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Area student excels in higher education
Courtney Heinritz, Silver Springs, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Memphis.
Patriotic essay and art winners
VFW Post 4781 Auxiliary held its annual awards luncheon on Feb. 22, recognizing students for the Voice of Democracy “What Makes America Great” audio-essay, Patriots Pen “What Makes America Great” essay, and Patriotic Art contests, a press release said.
These national contests give students an opportunity to win educational scholarships and incentives. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest is open to students grade 9-12, and the Patriots Pen essay contest is open to students grade 6-9, according to the scholarship page, www.vfw.org. The Patriotic Art contest is open to students grades 9-12, according to the scholarship page, www.vfwauxiliary.org.
Ainsley Burns, Homeschool, 1st Place, Patriotic Art
Kaylani Lacy, Forest Middle School, 1st Place, Patriots Pen
Kylie Barbour, Forest Middle School, 2nd Place, Patriots Pen
Kimberly Epstein, Vanguard High School, 3rd Place, Voice of Democracy
Armeen Shiriza, Forest Middle School, 3rd Place, Patriots Pen
Ryley Smith, Dunnellon High School, 3rd Place, Patriotic Art
School representatives included Wade Martin, principal, Dunnellon High School; Jennifer Moore, art instructor, West Port High School; Debra Lipphardt, college career scholarship specialist, Vanguard High School; and Edward Ernest, technical design/robotics teacher, Forest Middle School, the release said.
The VFW Auxiliary members who chaired the contests were MaryGrace Felt and Barbara Anderson.
Ocala Hockey Club succeeds in tournament
The Ocala Hockey Club had success recently at its first February in Florida Showdown Rink Hockey Tournament, according to a press release.
Six teams from the Ocala Hockey Club at Skate-A-Way South competed in a rink hockey tournament with other clubs from across the country.
The A Division Ocala Thoroughbreds won all their games on the first day. Standout players were Jarrod Rabold, who led all scorers in the division with eight goals and one assist; and Alex Mays, who scored seven tournament goals, the release said.
In the B Division, the Ocala Cannons brought home second place. The Ocala Aces medaled in third. A team effort kept the Cannons on top, with Dominic Terry with four goals, Jeff Rabold with three goals and one assist and Ryan Wellhoner with two tournament goals, the release said.
The Cannons’ veteran goalie, Johnny Mennenga, had the best save percentage of the tournament at 82.8%.
Although Patrick Mennenga led the Ocala Aces with an impressive five goals, they did not win their final game, the release said. In the 12U Division, Ocala placed second against the defending national champions from Cumberland, Maryland. There was a lot of heart and effort showed by Ocala, but the real performer of that division was Ocala goalie Brodie Magee, who won Most Valuable Goalie for the 12U division, the release said.
In the 10U Division, the Ocala Gray placed second with the Ocala Green trailing them in third place. Ocala Gray was led by Lucas Thompson with three tournament goals. Ocala Green shined with Seth VanMeter winning 10U MVP with seven goals. Mennenga scored six tournament goals with teammate Jackson Rabold added one. When not scoring goals, Mennenga also defended the net, winning 10U Most Valuable Goalie, the release said.
The Ocala Hockey Club said it is proud of the hard work shown by all of the athletes at the tournament and look forward to more success as they pursue more national titles in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this summer, the release said.
Ocala Electric Utility recognized by statewide association
Ocala Electric Utility was recently recognized by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) with two awards: the Restoring Communities Award and Safety Award, a press release said.
“Among public power’s top priorities are safety and supporting fellow public power communities,” Amy Zubaly, FMEA executive director, said in the release. “We are proud of our members’ dedication to both and congratulate Ocala Electric Utility for being honored with the Restoring Communities Award and Safety Award.”
The Restoring Communities Award recognizes public power utilities that have either provided or received mutual aid following significant weather events in the state, as well as utilities that have provided mutual aid assistance for day-to-day operations to fellow FMEA members in need. Utilities were awarded based on restoration times, customer communications efforts and the level of mutual aid provided.
Ocala Electric Utility was among 14 Florida public power utilities honored, the release stated.
The Safety Award recognizes public power utilities’ commitment to safety and safe operations. Utilities are placed into categories based on their total man-hours worked and awarded for the most incident-free records. Ocala Electric Utility received 2nd place in Category C (200,000-399,999 man-hours), the release said.
Correction: Mary Savage is president of the Marion County Democratic Veterans Caucus and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary, Ocala Post No. 4209. The Star-Banner stated otherwise in last week’s Applause column.