East Lake Area Community News Briefs

Published on 8 March 2013 in News
Kim Thomas (author)

Kim Thomas


20 Chargers SC Players to Play College Soccer

Chargers Soccer Club is proud to congratulate its 20 boys and girls players who have committed to play college soccer in 2013. A total of 10 members of the U18 USSF Development Academy Boys team and 10 members of the U18 Clearwater Elite Girls team were honored in a special National Signing Day Celebration tonight at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa as they prepare for the next chapter of their academic and athletic lives.

“At Chargers SC we take great pride in preparing our players to move on to play both collegiately and professionally, and it’s exciting to see another strong group of boys and girls achieving their goals and embarking on the next adventure in their lives,” Chargers SC Co-Director Peter Mannino said. “The time and effort they’ve put in the past several years will prepare them for the challenges they will face both on and off the field.”

Congratulations to U-18 Boys: Jesse Caron from Palm Harbor University HS, to attend Boston University; Drew Corcoran from Freedom HS, to attend Erskine or Wofford; Nicholas Day of Countryside HS, to attend University of Tampa; Jeffrey George of Countryside HS, to attend East Tennessee State University; Bakie Goodman from Pine View School, to attend Georgetown University; David Gray of East Lake HS, to attend Liberty University; David Kuckkahn of Countryside HS, to attend Rollins College; Scott Levene of New Canaan (Conn.), to attend University of Connecticut; Hunter Loyden of St. Petersburg HS, to attend Georgia Southern University; Cameron Thomas of Countryside HS, to attend University of South Florida.

Congratulations to U-18 Girls: Annie Barrett from Bloomingdale HS, to attend Mercer University; Amber Coca from Bloomingdale HS, to attend Wagner College; Brittany Coca from Bloomingdale HS to attend Belmont University; Dougie Dingess from Ensworth (Tenn.), to attend Furman University; Kristy Legoas from East Lake HS to attend Florida Southern College; Morgan Lorenti from Palm Harbor University to attend University of Tampa; Melinda Lukas from North Ft. Myers to attend Georgia Southern University; Eleni Mavres from Clearwater HS to attend Maryville College; Ruth Seleznick from Robinson HS to attend Rice University; Karina White from East Lake HS to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University.



Greetings from FIRST Tech Challenge Team Duct Tape!

Now in its fifth season, FTC Team Duct Tape once again headed out for the Florida State Championship in Daytona Beach on March 2nd, preserving the team’s legacy of competing in the State Championship every year since its founding in 2008. Team Duct Tape, which has advanced to the FIRST World Championship twice in the last four years, started the year with an all new crew of students, who competed with some of the best teams in Florida and the nation throughout the season. At the ROBOT League of Tampa Bay Championship, held at Jesuit High School on Feb. 2, TDT took home a Finalist Alliance trophy, the PTC Design Award, and 13th place statewide, earning them a spot at the State Championship.

The team, comprised of high school students from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, pulled itself up steadily from nearly last place at the start of the season to Championship level, working with mentors in programming, design and mechanical engineering, applying lessons learned and working overtime after school, weekends and during school holidays. Team members also spent dozens of hours providing community outreach at science and technology events and meetings. In coming weeks, you'll be able to see Team Duct Tape at the USF Engineering Expo, the Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, and coolTech.

Now the team is hard at work again, refining their robot design, honing teamwork and interview skills for the judged portion of the FTC Championship, and fundraising. It will cost the team $2500 in travel, lodging and competition expenses to compete in the Championship. To that end, the team is seeking community support for their journey and is reaching out to area businesses for sponsorship. Team members are happy to visit organizations, schools and businesses to share their academic and technical learning experiences and demonstrate their robot to those interested in learning more about their work.

Your tax-deductible donation to Team Duct Tape through parent sponsor Learning is for Everyone will help the team in their continued journey to success. To contribute, please visit www.TeamDuctTape.com and donate through Network for Good or PayPal. Donations can also be made by check, payable to Learning is for Everyone with “Team Duct Tape” in the memo section, and sent to 5910 Hammock Woods Drive, Odessa, FL 33556. Donations of any size are welcome and all proceeds completely benefit the team. Visit www.TeamDuctTape.com or call 813-728-2822 for more information.

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy from Palm Harbor Wins National Award at 2013 Junior Theater Festival

Students from Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy based in Palm Harbor won a Freddie G Outstanding Achievement in Music award at the 2013 Junior Theater Festival, the world’s largest musical theater festival, which took place January 18, 19 and 20 in Atlanta. Produced by New York’s iTheatrics and Atlanta’s Theater of the Stars, the Junior Theater Festival celebrates young people and the transformative power of musical theater; this year’s festival brought together 4,000 students and teachers representing 82 groups from 23 states.

Following is the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy cast list for the 2013 Junior Theater Festival: Michaela Berinito, Ashley Browning, Lisa Nicole Cane, Sophia Diana, Sandy Faulkner, Gaby Giovino, Dana Liberto, Natasha Liberto, Livia McKinney, Trey Milcowitz, Madeline Rogers, Brooke Thornton, Noah Thornton, Sophia Wicks, Taylor Willis and Sarah Youlio.

The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy students presented selections from Disney’s Mulan JR. for director, composer, music director, and performer Rob Rokicki (Hairspray; Love, NY) and choreographer and dancer Kelby McIntyre-Martinez, who is the program director of professional development for the Utah State Legislature’s Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program.

Said Rokicki of the group’s performance, “Tampa By Performing Arts Academy students delivered inventive storytelling with strong performances, fun choreography, and great energy.” Added McIntyre-Martinez, “The strength of each performer really came through to make a wonderful production.”

Additionally, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy students Trey Milcowitz and Taylor Willis were named to the Broadway JR All-Stars, made up of two outstanding students from each group at the festival. The All-Star students performed the song “Oh, Bless the Lord” from Godspell JR. at the closing ceremonies.

Local audiences will have a chance to see these young thespians in action for themselves this spring when Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy presents two full-length productions:

• Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR.: May 18, 2013, at the James B. White Theater, 2750 Haines Bayshore Rd., Clearwater, FL 33760. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the box office on the day of the show or in advance at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy studio. For more information, call TBPAA at 727-784-6598.

• Disney’s Aladdin KIDS: June 1, 2013, at the Francis Wilson Theater, 302 Seminole Street, Clearwater, FL 33755. Tickets are $12 and will be available through the Francis Wilson Theater box office. For more information, call the Wilson Theater box office at 727-446-1360.

Lakeview Community Church Serves Community

Lakeview Community Church, 475 E. Lake Rd. N in Tarpon Springs, is pleased to announce the completion of several projects to better serve the needs of families in the East Lake area neighborhoods. The nursery facility has been totally re-modeled to better accommodate the babies and toddlers whose families attend Lakeview. As is well established, the children are the future for a brighter world and Lakeview embraces this responsibility very seriously of helping to raise the next generation.

The Student Center, the hub of Lakeview’s middle and high school programs, has also been re-modeled to include a coffee café corner where students can gather and socialize with friends and mentors. Lakeview’s Student Ministries Director, Tim Miller, is passionate about leading students and helping them navigate the challenges of the teen years. He currently is concluding a series on pornography and its dangers and effects on our society. Students are being urged to be aware of the ramifications of engaging in this ever-increasing media addiction. Lakeview offers many opportunities for our youth to serve our world as they mature into responsible young adults.

The public is invited to view the new facilities and participate in services and programs. Sunday services are at 9 and 10:30 a.m., along with children and youth programs. For further information, please call the office at 727- 942-0229 or visit our web site at www.mylakeviewchurch.com.

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