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Thursday, February 13, 2014

DOE Press Office
850-245-0413

Conference to Honor State's Top Stem Students Begins Tonight

Tallahassee, Fla., February 13, 2014 - Florida's highest-achieving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students from each school district will attend the 2014 Sunshine State Scholars program today and tomorrow in Orlando. The event begins with a welcome reception tonight and continues tomorrow with a full slate of activities.

The two-day awards and recruitment event celebrates the accomplishments of these elite students and provides a unique venue for Florida's colleges and universities to recruit their talents. Local school districts, Florida Virtual School, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, and Florida's developmental research schools choose their top eleventh-grade STEM scholar to participate in the conference.

The Sunshine State Scholars program is made possible by a partnership between 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, Helios Education Foundation, Universal Orlando Resort, Atkins, Gulf Power Company, The Florida Lottery and The Mosaic Company.

For more information about the event, visit Sunshine State Scholars or follow the event activities live on Twitter using the hashtag #SunStateScholars.

What: Sunshine State Scholars Program

When: Thursday and Friday, February 13 and 14, 2014

Where: Hilton Orlando
6001 Destination Parkway
Orlando

What: Welcome Reception

When: Thursday, February 13, 2014
6:00 p.m.

Speakers: Pam Stewart, Florida Commissioner of Education
Marshall M. Criser, III, Chancellor, State University System of Florida
Dominic M. Calabro, Chairman, Florida Education Foundation
Stacy Carlson, Vice President and Director, Helios Education Foundation
Cynthia O'Connell, Secretary, The Florida Lottery

What: Morning General Session

When: Friday, February 14, 2014
8:00 a.m.

Speakers: Rod Duckworth, Chancellor, Division of Career and Adult Education, FDOE
Kasongo Butler, Assistant Chancellor, Florida College System
Callie Neslund, Public Affairs Manage, The Mosaic Company
Victor Poteat, Senior Vice President, Atkins

What: Concurrent Exhibits, Recruitment Fair and Workshops

When: Friday, February 14, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

What: Awards Luncheon

When: Friday, February 14, 2014
12:00 p.m.

Where: Eric Marshall, Universal Orlando Resorts
Joe York, President AT&T Florida, Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands
Jeremy Parsons, Chief of Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, NASA