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Top STEM students to be honored in Orlando
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Top STEM students to be honored in Orlando

Southwest Florida’s highest achieving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students will join their peers from around the state Thursday and Friday in Orlando to be honored during the newly revamped Sunshine State Scholars program.

The two-day awards and recruitment event celebrates the accomplishments of these elite students and provides a unique opportunity for Florida’s universities and colleges to recruit their talents. 

The Scholars event started as a simple science and math competition in 1997 and has evolved into a program designed to recognize Florida’s top high school STEM students and recruit them to pursue their post secondary education in Florida – increasing the likelihood that they will join Florida’s future workforce.

Each school district selects and names one 11th grade scholar based on established criteria.

A list of the Sunshine State Scholars from Southwest Florida is below:

Citrus County
Devon Harvey - Lecanto High

Hernando County
Jenny Ho - Central High

Highlands County
Thomas Smith - Sebring High

Hillsborough County
Claire Bergman - Durant High

Manatee County
Justin Suca - Southeast High

Pasco County
Xianlu Wang - Land O' Lakes High

Pinellas County
Eric Tong - St. Petersburg High

Polk County
Bianca Mulaney - Bartow High IB

Sarasota County
Alex Pinchin - Booker High

The event will take place at:

Doubletree Hotel at Entrance to Universal Orlando
5780 Major Blvd.

Thursday, Feb. 17
Welcome Reception - 6:00 p.m.
Keynoted by Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith and Stacy Carlson of the Helios Education Foundation

Friday, Feb. 18
Breakfast - 8:00 a.m.
Headlined by Dr. Will Holcombe, Chancellor of the Florida College System, and Frank Brogan, Chancellor of the State University System

Recruitment Fair - 9:00 a.m.
Students can talk directly with higher education officials from more than 25 Florida public colleges and universities to explore the opportunities that could await them in a Florida postsecondary institution.

Awards Luncheon - 12:00 p.m.
Scholars will be treated to a speech by Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, after which students can enjoy their free passes to Universal Orlando Resort.

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