Dr. Phillips resident Samar Shaukat was one of eight Rollins College students awarded a Fulbright scholarship for the 2014-15 school year. Since receiving its first Fulbright Award in 1961, Rollins has produced 57 scholars, 32 of them since 2006. This year, Samar will travel to Indonesia to teach English as a foreign language.
During a meeting of the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips, Rochelle Tomooka, membership chairwoman, and Rotary President Joe Mahoney conferred membership on newcomer Zelda Theophilus-Hanna. Zelda is the practice administrator at The Spine & Scoliosis Center.
Sterling Pointe resident and Winter Garden Commissioner Robert “Bobby” Olszewski graduated from Orange County Public Schools’ Leadership Orange. In eight half-day sessions, the program teaches what it takes to educate 183,000 students every day. From peeks into the classroom to driving a school bus, participants gain a new appreciation for how a public school district runs.
Rotary Club of Windermere members welcomed two West Orange High School 2013-14 Interact Club students, Charlotte Avery and Tiffany Magoutas, to a recent meeting. The visiting teens shared the experiences they had at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards — a four-day event held annually at the Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla — that places an emphasis on public speaking, building personal confidence and character-molding activities.
Fifth Third Bank recently partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as part of its Summer of Dreams program to provide homeless students with two meals a day, snacks and weekend food packs for their families. Windermere resident and Fifth Third Bank Senior Vice President of Marketing Kim Praniewicz worked alongside volunteers to sort food donations at a Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida event that will aid homeless children and families.
Katia Berger, daughter of Robert and Kathryn Berger of Windermere, earned a gold medal on the 2014 Level 1 National German Exam. Katia was an eighth-grader at Randolph-Macon Academy — a college-preparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades six-12 — during the 2013-14 school year.
In Partnership with Walt Disney World, Heart of Florida United Way hosted Children’s Summit 2.0: Discover Together, a one-day work session where hundreds of community leaders worked to analyze national and local research and determine how to strengthen families in Central Florida. Windermere resident Bob Brown, president and CEO of HFUW, spoke to the more than 250 gathered representatives about the organization’s goal of fostering connections between young people and influential adults in order to help them become more successful and better prepared to grow into productive members of the community.
Rotary Club of Windermere members welcomed Amanda Maggard from Florida Hospital Winter Garden to a recent meeting. Amanda is the administrator of the new Florida Hospital Winter Garden location, which will open in 2015. She is overseeing the construction, ramp-ups and daily operations of the facility, which will include a full-service emergency room, a diagnostic center and physician offices.
In recognition of her outstanding sales production and commitment to quality service, Winter Garden resident Kristi Matthew, a sales associate with Century 21 Professional Group Inc. of Orlando, received a President’s Producer Award. The annual award is bestowed upon Century 21 system sales associates who earn Century 21 Centurion and Century 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer awards in the same calendar year.
Elizabeth Parsons School of Dance students presented their yearly recital, which featured routines choreographed to music from Out of Africa — performed by the EPSOD company dancers — and Chicago. The class routines were also well-choreographed and rehearsed, and there was a mix of professional talent sprinkled throughout, showing the younger students that their dance dreams can come true. The presentation was a fitting send-off for the studio’s six graduating seniors, who leave behind a strong core of dancers.
Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers nationwide who have made a positive impact on their communities. One hundred and four youths from Florida — including Winter Garden resident Amanda Healy, Gotha resident Beverly Meena, and Southwest resident Tyler Moffit — each received a $50 gift card and recognition certificate from Kohl’s to honor their community-service efforts.
Southwest resident and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the board of county commissioners recognized Winter Garden resident and NBC’s The Voice finalist Sisaundra Lewis for positively representing Orange County on the national stage. Proclaiming June 3 as Sisaundra Lewis Day in Orange County, the board commended Sisaundra for her extraordinary talent, perseverance, poise and respect for her fellow performers during the competition.
Congratulations to the following Southwest-area students for being named to the dean’s and president’s lists at their respective universities: Patrick Ryan, Assumption College; Haile-Montana Di Tieri, Catherine Duran and Tedi Knaak, Belmont University; Bryce Follensbee, Coastal Carolina University; Troy Hall, Cole and Jamie Murbach, Blair Ray, Chelsea Uranaka and Matthew Williams, Clemson University; Jennifer Murphy, Denison University; Armando Nazario, Eastern Kentucky University; Ranbir Ahluwalia, Zayne Lakhani, Sabrina Paxton and Renuka Reddy, Emory University; Jorge Dominguez, Cori Griffith and Marshall Hughes, Florida Institute of Technology; Alexandra Sherwood, Georgia College; Alex McLeod, Georgia Institute of Technology; Alexandra Beecher and Joanie Gavin, Georgia Southern University; Angerene Mitchell-Matthews, Graceland University; Bradley Prevel, Hamilton College; Atabeg Salyhovich Ishangulyyev, Herkimer College; Ashley Jesser, Marietta College; Joseph D’Ambrosi, Messiah College; Michaela Myers, Ripon College; Sherin Stephen, Rochester Institute of Technology; Andrew Bragg, Lindsey Jackson and Hanna Sundberg, Samford University; Ashlee Chambers, Trevecca Nazarene University; Christian James, The University of Akron; Kali Funk and Eric Womack, University of Delaware; Vanessa Pierre, The University of Iowa; Dylan Knapp, University of Wyoming; Austin Beltz, Fahim Gulamali, Kendra Ross and Alan Schneider, Wake Forest University; Riley Messer, Washington and Lee University; Ciera Horton, Wheaton College; and Rebecca Thatcher, Wofford College.