Seminole State freshman named statewide softball player of the week

SANFORD, Fla. (April 6, 2016) – With less than a month left until the postseason, Seminole State College of Florida’s Raiders softball team has received its first individual statewide honor.

Kate Kelly, of Cape Coral, was recognized as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 8/Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Softball Player of the Week for March 21-27. She earned the honor thanks to strong offensive output at the plate and savvy base-running.

In four games against Mid-Florida Conference (MFC) rivals, the freshman center fielder, a graduate of North Fort Myers High School, batted .643 (9-for-14) with three runs scored, two RBIs and three stolen bases. She had at least one hit in all four games, including two games with three hits each. She went 4-for-7 at the plate in a doubleheader at Lake-Sumter State College on March 22, and on March 24 she went 5-for-7 in a home doubleheader against Florida State College-Jacksonville.

On the season, Kelly is No. 2 for Seminole State in batting average (.395) and No. 3 in on-base percentage (.429). She leads the Raiders with 147 appearances at the plate, which have led to 33 runs scored and a team-leading 58 hits. She also has 37 stolen bases, good for No. 4 in the state.

As a team, Seminole State (33-16, 12-6 MFC) went 4-0 during that week’s games. The wins positioned the Raiders at the No. 2 slot in the MFC, just ahead of Daytona State College. The Raiders will be back in action at home this Saturday as they take on MFC-leading College of Central Florida.

All Raider home events are free to Seminole State students, faculty and staff with a valid Seminole State ID. Admission is also available to the general public for a small fee. For more information, and to view the Raiders' complete season schedule, please visit the Seminole State softball home page.




Dr. Velma Williams, District 2 Commissioner in partnership with the Goldsboro Front Porch, Inc. and the City of Sanford’s Westside Community Center Mentoring Program is sponsoring a FREE Job Readiness Employability Skills Workshop for youth ages (16-19) seeking summer employment. Parents are encouraged to attend.
WHAT:     FREE Job Readiness Workshop to include the following topics:

o  Dressing for interviews.
o  Resume and application preparation.
o  Positive work habits (attitudes, appearance and attendance).
o  Frequently asked interview questions.
o  Information on summer jobs.

WHEN:    April 7th, 2016 at 6:00PM-8:00PM
WHERE:   Westside Community Center (Boys and Girls Club)

                 919 S. Persimmon Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771

For more information please call 321-262-3284.               




Please join us for a Design Workshop for Sanford’s downtown waterfront vacant property on April 9th from12:00PM to 6:00PM at the Sanford Civic Center, 401 East Seminole Boulevard in downtown Sanford. 

The Purpose:  The purpose of the Design Workshop is to receive input and comments from residents and local businesses that will be used in the design of new public spaces, improved streets and the future buildings that will be developed on the City-owned vacant land on Sanford’s downtown waterfront. 
The Process:  The Workshop will include a review of the existing physical and economic conditions affecting downtown Sanford and the downtown waterfront site.  Potential development scenarios will be examined and an open discussion about each potential scenario and how it may affect the community will be held.  Workshop participants will be asked to provide their opinions about what they would like to “see” and “do” in downtown Sanford.  The Design Team will prepare preliminary design concepts that will address the items that were identified by the workshop participants.  Community priorities identified at this Design Workshop will be used to guide the overall development program for the construction that will occur on the downtown waterfront site.

Your input and participation is very important and will help guide the future development of downtown Sanford. 

The Workshop will have three phases:
·         12:00PM-1:00PM 
o   Meet the planning team!
·         1:00PM-4:00PM   
o   Share your ideas at the hands-on design session.
·         4:00PM-6:00PM    
o   Development of preliminary design concepts for the downtown waterfront site.

 Drop-ins are welcome!  Doors will remain open until 6:00PM to welcome residents and business owners to stop in and take part in the design process!!

For more information please contact Bob Turk, Economic Development Director at

Alive After 5!


Alive After 5!

Make Plans for Summer Camp - Scholarships Available

Spring has sprung and summer camp is right around the corner.  As in previous years there will be two camp sessions.   Registration forms and additional information is available at summer-camp.html.   There are scholarships available, underwritten by Helpful Hands. To be considered for a scholarship, just complete the camp registration form at summer-camp.html

 no additional forms required.  
Juniors (Rising 1st thru 3rd grades)
June 27 thru  July 1

Seniors (Rising 4th through 12th grades)
July 11-29

Don't let your children or grandchildren miss out on this amazing, fun, learning experience.  Besides performance and theatre operations skills, they will have the opportunity to grow self-confidence and esteem, build teamwork skills, and life skills that will go with them for years to come.  

Camp culminates with a performance on the main stage which you, your family and friends won't want to miss.  Be there to give a standing ovation to the campers and all


(SANFORD, Fla.) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) Exceptional Student
Support Services (ESSS) will host their Annual Transition Fair on Saturday, April
16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Winter Springs High School Cafeteria
located at 130 Tuskawilla Rd., Winter Springs, FL 32708.
Representatives from disability support services, recreational programs, health &
wellness, family support services, area colleges, vocational schools, job training
programs and other community agencies will be in attendance to provide valuable
information to 6th-12th grade students and families in order to assist them in planning
for the future. Door prizes will be awarded to students and families.
Break-out sessions with detailed information on the following topics will be featured:

 Agency for Persons with Disabilities
 Project SEARCH
 Vocational Rehabilitation
 SSC Construction Training Program
 SCPS ePathways Summer Internship Expo

WHAT:                        SCPS ESSS Annual Transition Fair
WHEN:                        9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
                        Saturday, April 16th, 2016
WHERE: Winter Springs High School
130 Tuskawilla Rd., Winter Springs, FL 32708


New Seminole State planetarium show explores foundations of astronomical knowledge

SANFORD, Fla. (March 30, 2016) – Through observation and meticulous study, astronomers have developed a wealth of knowledge about the laws and workings of the cosmos, from how stars and black holes are born to precise measurements of the speed of light. But how exactly did we find the elusive solutions to these difficult problems?

This question is the foundation of “How Do We Know?”, the newest addition to the catalog of shows at Seminole State College of Florida’s Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium.

The show, which utilizes the planetarium’s new Interactive Response System to encourage audience participation, is an innovative and adaptable experience unlike any other presentation in the planetarium’s lineup. It seeks to explain the science and history of how astronomers determined the answers to some of the most profound questions in the universe.

“This is the first time we’ve used this kind of interactive technology in a show,” says Derek Demeter, director of the planetarium. “It’s very exciting – guests will basically get a chance to design their own show and tell us which topics they want to learn more about. It’s sort of a Choose Your Own Adventure-style presentation.”

Thanks to its interactive nature, “How Do We Know?” allows audience members to help curate a unique presentation tailored to address their interests. As determined by an audience vote, stargazers can expect to learn about a wide array of concepts like how astronomers determined the speed of light, how they ascertain the astronomical distances between planets and galaxies, how they discern the ages of stars, how black holes distort the fabric of the universe, and more. No two shows will be the same.

“The idea for this show came about because we always get so many great questions after our presentations,” Demeter says. “Our audiences are fascinated by the topics we cover, and ‘How Do We Know?’ gives them a chance to learn more about the science and processes behind astronomy – not only what we know, but how we learned it.”

Demeter says “How Do We Know?” could help set the tone for the planetarium’s future, and that plans are in the works to integrate the Interactive Response System into upcoming shows to help create a more immersive experience for audiences.

“How Do We Know?” debuts on Saturday, April 2, with showings at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Presentations also will occur onApril 9, 23 and 30, all at 8:30 p.m.

Planetarium shows are free for Seminole State students, faculty and staff with a valid Seminole State ID. Admission prices for the general public are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (55+) and non-Seminole State students, and free for preschool children.

Live public shows are presented at the planetarium every Friday and Saturday, usually beginning at 8:30 p.m. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit, or call 407.708.2360.


Photo: Derek Demeter, director of Seminole State's Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium, narrates a live presentation.

Media contact: Joseph Hunter, 407.708.2286,