Category: Southwest Spotlight

Southwest-Area Student Shares With Others

A Giving Heart

by Karen Nimetz

Charnelle MikeeOmbao donates items to young patients at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Like most 8-year-olds, CharnelleMikeeOmbao is a ball of energy. Unlike most 8-year-olds, Mikee has faced some major hurdles in her young life. With the love and support of her family, she has approached each obstacle with bravery and happiness.

Holy Family Catholic School Students Strive to Help Others

Young Philanthropists

by Karen Nimetz

Eleven-year-old Winter Garden resident ZacharyZach Wolsonovich has always been a giving person.

“Zach truly loves helping people in any way he can,” said his mother, Melissa.

While in the second grade at Holy Family Catholic School, Zach decided to form a small group of students who share his desire to help others.


Holy Family Catholic School students (l. to r.) Liam Sweeney, Madison Lester, ZacharyZachWolsonovich, Tatum Cempella, Antonio Andornetto and Annalise Blomberg compose the Reach Out Committee.

Women Form Amy’s Army in Honor of Dear Friend

The Battle Continues

by Karen V. Contino

Mia Laudato, the late Amy Ames, and Jill Altomare participate in a Making Strides Against Cancer walk.

S. E. Hinton famously said, “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.”

By this American author’s standard, Amy Ames made many people more than lucky.