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Two Florida Students Named Exemplary Migrant High School Scholars of The Year

Mirna Martinez, a graduate of Glades Central Community High School in Palm Beach County, and Lucio Martinez, a graduate of Immokalee High School in Collier County were recently named as the 2007 Florida Migrant Exemplary High School Scholars of the Year. The awards were presented during the 2007 Florida Migrant Education Conference held in Orlando.

Mirna graduated last year ranked number one in her class, taking mostly honors and advanced placement classes as well as dual enrollment courses at Palm Beach Community College. She is listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students, is a member of the National Honor Society, is a recipient of a Bill Gates Scholarship and is an All-American Scholar. Mirna is now a first-year student at the University of Florida.

Lucio graduated last year as valedictorian of his class. He is actively involved locally in numerous civic and community organizations, and is recognized as an Advanced Placement Scholar. Lucio received an invitation to join the National Honor Society and was one of 10 Florida students selected to attend the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. He is a first-year student at the University of Florida studying civil engineering.

School districts throughout Florida nominated students for the statewide competition. The winners were selected by a group of educators, college professors and agribusiness representatives and associates based on students’ academic achievement, leadership skills and community involvement. Student winners received a scholarship and a car purchased through donations by the agribusiness community.

Through a thriving partnership with agribusiness throughout the state, the Department of Education’s Migrant Education Program (MEP) encourages migrant students to strive for academic excellence by rewarding high achievers. To learn more about the MEP please visit http://www.fldoe.org/bsa/title1/partc.asp.