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Education Notes

By Staff | Sep 16, 2022

60 students awarded academic

honors from College Board

National Recognition Programs

Sixty School District of Lee County students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify the students through College Board’s Student Search Service.

The College Board Recognition Program honors students in four categories: National African American Recognition Award, National Hispanic Recognition Award, National Indigenous Recognition Award and/or National Rural/Small Town Recognition Award. Only 62,000 students received a recognition award this year.

The following Lee County students have been awarded the National Hispanic Recognition Award:

Bonita Springs High School — Omar Buenostro; Cape Coral High School — Anthony Busatta, Alexander Rodrigue, Humberto Carralero, Veronica Verona and Ryan Fernandez; Dunbar High School — Isaac Deleon; East Lee County High School — Emily Sarduy; Fort Myers High School — Isabella Acosta, Jason Mendez-Martinez, Alexandra Bocanegra, Alexander Munoz, Wendy Campos, Antonio Orbe, Olivia Cabrera, Jake Phinney, Caleb Cetina, Ximena Rodriguez, Luis Diaz, Joseph Serrat, Cristian Garcia-Salinas, William Servellon Lopez, Thalia Gutierrez and Abigail Tapia; Island Coast High School — Dezmin Goodman; Mariner High School — Ivanna Espinosa, Dalianys Lachel and Oliva Resendes; North Fort Myers High School — Jaime Antunez, Giselle Leon, Arianny De Sena, Jason Medrano, Solange De La Vega, Nivaya Montoya, Natalia Eaton, Abigail Petro, Sarah Eng, Ryan Ziegler and Samuel Ford.

The following Lee County students have been awarded the National African American Recognition Award:

Bonita Springs High School — Jareah Plummer and Jayce McMillian; Dunbar High School — Denelson Estimable, Wisner Henry and Leilani Marsicano; East Lee County High School — Siang Chin; Fort Myers High School — Dominique Aime, Ravelska Lafalaise, Sa’nya Battle, Rodger Paul and Mya Brown; Island Coast High School — Dezmin Goodman; North Fort Myers High School — Sarah Eng and Payton Tshiams.

The following student has been awarded the National Indigenous Award:

Bonita Springs High School — Jayce McMillan; Fort Myers High School — Kainoa Acol

The following Lee County students have been awarded the National Rural and Small Town Recognition Award:

Bonita Springs High School — Alyssa Anderson, Jayce McMillan, Brooke Dore-Smith, Anthony Napolitano, Giordan Dyokas, Ava Pham, Dennis Kerry and Peter Panzeri.

Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town are eligible for an award. Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and recognitions are awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications.

FSW Charlotte Campus Observatory opens for 2022-23 viewing season

PUNTA GORDA – The James & Barbara Moore Observatory at the Florida SouthWestern State College Charlotte Campus has opened for the 2022-2023 viewing season.

Observation sessions are held on the third Friday of each month and begin 30-45 minutes after dark, outdoors and weather permitting. Sessions are free and open to the public. The FSW Charlotte Campus is located at 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.

Schedule of Observatory Viewing Sessions for 2022-2023: Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 21 and May 19.

Additional observation sessions may be scheduled or changed depending on celestial events.

For more information or for a full schedule of observatory events, call 941-637-3518 or 941-637-5652, or visit https://www.fsw.edu/charlotte/observatory.

Florida SouthWestern State College offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.