2012 Leaders for Life Fellows

Meet the 2012 Leaders for Life Fellows



Vanessa Colchado

Vanessa Colchado

  • Graduate Education: University of Florida - Class of 2017
  • University of Florida - Class of 2017
  • Polk County

Vanessa Colchado graduated from Bartow High School with a GPA of 4.68 and found time to be the Key Club President and French Club Historian.  Vanessa also volunteered as coordinator for a canned food drive, was a camp counselor and ran cross country.  Graduating in 2017 with her Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Florida, Vanessa currently is a Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte in Tampa.

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Tyler Dwyer

Tyler Dwyer

  • Graduate Education: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Class of 2018
  • University of Florida - Class of 2016
  • Clay County

Tyler Dwyer earned a 4.37 GPA at Keystone Heights High School.  He was the Academic Team MVP as well as the Boys State Director of Health & Human Services.  Tyler was also a member of the National Honor Society at Keystone. Attending the University of Florida, Tyler graduated in 2016 and went on to receive his Master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Speech Language Pathology.  Tyler is now working as a Speech Pathologist at Lutheran Care in upstate New York.

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Alfonso Mejia

Alfonso Mejia

  • University of Florida - Class of 2016
  • Broward County

Alfonso Mejia attended Charles W. Flanagan High School in Broward County.  He was a member of the National Honor Society earning a 4.93 GPA, served as Student Government President and founding member of the Spanish National Honor Society.  He also tutored and worked 30 hours per week. Alfonso studied Finance at the University of Florida, graduated in 2016, worked at Google and is now a Partners Operations Manager at YouTube.

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Huong Thuy Nguyen

Thuy Nguyen

  • Graduate Education: Florida State University School of Medicine 
  • University of Florida - Class of 2016
  • Manatee County

Thuy Nguyen hails from Manatee County where she attended Branden River High School.   She earned a 4.62 GPA was a member of the Key Club, Student Government and Academic Team and Founder of her school’s Health Occupations Students of America chapter. Thuy graduated from the University of Florida and now attends the College of Medicine at Florida State University.

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Daniel Pierce

Daniel Pierce

  • Graduate Education: Florida State University, College of Medicine 
  • Florida State University - Class of 2016
  • Escambia County

Daniel Pierce was the Vice President of Senior Executive Board and President of Mu Alpha Theta at J.M. Tate High School where he earned a 4.64 GPA.  He graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Psychology in 2016.  Daniel attended Officer’s Training School and now is a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force attending Medical School through Florida State University.

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