Pine Crest School
Natasha Harpalani graduated at the top of her class at Pine Crest School. She started a not-for-profit organization called “Keeping Pace,” which donates recycled pacemakers to patients of India who otherwise would not be able to afford these expensive medical devices. Natasha was selected as one of the ten national winners for the 2014 AXA Achievement Scholarship in association with the U.S. News and World Report. In honor of Natasha and her volunteer efforts, Soroptimist International of the Americas has awarded her the Violet Richardson Award–Southern Region. Natasha also enjoys classical ballet, and she is the president of her school’s Key Club, a community service project. Natasha has volunteered at the Holy Cross Hospital, Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic, and Jack & Jill Children’s Center. Natasha plans to pursue a career in science and technology at Washington University in Saint Louis.
Andrew J. O’Neill
Suncoast Community High School
Andrew J. O’Neill graduated from Suncoast Community High School and completed dual-enrollment courses at Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College. He is a recipient of the Congressional Medal Award and the captain of the varsity track and cross-country teams, consistently placing in the top 2% statewide. Andrew placed first in Sr. Engineering at the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair and also won Best-in-Fair. Earlier, he won first place for Sr. Engineering at the Palm Beach Regional Science Fair while receiving commendations for outstanding engineering from CEMEX and the American Society for Mechanical Engineering. He attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, receiving the third place award for Energy and Transportation, representing the state of Florida as one of 1,787 students from the USA and over 70 countries.
Jensen Beach High School
Evan Farrara graduated as valedictorian from Jensen Beach High School with a 6.55 weighted GPA in a class of 453. He has been awarded the AP Scholar with Distinction award and was the Student of the Year for AP Environmental Science and Pre-Calculus . Evan was involved in many extracurricular activities during high school including National Honor Society (as president), Key Club (as vice-president), SADD/SWAT (as vice-president), and Mu Alpha Theta (member), was a member of JBHS’s Student Advisory Council, and was the student representative to the Martin County School Board. Evan’s extracurricular interests outside of school included interning at Congressman Patrick E. Murphy’s office and starting a non-profit called Daniel’s Dream that provides educational materials to public schools in El Salvador. The charity is named after Daniel Valle, an El Salvadorian student who was Evan’s suitemate at the Yale Young Global Scholars Program in 2013. Evan held a charity golf tournament and sold Christmas ornaments that he had made, raising over $7,000 in total. On his first of two trips to El Salvador, Evan was able to found the first ever Key Club in El Salvador and in Central America. He was also able to establish a pen-pal program between Jensen Beach High School and the public school Evan was able to support. For his efforts, Evan was awarded the Extraordinary Service Award by the Department of Education in El Salvador. Evan will be attending Georgetown University in the fall.
Clark Advanced Learning Center
Hannah will graduate from the Clark Advanced Learning Center ranked in the top 10 of her class. As a dual enrollment student, she will also be concurrently graduating with both her high school diploma and an associate degree in organizational management. Hannah has been very actively involved in her school as president of National Honor Society(NHS) and class representative of Student Government. While president of NHS, she managed three Gold Standard Relay for Life teams, which raised over $15,000 for the American Cancer Society. She also partnered with the Devereux Project of Martin County and raised $500 for a local underprivileged family during the holiday season. As a representative for Student Government, Hannah planned and organized two annual winter formals, each of which broke consecutive records in ticket sales, attendance, and profits earned. Hannah will be attending the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality to pursue a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management with a minor in marketing. Her zest for business and passion for life will hopefully lead her to be CEO of the Walt Disney Company one day.
Atlantic Community High School
Holden Taylor graduated near the top of his class as an International Baccalaureate student from Atlantic Community High School; his weighted GPA was 4.8. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and recipient of the Pathfinder Award from the Palm Beach Post. He was president of the Student Government, class vice president in grades 9 through 11, Safe School ambassador, and founder of the Atlantic chapter of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raised over $10,000 for childhood cancer. Holden was involved in Boca Raton’s chapter of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, where he developed a business idea, product prototype and business plan for Looney Spoonz. He competed in a business competition and received an angel investment to further his business. He will be attending the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University as a Hutton Honors Scholar, where he hopes to pursue a career in finance and continue his love for business.
South Fork High School
Olivia Ranieri graduated first in her class at South Fork High School. In addition to receiving her high school diploma, she also earned a diploma from the International Baccalaureate Programme. She will be attending The George Washington University’s Honors Program in Washington, DC where she plans to major in organizational sciences. Olivia hopes to one day be the CEO of an international nonprofit organization focused on human rights. She is the founder and main event organizer for the Treasure Coast’s first and second annual One Billion Rising events (a global phenomenon that raises awareness to demand an end to violence against women and girls) and has raised thousands of dollars for SafeSpace and the Inner Truth Project (two local organizations that help women who have been affected by domestic violence/sexual abuse). She is the co-founder of SafeSpace’s YOUR Leaders (a county-wide youth leadership council that promotes healthy relationships). Olivia is a member of her school’s National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, and has also served on the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (FCADV) Statewide Youth Advisory Board for the past two years.
Palm Beach State College
Alexandra Murray graduated from The Benjamin School as valedictorian as well as completed a dual enrollment course at Palm Beach State College. Her time has largely been focused on academics as well as extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs in addition to community service. She was a member of the varsity tennis and soccer teams, and went to State Finals with the soccer team her sophomore year. In addition to earning the highest GPA in her class all four years - and being an AP Scholar with Distinction, Alexandra was very involved in clubs at her high school. Alexandra was founder of the Benjamin Buddy Program, which allows upper school students to mentor lower school students, the in-school service coordinator for the National Honor Society, and the bulletin editor for Key Club. She took active roles in Junior Statesman of America, Yale Model United Nations, Spanish Club, and the Florida State Spanish competition known as Conferencia where her school placed first overall and she earned the highest individual rank. Alexandra was awarded the Bronze and Silver Congressional Awards for her work outside of school. She earned over 500 hours of community service by volunteering as a mentor and tennis camp counselor in addition to volunteering as assistant coach for a middle school girls' soccer team. Additional volunteer work includes her dedication to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where she has served as the youth coordinator of volunteers for events that have raised over $50,000. She will be attending Harvard University, where she plans on concentrating in developmental psychology.
Lake Worth High Schoo
Ivana Ford graduated in the top 3% of her class from Lake Worth High School, with a weighted GPA of 4.5. She will be pursuing a master’s d egree at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University majoring in business finance. Ivana obtained an associate degree from Palm Beach State College with high honors while participating in the high school dual enrollment program. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Palm Beach State College and participated in high school clubs including the National Honor Society, Math Academic Games, and the Science Club and also served as a class officer. She was awarded Most Valuable Player for track and field and selected as a Sun Sentinel First Team member in 2014, receiving medals at the FSHAA State Track and Field meet for three consecutive years. Ivana also competed as an All-Star competitive cheerleader for several local gyms, proving to be a stellar all-around athlete. Ivana took advantage of various volunteer opportunities and was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for her dedication and her passion and commitment to making a difference.
Atlantic High School
Jessica Hyland graduated from Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, FL in 2015. She will be attending the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to study international affairs and economics beginning in the fall of 2015. She loves volunteering in her local community at places like Habitat for Humanity, the Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens, and her church. Without scholarships such as the Kantner Foundation scholarship, she would not be able to afford to attend the college of her choice. She is very grateful for all that the Kantner Foundation does for the community's graduating youth.
Atlantic Community High School
Kathleen Wang graduated from Atlantic Community High School as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and received her full IB diploma. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. She is also an AP Scholar with Honor. In addition to her academics, she participated in a variety of extracurricular activities, including 4 years of marching band as first chair trombone. The Atlantic Community War Eagle Marching Band has received Superior ratings and the Best in Show distinction. She has also had numerous leadership positions including secretary of People for Animal Welfare, treasurer of Recycling Club and Art Club, and Low Brass Rank Leader in marching band. Other clubs she was active in include National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Blood Drive Committee. She will be attending the University of Florida, studying biology on the Premed track.
Benjamin Upper School
Kiyo Vigliotti is a graduate from the Benjamin Upper School. She will be attending the University of Southern California this fall, where she will be partaking in the Dornsife Honors Program: Thematic Options. In High School, Kiyo founded the Fuel for Life program, which allowed her to impact both her high school and local community through the agriculture industry. She built an online survey to assess her high school’s perception of a healthy diet and exercise. After analyzing the results, she had a top chef supply healthy and organic snacks to the student body. Then, she participated in Main Street Philosophy, as both a student and a co-teacher. There, she raised thousands of dollars for Feeding South Florida. At USC, Kiyo plans to continue promoting a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise by involving herself with Trojan Health Connections and running club cross-country.
South Fork High School
Lauren Maunus graduated as valedictorian from the International Baccalaureate Programme at South Fork High School, where she was captain of and number 1 on the varsity tennis team and was involved in Spanish National Honor Society. Lauren is a passionate social justice activist, working closely with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Treasure Coast Fair Food Group, and Student Farmworker Alliance to promote corporate social responsibility and fundamental human rights in the agricultural industry. Throughout high school, Lauren served as the youth social action chair of Temple Beit HaYam, managing volunteers from Temple to operate the soup kitchen at Immanuel Lutheran Church. In her freshman year, Lauren drafted legislation to identify food allergens and nutrition information for all items offered in public school cafeterias. She organized a grassroots legislative initiative to advocate for improved best practices in school food allergy and nutrition management, ultimately influencing policy throughout Florida and the United States. She has shared her passion in a TEDx Talk, is published in “2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials Are Breaking Down Age Barriers and Changing the World,” and has been recognized as a Soroptimist International Woman of Distinction, President's Volunteer Service Award winner, Congressional Award Gold Medalist, and Coca-Cola Scholar. Lauren is excited to further her activism and advocacy at Brown University, where she will be concentrating in international relations.
West Boca Raton Community High School
Megan Rahnama graduated with honors from West Boca Raton Community High School with a weighted GPA of 4.8. She will be attending the University of Florida to major in biomedical engineering to create medical devices. Megan was active in many clubs and activities, including the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Habitat for Humanity, Model United Nations, Health Occupations Students of America, and Mu Alpha Theta. She competes in Health Occupations Students of America competitions and has made it to the state level twice. She was also vice president of her school’s math academic games team and competed in Max Planck’s International Brain Bee for Neuroscience. Megan is also an AP Scholar with Distinction. She interned as a pharmacy technician at Walgreens Pharmacy, and she interned at West Boca Hospital, exploring the different departments, such as the medical surgery unit and the neonatal intensive care unit. She is a certified EKG technician, a certified medical administrative assistant, a certified clinical medical assistant, a certified medical laboratory assistant, a certified phlebotomy technician, and a registered pharmacy technician.
Jupiter Community High School
Nicole Stephens graduated 7th in her class as a member of the Engineering Academy at Jupiter Community High School, with a weighted GPA of 4.98. She was captain of the varsity track and cross-country teams her senior year after running varsity for four years on each team and she has played recreational soccer for the past 13 years. In addition to being the treasurer of the National English Honor Society, she was active in Math, Spanish, Social Studies, National, Technical, and Science National Honor Societies. She was also a member of the Interact Club and Girl Scouts of America. Nicole completed over 200 hours of community service in youth ministry and other activities. She will be attending the University of Miami in the Foote Fellows Honors Program.
Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Nolan Mallet graduated as a band major from Dreyfoos School of the Arts. While playing the alto saxophone in the school’s Wind Ensemble, Nolan received a superior rating at State Solo and Ensemble and was 3rd chair in the all-district band. Nolan received the College Board AP Scholar award, was a member of the National Honor Society, and volunteered actively at the Jupiter Branch Library and the Quantum House at St. Mary’s Hospital. In addition to being a Dreyfoos swim and dive team captain, Nolan earned 1 bronze medal and 2 silver medals in the diving event of the FHSAA State Championships. Next year, he will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology to study biomedical engineering while competing on the varsity swim and dive team.
Atlantic Community High School
Olivia Tran graduated from Atlantic Community High School in the top 6 percent of her class. She was an International Baccalaureate student, Advanced Placement Scholar, and a dual-enrollment student at Florida Atlantic University. She will be attending Florida State University as an honors student in the fall semester, double majoring in biology and psychology in order to pursue a career related to neuroscience. As a student, she has led and been a part of many clubs and organizations such as National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Rho Kappa, Key Club, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and Safe School Ambassadors. She was also a part of her high school’s marching band and cross-country team. Outside of school, she has volunteered for a local hospital, beach cleanups, People to People International, the YMCA, and more. During her senior year of high school, she began Youth United, a non-profit organization on behalf of Habitat for Humanity for South Palm Beach County, focused on engaging the local youth in community service.
Dreyfoos School of the Arts
Shane Meyers graduated 6th in his class at Dreyfoos School of the Arts with a 4.97 weighted GPA and will attend The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Meyers was active in Key Club as an international trustee, representing the Bahamas, New York, and the Illinois-Eastern Iowa regions of Key Club International. Before senior year, he held various statewide and countywide Key Club officer positions. At Dreyfoos, Meyers served as the president of the National Honor Society and as a camp counselor for 3 consecutive years. Additionally, Meyers majored in communications with concentrations in yearbook and TV production. He hopes to study multinational management and become the CEO of a major airline company one day.
Royal Palm Beach Community High School
Zerin Islam graduated at the top of her class from Royal Palm Beach Community High School, where she served as the secretary (as well as a mellophone/French horn player) of the RPBHS Band program for 2 years, an active member of both Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society, co-president of Science National Honor Society, and member of the girls’ tennis team. Her primary interests lie within the fields of literature, neuroscience, biology, and medicine—all of which she is thrilled to pursue at Wake Forest University. Zerin has dedicated much of her time as a tutor of English, Spanish, science, mathematics, and SAT testing strategies for all ages and had also volunteered at her local library branch for 2 years, enforcing reading and literary skills for children in her community. Her life’s goal is to make the world of science a more human experience for all and to inspire those willing to be inspired, support those needing her support, and love those wishing to be loved.
Vista Community High School
Yang Zhao graduated from Park Vista Community High School as salutatorian with a weighted GPA of 5.15. He will be attending the University of Florida to major in pharmacy in order to fulfill his goal of becoming a pharmacist. Yang was active in many clubs and activities, including the National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, National Technical Honor, and the Science National Honor Society. He also competes in HOSA and was a four-year varsity wrestler. He was the cocaptain of his wrestling team and won the Sports Pathfinder for 2014. He spends his free time volunteering at JFK Medical Center and tutoring his fellow classmates at school. He is a certified EKG technician (CET certified), Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA certified), and CPR certified.
American Heritage School
Thomas Wotherspoon graduated from American Heritage School with a weighted GPA of 5.31. He will be attending the University of Florida Honors Program, where he plans to major in biology on the premed track and become an infectious disease physician. Thomas was one of eight students to graduate from his school’s Honors PreMed Program, which involved advanced medical courses and internships, during which he observed everything from routine physical exams to complex surgeries. He was the president of the PreMed Society and Philosophy Club, secretary of the National Honor Society, and founder of the Ultimate Frisbee Club. Thomas completed over 500 hours of community service as a docent at Green Cay Nature Center. He also founded the Fresh Start dental drive in 2010, which annually donates hundreds of dental care kits to underprivileged children in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
Spanish River Community High School
Serena Deutch graduated in the top 10 of her class at Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida. She will be attending Vanderbilt University as a Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar and a Curb Scholar in Creative Enterprise and Public Leadership. She plans to major in human and organizational development. Serena was very involved in her high school’s DECA chapter, qualifying for the international competition four years in a row and placing sixth in the world for her creative marketing project. She took active leadership roles in her youth group, serving as the regional social action vice president while representing seven states. Serena plans to continue her focus on the intersection of social awareness and business in college and hopes to one day become a social entrepreneur.
Jupiter Community High School
Ryan Goebel graduated fifth in his 2014 class at Jupiter Community High School with a weighted GPA of 4.92. He will be attending the University of Florida and plans to major in environmental engineering. He has gained an appreciation for the environment after completing four years in the Jupiter Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy. In addition to being an AP Scholar, he was active in many clubs at school. He was the vice president of both the National Honor Society and the Science Honor Society and contributed to the Math, Spanish, English, Social Studies, and Technical Honor Societies as well. Ryan also completed over 470 hours of community service in the areas of youth ministry and environmental conservation and was a founding member and secretary of the JHS Birding Club and a four-year contributor to the Green School’s Initiative Club.
Riley Burke, the Benjamin School’s class of 2014 valedictorian, has never been content focusing on one activity. Her extracurricular activities have been heavily concentrated in sports and the arts, in addition to community service. She was a four-year starter on the girls’ varsity basketball team, earning all-state honors for three consecutive seasons, and was a decorated sprinter with two state medals, a regional title, and three district championships. A violinist since age five, Riley was in the chamber ensemble and contributed her talents to various school performances. Riley earned the highest rank at the Florida State Spanish Competition four years in a row and was a staff writer for the student newspaper. Riley was the founding president of the Sunshine Club, out-of-school service coordinator for the National Honor Society, and cocaptain of the basketball and track teams. She volunteered as an arts camp counselor and translator for the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center and raised money for Make-A-Wish. Committed to play for the women’s basketball team at Columbia University, Riley plans to double-major in neuroscience and music.
Suncoast Community High School
Nicole Hage is a class of 2014 graduate from Suncoast Community High School’s IB Program with a 4.91 HPA. Nicole is a College Board AP Scholar and will be attending Palm Beach Atlantic University in the fall in pursuit of majoring in pharmacy. At Suncoast, she was a member of the National Honor Society, while also serving as secretary of the French Honor Society. Outside of school, Nicole is the president of St. Mary’s Antiochian Church’s teen society as well as a patient care volunteer for Vitas Hospice Care. In previous years, she participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life as the online chair and cocaptained her own team, raising over $2,000. Nicole has also played the piano for 10 years and taught her own students for three years.
Suncoast Community High School
Lily is a member of the Suncoast Community High School graduating class of 2014, where she was a student of both the IB and the MSE programs. This year, she was named a Questbridge Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, and the school’s Drama Pathfinder nominee. She is very active in the theater community, having performed in over 20 musicals, plays, and other showcases over the years, working as an acting camp counselor two summers in a row at Atlantic Arts Academy. Lily also interned at Scripps Research Institute, placed third in the behavioral category at the county science fair, and is a three-year member of SECME, Suncoast’s engineering team. Lily will attend Brandeis University as a Dean’s Scholar, where she plans to study neuroscience and theater.
Vero Beach High School
Leah Reinhard will graduate in the top 2% of her class at Vero Beach High School with a weighted GPA of 4.76. She will be attending Georgetown University to study mathematics with a disciplinary focus in statistics. Leah served as junior class treasurer and senior class representative for her high school’s Student Government Association and was a performing member of VBHS Show Choir, an audition-based singing and dancing troupe. She also earned a 4.0 GPA in the Indian River State College Honors Program as a dual enrollment student and is a College Board AP Scholar with honors. Most notably, Leah served as the president of Treasure Coast Juniorettes, an all-girls volunteer organization at Vero Beach High School. Under her leadership, club membership increased tenfold as she effectively brought caring girls together to better themselves and their community through selfless work.
Saint Andrew’s School
Kendall Greenberg graduated from Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton as a member of the prestigious Cum Laude Society. She earned Headmaster’s List Honors every semester and will be attending Claremont McKenna College, where she plans to major in economics and psychology and continue her varsity lacrosse career. Kendall was a five-year varsity starter on the girls’ lacrosse team at Saint Andrews, in addition to being a three-year captain, two-year MVP, and holder of two school records (most goals in a career at 207 and most points in a career at 253). She was also recognized twice as a member of the US Lacrosse All-Academic Team. Outside of school, Kendall founded Good Soles for Good Souls in 2011 and has since donated approximately 500 pairs of shoes to deserving teens
Jensen Beach High School
Jordan Johnston graduated from Jensen Beach High School. Her cumulative GPA is 4.0 with a weighted average of 5.96, placing her in the top 5 percent of her class. She was awarded most valuable player on her softball team and received the Scholar Athlete award for both softball and bowling. Jordan was vice president of First Priority and was active in National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Key Club, Jubilate (advanced choir program), honors choir, and peer mentoring. She will be attending the University of Florida in the fall and plans to major in engineering.
Atlantic Community High School
Jason Truong graduated near the top of his class from Atlantic Community High School with a weighted GPA of 5.01. He was an Advanced Placement Scholar, an International Baccalaureate student, and a dual enrollment student at Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University. He will be attending the University of Miami as a President’s Scholar, studying biochemistry and molecular biology on the premed track. While at Atlantic, he was the cohead of the Blood Drive Committee, helping to raise over 300 pints of blood, and a team captain and the mission delivery chair of the Relay for Life Committee, helping to raise $4,000 for the American Cancer Society. He has accumulated over 1,000 hours of community service by volunteering at a local hospital, nature center, and science museum.
Ivana Mesaric graduated from Oxbridge Academy as part of the first founding class. She will be attending Babson College as a CWEL scholar in the fall and plans to study entrepreneurship and business. Already an entrepreneur, Ivana has started her own dj’ing business and will continue it in college. She helped start the very first school store at Oxbridge and was the community engagement liaison. She was the copresident of the Entrepreneurship Club and started her own club called the International Cultural Connections Club. Ivana was part of the student government association as class representative for two years, and was a member of the varsity tennis team for three years. Her future goal is to start her own company that will make a meaningful impact on the world.
Suncoast Community High School
Gabrielle Marie Holtzman graduated from the IB Program at Suncoast Community High School. She was the founder and president of the Suncoast High School Professional Women’s Forum, which hosted women from a variety of professions to share with students how they achieved success in their careers. She also founded a student-run organization that conducted weekly tennis clinics at Bethune Elementary School. Gaby was a fellow in the three-semester Florida Atlantic University Pine Jog Environmental Fellowship Program. She was also selected by the Bank of America to participate in their Students Leaders Program. Gaby played for the Suncoast Women’s Varsity Tennis Team and was elected team captain. Academically, Gaby achieved National Merit Scholar Finalist and National AP Scholar status. She will be attending the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School this fall, concentrating in finance and in environmental policy and management.
William T. Dwyer High School
Alexandra Pallo was an IB student and finished fourth in her class at William T. Dwyer High School. She was the president of the Students against Melanoma (SAM) Club, secretary of the Spanish National Honor Society, and a member of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, the Future Business Leaders of America, the IB Student Union, and the Chemistry Club. She volunteered most of her free time at St. Joseph’s Assisted Living Facility to help elderly residents enjoy a greater quality of life. She was also a four-year varsity soccer letterman and captain and led her team to a district championship and regional final. Given her strong academics and athletics, she was recruited by the University of Georgia, where she plans to double major in management information systems and international business.
Suncoast Community High School’s
Andrew Evans graduated from Suncoast Community High School’s computer science program. Andrew took more than 15 AP and dual enrollment courses in his four years at Suncoast. He was the varsity wrestling captain for his junior and senior year, the vice president and cofounder of the Computational Finance Club, and the first chair trombonist and officer in the Suncoast Chargersonic Marching Band for four years. Andrew is currently a manager for a quarter-billion-dollar marketing firm and is running his own office right out of high school. Andrew is also a Palm Beach County representative for a nonprofit organization called Florida Parkour, in which he organizes and hosts events to promote a healthy lifestyle. He volunteers at an orphanage in Guatemala and directs their promotional video material. Andrew will be attending Florida State University in the fall to study film and business.
A.W. Dreyfoos School
Keli Hodges graduated third in her class from A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts with a 4.0 GPA. She volunteered over four thousand hours during her years in high school and founded the Students Supporting Other Students (SSOS), raising more than $30,000 to support thousands of Palm Beach County students in need. As a theater major at Dreyfoos, Keli served as an officer in the Student Government Association and held leadership positions in several clubs. She was a Coca-Cola scholar, a Bank of America student leader, a Palm Beach youth leader, and a “Kohl’s Cares” leader. Not only has Keli received the Prudential Spirit of Community Service bronze award and the President’s Lifetime Volunteer Service Award, but she was also recognized as the Florida State Student Volunteer of the Year in 2012. At St. Peter’s Church, she is an assistant teacher, a lector, and a peer minister. She plans to attend Vanderbilt University with plans to pursue a future career as a veterinarian. Vanderbilt has awarded Keli the Chancellors Scholarship, which is presented to student leaders who have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity, leadership, citizenship, and scholarship.
Olympic Heights Community High School
Steven Tessler graduated as Valedictorian of his class at Olympic Heights Community High School with a weighted GPA of 5.12, having completed advanced coursework including Mandarin Chinese. He will be attending Vanderbilt University and plans to major in Economics with a minor in Managerial Studies. During his senior year, Steven was awarded the College Board National AP Scholar award and named National Merit Finalist. Outside of the classroom, Steven was actively involved in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), serving as State President for the 2012-2013 school year. He also served as Student Body Treasurer for his school’s Student Government Association, as well as being a two-year starter on the varsity football team. Steven plans to continue his study of Chinese at Vanderbilt and hopes to study abroad in Beijing, China.
Palm Beach Gardens High School
Sofiya Andreyeva graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School as valedictorian with a weighted GPA of 5.2. She will be attending New York University to major in Biology on the pre-med track. Sofiya was active in many clubs and activities in her school, such as Science National Honor Society, for which she was President, National Honor Society, for which she was Vice President, and National Technical Honor Society, for which she was also Vice President. In addition, she has actively participated in HOSA, and will be going to the national convention for Pharmacology this summer. In her previous summers, she has worked as a research intern at BioTools, Inc. and The Scripps Research Institute in their department of Molecular Therapeutics. In addition, she volunteered at the St. Mary’s Pediatric Emergency Room, which has contributed for her desire to pursue the field of emergency medicine as a physician.
Jupiter High School
Sierra Homer, ranked fourteenth in her 2013 class at Jupiter High School, was passionately involved in several clubs, organizations and teams in and out of school. Most notably she was president of the National Honor Society, but was also involved in the English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Spanish Honor Society. Sierra was also a four year varsity competitor in Jupiter High’s Track and Field team where she set the new high jump record of five feet four inches, was chosen as first team all-county, and qualified for the state competition. With her biggest passion being horses, Sierra has ridden her entire life, was vice president of the equestrian club for three years, and rode on a high school equestrian team. Sierra will continue her studies in Business and Entrepreneurship at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was chosen as a covenant scholar, and will be riding on the equestrian team.
Spanish River High School
Sarah Darwiche graduated as an AP Scholar in the top five percent of her class at Spanish River High School, and will attend Duke University. During her time as a high school student, Sarah became as involved as possible in Palm Beach County’s special needs community, working as a counselor in the Marleen Forkas Camp Kavod, an entirely special needs camp, and partnering with local non-profit Gold Coast Down Syndrome to raise funds and awareness for those with mental disabilities. At school, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tiburon Yearbook and a double varsity member of her school’s award-winning A-team and School Duel team. As an undergraduate, she will major in cognitive science and explore the scientific and social dimensions of mental disabilities, and, in the future, hopes to integrate therapy and community planning to provide a more streamlined care system for the special needs community.
William T. Dwyer
Samantha Walsh, William T. Dwyer’s class of 2013 salutatorian, was actively involved in activities throughout her school and community over the course of her high school career. Samantha was an active volunteer of the Jupiter Medical Center Teenage Volunteers Program in the Pre-Op Center and the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches. As founder and president of Operation Smile Club, Samantha was constantly working with other students grow the organization through fundraisers and events to raise awareness of the work of Operation Smile. Samantha was one of only 18 students of the first International Baccalaureate Program at her school. Samantha plans to attend the University of Miami, majoring in Neuroscience, and continue her studies through medical school in order to become a neurosurgeon.
The Benjamin School
Lindsey Slavin graduated from The Benjamin School with a 3.98 weighted GPA and will be attending Wake Forest University where she plans to explore the medical field. During her high school career, Lindsey was very involved in the Red Cross Organization and served as the president of her school’s Red Cross Club. She organized many fundraisers and ceremonies for war veterans, the military, and disaster relief. She personally raised over $1,500 for the Red Cross Organization. Aside from her community involvement, Lindsey is also recognized for achieving an Arctic expedition, where she and 20 graduate students conducted research on the Juneau Icefield for two months, observing the ablation rates of the glacier and studying climate change. Lindsey plans to continue her community service at Wake Forest University by continuing her passion to work in the hospital and positively impacting the lives of patients in her new community.
The Benjamin School
Hannah Gross graduated from The Benjamin School with a 3.74 GPA and will be attending the University of Oregon where she will be majoring in Architecture and Environmental Design. She has also been accepted to and will be a member of the Clark Honors College. Throughout high school, Hannah was an active member of her school’s Key Club chapter and served as president her junior and senior year. During this time, Hannah helped to organize her school’s team which raised funds for the American Cancer Society and volunteered at various events at the Quantum House. She was also involved with Aspies Connect, a social group for teens with asperger’s syndrome, her senior year. Hannah plans to continue her community involvement in college through environmentally focused clubs and organizations that aim to protect and preserve the surrounding natural environment.
American Heritage School of Boca
Elizabeth Fenton graduated in the top five percent of her class from American Heritage School of Boca/Delray, where she was also one of six students to graduate from the school’s prestigious Honors Pre- Medical Program. She was a member of the National Honor Society, as well as five other honor societies in core subjects. She will be attending the University of Notre Dame and plans to double major in Biology and Spanish. Freshman year she was elected captain of the dance team and is the only four- year captain of a varsity sport in the history of her school. The dance team won consecutive high school national championships during her junior and senior years, and she won individual awards at major competitions. Elizabeth dedicated her personal time to the community and volunteered 1,000+ hours of during her high school years. As President of the Pre- Med Society, she fostered partnerships with the Kids’ Cancer Foundation and Hospice of Palm Beach County.
South Fork High School
Chelsea Weaver graduated from South Fork High School with 3.3 GPA and will be attending Florida Atlantic University in the fall of 2013. During high school she was President of Bulldog Bank, a student-run enterprise sponsored by Seacoast National Bank. As President she managed several high-school interns and supervised the closing procedures at the end of each day’s bank run. She was also a member of Skills USA, a national organization that helps young people develop valuable work-place skills. In her spare time she volunteered at Building Bridges to Youth Program. In college, she is planning to major in Business Accounting and continue her involvement in teaching/skill-building campus clubs and organizations.
Suncoast Community High School
Cameron Doty, Suncoast Community High School’s class of 2013, was actively involved in activities throughout his school and community over the course of his high school career. Cameron received a Diploma with Academic Honors as a student of the International Baccalaureate Program at Suncoast Community High School. He sat on the Board of the Zoe Loren Foundation and was elected Historian of the Economics Club. Cameron spent all four years of his high school career in leadership roles such as Community Outreach Counselor at St. Peter Catholic Church, as a Director of Youth Recreation for Bible Camp at Church in the Farms, and as Co-Captain of the Suncoast Community High School Football Team. Cameron was also an active volunteer at the International Food Bank in Orlando, Florida and spent every summer building homes for Habitat for Humanity. Cameron plans to attend The Florida State University, majoring in Sports Medicine.
Brittany M. Woody
Palm Beach Gardens High School
Brittany Woody is a 2013 graduate of Palm Beach Gardens High School’s Pre-Medicine Magnet Program, a rigorous magnet program consisting of advanced science classes followed by medical classes and internship. Brittany graduated with a 4.6 GPA, Academic Honors Seal and the President Educational Award. By the end of her high school career, she was a certified CPR instructor, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, EKG Technician, and an Emergency Medical Responder. She was very involved in Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) serving as Secretary and competing in state and national competitions. Brittany also served as the President of the Palm Beach County Student Government Association. Brittany will attend the University of Florida Honors Program and plans to continue her studies in medicine and become a Pediatric Neurosurgeon.
Suncoast High School
Dylan Brandenburg graduated in the top 17% of the 2013 Palm Beach County graduating seniors with a 4.0 HPA from Suncoast High School and is a College Board AP Scholar. He was one of only 25 who graduated from Suncoast’s rigorous Computer Science Department. He will be attending Florida State University continuing his studies in Computer Science. Dylan was a key part of Suncoast’s PTSA serving in numerous capacities and earning their senior scholarship. Dylan received all of his Congressional Service Awards and Medals and accumulated over 400 service hours to receive Suncoast’s Volunteer Service Award. Dylan believes our future will be determined by technical advances and reliance on computer technology and he wants to be on the cutting edge of computer technology. He hopes to one day work in Intelligence or Air Traffic Control.
Spanish River High School
Hanna Kivisto graduated in the top ten of her class at Spanish River High School with a weighted GPA of 5.14 having completed advanced coursework including Mandarin Chinese. She will be attending the University of Florida and plans to double major in Accounting and Economics. Hanna was highly active in her school’s DECA chapter, serving as president her senior year and co-chairing a fundraiser that raised over $2,500 for Heart to Heart Shanghai, a nonprofit organization that benefits underprivileged children in China. She was also elected captain of her varsity cheerleading team and was named to the Palm Beach County Athletic conference all-district team for cheerleading. Hanna plans to continue her study of Mandarin Chinese at the University of Florida and to continue to support Heart to Heart Shanghai.
Boca Raton Community High School
Patrick Tully graduated in the top ten percent of his class at Boca Raton Community High School earning a weighted GPA of 4.74 and the College Board AP Scholar Award. He will be attending the University of Florida and plans to major in mechanical engineering. Outside of school, Patrick was an 11 year member of Boy Scout Troop 326 of Boca Raton and earned the prestigious Eagle Scout rank. He also participated in Boca High’s Science Olympiad team for 3 years claiming two first place regional titles, both a first and second place rankings at the state level, as well as a national ranking of 25th for his creative design and construction of a mousetrap vehicle. Patrick is also an entrepreneur who owns and operates a full-serve/scale landscaping company that serves clients in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
Saint Andrew's School
Alex Osherow graduated from Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton with a 3.75 GPA and will be attending the University of Florida where he plans to major in business management and minor in entrepreneurship. Already an entrepreneur, Alex has made many instructional videos on YouTube detailing the iPhone and its endless capabilities. To date, his videos have over 16 million views and he has recently established a partnership with Google, allowing him to make money off the advertisements linked to his videos. Alex is very passionate about entrepreneurship and is always thinking through potential future business ventures. In his spare time, he enjoys running and cycling, and he is also an amateur photographer
Cardinal Newman High School
Elizabeth Gonzalez graduated from Cardinal Newman High School with a 3.47 GPA and will be attending Palm Beach Atlantic University where she plans to major in Education with a minor in Special Education. Elizabeth has also been invited to play college soccer for the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish. During her high school career, Elizabeth was highly involved in her school’s Key Club. As President her senior year she organized several school wide fundraisers for local charities and personally raised over $3,000 for The American Cancer Society and St.Baldrick’s Foundation. Elizabeth plans to continue her community service involvement at Palm Beach Atlantic University through various service clubs and organizations to continue to fulfill her passion of making an impact in the lives of others in her local community.