26 x June 15 - July 5, 2017 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 n Ocoee Retired Army 1st Sgt. Daniel Kalagian of Ocoee speaks at the city’s Memorial Day ceremony. Ocoee residents commemorated Memorial Day with a ceremony at Ocoee Lakeshore Center. Ocoee resident and retired Army 1st Sgt. Daniel Kalagian was the keynote speaker. Daniel was on active duty in the 1980s and then began his 23-year career with the Bridgeport Police Department in Bridgeport, Connecticut. During his military career, he served in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay after 9/11. He now is as the new commander of the West Orange VFW Post 4305 in Winter Garden and also leads a service platoon with The Mission Continues, a veteran-led nonprofit that helps veterans transform their drive to serve from the military to the civic community. The Memorial Day ceremony included a processional to the Ocoee Memorial Wall, where a wreath was set in place. Allyson Bellochi, a senior at Ocoee High School, sang the National Anthem; and Ely Martinez, an OHS junior, played taps to honor fallen soldiers. n Palm Lake Emma Boyer, the daughter of Dr. David and Donna Boyer of Palm Lake residents Dr. David and Donna Boyer congratulate their daughter, Emma, on her graduation from Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Palm Lake, graduated from Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California as a physician assistant. Emma also graduated from Dr. Phillips High School in 2004, and she will interview and begin practicing in Orlando this summer. n Windermere Mitesh and Vicky Popat of Windermere, CEO and marketing manager of PlantOGram, respectively, were invited to be a part of the Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles for the second year. The couple donated sanum and sohum During the Race to Erase MS Gala, celebrities such as Kris Jenner (far left) bid on orchids donated by Windermere residents Mitesh (far right) and Vicky Popat of PlantOGram. orchids for an auction to raise money for the cause. Many of the celebrities Again!
in attendance bid on the unique plants. Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of multiple sclerosis. Funding research is the core focus of the foundation, and all funds raised support the Center Without Walls program, a selected network of the nation’s top MS research centers. n Windermere Crossing Kelsey Collazo of Windermere Crossing graduates from Florida State University College of Nursing as valedictorian. www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x June 15 - July 5, 2017 x 27 • Florida Gulf Coast University graduates included Dr. Phillips residents Lauren Dowd, Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences; Christopher Endicott, Bachelor of Science from the Marieb College of Health & Human Services; Sydnei McCaskill, Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences; and MetroWest resident Nicholas Olson, Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences. • Timothy Moore of Windermere graduated from Champlain College with a Bachelor of Science in communication. HURRY, MUST REDEEM BY 6/30/17! • Windermere resident Melany Rossy graduated from Troy University. • Phillip Shehan of Windermere graduated from Centre College with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. • Elizabeth Walker of Winter Garden graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Master of Business Administration. Kelsey Collazo, a 2013 graduate of West Orange High School and resident of Windermere Crossing, was named valedictorian of Florida State University’s 2017 College of Nursing class. She also earned the prestigious honor of being named an FSU Garnet and Gold Scholar and made straight A’s throughout her college career. Kelsey plans to move to San Diego and eventually become a nurse practitioner. n Et Al Congratulations to the following Southwest-area residents on their recent graduations: • Winter Garden resident Victoria Bartell graduated from Union University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. • Jacob Dale of Winter Garden graduated from The Citadel with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. Southwest resident and Wheaton College student Ciera Horton was awarded first place in the creative nonfiction category of the 2017 Lowell-Grabill Creative Writing Contest. Sponsored by the English department at Wheaton College, the annual contest is open to undergraduates. Categories include fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Two members of the Bucket List Hiking Club climbed the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Bay Hill resident and club founder Matt Durfee and Isleworth resident Anthony Lightman dedicated the task to their deceased fathers. Located in Tanzania in East Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world CONTINUED ON PAGE 28 4750 The Grove Dr., Ste 156