Category: Southwest Spotlight


For 365 days, Dr. Phillips High School football was haunted by the demons that destroyed its dream of a state championship in 2016. But rather than succumb to them, the Panthers used them as motivation for redemption.

An Island in Need

A member of Civil Air Patrol Emergency Services, Collins is qualified as a mission scanner, mission observer and aerial photographer. He was deployed to Puerto Rico for 10 days after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, along with 15 other volunteer members. Several other CAP members in the states also supported the mission as part of a virtual team.

A Time-Travel Musical Journey

There is no day the music died when you experience the sights and sounds of Johnny Wild and the Delights, a local tribute band of ’50s and ’60s music. Specializing in the timeless classics of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams and others from the early rock ‘n’ roll generation, this band seeks to immerse audiences in the tunes of their youth or acquaint these artists with audiences for the first time.

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.