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Merry Christmas!

The Winter Park/Maitland Observer staff wishes you and yours a happy holiday.

Students unravel the mystery of Oscar Mack

How lovely are Christmas takes center stage at Calvary church. SEE PAGE 6.

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Rollins professor Julian Chambliss and his class dived into the mystery of a man thought to be hanged.




On July 18, 1922, a man named Oscar Mack was hanged. There were no tears shed, nor hymns sung by the large mob at Lake Jennie Jewel. All there was, was a vehement hatred for the African-American man

Once again, bands will march through Winter Park as the city hosts the 11th annual Camping World Bowl “Parade of Bands” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, along Park Avenue in Winter Park. The parade will feature school bands from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 Conference teams. As a prelude to the Camping World Bowl game at 5 p.m. at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, school bands, cheerleaders and mascots will march through downtown Winter Park and perform a “Bandtastic Game Day Preview.” School bands will march north along Park Avenue through downtown Winter Park.



The Lake Knowles Christmas tree has been an ongoing tradition in Winter Park for 52 years. STORY ON PAGE 4. Tim Freed

The Christmas tree that floats on Lake Knowles not only turns heads during the holiday season but also brings neighbors together.

Winter Park residents celebrated the Jewish holiday in Central Park. SEE PAGE 3.

Mayflower plans for expansion, renovation TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR

One of Winter Park’s senior-living facilities has some big plans for expansion and renovation. The Mayflower Retirement Community submitted requests for zoning and condition use to the city of Winter Park regardSEE EXPANSION PAGE 2

Mayflower officials hope to expand the Winter Park campus with new facilities.



GET YOUR JAZZ ON HOLIDAY CONCERT 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at The Alfond Inn, 300 E. New England Ave., Winter Park. Spend an evening at the “Get your Jazz On Holiday Concert,” featuring live music, endless food, wine, champagne, specialty cocktails, and cigars under the stars. Cost is $53.74. For more information, call (407) 998-8090. THE LIVING NATIVITY: A PORTRAIT 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 560 N. Park Ave., Winter Park. Witness a live Nativity scene of the birth of Jesus Christ, including characters portraying Mary and Joseph, the three kings, shepherds and angels. There also will be live animals. For more information, call (407) 647-3392.


WP9 AFTER DARK 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26, at the Winter Park Golf Course, 761 Old England Ave., Winter Park. Enjoy some nighttime golf at the Winter Park Golf Course. A $25 cost includes greens fee, pull cart & course set-up (no electric carts permitted). Glow balls available for purchase in the



Pro Shop and tee times can be made up to one week in advance. Tee times start at 6 p.m. with the last one at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (407) 599-3339.


11TH ANNUAL CAMPING WORLD BOWL “PARADE OF BANDS” 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, along Park Avenue in Winter Park. The city of Winter Park will proudly host the 11th Annual Camping World Bowl Parade of Bands, featuring school bands from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 Conference teams. As a prelude to the Camping World Bowl game at 5 p.m. at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium, school bands, cheerleaders and mascots will march through downtown Winter Park and perform a “Bandtastic Game Day Preview.” The parade will start at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Park and Lyman avenues. School bands will march north along Park Avenue through downtown Winter Park. After turning west on Garfield Avenue, they will proceed to Central Park where they will perform for all fans to enjoy. For more information, call (407) 599-3463.


POPCORN FLICKS IN THE PARK FEATURING “THE BELLBOY” 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in Central Park, 150 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park. Presented by Winter Park CRA and produced by Enzian Theater, this film series features classic films for the whole family. Bring a blanket, a picnic or snacks, and some family and friends. Free popcorn for everyone! For more information, call (407) 629-0054.


WINTER IN THE PARK 3 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 3 to 10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 18 through Jan. 7, 2018, at Central Park West Meadow at the corner of New York Avenue and Morse Boulevard, Winter Park. Come skate with family and friends at this holiday ice rink in Winter Park’s Central Park. Cost is $13 for all-day general admission. For more information and to reserve a private party, call (407) 599-3203.

Enzian & Eden Bar will be closed Sunday, December 24th for Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays!

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ing a proposed expansion to the northwest of its community, 1620 Mayflower Court. There also are plans to purchase an eight-acre piece of property nearby at 2141 Oakhurst Ave. On the combined existing and future property of 15.5 acres, the Mayflower plans to build a 58,117-square-foot, three-story health care (skilled nursing) building; a 20,672-square-foot, one-story memory care building; a 9,000-square-foot onestory clubhouse; and 40 new villa units. The new clubhouse would include a dining venue and game room/activity space. “Since we first opened our doors, The Mayflower has always set high standards … and we have continuously invested in excellence for our residents,” The Mayflower Retirement Community President and CEO Steve Kramer said in a prepared statement. “But, it is time to position our community for the future. Our goal for the expansion is to maintain and enhance the standard of living that our existing residents have come to expect, while looking ahead to capture the imagination of the

next generation of prospects who might have different priorities.” A significant portion of the project would feature renovations to the existing buildings, as well, including additional contemporary dining venues; a performance center; educational and activity space; and new wellness/spa/fitness facilities. There also are plans to incorporate updated, larger apartments in the current living areas. The application is only the beginning of a multi-year process, Kramer said. “Residents will benefit in many ways — with more and newer options for fitness/wellness, dining, programming, lifelong learning, socializing, intergenerational interaction and stateof-the-art healthcare,” he wrote. The Mayflower first opened in 1989 and today includes 220 residential independent living apartments, 28 singe-family independent-living villas, and 31 assisted-living residences, plus an onsite 60-bed health center. The requests will go before the Winter Park Planning and Zoning Board at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. The City Commission is slated to review the requests on Monday, Jan. 22.

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Winter Park business sues Walmart over copyright infringement Rifle Paper Co. claims Walmart and textile product importer Beco used its floral design without permission. TIM FREED ASSOCIATE EDITOR


ocals from around the area celebrated the Jewish faith during the annual Chanukah on the Park event Dec. 17 in Winter Park’s Central Park. Members of the Jewish community took in a wide variety of events, including face painting for children, live Jewish music, Chassidic dancers, and traditional Jewish cuisine. In addition to the gala dinner, the highlight of the evening, was the lighting of the menorah by Myrtle Rutberg, who at age 106 still celebrates her faith in full voice.

Rabbi Ed Leibowitz, left, helped Myrtle Rutberg, 106, light a candle in the menorah.


Rabbi Sholom Dubov, of Chabad of Greater Orlando, addressed the crowd just before the lighting of the menorah during Sunday’s activities.


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A floral design by Rifle Paper Co. is the subject of a recently filed lawsuit.

ding, sheets, blankets, throws and bed pillows. Both designs are shown in a side-by-side comparison in the lawsuit. “As these images show, Beco simply swapped the colors of the larger rose and smaller rose and removed the detail work in the leaves and baby’s breath stems,” the lawsuit reads. Rifle Paper also states the design has been publicly available through major national and international retail outlets such as Barnes & Noble, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Hallmark, Anthropologie and Birchbox since 2013. To date, Rifle Paper and its licensees have sold more than 350,000 units of products incorporating the Spanish Rose Design, the lawsuit reads. Rifle Paper Co. first launched via in November 2009 as a small business owned by husband-and-wife team Nathan and Anna Bond. The business has since grown into an international brand. The business creates, produces, markets, and sells greeting cards, postcards, invitations, stationery, calendars, journals, notepads and other printed materials. Walmart and Beco each were sent a notice to cease and desist but have “failed and refused” to comply as of the lawsuit’s Dec. 8 filing. “We take this seriously, and we are reviewing a copy of the complaint,” Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove said. “We’ll file a response to the allegations in court, but at this time we’re reviewing the complaint.” Beco did not respond to a request for comment.

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Rabbi Sholom Dubov, top left, shared a photo with friends and family at the end of the night’s festivities.

A Winter Park business is suing Walmart for copyright infringement of one of their creative works. Rifle Paper Co., located at 558 W. New England Ave., filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Wal-Mart. com USA LLC and textile product importer Beco Industries Ltd., claiming they copied a floral design and used it on various products. The lawsuit states that Beco, selling through Walmart, used a “Spanish Rose Design” created by artist Anna Bond and exclusively licensed by the Winter Park business. Rifle Paper holds each of the copyright registrations and has used the design on a phone case, a greeting card, a notebook, a desktop notepad and an assorted card set. “Beco has infringed and continues to infringe Plaintiffs’ copyrights within this District and throughout the United States by using the Spanish Rose Design in connection with the manufacturing, distributing, offering for sale, and selling of certain hometextile products under the ‘Mainstays’ brand,” the lawsuit reads. “The Infringing Textile Products incorporate floral artwork that is strikingly similar or, alternatively, substantially similar to Plaintiffs’ Spanish Rose Design.” Beco has “allowed and facilitated the Infringing Design’s use by other manufacturers in products incorporating the Infringing Design,” the suit reads. These include Ever Grace Industry Limited, Huisen Furniture (Longnan) Co. Ltd., Idea Nuova Global, Inc., Tangshan Daxin Ceramics Co., Ltd., HMS Mfg. Co., and other manufacturers. The design in question features a dark blue background with flowers in shades of pink with green leaves surrounding them. Products sold by Beco to Walmart and then to customers included bed-






Everyone has holiday traditions. Whether it’s where you place a Christmas tree or how you string the lights, small habits and rituals are part of what makes the holidays special. But one Winter Park neighborhood surrounding Lake Knowles has shared a tradition with the community for over 50 years. It’s a tradition that sits on the body of water and glows at night with a display of multicolored lights for everyone to see — and it all started with a local garden club. The 10-foot Christmas tree that sits at the center of Lake Knowles dates as far back as 1965, when the Red Pepper Garden Club first started placing it there each year. Back then, the tree was decorated with the circular lids of tin cans and strung with garland and large, old-fashioned Christmas lights. Winter Park resident David Cavalere remembers it well — he grew up right beside the lake and always watched the club set up the tree. “I was just a little kid, and I’d be climbing in the tree watching them,” Cavalere said. “It was amazing to watch them do it.” Around 1975, the tree tradition was passed on from the garden club to the neighborhood that

The Christmas tree tradition at the center of Lake Knowles in Winter Park dates back to 1965.

surrounded the lake. Cavalere and his brother, Michael, became the unofficial keepers of the tree, leading the neighborhood effort each year to set it up ever since. Michael eventually moved away, but Cavalere always has relied on a neighborhood effort to keep the tradition going. “We got more of the neighbors involved, and now it’s kind of a neighborhood group thing,” Cavalere said. “We’ll either do it the first week of December or Thanksgiving weekend.” The process of placing the tree is certainly a team effort. The tree is decorated and placed on a wooden raft/platform, which weighs between 400 and 500 pounds altogether. The raft is attached to empty plastic barrels and floated out to the center of the lake, where it is

attached to a 300- to 400-pound concrete anchor at the bottom. The tree is powered using an underground power line at the bottom of the lake — the city of Winter Park has powered the tree since the tradition first began in the 1960s. Local residents can’t help but slow down while driving past to observe the floating Christmas tree, taking photos and admiring it from the shoreline. The Lake Knowles neighbors usually gather for a holiday party once the tree is up as well. The whole experience is something that brings the neighbors together, next-door neighbor Leslie Flaherty said. “Everybody enjoys it so much, I think even people that don’t live right here — there’s so many people that pass by Lakemont,” she

said. “I think it just creates a magical feeling when you drive past in the evening. It helps neighbors to get to know each other. … It gives a reason to come together.” The tradition has changed and evolved over the years. The husbands of the wives that made up the Red Pepper garden club originally used a live tree — and that continued the following 37 years. Issues continued to arise though with how top-heavy the tree was and the cost of purchasing the tree each year, so about 15 years ago, the community opted for an artificial tree, which is much easier to place on the raft and is less likely to tip over. “We had some adventures — when you had a live tree, it was very heavy,” Cavalere said. “One year the storms were real bad, and the thing flipped over. We’ve had other disasters along the way just trying to keep it straight. That’s the thing with the lighter artificial tree — it’s so much easier. “It actually looks more perfect,” he said. “Each year (with a live tree), you never knew how the tree was going to look and you had to buy a new tree.” Cavalere hopes to one day pass on the responsibility of keeping the tradition alive to another neighbor. Giving Winter Park something to enjoy every Christmas has been a special tradition — one that he hopes will continue for years to come, he said. “Some years, the weather is not good or something and you think, ‘It’s going to be kind of a pain to do it this year,’” Cavalere said. “But then when you start doing it, and you see people’s reactions, it always brings joy to you. It really does.”

who had gunned down two white men in Kissimmee. Despite the hangings of African-Americans being commonplace during that time in the South, news spread throughout the country via a short bulletin by the Associated Press. But there was only one significant plot hole — the report was only half-correct. There had been a killing of two white men, but as it turns out, no one was hanged — though an innocent man almost found himself with a tightened noose around his neck before being saved by the local sheriff. So what then happened to the man known as Oscar Mack? Enter one Rollins College professor and students from his African-American History Since 1877 class. THE PROJECT

“For this class, I was really interested in exploring questions of memory and community from an African-American perspective,” said Dr. Julian Chambliss, a professor of history at Rollins College who focuses on urban history, race and ethnicity in the U.S., and popular culture. “I was looking for community partners, and one of the partners was Democracy Forum, which is a group that had worked back in the ’90s on the Ocoee Massacre — that group had a huge archive of material.” The massacre in Ocoee occurred a year before the reported lynching of Mack, which saw an influential African-American man named July Perry hanged by a mob of

angry whites, before they proceeded to burn down the homes and businesses of those in the African-American community. During their research, a member of the Democracy Forum stumbled upon the little-known lynching and approached Chambliss to see if he would be interested in having his class work on the mystery. So in the spring of 2013, Chambliss and his students got to work. The first step came in the form of a book on anti-African-American violence in the 20th century, which mentioned Mack briefly in a single paragraph. After starting their research, some light began to shine on Mack’s story. “The students found out that he was a World War I vet — he had fought in France and was honorably discharged,” Chambliss said. “Then found out he moved to Kissimmee, and then from the Kissimmee Gazette, pieced together a fuller picture of the story. “In many ways, many of the details in the story just weren’t clear,” he said. A PUZZLE WITH NO CORNERS

The story itself is like a puzzle that is missing corners from its frame. Chambliss and his students learned Mack’s trouble started in Kissimmee when he competed with a white man for a job moving mail from the Kissimmee rail road depot to the post office. It was a federal contract, and Mack came in under the white man, which won him the contract, Chambliss said. After winning the bid, he was verbally threatened. The threat concerned him so much that after talking with his

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Rollins College professor Julian Chambliss and his students piloted the projet on Oscar Mack.

boss, the assistant postmaster, he was handed a gun and was told to use it if anyone bothered him while working. Little did Mack know that he would use that gun at the end of the first day of work, when three to four white men — who were more than likely Klansmen — came to his house. “There was some altercation and he opened fire — shot and killed one man, wounded one man who died later from his wounds, and a third man escaped,” Chambliss said. From there large, angry mobs tried hunting down Mack and at one point they thought they had him. The mob intercepted a man who they believed to be Mack, but luckily for the man, the sheriff stepped in and persuaded the crowd to let the innocent man go. Chambliss believes that the sheriff stepped in as a means to avoid another race riot like the Ocoee Massacre.


Following the shooting, Mack fled Florida and made his way to Ohio, where he took the alias of Lanier Johnson. He had a family, and many of his descendants still live there today. In fact, in 2015, Chambliss was contacted by members of Mack’s family, who had stumbled across the project’s website. Since then, Chambliss has been in contact with the family and even was invited up to Akron this past June to be a part of one of the true highlights of the process — a family ceremony involving the changing out of Mack’s headstone. “It was a really emotional story for them (the family) … it just answered a lot of questions and they were just thankful toward us,” Chambliss said. “They were very kind to invite us to the memorial service in part, because they wanted us to be there, because it sort of helped them answer this question about their family.”

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Santa makes early visit to Goldenrod rec center

Members of the Santa Project Players were happy to spread Christmas cheer.


ids laughed and played games at the Goldenrod Recreation Center’s Santa Saturday event Dec. 16. The rec center hosted fun events including cookie decorating, ornament construction and all sorts of games in the gymnasium. — HARRY SAYER

Left: One-year-old Juliah Flores played with penguins.

Performance completes Christmas season


Volunteers and workers at the Recreation Center put in work to make a great event.

t was a night filled with song and dance as Winter Park’s Calvary Assembly Church held Believe: A Nostalgic Musical Experience Dec. 17. In collaboration with Macy’s, Dianne Garvis, founder of Tiaras of Hope and co-founder of the nonprofit Good Neighbor program, helped lead the way to put on the night’s event — which helped raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Admission into the event was a card to Santa. With each letter received, Macy’s donated $1 to Make-A-Wish.

Dianne Garvis sang a Christmas song as a ballerina danced behind her.

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Jack and Sandy Giacalone had a conversation with Maureen Holasek and Mark Heileman later in the evening. Right: Alisha Nicholl took her 7-year-old daughter, Aziza, to the party. Aziza is one of the museum’s youngest docent tour guides.

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he Winter Park Country Club was home to festive cheer during the Winter Park History Museum’s Holiday Open House. Guests and museum board members dressed in their most festive clothes for the annual event where they and chatted over wine and hors d’oeuvres. — HARRY SAYER

Susie Weiss and Steve Schoene were ready to celebrate the holidays. Right: Board member Tareen Aguilar and her 9-year-old son, Ace, were a properly festive couple.

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Lee Glazer enjoted the night with Winter Park History Musuem Patty Schoene and his son, Gabriel Glazer. Left: Planning committee member Hannah Hartman looked great for the open house.




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he Jewish Academy of Orlando celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Dr. Phillips Center on Sunday, Dec. 17. Academy alumni and parents with children currently enrolled gathered together for drinks, dinner and fun. Board member Dr. Jordan Steinberg and his wife, Nathalie, were honored for their work with the academy. Dr. Edward Zissman, the first president for the academy’s board of directors, was given a lifetime achievement award, as well.

Summer Simmons and Head of School Alan Rusonik worked hard to put the event together. Greg Finklestein, Miriam and David Varnagy, Joyce and Matt Cox, Nick Ewing, Leigh Norber and Stacey Soll had a great time meeting up.


Right: Gabriel Steinberg and Emily Finklestein were ready for an evening of fun.

Dr. Edward Zissman was given a lifetime achievement award at the gala.

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Dec. 26 to 31. Imagine — decades after Andrew Lloyd Webber’s elegantly romantic “Phantom of the Opera,” his new musical is based on the scruffy hit movie “School of Rock.” And like the movie, this funny musical follows Dewey Finn, a “wannabe” rock star (posing as a substitute teacher) who turns a class of straight-A students

into a mind-blowing rock band. This rebelliously upbeat musical features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live. Fists in the air for his new “feel-good” musical at the Dr. Phillips Center for the performing arts. Call 844-5132014 or visit drphillipscenter. org.





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Jan. 3 through Feb. 4. “Good fences make good neighbors” — not! In this deliciously malevolent new comedy of good intentions and bad manners from the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarías, class, cultures and gardens turn good neighbors into feuding enemies. A high-powered lawyer and his pregnant, doctoraldegree candidate wife realize the “American dream” when they purchase a house next door to the traditional Frank and Virginia (and their impeccably trimmed backyard). Suddenly,

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Jan. 26, 27 and 28. It’s three days of magic as you join fellow fans exploring “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” including Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and the Escape from Gringotts. You’ll ride the Hogwarts Express between King’s Cross Station in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade

Feb. 14 through March 11. Why am I writing to you about a musical that opens at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in midFebruary? Because the tickets are on sale now, and even with an extended run, there will be many performances that sell out before the show opens. Twenty years ago, “The Lion King” won six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and then went on to earn more than 70 major arts awards in New York and London alone. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from the animated film. For more, visit Tickets start at $35 at


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8 p.m. Dec. 28. Michael Carbonaro has performed more than 500 comically perplexing and improbable feats of magic on his TV series, “The Carbonaro Effect on truTV.” Now, Carbonaro is taking his show on the road, and you can feel the effect of Michael Carbonaro — Live! If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be on the other side of the charmingly devious Michael Carbonaro as he works his magic to make people believe the unbelievable, now is your chance to find out at Hard Rock Live. See for yourself why Michael Carbonaro was named “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts. Call 407-445-ROCK or visit


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good human beings and being good teammates,” she said. The two-pronged approach to the game is best seen in Merrell Colado and Lexie Hage. Colado has stepped up as a key figure in the kindness aspect of the team, while Hage has become the athletic leader of the team. Other players such as Lily Zera have also become cogs in the Hawks’ proverbial wheel. Though Maitland weren’t able to make it to the title game, the Hawks will look to next season to claim that ever-elusive county title. The Hawks last won the title in the 10/11 season. Although a trophy is always the goal, Musante also wants her athletes to grow throughout the season. “My goal for the girls at the beginning of the season is to make them a little bit better,” she said. “I just want them to leave having a great time representing their school, and to be better people and better players when they leave me.”

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streak, the Hawks did not dropped a single set — going 14-0. It’s the second straight regular season ina-row that the Hawks have yet to lose a set. The incredible stats shouldn’t be too big of a surprise when one considers the past eight seasons of Hawks’ volleyball. Since the 09/10 season, the Hawks have gone 51-8, which includes five undefeated regulars seasons, five cluster championships, one OCPS county title and four county runner-up finishes. For Musante, the success starts with a simple whiteboard she put up at the beginning of the season. “I was like, ‘Hey managers, if you want to put a quote on the board, put a quote on the board to start the day, and we’ll read it,” Musante said. “Well, the managers put quotes on the board, and they’re always pretty inspiring. “It’s always about how to be better human beings, and I think that’s what makes this team better — that they’re all trying to be supportive to each other about being

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The Lady Hawks’ volleyball team went 10-1 this season.

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Going undefeated throughout the season is something that not many teams get to do. But at Maitland Middle School, it’s become the norm. Led by sixth-year head coach Kim Musante, the Lady Hawks volleyball team has quietly become a middle-school powerhouse in Central Florida. Although for the teams that the Hawks have played this season, it hasn’t been so quiet. The team, comprising sixth- through eighth-graders, has absolutely dominated the competition. “The best way to describe the season is that I ended up with players (who) wanted to work very hard together,” Musante said. “There is always talent every single year, but there is something special about this team that they are all encouraging and helping each other to get better.” That hard work has seriously paid off for the Hawks this year, as they built up a perfect 7-0 regular season record —before going 3-0 in the playoffs before falling to Bridgewater 20-25, 16-25 in the semifinal. But the most impressive accomplishment so far about this team is that during their 10-game winning

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