Class Notes 03.12.15

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Rowers from Cornell University, as well as New York’s middle- and high-school Saratoga Rowing Clubs, recently visited West Orange for some intense training.

Camp Ithiel, in Gotha, hosted the secondary-school students for one week, while the Cornell rowers spent three weeks at the West Orange facility.

The athletes and coaches travel from north to south to train together before rowing season begins. Because Lake Fischer — the lake behind the camp — is too small for rowing, students row at nearby Lake Down.

Every day, the rowers awoke before dawn to train and then returned to the camp to eat, relax, exercise and enjoy some recreation. Camp Director Mike Neff and the athletic coaches have developed good relationships with one another over the years. 

+ Retired educators to meet in April

The Orange County Retired Educators Association will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 2, at College Park United Methodist Church, 644 W. Princeton St., Orlando, for a program titled, “Nutrition for Longevity,” by the Florida Hospital Diabetes Center.  

Anyone who has worked in education is invited to join.

For more information, visit or call (407) 677-0446. 

+ Chamber opens scholarship process

The West Orange Chamber of Commerce is still accepting applications for the Danniel J. Petro/West Orange Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.

The recipient must:

• Be a dependent of a chamber member business owner or of an employee of a chamber member business;

• Reside in one of the chamber’s service-area communities: Dr. Phillips, Gotha, Horizon West, Lake Avalon, MetroWest, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlo Vista, Pine Hills, Windermere and Winter Garden; and

• Be a senior attending a chamber member high school and looking to further his or her education at Valencia College (any campus), Westside Tech or the University of Central Florida. 

Student recipients will be awarded $1,000 scholarships; the number of recipients will be dependent upon the amount of money available in the scholarship fund at the time of the award. Any unspent money will be allocated to the following year. Two student recipients will be awarded $2,500 scholarships from the Petro Family Foundation.

All  interested students must complete the online application (available at and return it to the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, 12184 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, Florida, 34787, Attn: Kelly Carney; or via email at [email protected]. The application and all supporting materials must be received no later than March 20.  

For more information,

call (407) 656-1304, Ext. 5.

SunRidge Elementary students Addison and Jackson Hayes are among those participating in the PTO’s Shoe Drive. Old shoes will be recycled in a variety of ways, including helping people in other countries who do not have simple footwear.

+ MVA students donate blankets

Instead of enjoying Valentine’s Day parties, students at Montverde Academy Lower School opted to use the allotted party time to create fleece blankets to donate to the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation.

The organization is a non-profit foundation that supports citizens of South Lake County as they cope with the emotional and financial aspects of dealing with cancer.

+ Ocoee senior wins scholarship 

Ocoee High School senior and president of the Ocoee High FFA Chapter Megan Pearce was selected as one of three recipients of this year’s Central Florida Fair Youth Scholarship. 

Pearce received a $2,500 scholarship toward her college in the fall. She plans to attend the University of Florida and major in pre-veterinary studies.

+ Ocoee Middle to host track tryouts

Ocoee Middle School will host tryouts for its track team March 16 to 19.

Round one will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 16, and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. A list of the students who make it to the second round will be posted by 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 18.

Round two will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19.

A list of the students who make the team will be posted by 10 a.m. Friday, March 20.

Students must have a completed OCPS athletics physical to try out. Extra physicals can be picked up at the main office. It is highly recommended that students attend all four days of tryouts.

Tildenville Elementary School’s National Elementary Honor Society students organized a canned-food drive to support those in need. The students collected 650 pounds of canned food that they donated to Bread of Life Fellowship in Winter Garden.


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