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PRESS RELEASE

April 1, 2005

Jacob DiPietre
(850) 488-5394

Vivian Myrtetus
(850) 245-0413

Governor Bush and Lt. Governor Jennings Announce the Winners of 2004-2005 High School All-Star Awards
Students honored for academic success, service and leadership

TALLAHASSEE — Governor Jeb Bush and Lt. Governor Toni Jennings today announced the winners of this year's Governor's High School All Star awards, which recognizes Florida students who exemplify excellence in Florida's public schools.

"The Governor's High School All-Stars are shining examples of Florida's bright future," said Governor Bush. "I commend these young leaders for their commitment to academic excellence and serving their communities."

The All-Stars program, now in its sixth year, honors one high school junior from each school district in Florida. The students are selected for their demonstration of leadership qualities and academic excellence:

  • Academic Performance — Earns at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Behavior — Discipline record consistent with good deportment.
  • Leadership — Participates in co-/extra-curricular activities such as athletics, enrichment programs and school clubs.
  • Community Service — Involved in volunteer, mentoring and civic activities.

To ensure the most qualified and deserving students were selected, school districts convened a panel comprised of at least one teacher, one administrator, one parent, one community member and two high school seniors to determine the junior who best met the state criteria.

"Governor Bush and I applaud these students for their dedication," said Lt. Governor Jennings. "This program recognizes students for a job well done and for being model citizens. We can all learn a lot from these young people."

This morning, Lt. Governor Jennings and K-12 Education Chancellor Jim Warford addressed the All-Star students on leadership and the value of receiving a quality education in the House Chamber. Governor Bush also hosted a luncheon at the Governor's Mansion and later held a roundtable discussion for the students. The All-Stars visited the Capitol, participated in a mock senate session and received a signed photo of the Governor and an award certificate.

The Governor's All-Stars are:

Megan Foran Alachua
Meredith Hays Baker
Anthony Le Bay
John Replogle Bradford
Shiv Gaglani Brevard
Teresa Tabeek Broward
Nicholas Myers Calhoun
Sara Shah Citrus
Jacqueline Branyon Clay
Bradford Bailey Collier
Kristina Rodriguez Columbia
Zachary Sandoval Miami-Dade
Bryant Hall DeSoto
Sarah Durham Dixie
Zalika Nisbeth Duval
Madeline Peters Escambia
Nicholas Spitzer Flagler
Tara Klink Franklin
Shyrelle Horne Gadsden
Whitney McQueen Gilchrist
Pavan Patel Glades
Justin Barnes Gulf
Patricia Taylor Hamilton
Brett Jarnagin Hardee
Matthew Williamson             Hendry
Liana Alleyne Hernando
Jeffrey Cousins Highlands
Ashley Watkins Hillsborough
Rachel Taylor Holmes
Thomas Adams Indian River
Geami Britt Jackson
Crystal Brinson Jefferson
Kayla Wilson Lafayette
Karl Hendrick Lake
Kory Kantenga Lee
Anna Bean Leon
Mary Brooks Levy
Ashlie Parrish Liberty
Katherine Sanders Madison
Bret Peterson Manatee
Nawal Fakhoury Marion
Melissa Safford Martin
Carrie Tatgenhorst Monroe
Courtney Parsons Nassau
Katherine Liufau Okaloosa
Kati McWaters Okeechobee
Brandon Brown Orange
John Dunn Osceola
Amy Hoskin Palm Beach
Douglas Cantwell Pasco
Sara Kolhoff Pinellas
Yash Avashia Polk
Bailey Pickens Putnam
Caitlyn McManus St. Johns
Shane Helms St. Lucie
Adam Bondurant Santa Rosa
Michael Meehan Sarasota
Crystal Swartzfager Sumter
Rheed Baldwin Suwannee
Jennifer Reams Taylor
Stephanie Floyd Union
Kevin McCullough Volusia
David Reich Wakulla
Nicholas Smith Walton
Amanda Jackson Washington