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...]

Academy at the Lakes creates bold vision for the future

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Academy at the Lakes is taking a long view — and making some big plans. While specifics are still a work in progress, the school envisions the creation of a third campus on 47 acres it acquired in 2013 from the MacManus family, of Land O’ Lakes, according to Mark Heller, head of school. The private, independent school in Land O’ Lakes, at 2331 … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes turns 25

The Academy at the Lakes students came striding off the yellow school bus, ready for action. They’d just arrived at the Old Lutz School, and before long, they were yanking weeds, pushing wheelbarrows and spreading mulch at the historic schoolhouse, an icon in the community of Lutz. They were also picking up branches and sticks, strewn about by Hurricane Irma. This crew was just one of … [Read more...]

Academy at the Lakes hires new softball coach

The Academy at the Lakes athletics department moved swiftly to hire a new varsity softball coach — one who happens to have decades of Division I collegiate coaching experience. Diane Stephenson was named the new head varsity coach on July 27, just one week after legendary coach Jerry English announced his retirement. Stephenson, who operates the Positive Force Fastpitch Academy in St. … [Read more...]

David Heller: ‘He was a big kid at heart’

David Heller wasn’t the kind of guy who had to impress others by symbols of success, say those who knew him well. He was much more interested in how he treated others. Heller died Oct. 29 from an enlarged heart. A celebration of his life is planned for Dec. 14 at 10 a.m., at Reilly’s Reserve in Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., in Tampa. The 48-year-old was a science teacher at … [Read more...]