Business/Technical Scholarships Awarded to 10 Lee County Graduates

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Ten Lee County high school graduates attending trade or technical colleges this fall received $5,000 scholarships from the Lee County Public Schools Foundation and the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation.

According to the foundation’s press release, five students from Estero High School and five students from Bonita Springs High School received the scholarships at senior class events.

“The people of Shadow Wood, through the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation, are making a positive impact on the lives of these very deserving students,” said Marshall Bower, President and CEO of the Public Schools Foundation of Lee County, in the release. “After completing their studies, these students will have the opportunity to become valuable community contributors and leaders.”

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The mission of the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation is that all residents of Southwest Florida have a decent place to live, adequate provisions to support them, and an opportunity to achieve their life goals, according to the release. Since the foundation’s inception in 2012, it has awarded $5 million in grants and $500.00 in scholarships.

“The Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation wishes to congratulate these outstanding students,” SWCF President Steve Zentz said in the statement. “These $5,000 grants will help them achieve their dreams of becoming valuable contributors to our community.

Here are the 10 scholarship recipients:

Estero High School

Giovanna Bocchino

Giovanna Bocchino

Middle School: Southern Technical College

Desired career: Feeding with milk

Further information: While in college, she volunteered at the hospital, cheerleader, and worked at the Publix Super Market.

Faith Brownlee

Faith Brownlee

Middle School: Fort Myers Technical College

Desired career: Firefighter

Further information: Her father is a firefighter and she hopes to follow in his footsteps.

Miguel Flores

Miguel Flores

Middle School: Fort Myers Technical College

Desired career: Auto mechanic dreaming of opening his own body shop.

Further information: Currently works at Walmart and has volunteered a number of hours for high school organizations.

Cameron Redhead

Cameron Redhead

Middle School: Fort Myers Technical College

Desired career: Welding

Further information: His interest in welding began eight years ago and he has many family members who are certified welders in Pennsylvania.

Jisele Tiburcio

Jisele Tiburcio

Middle School: Fort Myers Technical College

Desired career: creation of websites

Further information: She is fascinated by computers and the technology behind them.

Bonita Springs High School

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Oneliz Cruz

Oneliz Cruz

Middle School: Fort Myers Technical College

Desired career: Car repair

Further information: She worked at McDonald’s, in retail and as a housekeeper.

Mygdaly Gomez

Mygdaly Gomez

Middle School: Fort Myers Technical College

Desired career: medical assistant

Further information: She is a member of the National Honor Society.

Alexandre Llanos-Muniz

Alexandre Llanos-Muniz

Middle School: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Desired career: Aviation

Further information: His uncles and grandfather ignited his passion for mechanical work. He was a member of the National Honor Society and played on basketball and track teams.

Jonathan Oxley

Jonathan Oxley

Middle School: Lorenzo-Walker Technical College

Desired career: Car mechanic

Further information: He’s an honor roll student who loves cars and harbors a vision of owning his own auto repair business.

Amarion Watkins

Amarion Watkins

Middle School: Florida Gulf Coast University

Desired career: Computing

Further information: Member of the National Honor Society and played college basketball.

Nikki Ross covers education for the Fort Myers News-Press and the Naples Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @nikkiinreallife.

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