Laker/Lutz News captures seven Florida Press awards

The Laker/Lutz News brought home a total of seven reporting and photography awards from the Florida Press Association 2018-2019 Weekly Newspaper Contest. Staff photographer Christine Holtzman, and freelance contributors Richard K. Riley and Fred Bellet accounted for five of those awards. Holtzman won first place feature photo for an image she captured of a young girl from Land O’ Lakes, … [Read more...]

Pasco County honors its 2019 graduates

As graduates stepped across the stage at the University of South Florida’s Yuengling Center to accept their diplomas — the crowd erupted with cheers and applause. That’s not an atypical reaction at graduation ceremonies, but this one was particularly special. The Class of 2019 at Cypress Creek Middle High School made history on June 5, by becoming the first crop of graduates from the Wesley … [Read more...]

Saint Leo University receives grant to help students

Saint Leo University’s Career Center has receive a $2,500 grant from Enterprise Holdings to help provide career-related advice to students. The grant was presented by Enterprise Holdings Foundation on May 6, according to a university news release, and is a part of the Enterprise partnership with the university. “Enterprise recruits [employees] heavily at Saint Leo,” said Nancy Cheek, … [Read more...]

Holy Name Monastery: A tranquil place on a hill

Funny how a place can be both otherworldly and so much a part of this world. Holy Name Monastery is like that. It’s a peaceful place where Benedictine Sisters of Florida rise before the birds are up to pray quietly in their chapel, then return for daily Mass and more common prayers throughout the day. Then, rather than sit idly enjoying their monastic peacefulness, they head out into the … [Read more...]

Imagine School captures girls soccer title

Caidee Sumner and Bella Wood were determined to end their middle school soccer careers on a high note. The eighth-grade team co-captains did just that — leading the Imagine School of Land O’ Lakes Dragons to the 2019 Tampa Charter Athletic League (TCAL) girls soccer championship title. “It’s our last year here and we wanted to go out as a champion,” Wood said. The Dragons (9-2) entered … [Read more...]

Saint Leo adding four new degree programs

Saint Leo University will offer four new degree programs, beginning in the fall. It also will expand its existing Bachelor of Arts in English to include additional courses and a new specialization in creative writing. The new bachelor’s degrees will include the following majors: Software Engineering Data Science Medical Humanities Theater “They’re wonderful opportunities for … [Read more...]

Saint Leo offers new scholarship program

Saint Leo University has launched a new scholarship program to make higher education more accessible to Catholic high school students in Florida. Available for students beginning in the fall, the Catholic Promise Scholarship will award Florida students, who have attended four years at a Catholic high school, with an annual scholarship of $14,000 toward their tuition at Saint Leo’s University … [Read more...]

Social workers can make transformative change

When it comes to social work, the job responsibility should go beyond addressing baseline issues of clients and patients, according to Dr. Ruth Brandwein, one of the nation’s most accomplished and recognizable social work educators. Social work should also identify solutions and take action for meaningful and impactful change for all individuals, families and communities, said Brandwein, the … [Read more...]

Celebrating diversity through literature

As Kaila McAlpine spoke, her passionate tone filled the gymnasium, captivating the audience. She was among a host of students and faculty members taking part in the Wiregrass Ranch High School’s Poetry Slam on Feb. 22. With “Diversity Rules” as the theme, participants could share a poet’s work, or deliver their own literary creation, on stage. The school’s Black History Club … [Read more...]

Matching up employer needs with workforce supply

The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., has launched a three-year pilot program aimed at helping employers meet their workforce needs. While the program, called the Pasco Talent Pipeline, aims to help employers meet their needs for skilled workers — other desired outcomes will be to improve the prospects for job seekers in Pasco County and bolster the county’s economic development … [Read more...]