Published On: Wed, Feb 28th, 2018

Boca Raton Students Win Scholarships from South Florida Fair

By: Bryanna Basilio

Established in 1982, the South Florida Fair has awarded more than $604,000 in scholarships. The winners were announced in the categories of general, arts and entertainment, agriculture, and band during an awards ceremony in Yesteryear Village during the fair. Families, the scholarship committee, South Florida Fair dignitaries and elected officials from many of the winners’ hometowns attended.

Photo of Scholarship Winners Front Row from left: Samantha Williams, Chandler Pearce, Sydney Lehenbauer, Taylor Jordan, Lorenza Rodriguez, Kadie Helvey, Caroline Stein, Margarita Sinko, Kelsey Goodspeed, Kacia Anderson, Siried Vizuete. Back Row from left: Morgan Daniels, Shelby Kirton, Gisell Rodriguez, America Amezquita, Anna Evans, Ava Erucker, Sage Albert, and Ryan Schnars.

Each scholarship applicant met individually with the committee for a personal interview as part of the process. Students from high schools in Palm Beach, Broward, Hendry, Martin and Okeechobee counties were eligible to apply. The fair’s scholarship committee selected the winners based on the students’ grades, need and a short essay written on the topic, “As a graduating senior, what advice would you give yourself as an incoming freshman?”

The committee members were Chairwoman Becky Isiminger, Vice Chair Annis Manning, Tim Childers, Lee Glaze, Glenn Jergensen, Robi Jurney, Dan Lewis, Stephanie Mitrione, Rob Pendleton, Bill Sneed, Eva Webb and Donna Winterson.

This year’s winners are:

Sage Albert from Dreyfoos School of the Art

America Amezquita, Muriette Michel and Gisell Rodriguez from Glades Central High School

Kacia Anderson from St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Morgan Daniels from Clewiston High School

Ava Erucker from Suncoast High School

Anna Evans, Sydney Lehenbauer and Margarita Sinko from Boca Raton High School

Kelsey Goodspeed from G-Star School of the Arts

Kadie Helvey and Caroline Stein from Glades Day School

Taylor Jordan, Shelby Kirton and Chandler Pearce from Okeechobee High School

Lorenza Rodriguez from West Boca High School

Ryan Schnars from Wellington High School

Siried Vizuete from Coral Gables High School

Samantha Williams from Seminole Ridge High School

About the Author

- Bryanna Basilio is a staff writer, reporter, and social media strategist for The Boca Raton Tribune. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism from Palm Beach State College and is currently attending the University of Florida.

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