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.
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.
After 11 years at the helm of Young Fathers of Central Florida, Haki Nkrumah of Winter Garden was named Orange County District 1 Citizen of the Year by Commissioner Betsy VanderLey.
For some, looking down 72 feet into water is a feat they can’t do, but professional cliff diver Ginger Huber considers it a challenge she finds thrilling and worthy, attempting any chance she gets.
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.
Oliver Getley and his Windy Ridge School classmates organize and participate in a community walk at Courtleigh Park to raise funds for Charity: Water.
A Giving Heart
by Karen Nimetz
Charnelle “Mikee” Ombao donates items to young patients at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
Like most 8-year-olds, Charnelle “Mikee” Ombao 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.
by Karen Nimetz
Eleven-year-old Winter Garden resident Zachary “Zach” 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, Zachary “Zach” Wolsonovich, Tatum Cempella, Antonio Andornetto and Annalise Blomberg compose the Reach Out Committee.
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.