$400,000 in scholarships awarded to Manatee County high school seniors by Take Stock in Children

May 10, 2014 

Scholarships awarded by Take Stock

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Take Stock in Children Manatee held its annual Mentor Appreciation Dinner and Graduation Celebration at the Polo Grill on May 1 to celebrate the upcoming graduation of 25 students from Manatee District high schools.

The graduation of these students means each will receive a scholarship to college. Take Stock in Children Manatee provided over $400,000 in scholarships at this celebration of success. The students applied and were accepted during middle school or early high school and met with a mentor once a week and achieved academic success.

The seniors who received these scholarships:

• Ashley Bell, Manatee School for the Arts, attending State College of Florida, Biology, mentored by Julie Aranibar

• Alexa Berk, Southeast High School, attending State College of Florida, Marketing, mentored by Helene Levin

• Kaylyn Borg, Southeast High School, attending, State College of Florida,Nursing, mentored by Pat Valladares

• Whitney Buckingham, Manatee School for the Arts, attending State College of Florida, Criminology, mentored by Julie Welch

• Victoria DeOliveira, Braden River High School, USF, Criminology, mentored by Janis Groth

• Justin Harris, Bayshore High School, Florida A. & M, Pharmacy, mentored by Dr. Napoleon Mills

• Cas Henderson, Bayshore High School, State College of Florida, Architecture, mentored by Floyd Korth

• Quinteria Holmes, Palmetto High School, State College of Florida, Nursing, mentored by Debora Shannon

• Hollie Jessup, Palmetto High School, State College of Florida, Nursing, mentored by Carol McMahon

• Michael Kelley, Lakewood Ranch High School, University of Central Florida, Hospitality Management, mentored by Michael Corley

• Korey Kinder, Palmetto High School, State College of Florida, Biomedical Science, mentored by Lt. John Murrell

• Shakera Latimore, Southeast High School, UF, Biology, mentored by Dr. Patricia Dixon

• Nick McConnaughey, Florida Gulf Coast, Music Ed., mentored by Mark Campbell

• Lauren McDuffie, Southeast High School, UF, Pre-Medicine, mentored by Claire Slinko

• Loujeanna Michel, Manatee High School, FIU, Biomedical Science, mentored by Xtavia Bailey

• Kasey Muse, Bayshore High School, Univ. West Florida, Environmental Science, mentored by Bonnie Condor

• Caitlyn Myers, Manatee High School, State College of Florida, Marine Biology, mentored by Marilyn Hockman

• Kody Paul, Braden River High School, Florida Gulf Coast, Criminal Justice, mentored by John Gregory

• Amber Proffitt, LERHS, University of Central Florida, Health Sciences, mentored by Ruth Vaccaro

• Itzia Santamaria, Braden River High School, State College of Florida, Biology, mentored by Cathy Duguay

• Lukas Shipp, Southeast High School, State College of Florida, Psychology, mentored by Dr. Louis Robison

• Jacob Soles, Lakewood Ranch High School, U.S. Army/ Online College, mentored by Steven Cecil

• Gianna Traylor, Braden River High School, FSU, Criminology/Psychology, mentored by Kathleen Martella

• Myrcleine Valcin, Southeast High School, State College of Florida, Business Admin., mentored by Stacy Schmoll

• Benjamin Velazquez, Manatee High School, State College of Florida, Engineering, mentored by Dennis Wilkison

Other honors: Michael Corley received the Mentor of the Year; Korey Kinder and Lt. John Murrell received the New Legacy Award designed to recognize the cycle broken for Korey's family. His father and grandfather have been incarcerated, and Korey's work with his mentor will break the cycle.

For more information about Take Stock in Children Manatee, contact Diana Dill at dianadill@manateeschools.net or 941-751-6550, ext. 2172.

-- Herald staff reports

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