Junior Residents

All the latest news and stories about our neighborhood’s junior residents.

Scout tackles Eagle project in honor of late grandfather

Scout tackles Eagle project in honor of late grandfather

It’s been six years since Reid Hampton’s grandfather, William “Sonny” Scaife, passed away, but Scaife’s memory will live on through his grandson’s Eagle Scout project. “My grandfather was an Eagle Scout and was active in Riverside Park United Methodist Church until he passed away in 2013,” said Hampton, an Ortega Forest resident. “I wanted to […]

Landon receives two accolades from state PTA at leadership convention

The awards keep rolling in for the Parents-Teachers-Students Association at Julia Landon College Preparatory School.  In May, the PTSA from San Marco’s academically talented and leadership magnet school was designated the “Middle School PTSA of the Year,” by the Duval County Council PTA, and this July, Landon’s PTSA Board members were pleased to discover they […]

Two Wolfson cheerleaders named All American, cheer team receives state recognition

Two Wolfson cheerleaders named All American, cheer team receives state recognition

School may have just begun, but the Samuel Wolfson School for Advanced Studies and Leadership’s varsity cheerleading squad has already begun to pile on the laurels, including having two of its members named as UCA All Americans.  During the Universal Cheerleading Association competition comprised of 15 high school varsity teams from Florida in mid-July, the […]

San Marco ‘super-nova’ leads team to third place in volleyball nationals

San Marco ‘super-nova’ leads team to third place in volleyball nationals

Fourteen-year-old Grace Albaugh of San Marco led her club team to a third-place finish and was the only freshman amidst a group of sophomores named to the All-Tournament 15 and Under team at the 2019 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in Indianapolis in June. Albauch and her OTVA Jax 15 teammates (Orlando Tampa Volleyball […]

LaVilla launches 20th anniversary celebration with beautification project

LaVilla launches 20th anniversary celebration with beautification project

A collaboration between a local artist, a global company and a public middle school will result in a beautification project just in time to celebrate LaVilla School of the Arts’ 20th anniversary during the 2019-2020 school year. When Murray Hill resident Jason Tetlak’s daughter, Logan entered LaVilla in fall 2018, he offered his services as […]

Experiencing life through a different lens

Experiencing life  through a different lens

We asked Julia Nichols, an Ortega Forest resident and junior this year at St. John’s Country Day School, to share her summer adventure with our readers. In her words…

Charity helping charity: nonprofits donate time, money to help youth

Charity helping charity: nonprofits donate time, money to help youth

The Carpenter’s Shop Center Summer Camp was buzzing with activity on June 17 when more than 30 Teen Tutors met with the Center’s elementary school campers (K-6th grades) to begin an intensive one-on-one summer reading program sponsored by READ USA. The Teen Tutors, trained and funded through a grant from the Kids Hope Alliance, came […]

EVAC youth ‘changing the game’

EVAC youth ‘changing the game’

Lee students to present in Brazil When 20 male freshmen began a leadership class at Robert E. Lee High School in 2015, one of Amy Donofrio’s first lessons to the class was on Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” The class embraced the lesson and thus began EVAC, which is “cave” spelled backwards, to signify their […]