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Select Flagler School Seniors Receive 239 Scholarships Worth $240,000 at Ceremony

| May 5, 2011

The awards ceremony at the auditorium was preceded by a banquet at the Flagler Palm Coast High School Bulldog Cafe. (© FlaglerLive)

The awards ceremony at the auditorium was preceded by a banquet at the Flagler Palm Coast High School Bulldog Cafe. (© FlaglerLive)

The annual scholarship banquet and awards ceremony started in 1985 as a relatively modest event sponsored by the Flagler Palm Coast Kiwanis Club and the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, with some $7,000 in awards. Twenty-five years later, the last 21 under the aegis of the Flagler County Education Foundation, the event has grown in popularity and gravitational pull, to the benefit of students, as an increasing number of organizations have looked to be associated with it.

Tuesday evening, 108 organizations presented a 239 scholarships totaling $240,000 to 138 deserving seniors across from the county’s high schools. The awards ranged from $500 (the minimum in order to be included in the annual ceremony) to $14,000, the latter made possible by the Education Foundation. Since its inception the foundation has awarded close to $2 million in in scholarships and grants. The evening’s big donors included the Flagler Palm Coast Kiwanis Club, with $25,000 in scholarships, and the Florida Lottery, which underwrote the cost of the banquet’s food and the evening’s program.

Keep in mind, that $240,000 represents only Flagler County organizations’ donations. Most students will also be receiving financial aid packages in addition to that from out-of-county organizations and foundations, from the schools they’ll be attending, and from the state, through the ever-diminishing Bright Futures program.

None of the seniors knew what they were receiving. It’s been part of the annual evening’s tradition to keep that detail secret. All they knew was that they’d earned something. The money, incidentally, isn’t handed over in checks they can readily cash. Rather, the money is eventually sent to a financial aid account at whichever college or university the student eventually enrolls. Students can then withdraw the funds as part of their financial aid allocations. It diminishes the risk of the money being blown on sundry seductions before the first day of classes.

The evening started in the Flagler Palm Coast High School Bulldog Cafe with the traditional banquet: every candle-lit, cloth-covered table was filled with parents, students, representatives from the civic and business groups presenting awards, and the school district’s top brass: school board members, administrators, teachers. The assembly then moved to the Flagler Auditorium around 7 p.m. for the award ceremony, with Channel 13’s Dave Cocchiarella emceeing the show and the Education Foundation’s Nicole Brose–the elegant workhorse behind the riches–and Larry Henderson, the foundation’s president, welcoming everyone.

As always at these big events, Amy Fulmer’s Formality Singers performed. Jeff McDevitt, a senior at FPC, performed “Shine Your Light,” a song he wrote as an anthem for the Education Foundation. More than two hours of award presentations followed.

Below is a list of every organization presenting one or more scholarship, and the seniors receiving them.

AACA Wheels in MotionJohn McDevitt
Afro-American Caribbean heritage ScholarshipBrandon Riddick, Ester Rose Safaite, Arelys Nieves, Taylor Pogue, Vladimir Jean-Pierre, Jasmine Dwyer, Levi Rosa, Desiree Williams
Alpha Kappa Alpha SororityAndreina Nash-Gutierrez, Alejandra Nash-Gutierrez, Jasmine Myles, Alvonte Pearson, Ruth Tima
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority - Ernestine Phillips MemorialBriana Johnson
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority - The Richie Bell Johnson MemorialEsther Rose Safaite
American Association of University Women of Flagler CountyKelly Flanagan, Gianna Mastrostefano, Deetra Ware
Andy Anderson MemorialSara Perilli
Antonio Amaral FoundationAmy Langhauser, Kelsey Donahue
Bright House Networks, Inc.Daniel Ivanovoskya
Bunnell Masonic LodgeCaitlin Hannan
Central Florida News 13 Project WeatherShannon Jacobs
City Lites "Arts" ScholarshipTeniyah Christian, Jeffrey McDevitt
Clay Electric CooperativeMichael Nahirny
Council for Exceptional ChildrenMatthew Jaenike, Sarah Bandes, Chaz Davis
Daytona State College Foundation ScholarshipJordon Jones, Stephanie Batista
Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. - Letitia T. White MemorialJasmine Dwyer, Antoinette Hagins
Dennis Fitzgerald MemorialCaitlan Hannan, Jeffrey McDevitt
Ebony SocietyEster Rose Safaite
Flagler Ace HardwareJason Terry
Flagler Auditorium Governing Board Performing Arts & Technical TheatreJason Cazella, Sierra Parks, Michael Nahirny, Caitlin Hannan, Adam Lehman, Jeffrey McDevitt, Brittanie Hamilton
Flagler Beach Environmental Preservation CouncilElizabeth Wang, Amanda Wilson
Flagler County Art League - Shirley Newton Scholarship FundKiah Bonner, Amanda Meade
Flagler County Association of RealtorsMichael Nahirny, Riley Shugg
Flagler County Corvette ClubCody Shepard
Flagler County Educators' AssociationKaci Ellis, Michael Nahirny
Flagler County Educators' Association - Mikal Widing MemorialSamantha Gwinn
Flagler County Education Foundation - Annual ScholarshipJeffrey McDevitt
Flagler County Education Foundation - Beverly Kelly MemorialRiley Littlefield
Flagler County Education Foundation - Tommy Tant, Jr. Surf Memorial ScholarshipKelly Flanagan, Rachel Flanagan, Addie Gibson, Jeffrey McDevitt, Christina Stuckey
Flagler County Education Foundation - Take Stock in ChildrenMariama Alexander, Summer Anderson, Georgia Ensminger, Charles Geng, Antoinette Hagins, Brandon Smith, Sara Snyder
Flagler County Education Foundation - Bill & Dot Wilson MemorialJuliya Pavlova
Flagler County Historical SocietyKrista Roy
Flagler County PalAlex Giorgianni, Justina Hampton, Zachary Helm, Donya Alkhatib
Flagler County Medical SocietyAntionette Hagins, Riley Shugg, Vadim Adler, Gianna Mastrostefano
Flagler County Youth Center - Student Advisory Council AwardBrandon Riddick
Flagler County Youth Soccer AssociationJordan Martin
Flagler Educational Support Personnel AssociationMichael Nahirny
FPC - National Honor SocietyAbbey Konchan, Kaci Ellis
FPC - Student Government AssociationKaci Ellis, Abbey Konchan, Jordan Martin, Mallory Gottleib, Imani Thomas, Mike Giuliano, Cassandra Pennington, Aaron Pearson, Danish Geffrard, Alvante Pearson
FPC - Theatre Arts ScholarshipEddie Green
Flagler Woman's ClubMarielena Dias, Kelly Flanagan, Antoinette Hagins, Vladimir Jean-Pierre, Deetra Ware, Amanda Wilson
Florida Hospital Flagler - Medical StaffCharlie Heng, David Petkovsek, Marissa Feola, Eurika Pen
Florida Hospital Flagler - Volunteer AuxiliaryLarry Tesler, Esther Rose Safaite
Florida League of IB SchoolsRyan McDermott, Kyle Russell
Friends of Tennis CommitteeKatie Bryl, Ryan McDermott, Kelly Flanagan
Friends of the Flagler County Public LibraryDonya Alkhatib, Caitlin Hannan, Jacklyn Rumberger, Kaitlyn Gore, Jasmine Dwyer
Garden Club at Palm CoastZachary Helm, Kelly Flanagan, Amanda Wilson
Garden Club of Palm Coast "Hilda & Joe Gottwald Memorial"Riley Shugg
Gilyard Group FoundationYeovanti Williams
Grand Haven Woman's ClubBrandy Mamo, Kassandra Munoz
Mackenzie Grein MemorialJulia D'Angelo, Andreina Nash-Gutierrez, Shawn Upson, Brittany Eggum
Shannon Grein MemorialVictoria Rodriguez
The Grenadian Association of Palm CoastDesiree Williams, Levi Rosa
Dr. Jim and Lavern Guines ScholarshipTaylor Jones, Zhengyang Qian, Robert Barber, Shakir Terry
Annes and Theodore Hein MemorialJacklyn Rumberger, Adam Lehman
Hispanic American Club Scholarship - In Memory of Helena SmithLevi Rosa, Marissa Feola, Arelys Nieves
Indian Trails Parent Teacher OrganizationGabrielle Ceballos
Insurance Professionals of Volusia/Flagler CountiesKyle Greene
Intracoastal Bank ScholarshipHallie Hydrick, Alexandria Perkins
Irish Social ClubRyan McDermott
Italian American Social Club at Palm CoastTaylor-Marie Miceli, Raymond Santoianni
Kiwanis Club Scholarship - Flagler Palm CoastHannah Lipsey, Charlie Heng, Tyler Sweeney
Kiwanis Club Book ScholarshipAmanda Wilson, Elizabeth Wang, Kelly Flanagan
Kiwanis Senior of the Year Flagler Palm CoastRebecca Wight, Ryan McDermott
Kiwanis Foundation ScholarshipLauren Munsinger
Kiwanis Key Club ScholarshipRebecca Wight, Adam Lehman
Robert Osner Kiwanis ScholarshipMyles Collier, Shawn Upson
Olga Kosminski MemorialShannon Jacobs
Kumon Math & Reading Center of Palm CoastTyler Bright
Matanzas High School - Deca ScholarshipKelly Flanagan, Rachel Flanagan, Christina Stuckey
Matanzas High School - Giving Back Scholarships in Honor of Ken SeyboldLevi Rosa
Matanzas High School - Giving Back Scholarships in Honor of Maryann MlinacVictoria Ecker
Matanzas High School Leadership ScholarshipsKyle Green, Azia Alston, Brian Eichinger, Donya Alkhatib
Matanzas High School National Honor SocietyCourtney Brady
Matanzas High School Step Team Member ScholarshipJasmine Myles
Matanzas Shores Women's ClubTaylor Miceli, Eurika Pen, Michael Nahirny, Heather O'Brien, Lauren Munsinger, Zachary Helm
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Palm Coast ChapterNoah Feldman, Julianna Bell
TJ McCracken Memorial ScholarshipMichael Giuliano
Mills Aviation Charities - Wings Over Flgler William "Wild Bill" Walker Memorial ScholarshipJohn Dixon III, Levi Rosa
NAACPAntoinette Hagins
New York City Transit Retirees of FloridaLauren Munsinger, Taylor-Marie Miceli
Palm Coast Business & Professional NetworkMichael Nahirny
Palm Coast Chamber of CommerceRebecca Wight
Palm Coast DataTracey Adams, Lorenzo Butler, Sarah Flanagan, Christine Bolla
Palm Coast Lions ClubSamantah Penalver, Taylor-Marie Miceli, Lauren Rawlins, Amanda Wilson
Palm Coast Sons and Daughter of ItalyTaylor-Marie Miceli, Joseph Sovia, Brain McDonald, Michael Giuliano
Palm Coast Woman's ClubLauren Munsinger, Antoinette Hagins
Palm West Home Realty, Inc.Brian Eichinger, Kiana Grabowski
Phi Delta Kappa Chapter 1515Nancy Smith, Joseph Sovia
Plum Creek Community ScholarshipMichael Nahirny, Elizabeth Wang
Ray Boylan Towers of Excellent ScholarshipShakir Terry, Tyrique Harper
Rotary Club of Flagler Beach - Sam & Shirley Newton ScholarshipDavid Petkovsek, Ryan McDermott, Neal Shepherd
Rotary Club of Flagler CountyMariya Cheban, Marissa Smith, Kevin Nguyen, Lauren Munsinger, Heather O'Brien
Rotary Club of Flagler County - Scholar/AthleteWendell Powell II, Desirea Hurley
Rotary Club of Flagler County - Princess PlaceRaksmey, Prum, Saevonne Fleming, Nicolette Riera
Stephanie P. Smith MemorialDeetra Ware, Abbey Konchan
Oradell "Dell" Trayer Memorial ScholarshipBrandon Hok, Alexis Jennings
United Caribbean Cultural AssociationDesiree Williams, Vladimir Jean-Pierre
University Women of FlaglerAmanda Wilson, Deetra Ware, Riley Shugg, Kaitlyn Gore
Theda Wilson ScholarshipLeivaughn Lyn
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5 Responses for “Select Flagler School Seniors Receive 239 Scholarships Worth $240,000 at Ceremony”

  1. Charles Ericksen Jr says:

    Congratulations to the students receiving the awards. Recently, there has been much said about the largest asset management companies for student financial accounts. A significant number of Universities and Colleges have turned the financial account management over to outside companies, rather than providing the services themselves. The largest one, has many fees for any type of withdrawal, from the account, starting out at $5/tranaction and up. This generally reduces the account balance significantly over the term of enrollment in the University.

  2. Kendall says:

    Thank you to all of the wonderful organizations and companies that care about our children and their higher educations!

    And congratulations to all of the recipients!! What a great group of young adults you are!!

  3. LadyK says:

    As a parent, I would like to say thank you to all of the organizations that donated and motivated these students. These scholarships help students to achieve their academic goals and to progress academically. I would also like to thank the schools and their staff and all individuals that made the banquet possible. It was a great event to partake in.

  4. Jack Howell says:

    Some how the the listing of organizations providing scholarships omited the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 808, Flagler County. We awarded 2 scholarships. One to each of our high school’s outstanding JROTC cadets.

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