Middle Division

2016 Public Speaking Competition Winners Announced

Posted on: February 5th, 2016

On Monday, Feb. 1, Academy at the Lakes held its annual grade-level Public Speaking Competition to determine each grade-level representative for the Public Speaking Assembly to be held in the Academy Gym on Monday, Feb. 8. The annual Public Speaking Competition is an integral part of Academy at the Lakes’ curriculum as we seek to […]


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Invention Convention: Inspiring Young Dreamers and Doers

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016

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Mrs. Elizabeth Magnusson, 5th and 6th Grade Science Instructor, is passionate about bringing the inner innovators — the dreamers and doers — out in her students. In a world where creativity and innovation are rapidly becoming more sought-after than formal education, that is a gift that will only grow in value as the students progress through their educational journey and, eventually, into their careers.


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Academy Students Advance to Regional Science Fair Competition

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Academy Gym buzzed with discovery and anticipation as 8th through 12th graders presented their Science Fair projects to their peers and a panel of judges. Focusing on the critical thinking, communication, and creativity skills that are essential to AATL’s core curriculum, students chose a topic of interest for their Science […]


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Student Showcase: Letters to Veterans

Posted on: November 18th, 2015

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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.

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BASKETBALL

Ethan Haslam, Sr., Academy at the Lakes

BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

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

GIRLS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

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

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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.

Why?

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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