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6 x April 5 — 18, 2018 x What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question children are almost routinely asked as they go through school. The lofty answers are typically far off into the future — fireman, police officer, astronaut, writer. Very rarely can a young person hope to achieve such titles before graduating high school. One young woman is the exception. Emma Neary, a sophomore at Windermere Preparatory School, began writing her novel, Broken Dreams: A Modern Twist of the Classic Cinderella Story, at the age of 14 when she was a freshman. She became a published author at age 15. Almost every child has heard the story of Cinderella. The fairy godmother, evil stepmother and stepsisters, prince, the pumpkin and mice — it is the ultimate fairy tale of rising from misfortune to find dreams come true. Emma looked beyond the classic tale to envision a new plot for its characters. Much like characters that often find unexpected obstacles in their stories, Emma's journey was not an easy one. ARE YOUR BROWS Summer Ready? MICROBLADING Before After Permanent Makeup for: • Brows • Eyeliner • Lips • 3D Areola Tattooing The perfect solution to very plucked or sparse brows. Fill in, darken, re-shape or сreate eyebrows. SOUTHWEST Writing Her Story High School Sophomore Publishes Novel Emma didn’t expect to become a writer, much less at such a SPOTLIGHT by Lauren Salinero Celebration resident and Windermere Preparatory School sophomore Emma Neary turns a life-changing event into her first novel. $25 off first visit! 7575 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 155 Orlando, FL 32819 407-574-8383 email: young age. Her future changed in December 2014, when she was diagnosed with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick, which also caused a heart murmur. The young girl, who was actively involved in dance, the performing arts and sports, was suddenly being told not to do anything that could risk affecting her heart. “It turned my world upside down, because I didn’t know what else to do with my life,” Emma said. “When you have this condition, you aren’t supposed to do any strenuous activity.” She needed to find another way to channel her artistic creativity. Emma’s theater involvement became very limited, but she found that she could still express what she loved about theater in other ways. One of her favorite aspects of acting was the ability to become different characters. She found a way to continue exploring other viewpoints through writing. The idea for the novel came after a play rehearsal while Emma and her father, Kevin Neary, were driving to their Celebration home. She was thinking, How many Cinderella stories have been done before? She began to envision a futuristic Cinderella story, in which the characters had to handle modern issues like technology and bullying. She built a story outline in her free time, and when the book was finished, sent it to a publisher without telling anyone, even her parents. The publisher initially rejected the book; however, in July 2017, he decided to give it another chance. It was released to the public Jan. 5, 2018. “I’ve heard from a lot of people who bought the book and read it — they find it very interesting,” she said. The positive feedback has helped fuel Emma into continuing to expand her writing talents. “I’ve branched out to other categories of writing,” she said. “I’ve become very interested in playwriting and screenwriting, as well as inspirational stories, true stories and historical fiction. I’ve had a few stories in the pipeline that are finished. Hopefully, they will be published soon and released.” Emma credits her teachers and classmates at WPS for their support. From the very beginning, teachers were willing to help with grammar and context. Friends read the book and gave Emma insight and thoughts, especially about the characters. Their input allowed Emma to open up her characters’ world to include more dynamic characters to propel the story. After the book’s release, school officials advertised it in the library, making sure every student has the opportunity to read it. Emma especially credits her mother in aiding her success. “I thank my mom [Susan Neary] for the inspiration and how she has helped and supported me through this entire process,” Emma said. For her peers, Emma has this message: “No matter what you think is in your way, don’t let it stop you. Don’t let anything stop you from being what you want to be. You’re the author of your own story. We’re all capable of success if we let ourselves have it.” ª

Educators agree exposing children to the arts early in life benefits their creativity and grasp of subject matter as they grow. One of the cornerstones of Orlando’s cultural corridor, bordered by Mills Avenue and Princeton Street, is as far as one needs to look for performing arts to spark a child’s imagination. Orlando Repertory Theatre, aka Orlando REP, has a mission “to create experiences that enlighten, entertain and enrich the lives of family and young audiences.” Now in its 15th season, it strives to offer the finest in family entertainment. Artistic Director Jeffrey Revels believes Orlando REP has an even bigger commitment to the community. “We know that young people today are not immune to the world around them, so we bear some responsibility in addressing that world,” he said. “Theater is an extremely powerful tool for sharing perspectives and cultivating empathy.” BUSINESS Orlando REP’s 2017-18 season runs from September through May and features six professional productions, Youth Academy performances and limited engagement performances. x April 5 — 18, 2018 x 7 PROFILE A Tradition of Inspiring Young Creativity Orlando REP Celebrates Its 15th Season ©Michael & Matt Cairns Orlando REP presents Disney’s Newsies The Musical for families and young audiences. The current mainstage production — Madagascar — A Musical Adventure — is a live version of the DreamWork’s animated motion picture. The show closes April 7. As soon as one show closes, the next one opens. On April 8, the curtain rises on Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt, based on two books by Judy Moody. A pirate greets the Moody family and sends Judy and Stink on an adventure riddled with clues, codes and puzzles to be solved. If your child is a problem solver, a fan of pirates, or an adventure lover, this show will entertain and engage. It runs through May 13. Whe entering Orlando REP's multicolored lobby, you cannot help but feel something exciting is about to happen. Performances can be held in three different theaters, two of which seat 330+ patrons and one that seats 100. Each of the theaters are available to rent, depending on availability throughout the year. Curtain time for regular season performances is 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Orlando REP also hosts school field trips and limited engagements that may have differing start times. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 Legal Areas of Practice By our Team of Attorneys Administrative Advance Directives Bankruptcy Business Buy / Sell Contracts Commercial Contracts Corporation Criminal Employment Estate Planning Family Law Guardianship Litigation Last Wills Medicaid Powers Of Attorney Pre-Nuptials Probate Real Estate Special Needs Title & Closings Trusts Trademark Estate Planning Wills, Trusts, Probate, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Pre-Need Guardians, Trust Administration, Pet (Animal) Trusts Probate With or without a Last Will, in order to obtain assets, pay debts and taxes and distribute remaining assets to the heirs or beneficiaries, the deceased’s estate requires the assistance of an attorney to manage the court supervised administration. Corporation & Business Law Contracts, Start-ups, Purchase or Sales, Corporations (Inc.), Limited Liability Companies (LLC’s), Trademarks, Copyrights, Franchise Agreements Real Estate Closings, Title Insurance, Sales & Purchases, Leases, Contract Review, Contract Preparation (407)363-9020 Offices: Orlando Credit Cards Accepted Kristen Jackson Attorney At Law