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Inaugural inductees announced for Alumni Hall of Fame


TAVARES – Lake County Schools will celebrate its first inductees into a newly established Alumni Hall of Fame next month.


The inductees are:

  • Cyleta Lee Austin, Groveland High School class of 1935, an avid community volunteer and historian.

  • Doris Bloodsworth, Groveland High School class of 1968, author of books on Lake County history and co-founder the Groveland Historical Museum.

  • Ze’Shieca Brown Carter, Tavares High School class of 1991, founder of Kitch’n Lyfe Skills foundation, which aims to reduce food insecurity in Lake and Sumter counties.

  • Diane DeWolf, Mount Dora High School class of 1984, former Deputy Solicitor General for the state of Florida.

  • Thomas McClary, Eustis High School class of 1967, guitarist who co-founded the Commodores and co-wrote hit songs including “Brick House” and “Too Hot to Trot.”

  • Robert McTureous, Umatilla High School class of 1942, recipient of The Medal of Honor, the United States of America’s highest military honor.

  • David M. Walker, Eustis High School class of 1962, astronaut who logged 725 hours in space through four space flights.

  • Makenzie Whitaker, Tavares High School class of 2015, college student who serves as spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network and has raised more than $10,000 for the National Kidney Foundation and Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, while battling a rare kidney disease.

Many LCS graduates have distinguished themselves through outstanding personal and professional accomplishments. By honoring them, the district seeks to reaffirm its commitment to excellence and establish role models for current students and others in the community.

The public is invited to celebrate with our honorees on Friday, June 10, at an induction ceremony and dinner sponsored by Brown & Brown Insurance, Mathias Foodservice Equipment Co., and the Educational Foundation of Lake County. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the ceremony/dinner begins at 6:45.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased through the foundation at