Inspiring Okeechobee: Jenna Larson is a dairy girl

“She is the student who always goes above and beyond,” said teacher Linda Rucks about the subject of this week’s Inspiring Okeechobee story, eighth grader Jenna Larson. “Jenna is an exceptional young lady. She is inquisitive, loves to learn, and challenges me as her teacher to learn new things. She will succeed at anything she […]

Inspiring Okeechobee… Torres is a great example of servant leadership

Raised by a single mom, Jovanny Torres was unable to complete his college education, but he hasn’t let that stand in his way. Mr. Torres grew up in Fort Lauderdale, where he helped his mother pay the bills and raise his two younger brothers. He moved to Okeechobee in 2011, and now he is working […]

Inspiring Okeechobee … Preschoolers love their inspiring moms

When it comes to inspiring, nobody does it better than Mom, so this week, I talked to 17 preschoolers in Mrs. Candace’s VPK B class at Rock Solid Christian Academy to see what some of their favorite things are about their moms. When I arrived, they were busy practicing songs about mothers, and I have […]

Inspiring Okeechobee… Dr. Gray works hard to preserve natural habitats

OKEECHOBEE — Dr. Paul Gray has made the health of Lake Okeechobee and the birds that call it home his life’s work. Dr. Gray is originally from the Kansas City, Mo., area and began his college career at the University of Missouri. Afterward, he obtained his master’s degree at Texas Tech. Back then, he worked […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Sumner is champion of champions

It’s not every day that a teenage girl whips out her phone to show you pictures of her Brown Swiss cow, but then Shelby Sumner is not your average teenage girl. Shelby has been a member of one 4-H group or another since kindergarten, participating in Junior Quiz Bowls, speech contests, public speaking contests and […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Delagall tries to follow wherever He leads

  “If I could do anything for people, I would,” said Charlotte Delagall. “I try to live by the Golden Rule.” Mrs. Delagall and her husband Daniel moved to Okeechobee in 1957 to be closer to their families. She said both sets of parents and her grandparents were getting older and their health was not […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Anita Nunez was born a businesswoman

“Anita Nunez is one of the toughest women I have ever met,” says her daughter Apolonia “Apple” Nunez. “She doesn’t take no for an answer, and shows a tremendous amount of strength.” Anita grew up in Okeechobee, the third of five children in a very poor family. Her father was a truck driver and her […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Ralph & Grace Baker enjoying life

OKEECHOBEE — It may be hard for some to believe, but Grace Baker was not always a fan of bluegrass music. When she married Ralph, bluegrass was part of the deal. Both of them had lost their spouses and Ralph had been a friend of Grace’s daughter Bev for years, but Grace had never met […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Israel Medrano is a changed man

  Inspiring people come in all shapes and forms, and sometimes what makes them inspiring is the fact that they have overcome or changed something about themselves. If you had met Israel Medrano 20 years ago, you probably wouldn’t have liked him very much or thought he was very inspiring at all, but Mr. Medrano […]

Inspiring Okeechobee: Frank DeCarlo loves people even when they aren’t lovable

  Frank DeCarlo doesn’t see today, he sees what he will leave behind, says his daughter Sarah Reno. He doesn’t care about himself at all she explained. “Everything he does is either for his family, God, his church or to help someone else.” He loves his family, and his dream is to have a legacy […]