Distance runner receives Academic All-State honors

As he was busy shattering school records in cross country and track, Freedom High School’s Alejandro Michel was also leading the pack in the classroom — posting a weighted 8.8285 grade-point average and earning salutatorian honors for the Class of 2018. Those accomplishments resulted in a rare statewide designation for student-athletes: Alejandro Michel was one of 24 athletes named to the … [Read more...]

Local senior wins app contest

Nikhil Dutt has big aspirations. He wants to become “the next Steve Jobs.” And, like the co-founder of Apple Inc., he has a craving for innovation and entrepreneurship. So, it may not be surprising that the 17-year-old Land O’ Lakes high school senior developed his own desktop computer application, as a side interest. It’s called ‘Student Toolbox,’ and it aims to simplify the lives … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes student captures top art prize

For the second consecutive year, a Land O’ Lakes High School student has won top honors in U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ Congressional Art Competition. By winning the competition, Izzie Brown will receive two free airline tickets to Washington D.C., to attend a reception, and her work will be on display at the Capitol building for a year. Last year, Trevor Nichols won the honor for a pencil … [Read more...]

Teaching the art of business through small transactions

The children on the covered play court behind Chester Taylor Elementary School were having a blast. They were learning the ins and outs of business without even realizing it. As the kids made their way from station to station, they could earn money by asking questions. They could then spend their earnings on games of chance to win prizes. Of course, the money was paper money, and … [Read more...]

Animal shelter looking to ‘make a difference’

Looking for a way to help make a difference? Well, Saturday is National Make a Difference Day, and Pasco County Animal Services has plenty of ways to assist people in living up to the day's name. The shelter, located at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O' Lakes, will host a community get-together Oct. 25 from noon to 4:30 p.m., looking for help when it comes to various items needed for the shelter's … [Read more...]