Student Success Stories

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    Courtney Santanna Courtney Santanna Hayward always underestimated herself. She had dreams to be successful and go to college, but wasn't sure how she was going to do it. Until one day, Courtney wrote an essay that changed her life. Her words told her story. Her mother had passed away right before she started high school and her father just wasn't around. She was going to have to find a way to make it on her own. ...Read More
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    Daniel Pierce A Take Stock in Children scholar, Daniel Pierce is from Escambia County and graduated from JM Tate High School in 2012. In high school, he was the Vice-President of the Senior Executive Board and President of Mu Alpha Theta. Daniel attends Florida State University, where he already graduated with his undergrad in 2016 and is now in med school expected to graduate in 2020. ...Read More
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    Daniella Rossi A Take Stock in Children scholar, Daniella Rossi graduated from Jensen Beach High School in 2014 with a 6.02 GPA and dually enrolled. She was the Spanish Honor Society Parliamentarian, Student Government Historian, and member of NHS, Key Club, SADD-SWAT, and the JBHS Varsity Sailing Team. ...Read More
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    Desta Meghoo-Tonge A 2003 alumna of the Take Stock in Children program in Marion county, Desta Meghoo-Tonge credits Wendy Welch, her Take Stock in Children mentor, for teaching her the most important life lesson - believing in yourself. As a Take Stock scholar, Desta met with Wendy every week. She thought these meetings would be focused on her academics. They were much more. Wendy shared with Desta advice that would help shape and mold Desta's future. ...Read More
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    Esther Benette A Take Stock in Children scholar, Esther Benette is from Belle Glade, Florida in Palm Beach County. She graduated from High School in 2013 with a 4.748 GPA and ranked third in her class. She went on to attend Florida State University where she graduated in 2016. ...Read More
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    Felicia Blocker Felicia Blocker, a Take Stock in Children 2006 alumna from Alachua County, remembers having to juggle a lot in high school. She studied long hours to get good grades, was involved with extracurricular activities and worked part-time to pay her expenses. ...Read More
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    Gabriela Cruz A Take Stock in Children scholar, Gabby Crus graduated from the Career Academy thru Marion Technical Institute in 2015 with a 3.91 GPA and ranked 9th in her class. She was an executive officer of the National Junior ROTC and worked part-time at Panera Bread. Gabby also interned at the Public Education Foundation and was an influential member of the Save our Schools campaign in Marion County. ...Read More
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    Ha Tran A Take Stock in Children scholar, Ha Tran is from Santa Rosa County and graduated from Pace High School in 2011. She spent her high school year’s running track, volunteering at her local hospital, and participating in Student Government. She spent her summer at Harvard’s Secondary School program, assisting Dr. Douglas Powell in his research for the manuscript, The Aging Intellect. ...Read More
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    Hannah Kilbride A Take Stock in Children scholar, Hannah Kilbride is from St. Johns County. She graduated from High School in 2016 and went on to attend the Florida State University. In 2016-2017 she is hoping to reach goals in 3 very important parts of her life: on campus, in her academics, and in her relationships. ...Read More
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    Huong Thuy Nguyen A Take Stock in Children scholar, Huong Thuy Nguyen is from Manatee County and graduated from Braden River High School in 2012. She founded her high school’s HOSA chapter and served as Chairman of the Key Club. Huong went on to attend and graduate from the University of Florida, Magna cum Laude in April of 2016. ...Read More


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