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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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850-245-0413

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

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

Tallahassee, Fla., February 27, 2013 - North 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, and Capital City Bank. For more information about the event, visit Sunshine State Scholars.

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

District Scholar School
Alachua Alexandra Sourakov Eastside High School
Baker Malory Osteen Baker County High School
Bradford Wisam Fares Bradford High School
Clay John Murphy Ridgeview High School
Columbia Caleb Bundy Fort White High School
Dixie Eli Long Dixie County High School
Duval Katherine Gaines Atlantic Coast High School
Duval Katrina Bueser Douglas School of the Arts
Flagler Benjamin Jones Flagler Palm Coast High School
Florida School for the
Deaf and the Blind
Jason Antal Florida School for the
Deaf and the Blind
Gilchrist Nikki Bolender Bell High School
Hamilton Wade B. Norris III Hamilton County High School
Lafayette Ashlin Morgan Lafayette High School
Levy Christian Knappins Williston High School
Marion Christopher Polack Vanguard High School
Nassau Robert Landrum Yulee High School
Putnam Ashley Adams Palatka High School
St. Johns Marissa Rice Ponte Vedra High School
Suwannee Bo Cameron Suwannee High School
P.K. Yonge Developmental
Research School
James Heacock P.K. Yonge Developmental
Research School
Union Holly Tucker Union County High School
Volusia Barbara Sanchez Deltona High School