Sunlake High teacher lands geography fellowship

In her AP Human Geography classes, Sunlake High School teacher Anne Cullison strives to “lift the veil” on what the world is really like. She often tells her students: “Everything is geography, and geography is everything.” The local educator soon will get a chance to broaden her knowledge and add to her kit of tools for teaching. She is one of just 50 teachers nationwide selected as a … [Read more...]

Helping Puerto Rico, one click at a time

As the island of Puerto Rico tries to pick up the pieces after the devastating landfall of Hurricane Maria, a group of students at Sunlake High School offered their help in the recovery efforts — via classroom computers nearly 1,200 miles away. On Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, students in teacher Anne Cullison’s Advanced Placement (AP) Geography class participated in a collaborative project called The … [Read more...]

Piano enthusiast opens Lutz store

Michael Pratt never owned a piano as an adolescent. He now owns a shop full of them. Last month, the 45-year-old Pratt opened Picarzo Pianos, 23916 State Road 54 in Lutz. As one of the few piano dealers in the Tampa area, the small, boutique shop specializes in Steinway and Hailun grand and upright pianos. The store also offers restored, early 20th century pianos, with relics built … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch graduate gets Ivy League offers

  Antonio Medina wanted to give himself the best chance he could to attend the college of his choice, so he applied to several places. “You can be a top candidate but still, it’s really tough to get in. They get more top candidates than they can accept. Sometimes, it comes down to luck,” said Medina, who will be graduating soon from Wiregrass Ranch High. So, he applied to scores … [Read more...]