers and sisters and deeply
affecting our children," she
said.


PHOTO COURTESY OF KAREN PROCELL
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_- THIS WEEK in human history

in Oa1'N6b ter EdOanha gan, a 3ff yearoldIsd
priest, opened the doors to a home for troubled and neglected
Children. Today "Boys and Girls Town" includes a grade school,
a high school and a career vocational center on a farm 10 miles
I N ^ west of Omaha.



Rag dolls born in Winter Springs


BRITTNI JOHNSON
GUEST REPORTER

The last thing you might
imagine a software engi-
neer and an electrical engi-
neer quitting their careers
to undertake is a doll busi-
ness.
Husband and wife Greg
Goodenbury and Aranza
Zamora-Goodenbury did
just that. They opened their
first Adorable Kinders doll
store in Winter Springs on
Oct. 17. Their ultimate goal:
world doll domination.
"We want every kid in
the world to have one of
our dolls," Greg said.
The Adorable Kinders
are rag dolls designed by
Aranza, made entirely of
cotton and cost about $60.
Take a few steps through
the store and you'll find
yourself in the doll facto-
ry, where all of the 2,000
to 3,000 dolls the compa-
ny produces a month are
made. Some are for sale in
the store and others are
sent to stores that sell the
dolls for them.
Eight employees spend
the day in various stages


of doll making. Some sew
clothes and shoes, while
others cut patterns and one
puffs each new pal up with
fluff with a quick burst from
a large machine.
While the doll making is
Aranza's passion, Greg takes
the most pride in the fact
that their product is made
in the U.S.
"The economy is down; I
want to keep it in America
and create jobs," he said.
While the dolls may
seem a bit pricey, the
Goodenburys contend that
there's no doll on the mar-
ket like it. It's made in the
U.S., is completely soft and
is handmade with quality
in mind.
"We want people to keep
our doll forever," Greg said.
Joe Duvall's granddaugh-
ter, Emma, 3, loved the one
he got for her.
"She wouldn't let go of it
for a week," he said.
There's also another perk:
The dolls come with a key
code to access educational
games online, all Aranza
designed herself. Aranza's
experience, as an elemen-
tary school math teacher


do


PHOTO BY JENNY ANDREASSON THE VOICE
Adorable Kinders displayed its in-house-made dolls at the Winter Springs Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 5. The rag doll
factory and storeroom is located at 380 W. State Road 434 in Winter Springs. Visit AdorableKinders.com for more information.


in Puerto Rico inspired the
games.
"Kids learn more visually,
and in a fun way; they learn
by playing games," she said.
There are 26 dolls, one
for every letter of the alpha-
bet, eight named after the
couple's grandchildren.
"Itwas like picking names
for a baby," Greg said.
And one, Ivan, was


named for Aranza's late son.
His encouragement helped
Aranza chase her dream of
34 years in the first place. A
month after success at their
kiosk at the Fashion Square
Mall, Ivan died suddenly.
Aranza was devastated.
"I put everything away;
I was very depressed; I sold
my home," she said with
tears in her eyes.


Years later, after she met
Greg, Aranza made one of
her dolls for a birthday gift.
With everyone's enthusiasm
and Greg's encouragement,
her dream was resurrect-
ed and Adorable Kinders
began again.
"This is a legacy to Ivan
for her; this was her and
Ivan's dream," Greg said.


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For Greater Orlando's


Family



Whole Foods, 1989 Aloma
Ave., Winter Park, will host
"Kids Club: Holiday Treats" from
10 a.m. to11 a.m. on Saturday,
Dec. 12. Registration is required
at customer service for this free
hands-on class on how to create
holiday treats perfect for holiday
gifts, parties or everyday fun! The
class is for children ages 6 to 12
and space is limited to the first 15.
All children must be accompanied
by an adult.

As the holidays quickly
approach, the Oviedo-Winter
Springs Regional Chamber
of Commerce will host their
annual Chamber Holiday Parade,
complete with a Christmas tree
lighting, Business Expo and the
City of Oviedo's Snow Mountain
on Saturday, Dec. 12.
Local businesses and other
community organizations will
participate in the parade by
entering floats and handing out
candy and other treats. At 5:30
p.m., a special guest Santa
Claus will light the Christmas
tree. At Snow Mountain, children
and families can play in 60
tons of snow delivered from the
North Pole, and enjoy inflatable
entertainment, carnival games
and other family activities.
Highlights:
3 p.m. Chamber Holiday Parade
begins at Oviedo High School
Parade route State Road 426
from Oviedo High School to Oviedo
Gymnasium & Aquatic Center
4 p.m. Business Expo starts at
the center and VIP entrance to the
City of Oviedo's Snow Mountain
attraction begins
5 p.m. General admission
starts
Ticket cost $5 in advance or
$10 the day of the event (includes
unlimited rides while the snow
lasts, inflatable, carnival games,
family activities and more)
5:30 p.m. Christmas tree
lighting at center
9 p.m. Festivities conclude
The Oviedo Gymnasium & Aquatic
Center is located at 148 Oviedo
Blvd. and Oviedo High School is at
601 King Street in Oviedo. Vendor
spaces are still available through
the Chamber for $100. For
more information about tickets,
directions and other details,
please contact Cory Skeates
at 407-278-4870 or. cory@
oviedowintersprings.org.

Story Time with Santa will
be held this year in Oviedo on
Thursday, Dec. 17. There will be
two sessions available: 6 p.m.
to 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. children ages 9 years and
under may celebrate the holiday
season with Santa and his
helpers. You will get a chance to
enjoy Holiday crafts, snacks, and
an opportunity to visit with Santa.
You must pre-register by Monday,
Dec. 14. Registration is limited
to 160 participants per session.
To register, or more information,
contact Jenette McKinney at
407 -971- 5591 or e-mail
jdmckinney@cityofoviedo.net.


PHOTO BY KAREN McENANY-PHILLIPS THE VOICE
Brenda Weis, son Jason Weis, 6, and Ricky Rico, 16, at right, work with clay to create homemade holiday gifts, a trend that is gaining speed in the area.


KAREN McENANY-PHILLIPS
THE VOICE

It may not look like the
frozen north, but with less
than a month to go, Santa's
helpers in Central Florida
are busier than ever, weld-
ing,. glazing, stringing and
stitching.
They are hunched over
kitchen tables and set up
in garages and spare-bed-
rooms-turned-into-craft-


studios. Families large and
small, some for the first
time, are choosing to kick
creativity up a notch, nur-
turing their inner artist.
Handmade gifts are
coming to the rescue of
strained budgets and worn-
out imaginations, as buyers
recognize that a custom-
ized creation can satisfy
the unique wishes of family,
friends, teachers, neighbors
and co-workers.
In the shadow of


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"For my teach-
ers, the animals,
games, for
everything."
Michai,
age 5


"For my brother
and Hoppy my
bird, he's like my
little brother."
Abbigal,
age 4


450-year-old live oaks, mag-
nolia trees and lush palms,
students, single moms,
empty-nesters and seniors
are firing up kilns, throw-
ing clay and glazing pottery
near downtown Oviedo.
Del Seaman, owner and
co-founder of The Artistic
Hand Art & Gift Gallery
(and studio) in Oviedo calls
his classes "Christmas gift-
making machines."
"I tell my students when
you make and give some-


thing, you also give a part
of yourself that lives on,"
he said.
Seaman and his late wife
Barbara Walker-Seaman
opened The Artistic Hand
Gallery 20 years ago with
the dream of bringing art
and artists to the Oviedo
community. More than 100
local artists and craftspeo-
ple are represented in the
gallery featuring pottery,

> turn to CRAFTY on next page


This week kids from Wee The People
Pre-K in Sanford were asked:

"What are you thankful for?"

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"For being nice
to everyone,
my sister and
Danger, my
dog."
Madison,
age 5


"I don't know,
maybe for
everything."
Saunti,
age 4


"For my dog,
Elmo, my new
school and my
smile."
Adam,
age 4


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CRAFTY I More families turning to homemade gifts to creatively save money


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jewelry, painting, sculpture,
woodworking, stained-glass
and more. Themes of this
original art run the gamut
from quirky to quintessen-
tial Florida, whimsical to
wildlife, and futuristic to
functional.
Seaman and his teaching
staff shepherd beginners
from process to project in
his clay classes, where he
shapes confidence as much
as clay. "Everyone in our
classes is a star and we love
them," Seaman said. "Their


interest is all they need to
bring with them." Seaman
has discovered talent
among his students such as
16-year-old Ricky Rico, who
he describes as "extraordi-
narily talented and one of
the best clay throwers in
the county."
Brenda Weis and 6-year-
old son Jason are taking
their first eight week par-
ent-child clay class. Jason
is making a festive picture
frame for someone special
this Christmas. Through
the red screen door he
leans over the wide wooden


tables painting gray primer
over the candy cane design
which will soon come to
red-and-white life.
"It's fun," said Jason
who attends Goldsboro
Elementary and has already
given one of his mug cre-
ations to his aunt.
Seaman hopes for a full
turnout to the December
Children's Weekend Art
Workshop Saturday, Dec. 19
and Sunday, Dec. 20. Kids
5 years old and older will
make gifts from suggested
projects including orna-
ments, cards, cookie jars,


pillows, picture frames and
sun catchers.
Picking names from a
bowl gift exchange is not
new for large families, but
this year smaller families
are doing it as well to save
money. Laid off Floridians
with time on their hands
have learned the art of
making food gifts such as
jams, butters, oils and salsas
from watching cable food
channels.
While searching the
want ads online, computer-
savvy folks learn to make
calendars, recipe books and
office photo gifts printed
right off their desktops.
Companies no lon-
ger able to afford holiday
bonus checks are using the
barter system from clients
to supply employees with
handy gifts such as pies,
Christmas trees and gift
certificates for services.
The Tatman family of


Geneva is also incorporat-
ing different gift options
this year.
"It wasn't an easy deci-
sion," said Marie Tatman,
"but it was done out of
necessity."
Members of the family
close to home are drawing
names to keep expenses
down. Chuck Tatman's
son is giving to charity
and asked his family to do
the same instead of giving
him gifts. Like many fami-
lies, the Tatmans recognize
that those less fortunate
need help more than ever
and they are providing
Christmas for one of the
children from their church.
Clay pottery teacher
Connie Jones believes these
handmade gifts will be
appreciated this year.
"People just love artful
and functional gifts that are
unique," she said.


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C| e ma A showcase of this week's releases,
and a look ahead to upcoming movies.
Coming Dec.25


'Sherlock Holmes'


Coming Jan. 8


'Youth in Revolt'


'The Spy Next Door'


Notes


Bridge repair on the Cross Seminole
Trail in Winter Springs will began
Monday, Dec. 7 between Vistawilla
Drive and Tuscora Drive. This section
of trail will be closed for an estimated
90 days. During construction,
alternate routes will be posted at the
gated closures for trail users.
If everyone sends one holiday card
to the following address, think of


how many cards these people who
have sacrificed so much would get:
A Recovering American Soldier c/o
Walter Reed Army Medical Center,
6900 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington,
D.C. 20307-5001
The 2010 Geneva/Chuluota
American Cancer Society Relay
for Life made more than $55,000
- exceeding their goal by $20,000


and prompting the ACS to create a
special "Jerry McGuire Show Me
the Money" award just for them.
The hottest, newest dog in town
- O'Dogs has opened its doors
in Oviedo (3050 Alafaya Trail, Suite
1036, Oviedo). O'Dogs also has the
ability to travel to special events by
way of the mobile O'Dogs 0-Cart. For
booking information call Eddie O'Dea


at 407-222-8911 or e-mail eddieo@
cfl.rr.com.
Seminole State College is offering a
trip to India's Golden Triangle region
this spring. The trip will leave from
Orlando on March 5. The total price
of this trip is $3,644 for students and
$3,934 for community members. For
more information, contact Rachel
Braaten at braatenr@scc-fl.edu or


407-971-5131.
There will be a 4-H Reunion at 6
p.m. on Friday, May 28 atthe Seminole
County Extension Auditorium. For
more information e-mail sem.co.4H.
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The Candy Cane 5k run to
benefitBoysTown Central Florida
will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday,
Dec. 12, at the Winter Springs
Town Center. Register online at
www.FrontRunningSports.com
or call 407-322-1211 for more
information.
The Planetarium at Seminole
State College of Florida will
present "Winter Wonderland"
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 12. Enjoy
apple cider and hot chocolate
while visiting Santa's Winter
Wonderland at this free event.
The evening will- include
the Cool as Ice Laboratory,
demonstrating how Santa's
North Pole workshop operates;
a game of Christmas Jeopardy;
holiday arts and crafts;
caroling; stargazing with the
planetarium's telescopes;
and two showings of "Star of
Bethlehem," at 8:30 p.m. and
9:15 p.m.
The Music & Drama Ministry
of College Park Baptist
Church will present Gian-Carlo
Menotti's "Amahl and the Night
Visitors" at 7 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 13, and Monday, Dec. 14,
at 1914 Edgewater Drive in
Orlando. Admission is free. Call
407-843-0140 extension 233
or visit www.mycpbc.org for
more details.
Central Florida Association of
Health Underwriters is hosting
their monthly meeting at Maison


& Jardin, 430 S. Wymore Road,
Altamonte Springs, from 11:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.
15. The cost of the luncheon is
$10 for members and $25 for
non-members. RSVP to rsvp@
cfahu.org.
Get into the holiday spirit
by decorating your Oviedo
home and win great prizes.
The contest categories will
include the best holiday theme
or Griswald, first and second
place. The registration will
continue through Sunday,
Dec.13. The judging will take
place on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Your lights must be on by 6
p.m. This event is for Oviedo
city residents. To register, call
Jenette McKinney or e-mail
jdmckinney@cityofoviedo.net.
Help the community
celebrate the holiday season
by participating in the annual
"Bring aToyforaTot" community
project. All toys will be given to
the Hope Foundation annual
Christmas in the City event held
at 148 Oviedo Blvd. from 1 p.m.
to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20.
They are accepting donations
through Dec. 18.
Take your unwrapped toys
to the following locations:
Riverside Park, 1600 Lockwood
Blvd. 407-971-5575, Gym/
Aquatic Facility, 148 Oviedo
Blvd. 407-971-5568 or City
Hall, 400 Alexandria Blvd. 407-
971-5559.


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THIS WEEK in political history


VC ,ring that, effective Jan. 2, 1945, Japanese American "evacuees"
from the West Coast could return to their homes For the previous
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A referral from an employee can help land a job

EMPLOY M ENMT P A resume is really important need to be comfortable with the manager, be positive and imagine
and must be done right, but you hiring manager and they need to yourself in the position. This will
k have to do more than throw your be comfortable with you. If you help you to convey yourself better
resume to the wind, or cyberspace. are a 55-year-old, well-qualified as you interview and show that you
What does that mean? Networking executive who is being interviewed are a good fit.
Sa *l is still a terrific way to find jobs. It by a 20-something recruiter, you
is true that many people who are have to find a positive connection. Until next time,
hired are not the most qualified Mirroring is a great technique in Sandi
I read something today that really they are just deemed to be the best sales. If someone is very outgoing
struck me: "You can't necessarily fit. That translates into: the person and excited, increase your excite-
get a job just by a resume but you the hiring manager liked the best ment level to match theirs. If they
can lose a job just by a resume." for the job. are super reserved and uptight, you TA SANDI
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Colin Daymude). There are many person is you? The first way is to their office. Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian
of you reading who are doing all get a referral from someone who Another tip is to concentrate on with more than 10 years of recruiting and human
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Letter to

Get people back to work Governed by Chapter 443 June 30 of 2009, it had minimum rate of 0.0012 or state is now borrowing
One of the major topics of Florida Statutes, the less than $450 million in $8.40 per employee or the about $300 million per
that arise during difficult UCTF has "trigger points" it. Given that the taxable maximum rate (as legis- month from the federal
economic times is the situ- in which the tax rate for roles for the year came in lated by the federal govern- government to pay for
ation surrounding unem- unemployment compen- at close to $50 billion, $450 ment) of 0.0540 of $378 unemployment ben-
ployment and unemploy- station goes up or down, million represented less per employee. efits. The state has until
ment compensation. depending on the status of than 1 percent of the tax- For 2010, the rates December 2010 to borrow
It is certainly no secret the trust fund. able roles. This percentage will be much different, without interest from the
that the current dismal In prosperous times, was below the 4 percent Furthermore, legislative federal government; how-
economic situation, unem- the trust fund is solid and threshold and thus, the tax changes in 2009 raised the ever repayment will even-
ployment levels in the grows steadily due to the increase to replenish the employee's taxable wages tually have to come from
Sunshine State are at lev- relatively low numbers of UCTF was "triggered" on. from $7,000 to $8,500 for General Revenue.
els not seen since 1975. unemployment claims and As of Aug. 24, the trust fund 2010 as well. As of Jan. 1, The single best way to
Consequently, the drastic rates generally decrease. balance went to $0. the rates for unemploy- reduce the drain on unem-
increase in unemployment However, in difficult times It is important to ment compensation taxes ployment compensation is
has lead to an increased when there's a significant remember that the unem- will be a minimum of to get people back to work.
demand for unemployment demand for benefits, a rate ployment compensation 0.0118 or $100.30 and a Without a doubt, the single
compensation paid out of change will "trigger on" tax rate varies by business maximum of 0.0540 or most important priority
state and federal funds. when the balance of the and is developed by a com- $459 per employee. Even for the Legislature this year
At the state level, trust fund falls below 4 per- plex formula derived from with such an increase in will be economic develop-
Florida's Unemployment cent of the taxable roll at an employer's employment taxes from employers, due ment. Should you have any
Compensation Trust Fund the end of the state's fiscal experience including the to the demand for benefits, questions about unem-
(UCTF), which is funded year (which is June 30). amount of benefits paid to it is estimated that the ployment compensation
by the unemployment To show how quickly the former employees, among UCTF will not show a posi- taxes or benefits, please do
compensation tax paid by trust fund can be drained, other rates. The current tive ending balance until not hesitate to contact my
Florida's employers, pays in the fourth quarter of rates, which are based on 2015 or later. office at (407) 884-2023.
unemployment benefits 2008, the UCTF had more an annual salary of up to In addition to the trust -State Rep. Bryan Nelson
to qualified recipients. than $1.3 billion in it. By $7,000 per employee is a fund being emptied, the


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that is dark blue. I'd
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I'm in the third grade
and just turned 9.
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9 years old


I'd like a little tele-
vision to take it
where I want to and
watch movies like
Cinderella. I like pres-
ents at Christmas.
-Torie R.
6 years old


I'd like a blue dirt bike to go riding
with my cousins. I'd also like a DSi to
take pictures and play games.
-Madelyn H.
10 years old


I'd like a Scooby
Doo and kitten stuff.
I'm going to visit
my grandparents in
Michigan.
-Abby B.
5 years old


I'd like a tent to
go camping or an
orange four-wheeler.
I'm in first grade.


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AT.HLETICSH


Michael Sergio, who hadl parachuted Into Gamea Six ofthe6T986
World Series at New York's Shea Stadium, was fined $500 and
sentenced to 100 hours of community service. However, Sergio
was later held in contempt of court for refusing to reveal the name
of the pilot who flew the plane. As a result, in May 1987, he was
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Knights nearby for bowl game


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE
The Knights are heading
to their third bowl game
in five years, and this time
it's closer than ever so
close that UCF could be
called the home team. The
St. Petersburg Bowl, in its
second year, will host UCF
and Rutgers at 8 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 19.
How the Knights got that
far is a tale of redemption
after they lost their first two
Conference USA games this
season, only to rally back
and win their last six.
On Nov. 28 it was the
University of Alabama at
Birmingham trying to rally,
as the Knights played their
final regular season game
and carried a lead into the
second half. The Knights
would hold on to beat the
UAB Blazers 34-27, aveng-
ing an embarrassing 15-0
season-ending loss to the
Blazers in 2008.
As has been the case with
the Knights in recent games,
they led from the outset,
never relinquishing the
momentum to the Blazers.
At .one point in the game
the Knights had a 17-point
advantage over the Blazers,
but watched that gap nar-
row in a fourth-quarter
comeback.
But with a resounding
final snub by the Knights,
they blocked an extra-point
kick attempt that would
have brought the Blazers
within a touchdown of
tying the game. Then they
retained possession until
the clock ran out on a strong


ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
Quarterback Brett Hodges (above) will take his Knights to the St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 19 to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, a team ranked No. 19 in defense.


season.
Six different Knights
would combine in the
team's four touchdowns
and two field goals.
in a freak statistical
anomaly the Knights were
outgained significantly in
the game, but still managed
a win. Good field position
on strong punt and kick-
off returns from Quincy
McDuffie and A.J. Guyton
gave the Knights a shorter
field to cover to make it to
the end zone. The Knights


would gain 435 yards in the
game to the Blazers' 527.
An issue that haunted the
Knights early in the season
comeback with a vengeance
Nov. 28, as they managed
only 2 of 10 third-down
conversions, with three of
them just outside of the red
zone.
Senior Cory Hogue again
dominated on defense,
picking up 12 tackles in the
game. Junior Bruce Miller
found Blazers quarterback
Joe Webb twice in the back-


field, sacking him back 12
yards.
The Knights' big fin-
ish set a few marks in-the
Conference USA record
books. Only one other
team in conference history
started a season 0-2 in con-
ference play and finished
with six straight wins. They
also recorded their highest
ranking in school history
for rushing defense, coming
in fourth in the nation.
That defense may have
the upper hand against the


Rutgers Scarlet Knights,
who are ranked No. 99 in
the nation in total offense
with 322 yards per game.
But the Scarlet Knights'
defense is one of the best in
the country, ranked No. 19.
So far this year Rutgers
has yet to lose to a Florida
team. They also have yet to
beat a team with as good a
record as the Knights.
Come Dec. 19, the
Knights will find out if they
have the will to win their
first bowl championship.


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Knights nose-dive in Indiana

ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE


Notre Dame dealt the Knights a
devastating blow Saturday, besting
them 90-72 in South Bend, Ind.
Dave Diakite's presence was sore-
ly missed by the Knights, as their
dominant forward played only 17
minutes after starting the game,
scoring just four points in the con-
test and picking up three rebounds.
Keith Clanton stepped up to fill
the void, coming off the bench for
28 minutes to score 14 points and
pick up seven rebounds in the con-
test. He also forced four turnovers
against the Fighting Irish.
A.J. Rompza adapted quickly to
a role reversal, taking the lead and
scoring 13 points and picking up
five steals in the contest. A.J. Tyler
also had a strong showing, pick-
ing up another 13 points and five
rebounds in the game.
Isaac Sosa's erratic scoring con-
tinued, as he only managed eight


points on the night, with three of
his four long distance shots bounc-
ing out of the basket.
Marcus Jordan completed a turn-
around from his season debut, in
which he missed all of his scoring
attempts. He shot a perfect 4-for-4
on the night, picking up nine points
in the process. He also hounded the
basket on defense, picking up six
rebounds.
The loss was the Knights' second
of the season, coming on the tail of
a three-game winning streak. Now
6-2 on the season, the Knights will
look to recoup their lost momen-
tum with a return home followed
by a two-game road trip before the
holiday break.
At 5 p.m. Saturday the Knights
host Bethune Cookman (5-3). The
last time UCF played the Wildcats
in the 2006-07 season, the Knights
blew them out 81-46.


ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
A.J. Rompza scored 13 points and got five steals, but that wasn't enough to edge out Notre Dame.


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