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Cape Coral Mayors Scholarship Fund awards 25 scholarships

April 27, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

More than two dozen of Cape Coral's top-tier high school seniors pulled up in their limousine and gathered at the Palmetto Pine Country Club on Thursday to receive one of the biggest honors a soon-to-be graduate can receive in this city.

Students, dignitaries and sponsors gathered for the 36th annual Mayors Scholarship Fund awards banquet where, from among 60 applicants, 25 students earned $1,500 scholarships to help them further their education.

Since its inception in 1982, more than $800,000 in scholarships have been awarded, thanks to the generosity of the many sponsors who make this program a reality.

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This year's recipients are: Cory Adams, Jocelyn Arroyo, Abigail Bryant, Caitlin Cantrell, Alyssa Childs, Anthony Jon DeNucci, Gabriella Ferra, Jasmine Galeano, Heidi Hassett, Diane Hernandez, John Hickel II, Kyra Johnson, Emily Jones, Tara Lea, Brianna Mason, Christiana Nelson, Nina Nguyen, Jorge Orozco, Galia Pino, Casey Pope, Christina Presmy, Max Slafer, Tuan Tran, Valeria Velazquez and Mallory Volz.

"This is the culmination of a year of hard work and fundraising and a time to celebrate the successes of our students," said Mary Fischer, school board member and president of the scholarship fund. "The kids bring a variety of talents and community service with them as well as academic success."

The fund held numerous fundraisers, received donations from corporate and private benefactors, and held its annual Night at the Theater at the Cultural Park Theater to raise the $37,500 for the scholarships and other expenses this year.

For the first time, the scholarship fund offered technical scholarships, which were requested by the business community for students who choose to learn a trade.

Cape Coral High School led the way with eight recipients, with North Fort Myers a close second with six. Oasis Charter had four.

Mayor Joe Coviello read a proclamation declaring Thursday to be Cape Coral Mayors Scholarship Fund Award Day. He had some words of wisdom for the students.

"Your hard work has just begun. You've opened up the door to move on and be successful in whatever you decide to do," Coviello said. "We hope that Cape Coral can create enough economic development so that if they do go off to college they'll come back."

Dave Alexander was again the master of ceremonies as the students received their scholarships, along with the person or organization who sponsored it.

The students were very happy to receive their scholarships which, for some, will be one of many they receive from now until graduation day on the scholarship tour.

"I feel extremely grateful to be benefitted by my own community where I have lived the past 18 years," said Krya Johnson of Cape Cora High School, who earned her fourth scholarship with this one. "I was ecstatic and grateful to be in front of the community."

"I'm honored to be a winner. I was surprised and taken aback a little when I learned a won," said Casey Pope of Cape Coral High, who will attend Florida State. "I learned to sew this year and I really want to take up design and see where that takes me."

Maxwell Slafer, of Cape Coral High, who gave the speech of thanks once the scholarships were handed out, said he was honored to get the scholarship because the service to his community has meant a lot to him.

"The time I spend giving back to the community is being paid back and that's wonderful," said Slafer, who will attend Middlebury College in Vermont. "This is going to assist me as I work toward achieving what I want so I can continue to give back."

This year's recipients are: Cory Adams, Jocelyn Arroyo, Abigail Bryant, Caitlin Cantrell, Alyssa Childs, Anthony Jon DeNucci, Gabriella Ferra, Jasmine Galeano, Heidi Hassett, Diane Hernandez, John Hickel II, Kyra Johnson, Emily Jones, Tara Lea, Brianna Mason, Christiana Nelson, Nina Nguyen, Jorge Orozco, Galia Pino, Casey Pope, Christina Presmy, Max Slafer, Tuan Tran, Valeria Velazquez and Mallory Volz.

 
 
 

 

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