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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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850-245-0413

Sunshine State Scholars Program Recognizes Southwest Florida's Top Stem Students

- Program honors Florida students who excel in science, technology, engineering, and math -

Tallahassee, Fla., February 27, 2013 - Southwest Florida's highest-achieving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students joined their peers from across the state in Orlando to be honored during the 2013 Sunshine State Scholars program. The two-day awards and recruitment event celebrated the accomplishments of these elite students and provided a unique venue for Florida's colleges and universities to recruit their talents. Each school district selected the top eleventh-grade STEM scholar to participate.

The Sunshine State Scholars program is possible because of collaboration among the Florida Education Foundation, the Division of Florida Colleges, the State University System of Florida, and the Florida Department of Education. Event sponsors of this year's program include AT&T, State Farm, Helios Education Foundation, Universal Orlando Resort, Gulf Power Company, The Florida Lottery, Florida Trend Magazine, Publix Super Markets Charities, and Capital City Bank. For more information about the event, visit Sunshine State Scholars.

A list of Southwest Florida's Sunshine State Scholars is below.

District Scholar School
Charlotte Steven Daniele Edison Collegiate High School
Citrus Samantha Gangi Lecanto High School
Collier Catherine Davis Naples High School
DeSoto Sergio Villafuerte DeSoto High School
Glades Mattie Bass Moore Haven Jr./Sr. High School
Hardee Addison Aubry Hardee Senior High School
Hendry Sade Awe Clewiston High School
Hernando Adam Cooper Weeki Wachee High School
Highlands Hanna Waller Lake Placid High School
Hillsborough Dhara Patel Plant City High School
Hillsborough Earl Bell Wharton High School
Lee Wesley Pruitt Estero High School
Lee Emmanuel Georges Lehigh Senior High School
Manatee Andrew Hoskinson Lakewood Ranch High School
Pasco Shane Gillen Gulf High School
Pinellas Mikayla Bridges Seminole High School
Pinellas Christina Tournant Osceola Fundamental High School
Polk Youlei Li Bartow High School IB
Polk Alexandra Rhodes George Jenkins High School
Sarasota Thomas Chaffee Pine View School
Sumter Hunter Stafford The Villages High School