Area students excel in higher education
Rebekah Dilavore, Ocala, Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science, McNeese State University
Nicholas Competiello, Ocala, Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics with a major in Accounting, Lehigh University
Cassidy Bowlin, Candler, Missouri State University
Diego Lavieri-Sosa, Ocala, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mercer University
Brian Epstein of Ocala earned the distinction of Faculty Honors at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 academic average for the semester.
Church camp participates in service projects
Forty-six young women and 15 leaders from the Ocala Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a service project at Fort King National Historic Landmark in Ocala on June 8, according to a press release from Nancy Wininger. The project was in connection with their four-day camp held at Camp Sonlight in Summerfield.
The young women spent several hours pulling and clearing weeds at the reconstructed Fort King, the release said.
Along with other crafts, they made dream catchers, created flags, planted succulents to take home, and connected with nature by enjoying water activities. There were also skits, devotionals, a dance, time for writing in their journals, and a testimony meeting in the camp’s chapel.
The young women also donated surplus food to St. Theresa Catholic Church in Belleview.
Local Girl Scout earns the Gold Award
Madeline Youmans has received the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, according to an email by Madeline’s grandmother, Andrea Lasek. Madeline’s project provided support to the Marion County Animal Shelter.
While the shelter has yards for the dogs to exercise in, Madeline noticed there wasn’t much to do but run in circles, the email said. She provided agility equipment that would not only be fun for the dogs, but would also teach them basic obedience and exercise skills that can help them be adopted faster.
“This is an amazing accomplishment,” Lasek said in the email. “Since its inception only five percent of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award.”
Madeline graduated from Forest High School in 2020.
College Of Central Florida employees honored by peers
The College of Central Florida recently bestowed its annual Gabor Awards, according to a news release from the school.
Jane Hoesterey (Nursing) and Sam Ajlani (Business, Workforce and Technology) were honored in the faculty category; Rebecca Gillette (Financial Aid) and Norman Walthers (Information Technology) were recognized in the Career Services category; Jean Imes (director of Financial Aid) and Chuck Booher (Information Technology) were recognized in the Administrative/Professional category.
Emily Heumann (Visual and Performing Arts department) and Jason Lundock (Humanities and Social Sciences department) were recognized as adjunct instructors of the year for 2020 and 2021, the release said.
Also according to the release: The Constellation Award for 2020 was presented to Dr. Chelsea Watts, Melissa Alling and Denise Pasquale for their Veteran Voices project, the Constellation Award for 2021 went to Wendy Adams, Jana Bernhardt, Dr. Ron Cooper, Dr. Yvonne Ferrer, Richard Kirk, Dr. Christine Knierim, Jason Lundock, Dr. Sarah Satterfield, Amira Sims, Lee Rosen and Tom Walsh for their mental health awareness project, “Hi, How Are You CF!”
Celebration of Amy Mangan’s new book
Ocala author Amy Mangan held a book launch party on June 11 for her new book, “Accent Pieces: Collected Writings and Moments that Decorate Our Lives.” The party was held at the Agapanthus store in downtown Ocala and featured guest readings, book signing and giveaways; also, $1,500 was raised for the Marion County Literacy Council.
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