Ocala native winner of Teen Vogue Generation Next
Isabella LaValle, an Ocala native and fashion design student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, was recently named a winner of Teen Vogue’s Generation Next, a talent mentorship program for emerging designers passionate about sustainability, inclusivity and innovation in design, SCAD’s Lauren Becker said in a press release.
LaValle is among six designers named to the Generation Next Class of 2022.
Men Working to Better the Community Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients
According to a press release from Calvin Hagins, Men Working to Better the Community recently announced that four local high school students will be the recipients of its 2022 scholarships.
The recipients :
- Rodrick Richardson Jr., graduated 3.7 GPA from Forest High School and will continue his education at Marion Technical Institute to pursue his dream of becoming a videographer or cinematographer. Richardson is inspired by his parents, Charlotte and Rodrick Sr., to work hard and succeed.
- Shaterra Farmer graduated from Vanguard High School, where she was active in FFA. She will continue her studies at the College of Central Florida, specializing in pediatric nursing. Farmer enjoys working with children and is active in her community.
- Jackie Tuggerson is a graduate of Villages Charter School and will continue his studies at the College of Central Florida and Florida State Fire College, majoring in EMT and firefighting. In high school, he was active in football, basketball, and theater.
- Ty’Asia Boone graduated with a 3.6 GPA from Vanguard High School and will continue her studies at the College of Central Florida, where she plans to major in veterinary medicine. Boone’s high school activities included creative writing, the Pink Ladies Club, track and field, flag football, and working with the Humane Society. Boone is the recipient of seven scholarships, including the Yes Opportunity Scholarship.
Quilt group donates baby quilts and accessories to pregnancy center
Morriston Baptist Church Quilters recently donated 10 baby quilts, 51 bibs and 26 bibs to the Tri-County Pregnancy Center in Williston, according to an email from Linda Hall. Each new mom receives a handmade baby quilt for the new arrival.
The quilters are also donating to children at AdventHealth Hospital in Ocala, according to the statement.
Summerfield author publishes adventure novel
Summerfield’s Henry Summers has released a new adventure novel, “By the Oz,” according to a press release from Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc., of Pittsburgh.
2022 Forest High graduate completes basic Air Force training
Bridger D. Swanson, 19, graduated from basic Air Force training Sept. 15 at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, according to an email from Tracy Swanson, Major, Ret., U.S. Army.
Airman Swanson graduated from Forest High School in 2022. He is the son of retired Major Tracy J. Swanson and Jennifer Swanson of Ocala. Airman Swanson will now attend the three-month US Air Force Security Forces Technical School, also at Lackland AFB.
After completing his four-year enlistment, Airman Swanson hopes to be accepted into Montana State University’s Air Force ROTC program in the fall of 2026.
Marion County Fire Rescue Announces Pioneer Award Winner
Marion County Fire Rescue recently announced the 2022 winner of the Marilyn Cook EMS Pioneer Award, Deputy Chief Rodney Mascho, according to a press release from the Marion County Board of County Commissioners.
The State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board recognized Mascho at its Sept. 14 meeting as a driving force in the development and advancement of MCFR’s emergency medical services. His dedication and determination have helped develop and provide quality care to the citizens of Marion County, the statement said.
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