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Open Fall Football/Cheer Registration

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American Youth Football & the Central Florida Youth Football League has come to South Lake County –   Will hold open registration on Saturday, July 2nd at the Winn Dixie from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Please bring copy of birth certificate and wallet size photo along with registration fee.  We will also have a booth at the July 4th Celebration at Lake David, come by and get additional info or sign up.

Our league, divisions are grade based and age protected, no weight limits. We utilize the “X Men” for children over a certain weight limit in grades 1-6. 7th & 8th Grade no weight restrictions providing for “High School Ready” players.  Fall season divisions are based for 2011/2012 school year.  8th grade eligible for additional play in Florida All-Stars, Youth Shrine Bowl and more….Great opportunities!!

Open Registration for all players in South Lake, East Ridge and Lake Minneola High Schools zones.  We are also seeking qualified Coaches and Cheer Coordinator to assist with this growing league.  Get Involved!!  Volunteer Today!!

Cost for 2011 Football season: $185 , Cheer $165

Practice starts Late July with Games Running through Late October

For details, call Steve Austad at 407-467-8228 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information and registration forms! Visit us on the web at http://www.slcowboys.com


East Ridge High School Wins Green for Being Green

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Students at East Ridge High School show off their 2011 Award and T-shirt. Every student who participates in the Fairchild Challenge receives a free t-shirt, designed Eustis High School 9th grade student Stevana Hebrank (winner of the T-Shirt Design option).East Ridge High School has been named the winner of the Fairchild Challenge @ Cherry Lake Tree Farm, a program for high school students that seeks to merge environmental awareness with interdisciplinary skills such as creative writing, photography, research, science and commercial technology.

Cherry Lake Tree Farm has been offering this program to Lake County high schools for 3 years now. The program was founded in Miami at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens, and in 2007 the local, family owned business in Groveland was trained to be a host-site for the program. “It is such an amazing program and has been overwhelmingly successful in the Miami-Dade area.  We jumped at the opportunity to bring this program to our local schools,” says Chloe Gentry, coordinator of the Fairchild Challenge at Cherry Lake Tree Farm. “It made sense for us to host – we are a large private businesses with resources, and we are passionate about trees and what they can do for the environment – we want to make sure that our future generation is aware of the challenges and opportunities in the environment, and maybe even get them to explore environmental sciences in college or in their careers.”

In its pilot year, the Fairchild Challenge had 80 students participate. The participation rate jumped to 400 students in 2010, and this year they had over 700 students participate from five Lake County Schools. The teachers involved have welcomed the challenge and appreciate having intriguing and current topics that fit well inside their curriculums.  “I'm proud of my kids--of the work they did.  It provided an opportunity for the students to express themselves, but I also learned so much from reading their work and hearing their perspectives,” says Ellen Parker, AP Writing and Composition Teacher at East Ridge High School.

The Fairchild Challenge not only seeks to engage students in environmental awareness, but also hopes to develop their critical thinking skills by combining different disciplinary skills within each option. This came to fruition for Ellen Parker who had her AP Writing and Composition students work on the Bio-Fuel Research Paper option of the Fairchild Challenge. “One of the Science AP exams that some of my students took at the end of the year required biodiesel knowledge,” says Ellen. “ Those kids came to me saying how well prepared they were for that essay!  So, the contest paid off in more ways than expected.”


Lake County Schools Recognizes its Top Scholars

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MOUNT DORA — Lake County Schools honored the top 3 percent of its 2011 graduating class last week at the Top Scholars Luncheon hosted by the Educational Foundation of Lake County at Lake Receptions in Mount Dora.

The luncheon featured remarks from Linda Shepherd-Miller, Principal of Lake Minneola High; Joe Alexander, President of Educational Foundation Board of Directors; Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools; Aurelia Cole, Chief of Administration for Lake County Schools; and Lisa D. Willis, Manager of Market Development in Central Florida for CenturyLink, which sponsored the event.

“I am proud of you and I congratulate you on a job well done,” said Aurelia Cole, who was the guest speaker for the luncheon. “The mission of Lake County Schools is to provide every student with individual opportunities to excel. You exemplify characteristics of excellence having attained the highest grade point averages in your class.”
Students recognized at Top Scholar Luncheon include:

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Brandon Alford

Amber Barbera

Victoria Block

Seth Carlson

Rhea Chitalia

Kasey Cockefair

Dallas Cullinan

Amanda Ferguson

Scott Ferris

Alexander Gomez

Danielle Harmon

Dena Kowal

Franklin Kowal

Kyle Koal

Alejandro Porras Arevalo

David Porras Arevalo

Jonathan Rama

Edwin Sanchez

Emily Sissons

Carina Supnet

Robin Teetzel

Lesly Trinidad Castillo

Janice Yoon

Elizabeth Youman


Eleanor Bjerken

Genesis Guerrero

Shannon Maple

Landon Oliphant

Ashley Parker

Kyle Schneider

Julia Sexton

Jennifer Sheets

Alvin Vuong


Felicia Costa

Lyna Dao

Vanessa Holt

Sherilyn Hunter

Jessica Maestas

Brooke Malloy

Jason Murillo

Nathan Odom

Katlyn Rapp

Stephanie Rodriguez

Mary Sligh

Ashley Suda

Jaclyn Tan


Alexa Davies

James Davis

Daniel Flores

Jacob Goss

Katharine Rabits

Caitlyn Slimick

Rajiv Varghese


Zandra Christopher

Divya Dookhie

Dallas Dunbar, III

Savannah Gandee

Nicole Hart

Sarahmichele Howard

Allison Izzo

Westley James

Taylor Kelley

Matthew Parisi

Julie Richmond

Alyssa Ross

Aixa Santos

Jarrett Wasden

Lauren Wong

Samantha Zahn


Chloe Barker

Michelle Crowe

Andrew Goring

Robert Goring

Christopher Hendrix

Hunter Robson

Dillon Sherman

Jamie Sonnentag

Caroline Trussell

Marshall Wood


Mathew Bowers

Stevie Carmichael

Justin Dean

Courtney Gainer

Kassie Ledoux

Paul Lengemann

Shelby McGuire


Cypress Ridge Elementary School SAC Meeting

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CRES will hold its last SAC meeting for this year at 6:00 p.m. in the school’s Media Center on Tuesday, June 7th.  The agenda will include nominations for officers for school year 2011-2012.

All parents and community members are encouraged to attend.


East Ridge High School Students Achieve at International Career Development Conference

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East Ridge High’s Lindsay Owens (left) and Kelsey Jenkins show off the medals they received for finishing in the top 20 in different educational events at the DECA International and Career Development Conference.CLERMONT — Seven East Ridge High students attended this year’s DECA International and Career Development Conference (ICDC) on April 29th -May 2nd in Orlando.

East Ridge High representatives competed with 15,000 students from across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and Canada. Two students made the semifinals and received a Yellow Ribbon Medallion. Lindsay Owens received the Series Top 20 Role Play in Principles of Finance and Kelsey Jenkins received the Series Top 20 Test in Apparel and Accessories Marketing.

“Our East Ridge High School students did a fabulous job and represented us well,” said Simone Seaton, Marketing Educator and DECA Advisor at East Ridge High. “This is an extraordinarily tough competition and a big deal to be recognized on stage at the ICDC.”

East Ridge High students competing at the event included: Danae Ballagh, Jamilda Dorisma, Kiah Husbands, Kelsey Jenkins, Raduan Kalaf, Lindsay Owens and Justin Seaman.

DECA, formerly known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, provides education and career opportunities for students interested in careers in marketing, management, hospitality, finance and entrepreneurship. DECA prepares the next generation to be: academically prepared, community oriented, and professionally responsible as well as develop leadership skills.

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