Top STEM students to be honored in Orlando | People
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:
Devon Harvey - Lecanto High
Jenny Ho - Central High
Thomas Smith - Sebring High
Claire Bergman - Durant High
Justin Suca - Southeast High
Xianlu Wang - Land O' Lakes High
Eric Tong - St. Petersburg High
Bianca Mulaney - Bartow High IB
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.