The Lifeline Bringing you the best local stories in and around our community. Hawaii In Their Hearts By Mike Berry Thanks to a supportive community, the Winter Springs High School JROTC traveled to Hawaii to help commemorate our nation’s most infamous day. Doubly Undefeated By Pam Neff Maitland Middle School volleyball teams just can’t lose! Buddies Blossom at Lyman By Susan Shalhoub Teen-led Greyhound Buddies program pairs Lyman students with their special-needs peers to promote inclusion and opportunity for all. Neighbors You Should Know: Lou Ann DeVoogd By Laura Breen Galante Lou Ann DeVoogd Makes Each Ronald McDonald House a Home. Buy The Books By Mike Berry From a Longwood farm to the foothills of Utah, this Lake Mary High grad knows how to mix big business and big family. Do More with Four By Laura Breen Galante Remember the Cutest Quads? The stars of our Jan/Feb 2017 cover are now active, adorable toddlers, and the whole Faraji family has been on a nonstop adventure. Degree, Times Three By Laura Breen Galante This local family earns a Ph.D., a master’s, and a bachelor’s degree... all in one weekend! Dairy Double By Jill Cousins Oviedo High’s volleyball coach and its top player both take home coveted Dairy Farmers awards. Viva Oviedo By Mike Berry Local youth football players find fun, friends, and a feeling of la familia in Mexico. On A Mission By Georgia Rivas Lake Mary neighbors come together to help cancer patients in need. It's Fun to Stay at the YMCA By Georgia Rivas Mary Hancock has been at the YMCA for 20 years, welcoming guests and changing lives every single day. Honk if You Love Saving Lives By Laura Breen Galante Some unconventional advertising helped this Lake Mary man find a life-saving kidney donor. On-Campus Credit By Georgia Rivas For 10 years, students at Lake Brantley High School have gotten real-world experience working at the on-campus CFE Credit Union branch, and now would-be bankers at Lake Howell High are breaking into the business, too. A Helpful Decade By Jill Cousins As Helpful Hands, Inc. prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, we look back at what has become one of the Oviedo-Winter Springs community’s most, well, helpful charities. The Memory Makers By Allison Slater Tate Lake Mary High School art students capture the enduring spirit of young hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. She Keeps Going and Going... By Hedy Bass They call her the Energizer Bunny, and this 100-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer continues to help others with a power all her own Extreme Home Makeover By Kevin Fritz A new program established by Central Florida’s premier child welfare agency gives a former foster child a new lease on life. The Ancient Art By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local printmaker breathes new life into a centuries-old art form Glide with the Dueling Dragons By Georgia Rivas Lake Mary filmmakers capture the magic of the Dueling Dragons, a boat-racing program that connects cops with inner-city kids. Oviedo Impact, Loud and Clear By Susan Shalhoub Caitlyn Lezotte does good deeds near and far. Vegans Unite By Georgia Rivas The leader of Central Florida’s vegan movement lives right here in Sanford, and she’s helping local vegans connect with each other and the vegan-friendly restaurants around them. Black History Mural Design: Revealed By Jill Duff-Hoppes Local artist Xavier Moss has been selected by City of Oviedo officials to paint a black history-themed mural at Oviedo’s Round Lake Park. Care to Spare By Hedy Bass An Oviedo cop and a Special Olympics athlete are a dynamic duo at the bowling alley. The IT Girls By Susan Shalhoub The IT Girls at Crooms Academy of Information Technology. The club helps girls in every grade at Crooms explore their potential in STEM subjects. Playmaker By Allison Slater Tate Daniel “Bobby” Tuttle, a homegrown talent – and the son of a Lake Mary High School baseball icon – uses his Hollywood success to help others find their best selves. One for the Books By Susan Shalhoub Local teen author, Malavika Kannan of Sanford, uses writing as a tool for change. Fade to White By Mike Berry Oviedo’s longest-serving public official, Lars White, settles into a well-deserved retirement. Growing Together By Pam Neff Lake Brantley alumni combine love, family, and farming Learning from the Masters By Jill Duff-Hoppes High-school art students channel famous creators to bring art education to life in Winter Springs. Let's Make A Deal By Diana Purutcuoglu Some kids mow lawns, others sell lemonade, but these local businesspeople are redefining what it means to be a young entrepreneur. Camp Shriver's Soaring Eagle By Kevin Fritz Local Eagle Scout honors the founder of the Special Olympics and its athletes. Good Morning South Seminole By Kevin Fritz With an industry veteran at the helm, South Seminole Middle School’s TV news production program is as fun as it is authentic. Not So Little Anymore By Jill Cousins Oviedo Little League celebrates its 50th anniversary Dancing For Parkinsons By Pam Neff Lake Mary’s Lauren Carlson is using her passion for dance to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease, a cause that is close to her heart. Play On! By Jill Duff-Hoppes The Wekiva River Players celebrate their 25th anniversary with the show that started it all Double Feature By Jill Duff-Hoppes There are two great options for live theater in downtown Sanford. Here’s a preview of upcoming shows at Theater West End and the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.