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Doris BloodsworthPulitzer Prize nominee, local historian, author and graduate of Groveland High School, Doris Bloodsworth, has been named as one of the first inductees to the Lake County Schools Alumni Hall of Fame.

Bloodsworth was one of eight alumni who were honored recently at a ceremony presented by the Educational Foundation of Lake County.

She graduated in what was then Groveland High School in 1968. Over her years as a reporter for several news organizations she was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

In her news career she worked for the Gainesville Sun, the Wall Street Journal and the Orlando Sentinel.

She won several awards for her work such as a Society of Professional Journalist Award, Knight Fellow, Hearst Award National Finalist, Orlando Sentinel News Gathering Award, UF Dean's Cup for Greatest Professional Promise, Florida Bar Media Award, H.G. Buddy Davis Award for Reporting and Character, Writer of the Year, and All Star E-Marketer of the Year in 2008 and 2009.

She has previously been nominated to the Lake County Women's Hall of Fame.

Over the years she has written histories about Lake County with her sister Connie Fleetwood. She currently serves as Public Information Officer (PIO) with the City of Clermont.

Her latest book with sister Connie is "The Legendary Locals of Lake County."

Bloodsworth moved to Groveland in 1959 from West Virginia. One of her earliest memories was of the Cooper Memorial Library where she discovered she could "get books from there whenever I wanted."

When asked about the honor of being inducted, she replied that there were more deserving than she, including her sisters and husband John, all graduates of Groveland High.

"That's typical of Doris," commented fellow writer and friend, Mike Corradino. "She puts other people ahead of herself. That's what makes her so deserving. To me she's an inspiration."

Other nominees for the award were:

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

Ze'Shieca Brown Carter, Tavares High School class of 1991, founder of Kitch'n Lyfe Skills foundation 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 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.

Local writer Doris Bloodsworth has been named
to the Lake County Schools Alumni Hall of Fame
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