Class Acts – May 2018

The Class Of 2018

This year’s graduation ceremonies are set, and for the first time in years, no two graduations take place at the same time!  

 May 18, 10am – Hillcrest, School Gymnasium

May 18, 7pm– Vanguard, Livestock Pavilion

May 19, 8am – Forest, Livestock Pavilion

May 19, 7pm – North Marion, Livestock Pavilion

May 24, 6pm– West Port, Stadium

May 25, 6pm– Dunnellon, Stadium

May 26, 8am – Belleview, Stadium

May 26, 6pm– Lake Weir, Stadium

June 14, 7pm– MTC, First Baptist of Ocala

Ft. McCoy Business Champs

Brooke McConnell and Candice Soutar, both students at Ft. McCoy School, captured first place at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference recently in Orlando. Both girls beat more than 3,400 middle and high school students to capture top honors for Health Career Display. Both are now eligible to represent Florida at the national level this summer in Dallas.

National Honors

Our school district has nine seniors who have achieved National Merit semi-finalist status. This prestigious honor puts them in the top 1 percent of students nationwide for academic pursuits beyond high school. Included this year from Vanguard are (l-r): Christopher Lugo, Tyler Lehman, Anjali Patel, Gregory Han, Brian Epstein, Canna Liu and Jasmine Lee. West Port also has three students on the same list (l-r): Kaitlyn Robey, Erik Larsen and Gianfranco Cortes-Arroyo.  

Bio-Training Each Other

Several dozen West Port health career students trekked to North Marion High to cross-train with students involved in that school’s biomedical program. The hands-on interaction puts West Port students in a different learning environment while providing North Marion students the opportunity to teach their colleagues.

Celebrating 50 Years at ONE School

Imagine working in the same building for the same company for 50 years. Linda Freeman has accomplished just that as the secretary at North Marion High School. She was a freshman when the school opened and has worked as the school secretary since 1963. That’s the same year JFK was assassinated, ZIP codes were introduced and Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.  After 50 years, Freeman is hanging up her hat, packing up her 500-plus frogs and heading into retirement. 

Seniors Secure Scholarships

Belleview High’s Joshua Wolfe received a $10,000 scholarship to Full Sail University for Media and Entertainment in Orlando. The graduating senior is being recognized for his exceptional talent in written and visual communications, academic success and passion about the entertainment and media industries. 

West Port Senior Maurice Gilbert has won the Ron Brown Scholarship, worth $40,000! He beat out over 5,000 competitors from around the country. He plans to attend FAMU to double major in political science and economics. He also wants to minor in public relations. 

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