Middle Division

Student Showcase: Letters to Veterans

Posted on: November 18th, 2015

AATL Student Showcase

5th and 6th Grade students recently spent some time thinking about our beloved Veterans.

After watching a brief video highlighting some interesting, and little known, Veterans Day facts, the students reflected on what it means to be a Veteran of our armed forces. They pondered the great benefits that have come to those who have served, along with the many risks and perils that our Veterans have faced.

Some chose to write letters of thanks to include all Veterans, while others chose to honor a special family member or loved one who devoted his or her time to serve our great nation. The genuine thanks expressed by our suite students to all Veterans clearly shines; their words have come straight from the heart.

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Smith ’21 Qualifies for Swimming State Championships

Posted on: November 5th, 2015

Academy at the Lakes 7th grader McKenna Smith has qualified to compete in the FHSAA 1A State Swimming Championships. McKenna finished 5th at regionals in the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.14 and is seeded 22nd in the state meet. The state meet will be held on Friday, Nov. 6 in Stuart, Fla. This […]

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Best Of The Best: Top Pasco Prep Athletes, Coaches

Posted on: June 7th, 2015

This article was originally published on TBO.com

With the school year over, here the Tribune’s list of the top prep players and coaches of the year for 2014-15 season.

Players and coaches of the year were selected by correspondents Mike Camunas, Andy Villamarzo, Tony Castro and Steve Campbell.



Ethan Haslam, Sr., Academy at the Lakes


Like his brother, Jake, and his father, Tom, the shooting guard made an unexpected trip to states, and the long lasting memory may well have been the game prior to the Wildcats’ state semifinal at the Lakeland Center. In the region final, Haslam scored 35 points in a win against 2014 Class 2A state champion Orlando Christian Prep, a team that had blown out AATL the previous two postseasons.

Tom Haslam, Academy at the Lakes


No season can be as memorable as the one Haslam had guiding the Wildcats this year. Haslam was able to share the experience during his son’s final high school season, plus the team became the first Pasco County boys basketball team to reach states since Wesley Chapel in 2002-03. Academy finished 20-10, and despite losing to Orlando Agape Christian 57-36 in the state semifinals, Haslam believes, win or lose, his team had a season to remember.

Audra Leipold, Fr., Academy at the Lakes


Leipold was impressive last season as an eighth-grader, but she was able to follow that with an improved freshman season. The shooting guard passed 1,000 career points and posted season averages of 19.9 points and 5.0 assists while leading the Wildcats back to the Class 2A state semifinals. Leipold is on a torrid pace that could see her surpass 3,000 career points before she graduates.

Karim Nohra, Academy at the Lakes


Through 23 years of coaching girls basketball, the 2014-15 season might have been one of Nohra’s best coaching jobs to date. Using a six-player rotation during the regular season and playoffs, Nohra led the Wildcats to a 27-2 record and reached the state tournament for the fourth straight season. Nohra also passed the 500-win mark during the regular season, and one of the area’s best coaches will take aim at winning his first state title next season.

Read more on TBO.com

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Teacher Feature: Dr. Gary Compton

Posted on: May 21st, 2015


With his credentials and experience, there are many things Dr. Gary Compton could be doing every day, but Academy at the Lakes is where he chooses to spend his time.


It’s simple: Because of our community – something that has drawn families and faculty alike to Academy.

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State tennis: Academy at the Lakes duo nets first title

Posted on: April 15th, 2015

Anna Waller will be attending Steinbrenner next year, and Daniella Moreno is graduating. But before they departed Academy at the Lakes, they wanted to leave the school with a little something.

Its first state championship.

Mixing outstanding net play with a strong baseline and service game, the Waller-Moreno tandem won the Class A overall doubles championship by topping American Heritage 6-3, 6-1 Wednesday morning at Red Bug Park.

“We’re the first to win one,” said a smiling Moreno, who didn’t play high school tennis the past two seasons but came out this year because she “wanted to go out with a bang.”

Read more on tampabay.com

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Beyond the Classroom: 5th & 6th Graders Visit Tallahassee

Posted on: April 15th, 2015

Each year, Middle Division students travel together on multi-day, overnight trips. These trips relate to students’ course of study, expose them to the life skills involved in travel, and give them the opportunity to bond with their peers in an out-of-school setting. On March 31-April 2, 5th and 6th graders visited Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee. […]

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$92,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Academy Students in State Science Fair

Posted on: April 10th, 2015

  Academy at the Lakes was well represented at the State Science Fair on Tuesday, March 31 through Thursday, April 2 in Lakeland. Raj Warman ’16 placed 1st in Senior Mathematics and received a four year scholarship to New College of Florida totaling $8,000. Regan McCormick ’17 received Honorable Mention in Senior Health and Medicine […]

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Musicals Spanning the Ages

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015


The Academy at the Lakes’ all-school musical is an amazing tradition.

The production of a fully-staged musical involving over 250 students, faculty and staff – with all rehearsals during the regular school day – is not only an incredible example of collaboration on all levels, but a unique and wonderful experience.

This tradition truly incorporates all of Academy’s “6 C’s” and allows our students – the scholars, the athletes, the artists, the musicians, the STEM teams – and faculty and staff to participate and shine.

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Student Showcase: Digital Arts Portfolio

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015

AATL Student Showcase

Digital Arts Portfolio
Instructor: Aimèe Nadow
Class: 8th Grade Digital Arts

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Geography Bee State Finalist Announced

Posted on: March 10th, 2015

Bobby Pesch ’20 has qualified to compete in the state level of the National Geographic Bee. According to the National Gerographic Bee website, “Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be […]

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