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30 x June 1 - 14, 2017 x n Bay Lake Elementary Students at Bay Lake Elementary in Horizon West competed against other local schools to vie for the championship title in the Battle of the Books. The Battle of the Books is an academic competition that challenges students to remember important details from the Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award list. The children read the books and practiced for several months to prepare for this event. SCHOOL NEWS compiled by Lauren Salinero As the 2016-17 school year comes to an end, the community of Bay Lake Elementary extends its thanks to the following parents who served as members of the BLES PTO board: Tammy Forrester, president; Beth Siegmann, vice-president; Igraine Hemphill, vice-president; Courtney Surette, vice-president; Jenilee Tomlinson, treasurer; Laura Kleiss, recording secretary; and Jen Iapichino, corresponding secretary. n Lake Whitney Elementary Lake Whitney Elementary students take part in Bike to School Day. n Whispering Oak Elementary Whispering Oak Elementary received an award from the Orange County Public Schools Environmental Compliance Department for recycling the most in the West Learning Members of the 2016-17 Lake Whitney Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization attend a brunch in recognition of their hard work and the end of another successful school year.

Whispering Oak Elementary 2016-17 students make an impact by recycling. Community. WOES’s 2016-17 recycling team was composed of Mrs. Quinones’ students. n Gotha Middle Grant Christian Sicard, a straight-A honors student and 2016-17 seventh-grader at Gotha Middle, was invited to take the ACT test, sponsored by Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. Only the top 5 percent of seventh-graders are invited. His score was as good or better than 50 percent of recent high school graduates across the country and placed him in the top 1 percent of seventh-graders. Grant was offered a place in the summer studies programs at Rollins College, and Duke and Vanderbuilt universities. During his free time, the Windermere Chase resident enjoys baseball, golf and fishing. He is also an alter server at Holy Family Catholic Church and will be testing for his third-degree black belt in taekwondo in December. n SunRidge Middle Students at SunRidge Middle had the unique opportunity to participate in Orange County Public Schools’ Best Bites, a food tasting for the 2017-18 school year. Different vendors brought a variety of selections, and the students rated the items. This way, the youngsters have a say in their food choices for the next school year. n Et Al x June 1 - 14, 2017 x 31 The 2016-17 robotics team Clockwork Mania from Orlando Science School received the chairman’s award at the Alabama Super Regional competition. As a result of their achievement, the team received an invitation to the world championship that will take place in St. Louis. The Crenshaw School recently held a Science Week. As part of the activities, the 2016-17 high schoolers participated in crime-scene investigations, recorded heart rates while SunRidge Middle students taste and rate food for the 2017-18 school year. playing video games, tested for bacteria and performed dissections. During Science Week at The Crenshaw School, high schoolers don masks and gloves to test for bacteria. At the age of 13, 2016-17 eighthgrader Beckett Andrew has become one of the youngest students in the dual-enrollment program at Beckett Andrew of FMI STEM Academy participates in the dual-enrollment program at Valencia College. Grant Christian Sicard, a Windermere Chase resident and 2016- 17 Gotha Middle student, places in the top 1 percent of seventh-graders. Pediatric dentist Michael “Dr. Mike” DiMauro (back, fifth from left) visits Premier Academy to teach dental health to (front, l. to r.) Addie Britt, Ava Healy, Charlie Phillips, Carmine DeMonaco, Addy Harrigan, Jackson Butcher, Jackson Seaberg, (back, l. to r.) Kylie-Marie Kunkel, Saniya Ahmad, Zoha Ahmad, Otto Fernandez, Rocco Gunn, Gianna Pereira, Kaylie Augustin, Rebekka Napartivich, Abbie Eanet and Hutton Duval. Valencia College. He attends FMI STEM Academy, where sixththrough 12th-graders who meet the dual-enrollment criteria can earn college credit under the direction of CONTINUED ON PAGE 32