People Profiles


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Winter Park board member is only 17

Board member at 17

The first and only teenager sitting on a Winter Park government board, 17-year-old Joseph Robillard has big plans for the city.

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Pirates of the Amazon

Fire, disease, and piracy

Fire, pirates and Dengue fever try to stop an Orlando cancer survivor’s Amazon adventure.

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Student poet runs down a dream

City's youngest publisher

“Running On Saint George Street” is a poetry book written by Flagler College students and compiled by Winter Park's Jenni Sujka.

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A voice in the darkness

Fighting for her blind, deaf son

Winter Park resident Susan Johnson has helped support the families of children with low vision through Lighthouse Central Florida.

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Achieving life skills

Program looks to fill an educational hole

Junior Achievement is teaching kids like Clay the life skills they might not get in the classroom.

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Curating Cornell

Baldwin Park resident to revive a museum

New Baldwin Park resident Ena Heller was named the new executive director of the Cornell.

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Widow’s dark journey becomes a story of joy

Widow copes with writing

After Vashon Sarkisian lost her husband to cancer she began a desperate search for a way to do pull herself out of the darkness.

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Trinity Prep's distance duelers

Chasing the Millsons

Trinity Prep’s Sam and Jesse Millson can literally make you think twice and double your troubles.

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Style Sticks inventor wanted to be proud of her cane

MS inspired fashion

If the cane didn’t match her dress, she’d just have to make one that did.

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Suzannah Gilman - from lawyer to poet

Mother changes gears

It’s been years since that flood of inspiration and passion for writing has hit Gilman, but she said it’s back now.

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Blindness not stopping ex-cop from Winter Springs

Ex cop shows how to adapt

Winter Springs resident Steve Beres is blind, but it certainly doesn’t hold him back.

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Lake Highland soccer scholar scores big

Winning on and off the field

Emma Bloom always had it in her to be an athlete, but she wanted to make sure she was a student first.

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How to raise two doctors

A family of PhDs

Minnie Boyer Woodruff overcame obstacles as a black woman in the ‘50s, and passed that determination onto her two daughters.

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New chance at life

Saved local girl now volunteers

Elizabeth Restrepo nearly drowned at age 2, and despite a dire prognosis, now works at the organization that helped save her life.

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Driven to race

A woman's need for speed

Orlando resident Vicki Brian is breaking her way into race car driving.