Upper Division

Academy Students Advance to National History Day State Competition

Posted on: March 8th, 2017

On Saturday, March 4 the winners of Academy’s History Day school competition moved onto the 10th Annual Pasco County Schools District Final History Fair at Wiregrass Ranch High School. Students from throughout the county earned the opportunity to present their projects relating to the theme “Taking a Stand in History,” in one of the following […]


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Darin Kilfoyl ’17, St. John’s River State College Commit, Pitches No-Hitter

Posted on: March 8th, 2017

Darin Kilfoyl ’17 pitched one of the best high school baseball games Coach John DiBenedetto had ever seen. On Monday, March 6 Darin pitched a no-hitter versus Keswick Christian, throwing 7 innings with 15 strikeouts for a 1-0 AATL win. He will continue his stellar baseball career next year at St. John’s River State College […]


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Where the Wild Things Should Be

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017

Words by Sheri Mahoney, Upper Division Science Instructor Sheri Mahoney is in her 3rd year of teaching at Academy at the Lakes as the Upper Division Life Sciences teacher. Sheri is obsessed with manatees, marine iguanas, and everything else that is vascularized. Living in Florida is a dream for her and she still can’t get […]


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National History Day Contest Finalists Announced

Posted on: February 2nd, 2017

On Friday, Jan. 27 Academy at the Lakes Honors History students in Grades 9 and 10 participated in a National History Day (NHD) competition in the McCormick Campus Gym. According to the National History Day website, The National History Day Contest: “encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research […]


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McKenna Smith Wins Titles; Swimmers Shine at District Championships

Posted on: November 1st, 2016

McKenna Smith ’21 headlined for Academy at the Lakes’ swimming team at the District Championship meet on Oct. 27 at Berkeley Prep, winning titles in both the 50 and 100 freestyles. Based on her performance at Districts, McKenna has qualified second overall in both events for the Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 4 at Florida […]


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Student Showcase: Importance of Local Elections

Posted on: October 17th, 2016

Senior JJ Thurber decided to focus his second current event right in our own backyard, choosing to follow the local Congressional race in the 13th District between Republican Incumbent David Jolly and former Florida Governor Democrat Charlie Crist.


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Dale Carnegie Skills for Success Workshop Series Offered at Academy at the Lakes

Posted on: October 12th, 2016

The Dale Carnegie and Academy at the Lakes partnership program: Generation.Next will take place weekly beginning Sunday, Jan. 8 – Feb. 26 from 2:00pm – 5:30pm in the Upper Division building on McCormick Campus. Generation.Next is a leadership workshop presented by Dale Carnegie for students in Grades 8 – 12. The course focuses on five […]


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Author and Co-Founder of HGTV Speaks with Academy Students

Posted on: September 15th, 2016

Academy at the Lakes was very pleased to welcome business executive and author Susan Packard to campus on Wednesday, September 14 for a special lunch with our Future Business Leaders of America club and separate chats with the boys and girls in Grades 7-12. Ms. Packard is the author of New Rules of the Game: […]


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Student Guest Post: Preschool and Elementary Students Give Graduation Advice

Posted on: May 19th, 2016

As a graduating senior and known existentialist, I have often wondered what I should do with my life. How could I make my mark on the world, be happy, and leave a legacy? Months of deliberation have lead me to one final conclusion: I have absolutely no idea.

Not a clue in the slightest, so I decided to ask the Lower Division kids what I should do after I graduate, and these are the results.


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Academy Athlete Invited to Compete in International Sports Festival

Posted on: April 18th, 2016

Seth Oliver ’17 has been invited to participate in the USA Junior Nationals International Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, July 12-15. Seth was invited to compete in the International Sports Festival based on his outstanding performance in the recent USA Junior Nationals all-state high school basketball competition in Winter Park, Fla. This is a unique […]


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