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Welcome Letter Jack '23

Welcome Letter from Jack ’23

Dear Students and Families, Welcome to Academy at the Lakes! Selecting a school that’s right for your family is one of the most important and difficult decisions you’ll make, and one my family knows well. Just last year, I found myself in the same uncomfortable...
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Maty Stals

Finding joy – Lifer Maty Stals ’22

Words by Kim Vreeland After spending 14 years at Academy at the Lakes, Maty Stals ’22 is headed to Florida Gulf Coast University to study finance, and she feels fully prepared. “Academy is a place where you can feel comfortable to be yourself, to find...
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Sean Emmons

Sean Emmons ’22 – Seizing the moment!

Words by Kim Vreeland Sean Emmons describes his 13 years at Academy at the Lakes as having been an integral part of a community that made him feel comfortable trying new things and making new friends. Sean shares that he had the opportunity to figure...
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From here, our students go everywhere

From PreK3 to Georgetown – Anisa Nanavati ’22

Words by Kim Vreeland Anisa Nanavati began her Academy journey when she was 3 years old, and in two months, she will head to Georgetown University in Washington D.C. to study International Politics. Anisa shares that it was the strong support system at Academy at...
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Odyssey of the Mind competition

Hello, World! Odyssey of the Mind teams shine at World Finals.

Words by Brad Shellgren, Marketing and Communications Associate Fresh off their first and second-place finishes at the state championships, Academy’s Odyssey of the Mind teams headed to Ames, Iowa for the World Finals (May 25 – May 28). In front of a packed Hilton Arena...
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Academy Students Named Finalists for National Invention Competition!

Words by Brad Shellgren, Marketing and Communications Associate Damaged delivery packages could be a thing of the past if 8th graders Shiven Patel and Darren Lau have their say. The two Academy students have been working for the better part of the school year designing a package that could withstand the...
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Inspiration Personified!

Words by Brad Shellgren, Marketing and Communications Associate Last October, Sean Emmons ‘22 delivered a Senior Speech that will not be soon forgotten.  It was a speech that centered around Sean’s stutter which he developed at an early age. During that Senior Speech, Sean talked about how he was able...
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softball district champs with trophy

District Champs!

Words by Brad Shellgren, Marketing and Communications Associate For the second straight year, the Academy softball team is district champions.  The Wildcats beat Seffner Christian Academy, 6-0 to claim the title. Molly Blackwood ‘24 sparked the win with a 3-run home run.  The Wildcats will face Seacrest Country...
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Academy students shine at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair

Words by Brad Shellgren While most of their peers were traveling the country, sunning at the beach and enjoying all that spring break has to offer, a few Academy students were shining at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. Bryce Picard ‘26, Will Hutchinson...
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Odyssey of the Mind team dazzles at the State Championships!

Words by: Rachel Klaeren, Upper Division Science On Saturday, February 26th, Academy at the Lakes sent two Upper Division teams to compete at the Gulf Coast Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition. The two teams competed in separate problems, Problem 2, a technical challenge, and...
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Collaboration station!It is always great to see our older students interacting with our little ones on Lower Division. On this day, students from Honors Government made books on our founding fathers and shared them with the students of SK. In turn, the SK students made books about Ben Franklin and shared those with the Upper Division visitors. It was a fun day for everyone involved! #coolschool #GovernmentClass #benfranklin #kindergarten ... See MoreSee Less
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Let me count the ways...There are countless reasons to love Academy. The traditions. The people. The opportunities. We have our reasons, how about you!? #coolschool #traditions #fieldtrips #testimonial ... See MoreSee Less
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Let's play!Play Week is so much more than the amazing all-school musical. From kayaking with manatee to feeding the hungry to college visits, there was a lot to experience. This week proves once again that Academy are long on talent and philanthropy! #coolschool #philanthropy #highschoolmusical #fiddlerontheroof #manatee #communityservice ... See MoreSee Less
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Speech is to persuade, to convert to compel...The junior class representative at this year's Public Speaking Assembly was Benjamin Harrison. Ben adapted Stan Lee's letter to Video Game Voters Network which fought against the banning of video games. Ben did an amazing job at capturing the spirit of the letter and transforming himself into Stan Lee! Great job. #stanlee #videogamevotersnetwork #SupremeCourt #marvelcomics #publicspeaking ... See MoreSee Less
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Raise the roof!This year's all-school musical is "Fiddler on the Roof." Come out and support these students who have pour their hearts and souls into this production. Shows, times and location: Thursday, March 16 - 7pm & Friday, March 17 - 7pm at Theater 1 - University of South Florida. Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office. Box office opens at 6pm on the night of each production. Hope to see you there! #fiddlerontheroof #allschoolmusical #musicaltheatre #theater #coolschool ... See MoreSee Less
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