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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017
“We are made by history” Southwest Orange celebrates Black History Month with poetry, music, fashion and fare. PAGE 7.
Developer plans 350 apartment homes near South Lake
WHAT’S NEXT? APRIL 20: Local Planning Agency adoption hearing JUNE 6: Orange County Commission adoption hearing DANIELLE HENDRIX STAFF WRITER ORANGE COUNTY If all goes according to plan, those who frequent Winter Garden Vineland Road near South Lake and the Grand Cypress Golf Resort could see up to 350 new apartments in the future. At a community meeting held at Bridgewater Middle School on Wednesday, Feb. 8, Orange County staff and representatives from development company Epoch Properties Inc. presented a request for a small-scale future landuse amendment. The subject property is
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King Mark and his buddy immediately hit the dance floor once inside.
First Baptist Church Windermere was one of 375 churches worldwide to host Night to Shine — the Tim Tebow Foundation’s special-needs prom — on Feb. 10. DANIELLE HENDRIX STAFF WRITER
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very time the limousine doors opened, kings and queens stepped out to a red carpet lined with applause and cheers that echoed up and down Main Street in Windermere. Fairy lights added a little sparkle to the air, as friendly paparazzi pointed their phones and cameras at the VIPs, whose smiles were
infectious. Each king and queen was dressed to the nines, a crown or tiara topping off the look. It was all a part of the royal treatment for the evening at First Baptist Church Windermere’s Night to Shine event on Friday, Feb. 10. Night to Shine is the brainchild of Tim Tebow and his foundation, an event that gives special-needs people ages 14 and up an unforgettable prom night experience that is centered on God’s love. And on Feb. 10, 375 churches in all 50 states and 11 countries honored 75,000 of them.
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Queen Heather was greeted on the red carpet by enthusiastic spectators.
“Sometimes you come and give because you want to and you love to do this, but I actually feel like we actually get more out of it than we give.” — Gina Schmidt, a co-owner of About Face Design Team
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NINTH ANNUAL ORLANDO HOME & GARDEN SHOW Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Orange County Convention Center, Hall NB, 9400 Universal Blvd., Orlando. Get started on home improvements this spring with ideas, exhibits and expert speakers. Admission is $9 for 17 and older, free for 16 and younger, $7 for seniors 65 and older and free for active duty military. For seminar details, showtechnology.com/event/ orange-county-home-gardenshow/#item-custom.
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ABUELA RAQUEL’S LIFE AND ART 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. The public can celebrate the life and art of Abuela Raquel (as her grandchildren called her). Light refreshments will be served. Raquel’s retrospective exhibit is on display at the library through March 2017. (407) 835-7323. ALOHA LUAU DANCE PARTY 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation’s Heller Hall, 21 E. Plant St., Winter Garden. Includes snacks, a dance party, hula lessons, tribal body art and a special appearance by The Wayfinder. Tickets are $15 per child, and a portion of the proceeds go to the WGHF. Reserve a spot at wgpanache@ gmail.com. BEE MY VALENTINE 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Tibet-Butler Preserve
and the Vera Carter Environmental Center, 8777 County Road 535, Orlando. Learn about the complex life of a honey bee and its importance in our lives and to the environment. Learn about their social order, how honey is made, colony collapse disorder and more. Participants go home with their own beeswax candle. Ages 7 and up; limit 25. Program is free. (407) 254-1940. UNDER THE SEA 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Windermere Library, 530 Main St. Travel under the sea and discover all the treasures therein with activities, crafts and more. Ages 3 to 5. (407) 835-7323. WINTER GARDEN BLUES & BBQ FESTIVAL 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the downtown Winter Garden pavilion, 104 S. Lakeview Ave. The festival pairs the hottest blues and roots musicians with award-winning local barbecue connoisseurs. Entertainment features Souliz Band at 4 p.m., TC Carr and the Bolts with Josh Nelms at 6 and Damon Fowler at 8. Admission is free; beer and barbecue are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. (407) 656-4155.
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CENTER RING SPECTACLE 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. It is part show, part instruction and all fun. Begin with a mini performance followed by training for all in juggling and plate spinning. Presented by Orlando Youth Circus. Registration recommended at (407) 835-7323.
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located next to the Zen Luxury Apartments, just east of Winter Garden Vineland Road and South Lake and adjacent to the current Perri House Country Inn and Market. Epoch Properties is requesting to amend the future land-use map designation of the site from low-density residential and commercial to planned development — highdensity residential to allow for the development of up to 270 apartments. Eventually, Epoch also hopes to take two adjacent parcels within the Vista Oaks subdivision currently zoned for medium-density residential and request an increase to highdensity residential. That would allow for another 80 apartments, bringing the total to 350. However, it has not yet filed an application for this portion of the plan. Overall, the entire $57.8 million project would encompass 14 acres. Rebecca Wilson, the land-use attorney representing Epoch, said the new apartments would be able to serve those who work closer to Walt Disney World. “For those of you who live on Winter Garden Vineland Road, you understand a lot of people are traveling to work down at Disney, so we’re trying to locate some very high-end multifamily units near that node of employment and commerce in this area,” Wilson told residents in attendance. The proposed apartment
complex’s site plan will come pending the approval of the requested amendment. Epoch is planning for up to 27 units per acre for the entire planned development. Residents voiced their concerns, which were mainly about traffic on Winter Garden Vineland Road and how a new apartment complex would affect that traffic. Some community suggestions included deceleration lanes and stoplights, saying that increased traffic with no added safety measures or speed and flow control is dangerous. “I don’t think any of us are opposed to this project; we’re opposed to the traffic that this project brings and … other projects bring,” Lake Sheen Reserve Homeowners Association President Stan Robson told county staff. “The county has created this problem, and if they can change this whole zoning thing so quickly, they can put stoplights in as well. The traffic on 535 is horrendous, and you need to do something about it.” David and Catherine Winter have lived off Winter Garden Vineland Road near Lake Mabel for about 40 years and attended the meeting out of concern for traffic in the area. “One of my main concerns
is the value that will be put on that road again, and the speed the cars will go, north or south, it’s (already) beyond the limits,” Catherine Winter said. “It shouldn’t be high density — I think that’s a bad precedent to set,” David Winter added. “I don’t think the roads are in good shape to handle that traffic.” The next step for Epoch is a public hearing before the county’s Local Planning Agency on April 20. If the amendment passes through the LPA, it will go to the Board of County Commissioners on June 6. “Between now and then, we’ll be working with (Orange County) staff, because it’s loud and clear that traffic is an existing concern and will continue to be a concern in this area,” Wilson told residents. “It’s really working with staff to figure out how you balance both making sure that you all can move quickly and efficiently through here and making sure that that is safe for our ingress and egress to this property.” For more information on this project, contact Orange County Case Planner Jennifer DuBois at email@example.com. Contact Danielle Hendrix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“One of my main concerns is the value that will be put on that road again, and the speed the cars will go, north or south, it’s (already) beyond the limits.” — Catherine Winter, resident
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Mother organizes car-seat check for Independence community Keeping children safe is one of the biggest concerns for parents, but car seats — particularly their installation — can be problematic. That’s why Independence resident Danielle Pavone has organized a car-seat check. The event — open to Independence residents — will take place March 9. To organize the check Pavone sought the assistance of licensed professional Carissa Johns. “I’ve helped her with car seats in the past, but she got a new car seat and wanted to get things checked again,” said Johns, an occupant protection specialist with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and assigned to the Children’s Safety Village. “She mentioned that a couple people in her neighborhood wanted to (have a carseat check).” Although the Independence check isn’t open to the public, Johns said there are car-seat check events at least once a month through Orange County. “Anytime there’s interest in the community and we can fulfill that request, we want to do it,” Johns said. “We know there’s such a high misuse rate. … If we can help one child, we can make a difference.” Johns estimates four out of every five car seats are installed and used incorrectly. And even though car-seat checks are always
CAR SEAT CHECKLIST 1. RIGHT SEAT. Check the label on your car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height. Like milk, your car seat has an expiration date. Just double check the label on your car seat to make sure it is still safe. 2. RIGHT PLACE. Keep all children in a back seat until they are 13. 3. RIGHT DIRECTION. Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until at least age 2. When he or she outgrows the seat, move your child to a forward-facing car seat and make sure to attach the top tether after you tighten and lock the seat belt or lower attachments (LATCH). 4. INCH TEST. Once your car seat is installed, give it a good shake at the base. Can you move it more than one inch side-to-side or front-toback? A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch. 5. PINCH TEST. Make sure the harness is tightly buckled and coming from the correct slots (check car-seat manual). Now, with the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you are unable to pinch any excess webbing, you’re good to go.
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in high demand, only licensed professionals have the authorization to verify the correct installation and use of a car seat. During a check, the licensed professional will check harnesses and the parts of the seat, and also make sure there haven’t been any recalls. “They observe the seat as it came in to identify potential misuse,” Johns said. “It’s an educational service — not an installation service. We want to have (parents) learn all the things they need to know so when they have to take the car seat out, they can put it back in correctly.” Contact Brittany Gaines at bgaines@ orangeobserver.com.
OCPS receives a $240,000 grant More than 500 schools applied for a grant through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s School Bus Rebate Program last year, and the Orange County Public Schools’ bus fleet was one of 88 — and one of only two in the state — selected to receive a grant. The grants, which come from the EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, are earmarked to replace old buses or to retrofit older buses with new filter sys-
tems to reduce carbon emissions. “Thanks to DERA funding, we are protecting our children from breathing diesel emissions as they travel to school,” said Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “Nearly 17,000 of our country’s schools are located within steps of a heavily traveled road, potentially exposing more than six million children to trafficrelated pollution at a time when their developing lungs are par-
ticularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of air pollution.” OCPS received $240,000 from the EPA, and, on Jan. 24, the Orange County School Board approved the use of $200,000 of the grant to purchase 10 new Thomas Built buses and the remaining $40,000 to purchase 10 particulate filters for older buses’ exhaust systems. — Brittany Gaines
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Walking in to the lobby at First Baptist Windermere’s downtown campus, the atmosphere was bustling as volunteers and families got the kings and queens ready for their big night. The boys sat patiently as their shoes were shined. The girls were giddy as they prepared to be pampered by a design team that did their hair, nails and makeup. As they were paired with their escorts for the night — their “buddies” — and headed off to take photos and ride in the limousines, they were coronated with a sleek crown or sparkly tiara. Gina Schmidt, a co-owner of About Face Design Team, couldn’t stop smiling as she watched the girls on her team work diligently and meticulously on each guest, making sure she looked her best for a special evening. “Our company loves to give back to the community, and this was just a way we could give back to this area,” Schmidt said. “It’s so sweet to watch everyone coming in; all the ladies are so excited, and they look so beautiful in their gowns and their sparkly little crowns on, and they’re so happy. It makes me happy. Sometimes you come and give because you want to and you love to do this, but I actually feel like we actually get more out of it than we give.” And from the smiles on their faces while walking up the red carpet and dancing with their buddies, it was evident that other volunteers felt the same way. “It was really exciting to see him (my buddy) having so much fun. He was genuinely filled with joy and having fun,” said Amanda Peck, a church member and buddy for the event. “I volunteer quite a bit, but it’s really awesome to serve other people and make a nice experience for them, and that makes me happy.” “JUST THE WAY GOD DOES”
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After running around handing out crowns and ensuring that guests were checked in, Denise Burch, the church’s special-needs ministry director, finally got to sit back for a minute and watch as the guests and their buddies hit the dance floor and let loose. It’s only the second year the church has hosted the event, but more than 320 volunteers signed up to help make it happen. “The guests, I know they love it, they love the music and all of that stuff,” Burch said. “My hope is that the volunteers really enjoy themselves and realize that it’s not difficult to be around people with special needs. Sometimes they don’t know what to expect or feel that they’re going to do something wrong, but in a setting like this, it’s easier because you get to have fun and know them more personally.” And for senior pastor Chuck Carter and his wife, Gina, the event is also personal — their son has autism and was one of the VIP guests for the night. “He was able to go to proms at his school, but many can’t do that,” Chuck Carter said. “Some just don’t have an opportunity to do something like this, so when we found out that Tim Tebow Foundation was doing this we wanted to be a part of it. As the pastor, that’s my vision for our church — that we care about the community and want to bless the community.”
Gina Carter added that Tebow always said Night to Shine is a night for people with special needs to shine, when they are told that they matter and that God has a plan for their lives. “That’s one of the things that is really important to us. These kids sometimes are forgotten and maybe looked down on, but watching so many people seeing their worth (is incredible),” she said. “(It’s important) to really have this many people in the community seeing them as something special and important — just the way God does.”
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“Don’t eat too much of that candy, Blake, you’re going to make your stomach upset,” Cynthia Isbell told her son as he prepared to dive right back in to his bag of treats. Blake, 21, and his sister Aldrena, 17, were two of the VIP guests at Night to Shine. They’re also members of the church’s specialneeds ministry. The two have developmental delays resulting from a genetic cause. Blake serves as an usher at church, and Aldrena helps out, too. “My favorite part was being with Luke (my buddy),” Aldrena exclaimed as she talked about her night. “We danced, we ate food, and my favorite part was riding in the limousine with Luke.” The Isbell family lives in Minneola but makes the half-hour commute to Windermere frequently to allow Blake and Aldrena to serve and be involved in the special-needs ministry.
“My favorite part was being with Luke (my buddy). We danced, we ate food, and my favorite part was riding in the limousine with Luke.” — Aldrena Isbell, party guest
“One Sunday morning, I was really tired and not feeling good and I said, ‘You know what, I’m just going to stay home today,’ Marvin Isbell said. “Blake says, ‘Dad, they need me there.’ So I got up and got dressed. They have a great special-needs program, and the kids love coming here. It’s like our family. They (the kids) have older folks that love them, younger folks that love them, and there’s a whole community that just makes them feel loved and accepted.” Looking around the room and watching as volunteers hugged their buddies goodbye and helped break down the setup after the night was over, Marvin Isbell couldn’t help but get a little misty-eyed. All were there for one purpose: to love on people with special needs and show them God’s love. “It makes us thankful that there’s enough people to take such an interest in this kind of thing and the happiness that these kids enjoy, the fun that they have,” Marvin Isbell said. “It makes them enjoy life. It’s amazing how many people donate their time. Sometimes it’s difficult for them (kids with special needs) to fit in, and this is a home where they’re all loved.” Contact Danielle Hendrix at email@example.com.
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LIVING HISTORY Efforts from organizations such as the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Dr. Phillips High School and even local residents are ensuring that black history lives on. STAFF WRITER
There are plenty of things to celebrate each February — Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day among them — but it’s also a time to focus on recognizing and celebrating the achievements of African Americans throughout U.S. history. With this in mind, multiple West Orange-area organizations and people have put on events and dedicated their time and efforts to celebrating Black History Month and educating their community on African-American culture, history and accomplishments.
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For the first time, the choir and orchestra of The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, will perform a concert titled “Ain’-a That Good News!” in honor of Black History Month and as part of the Basilica’s 2016-17 concert series. The concert will feature Robert Ray’s “Gospel Mass,” as well as spirituals and gospel music by William Dawson, Duke Ellington, Moses Hogan, Bobby McFerrin and more.
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William Picher, director of music at the Basilica, said the evening will be full of entertainment and spiritual enrichment. “The shrine is a gorgeous building filled with sacred art, and (attendees) will be listening to sacred music,” Picher said. “One of the purposes of sacred art and sacred music is to lift you up and give you a glimpse into heaven. The first half will be mostly spiritual and a cappella by various composers, and the second half is the music of a gospel mass, accompanied by a rhythm section and two soloists.” The Basilica performs different concert series each year and previously has held concerts themed for St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and more. When someone suggested a Black History Month concert this year, Picher talked to people who knew the music genres well and they put the program together. “Black music has a rich American history, going back to the spirituals and blues and jazz — all that stuff came from the black culture, really, and it’s influenced the classical circles, as well,” he said. “This is just a way to highlight that genre of music that we should all be grateful for. It’s great music. We’ve had a ball rehearsing it.” The concert will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Basilica, 8300 Vineland Ave., Orlando. Tickets can be purchased at maryqueenoftheuniverse.org/ concerts or by calling (407) 2396600.
For the second year, Nigerian native Christy Lynch has helped Central Florida celebrate African culture with her AfroCentric Orlando event. The family friendly, cultural event took place Feb. 4 at the Rosen JCC. “Aside from Animal Kingdom, basically at a local level, we don’t have that enrichment whereby people can have more information and see more celebration of that heritage,” Lynch said. “I’m originally from West Africa in Nigeria, so I thought, who else could bring that here if not an immigrant from Africa?” The annual AfroCentric event includes a lineup of poetry, comedy skits, traditional African music, fashion shows and exotic dances. This year, students from the Shule Adetunde Performing Arts homeschool group — this year’s beneficiary of the event — performed, and an Ethiopian princess graced the audience for a special coffee ceremony. Additionally, vendors and crafters brought their fares to sell,
“I find that, especially for a lot of us in the African diaspora who have immigrated here, our culture needs to be passed on to the next generation so they don’t forget where their parents and heritage are from, hence my passion.”
and guests got to try ethnic delicacies from the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria and more. “I find that, especially for a lot of us in the African diaspora who have immigrated here, our culture needs to be passed on to the next generation so they don’t forget where their parents and heritage are from, hence my passion,” Lynch said. “In Central Florida, we’re a melting pot and I just think that we need to add that (African culture) to the enlightenment of this area of town. Black History Month is a significant time of the year to do that, too.” DR. PHILLIPS HIGH SCHOOL
At DPHS, Black History Month is a monthlong event dedicated to the education and acknowledgement of and respect for black history. Throughout February, the school has put together a calendar of both weekly and recurring events to get students involved. Each Friday this month, DPHS students are encouraged to wear their black-history attire. The south campus media center is hosting African-American book displays, QR codes for students to scan for more information and a weekly trivia contest. The school also is hosting a Black History “Soul Food” Luncheon, which consists of chicken, collard greens, yams, macaroni and cheese, dessert and a drink. Contact Danielle Hendrix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. It evolved from what was once Negro History Week, and since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. For more information, visit bit.ly/1ytHx2I.
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Oliver Davids, center, stars as Jimmy Winters in Dr. Phillips High School’s spring musical, “Nice Work if You Can Get It.”
DPHS seniors performing in ‘Nice Work if You Can Get It’ began and ended their highschool theater days with Gershwin musicals.
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Things have come full circle for the seniors performing in Dr. Phillips High School’s spring musical. When they were freshmen just starting out in their high school theater careers, they performed “Crazy for You” — a Gershwin musical. Now, they are capping off their high school years with another Gershwin piece, “Nice Work if You Can Get It.” “There’s some growth that you can see,” said Maddy Montz, who stars as Billie Bendix. “You find the beauty in it more in your senior year that you don’t notice in your freshman year.” Brothers George and Ira Gershwin were a songwriting duo that wrote multiple musical comedies together throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Although “Nice Work if You Can Get it” was written Joe DiPietro, all the music and lyrics were songs written by the Gershwin brothers. The musical is set in 1927 during the middle of the Prohibition era and follows a trio of bootleggers as their paths cross with a
well-to-do couple off to their honeymoon. “Even though it’s during the Prohibition, it doesn’t bring down the mood of the show,” said sophomore Walker Russell, who stars as Duke Mahoney. “It’s not a nitty-gritty show about the ’20s. It’s a fun exploration of the fantasy world of the ’20s.” It’s the comedic moments that the students like best about the show. “It’s very silly and so dumbed down that it’s funny,” said senior Juan Ayala, who plays Cookie McGee in the show. “It’s so great. I love how the play was built, how the musical was built.” When Jason Whitehead, the director of theater at the high school, began looking at options for this year’s musical, he knew he wanted to do something different. “I like being able to do a unique production,” he said. “We had done a lot of heavy pieces, so I wanted a nice contrast one for the department.” When he announced that the show would be “Nice Work if You Can Get it,” the students were thrilled. “It’s my final chance to be in a musical,” said Oliver Davids, a senior who stars as Jimmy Winter. “This show is so funny, the music feels really (reminiscent) of the Golden Age, but the show
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“Nice Work if You Can Get It” follows the story of three bootleggers during the Prohibition era.
has such a new vibe.” Although Whitehead, who was a new addition to the school’s staff in 2016, was aware that the seniors had performed a Gershwin musical as freshmen, he said it had no bearing on his decision to bring Gershwin’s music back to the DPHS theater. “It’s sheer coincidence,” he said. Coincidence or not, it’s a perfect bookend for the seniors in the show. “I love Gershwin’s music and style,” Montz said. “The joy of their music — it’s just a lot of fun.” The cast, which includes more than 30 high-school students, has been rehearsing the show since late last year. Many of them discovered the musical would force them to stretch their acting talents.
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“There are a lot of physical gestures to fit the times,” Davids said. “I always have to remember to button my suit — the first button. There’s a sense of proper all the time.” Playing characters from the 1920s also meant adjusting their speech to fit the era. “We can’t use slang words (in the show),” Ayala said. “But it’s cool to talk like how we are supposed to.” It also tested the students’ ability to bring the musical’s adult themes to life. “It’s hard for us to be bootleggers,” Montz said. “We’ve never done anything like that (in our life), so it’s a challenge.” It’s one that everyone embraced and met with enthusiasm. “I love the style of the 1920s,” said senior Cheyenne Young, who plays Eileen Evergreen. With dress rehearsals complete, costumes pressed and sets waiting in the wings, everyone is excited for the show to go on. “It’s very wacky and goofy,” Russell said. “I think people are going to love it.” Contact Brittany Gaines at email@example.com.
IF YOU GO “NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT” WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 WHERE: The Dr. Phillips High School Performing Arts Center, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando TICKETS: Tickets cost between $10 and $25 depending on the seats. To purchase tickets, visit bit. ly/2k9NQCH.
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Congratulations to Dr. Phillips girls lacrosse senior Elyse Decker for being recognized as last week’s Observer Preps Athlete of the Week. For specifics on how Decker earned the recognition, visit ObserverPreps.com.
The Olympia girls basketball team avenged a playoff loss from a season ago by defeating Lithia’s Newsome High 48-27 in the regional quarterfinals of the Class 9A State Playoffs. Bri Richardson had 13 points and four steals to lead the Titans (15-9). Olympia played Tampa’s Alonso High Feb. 14 in the regional semifinals after the time of press.
Franklyn Laing is only 12, but the high-school freshman works hard to keep up with rigorous academics and a budding basketball career. Page 12
DP girls win wrestling state crown Two individual state champions, two runners-up and five additional placers helped propel the Panthers to the top of the mountain, besting 80 teams from around the state. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SENIOR SPORTS EDITOR
The girls wrestling team at Dr. Phillips High made history Saturday, Feb. 11, in Kissimmee. The Panthers bested 79 other girls wrestling teams from around the state to earn the program’s first girls wrestling state championship. Dr. Phillips was able to edge out defending state champion and host school Liberty in points, with
the final outcome uncertain until near the very end of the day. “The final two rounds were a little bit anxious, just because we knew we had some tough matchups in the finals,” head coach Kirwyn Adderley said. The Panthers earned the school’s 25th state championship across all sports by riding the wave of two individual champions — sophomore Shania Gowan at 182 pounds and sophomore Shedeline
Ulysse at 195 pounds — as well as two state runner-up finishes (Jessica Corredor and Valeria Herrera) and five additional wrestlers who placed in the top six of their class. In addition, some of the Panthers’ wrestlers who were defeated early in the tournament still did their part to help the team’s cause by battling back in consolation brackets — with Trinity Rios, Jennifer Gabriel and Alexa Phillips as prime examples.
“We did a really good job in the consolation rounds,” Adderley said. The road to the title required the girls from Dr. Phillips to compete in spite of some injuries. “We were probably as healthy as we were going to be,” Adderley said. “The girls wrestled through some bumps and bruises.” The Panthers’ season included SEE PANTHERS PAGE 13
The Olympia Titans placed fourth and the Dr. Phillips Panthers placed seventh Feb. 8 at the Metro Conference West meet at Apopka High. Olympia’s Ezekiel Arambula (113 pounds), and Dr. Phillips’ Jamel Clue (126 pounds) and Dylan Meeks (285 pounds) all won championships in their weight classes.
Olympia seniors Marcela Herrera, left, Kaley Hopegill, Claire Ewoldt, Jillian De Lisle, Leila Sorrells and Grace Whidden have played varsity and club water polo together for four years.
Six seniors on the Olympia Titans girls water polo team have played year-round together since they were freshmen. For their final act, they have their sights set on winning one more match.
Back-to-back RBI singles by Hannah Eden and Nini Underwood in the sixth inning helped elevate the Dr. Phillips softball team (1-0) to a 2-1 win over Bishop Moore in the Panthers’ opener. Rachel Trocki had seven strikeouts on the mound.
The Windermere Prep boys lacrosse team scored a big win early in the season Feb. 10 when it defeated Olympia 15-14. Patrick Hunter’s three goals led the way for the Lakers. Both teams are 1-1.
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t was just days after the FHSAA 2016 Girls Water Polo State Championship Match last April, and the Olympia Titans were gathering back together for the first time as they prepared for club season with the Orlando Thunder — where they also play together. Conversation inevitably turned to the state championship match, which the Titans lost to Ransom Everglades 9-6. “It just left us hungry for more,” senior Jillian De Lisle said. “We
wanted to come back and prove to ourselves that we can get it. … We realized we had to move past (the ‘what-ifs’) and realized what we had to do to get even better to possibly win the championship.” For the program’s longtime coach, Stephanie Johnson Possell, if any group of seniors can get this team over the hump, it is this one — the Class of 2017 she affectionately calls a “goldmine.” De Lisle, Marcela Herrera, Grace Whidden, Leila Sorrells, Claire Ewoldt and Kaley Hopegill have spent most of their high-school lives together in pursuit of excellence as part of the program. “When they were freshmen,
they said, ‘We want to do this — we want to go all the way,’” Johnson Possell said. “(To have) a group of six that work their winters, work their summers, work their offseason and do everything that they can to become the best they possibly can — you can’t ask for more than that.” Since the FHSAA sanctioned the sport in 2005, girls water polo’s state championship has either been won by Ransom Everglades or Gulliver Prep — two South Florida programs with oncampus facilities. That the Titans are knocking SEE TITANS PAGE 13
DON’T FORGET THE BOYS Although they did not make it quite as far as their female counterparts in 2016, the Titans boys water polo team was a playoff team last season, and coach Stephanie Johnson Possell said it is going to be a team to watch this spring, too. “This group of boys is really young and very coachable,” Johnson Possell said. “They are going to be very exciting by the end of the season.”
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Franklyn Laing Bahamas native Franklyn Laing is only 12 years old, but he’s already ahead of the game in both school and basketball. After moving to Orlando a few years ago to pursue his love for basketball, the homeschooled freshman previously skipped two grades and now has his eyes set on working toward his future in both academia and sports.
How did you first get into basketball? I just always liked basketball. I made the school team when I was 6 years old, and I was playing with 16-year-olds. That’s just when it really clicked. I just started to play more and more. I’ve played five other sports, but basketball was the only one that really clicked. What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Stay humble, never give up. Hard work and determination keep me going. You never want to be boastful; you always want to stay humble because then you get more opportunities. When you have faith, you have to be humble.
Windermere Prep won its district, and Dr. Phillips was runner-up in 9A-5, earning both boys basketball programs playoff spots.
THE BASICS AGE: 12 YEAR: Freshman SCHOOL: Homeschooled HEIGHT: 5-foot-11 HOMETOWN: Freeport, Bahamas TEAM: Dr. Phillips YMCA’s Thunder (middle-school boys)
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The Windermere Prep boys basketball team rode big nights from Rahsaan Lewis and David Nickelberry to an 83-67 victory over The Master’s Academy Feb. 10 and the program’s second consecutive district championship. Lewis scored 27 points for the Lakers (18-9), while Nickelberry — a Memphis signee — pitched in 26 more points. The District 5A-6 Tournament took place at Lake Highland Prep in downtown Orlando. Two days earlier, in the district semifinal, a 26 point effort off the bench from Shaquan Jules helped elevate Windermere Prep to a playoff berth with an 85-64 win over Trinity Prep. Jules added in 11 rebounds to record a double-double. At the same time as the Lakers were taking care of Trinity Prep, about eight miles south at Oak Ridge High in south Orlando, Dr. Phillips was earning its ninth consecutive trip to the playoffs. The Panthers dispatched with Cypress Creek Feb. 8, 45-29, behind Daniel Love’s 16 points, four rebounds and four steals. Je’Quan Burton recorded a game-high seven assists in the win for Dr. Phillips. In the district championship Feb. 10 against host Oak Ridge, the Panthers could not keep pace with the top-seeded Pio-
Who are your basketball role models? Probably Kobe (Bryant), because nobody has that drive. He is just so determined to be the greatest. Also Steph Curry, because not only is he a great player but he’s also humble. His faith is super strong; he never gives up. Even when he has bad games, he always redeems himself. Your faith is important to you; what’s your favorite Bible verse? Proverbs 18:24. It basically says that for one to have friends, he must first befriend himself. That was just how I was raised — treat others how you want to be treated. What are your future plans? I want to play college ball and let my game develop some more, then try to get to NBA. I might want to go to Duke, or for academics I’d like to go to Harvard.
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Dr. Phillips guard Daniel Love puts a shot up while absorbing some contact Feb. 10 against Oak Ridge.
REGIONAL RUNDOWN Regional quarterfinals for respective state playoffs in Classes 5A-9A are scheduled for Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. Below are games involving area teams.
neers (22-4) in a 70-44 defeat. The Olympia Titans, who also competed in the 9A-5 Tourney, were defeated in the semifinals by Oak Ridge, 96-52. Olympia finished the 2016-17 season with a 10-16 record.
9A: Dr. Phillips (18-15) at Sarasota Riverview (21-6)
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