Outstanding High School Graduates

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To these outstanding students and all high school graduates, we applaud your accomplishment and encourage you to stand strong as you pursue your future plans.

1. Alexandra Gomez, Calvary Christian Academy Managing editor of The Messenger, Calvary Christian Academy’s award-winning high school news magazine for four years, Alexandra Gomez has won awards from the Sun Sentinel’s annual High School Journalism competition, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and Journey Literary Magazine, CCA’s publication of student writing, art, and photography. An accomplished singer, Gomez was a soloist in the CCA Advanced Honors choir including performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Creative Writing Club. Gomez played junior varsity volleyball and basketball. She plans to study creative writing with a minor in music at The New School in New York City.

2. Aubrey Paulding, Sheridan Hills Christian School Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry, American Government and Economics Honors, and Algebra II Honors, Audrey Paulding has been on the Top Scholar’s Honor Roll. Acknowledged for her thoughtfulness, she received the Outstanding Citizenship Award and the Pinnacle Award. She is senior class representative and plans to attend Liberty University.

3. Caitlin McCluskey, Sheridan Hills Christian School A recipient of the President’s Education Award for outstanding academic excellence, Caitlin McCluskey earned the Outstanding Scholars

hip Award with a 4.60 GPA and Outstanding Achievement in AP Government and Physics. She has been on the Top Scholar’s Honor Roll and earned 2nd place for Broward County History Fair-Individual Website. ACSI awarded her a Distinguished Christian High School Student Award for academics and athletics and she served as captain of her volley ball team. A member of the Retreat Planning Committee, McCluskey completed 679 community service hours. She is senior class vice president and National Honor Society treasurer. McCluskey plans to attend St. Thomas University on a volleyball scholarship.

4. Caroline Kamm, Westminster Academy Valedictorian of her class, Caroline Kamm earned a 4.98 GPA. She is an AP Scholar with distinction and received a Provost Scholarship from UCF. Chairperson for the National Honor Society, Kamm has completed 324 service hours. A member of the Latin Honor Society, Kamm placed at the State Latin Forum. She also participated on the Mechanical Engineering Robotics Team 744, which won several competitions. Kamm plans to attend the University of Central Florida, Burnette Honors College for Engineering.

5. Chelsea Draucker, Highlands Christian Academy Valedictorian of the Class of 2014, Chelsea Drauker earned a 4.05 GPA. Draucker began attending Highlands when she was 3 years old. She has been involved in cheerleading, choir, softball, National Honor Society, and Quiz Team/Brain Bowl. Draucker has received awards in every area of academics including the Christian Character Award, which is one of the highest awards a student can receive at Highlands. She plans to attend Florida State University.

6. Daniela Garcia, Hollywood Christian School President of the Class of 2014, Daniela Garcia is recipient of the Memorial Healthcare System Volunteer Award. Completing over 1,100 hours of community service, Garcia earned the Challenger Service Award at Hollywood Christian School. A member of the volleyball team, Garcia received All-County Honorable Mention from the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald and received the Coaches Award for volleyball in 2014. She was also a huddle leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletics. Garcia plans to major in biology with the desire of becoming a physician’s assistant.

7. Jack DiChristofalo, Highlands Christian Academy Salutatorian of the Class of 2014, Jack DiChristofalo earned a 3.98 GPA. Attending Highlands since the 6th grade, DiChristofalo has been involved in band, football, baseball, cross country, track, drama productions, National Honor Society, and Quiz Team/Brain Bowl. He has received academic awards in most classes, as well as the Christian Character Award. He plans to attend Florida State University.

8. Jessica Bell, Coral Springs Christian Academy Co-Valedictorian, Jessica Bell is National Honor Society President, and a Discipleship Leader. Selected by the Sun-Sentinel for 2nd Team All County in basketball, she was captain of the basketball team for three years. Bell completed 337 service hours and went on a Jamaica missions trip where she helped with construction of a school for deaf children. She also organized the Turkey Drop, a National Honor Society food drive that provided turkey dinner for 16 families. After graduation Jessica plans to study early childhood education at Covenant College.

9. Kaitlyn Webb, Calvary Christian Academy Class of 2014 Valedictorian, Kaitlyn Webb was nominated this year as a Silver Knight candidate for her dedication to athletics, especially in so

ccer, where she has won numerous awards. Working with kids in crisis, Kaitlyn has demonstrated the love of God by sharing her passion for soccer with those in need of love and attention. Webb demonstrated servant leadership and a heart for Christ in her school work and extracurricular activities. She plans to attend college, where she will seek a career in medicine, and hopes to combine her love for missions with her calling to help others.

10. Katerina Pattee, The King’s Academy A recipient of the National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar Award, Advanced Placement Scholar Award, Harvard Book Award, and multiple Academic Excellence awards in various subjects, Katerina Pattee played varsity volleyball and received the Scholar Athlete Award for the second highest GPA. She founded and coordinated a fundraiser for Operation Smile, which provides medical assistance and surgeries for children born with Clef Pallets, collecting over $4000 for the organization. President of National Honor Society and vice president of Spanish National Honor Society, she plans to attend Vanderbilt University.

11. Kent Barnhill, Coral Springs Christian Academy Co-Valedictorian, Kent Barnhill is a National Merit Scholarship recipient. A member of Honors Thespians, Barnhill starred as George

Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” played Elwood P. Dowd in the comedy “Harvey” and was Prince Dauntless in the musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” Earning a perfect score on the All-State Musicians Sight Reading Exam, Barnhill was in the All-State Sight Reading Chorus, choral director of the CSCA Concert Chorus and a member of Chapel Band. He completed 650 service hours and earned a gold cord for missions, music and children’s ministry. Senior Class Chaplain and Class Treasurer, Barnhill plans to attend the University of Miami Frost School of Music with a double major in music and engineering.

12. Mark Dennis LeBeau, Chaminade-Madonna Valedictorian of his class, Mark Dennis LeBeau is a recipient of the BCNPSA Pinnacle Award, Chaminade-Madonna’s Top Ten Award and an AP Scholar with Honor Award. LeBeau won BECON TV’s “School Duel” two times. He is a member of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Captain of the varsity volleyball team, LeBeau was a Wendy’s Heisman Scholar Athlete Nominee and completed 197 service hours. He is vice president of the senior class, president of Model UN, president of the Academic Team, president of Best Buddies, and president of the French Honor Society. He plans to study international relations and Canadian studies at McGill University.

13. Mikaela Sheerin, Chaminade-Madonna Salutatorian of the Class of 2014, Mikaela Sheerin received the BCNPSA Pinnacle Award, Chaminade-Madonna’s Top Ten Award, was a Fireside Essay Finalist, and is a member of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society). She earned the Student-Athlete Award for soccer and softball for the highest GPA on the team and completed 174 service hours. President of the Student Body, Sheerin was also Campbell House Captain, and a member of Key Club and Interact Club. She plans to major in communications at the University of Florida.

14. Nicole Ciavola, Boca Raton Christian School A National Merit Scholarship program commended student, Nicole Ciavola earned a Boca Christian Four-Year Tuition Award of Excellence for outstanding Christian character and exemplary academics and a Distinguished Christian High School Student Award from ACSIfor outstanding academics, leadership and fine arts. A member of the varsit

y tennis team, she earned the Scholar Athlete and Barnabas awards. She also participated in varsity golf. Ciavola has gone on four missions trips, most recently to Costa Rica, and is a member of Crazy Love, a faith leadership mentor group. A senior class representative, Ciavola is vice president of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend Babson College to study entrepreneurial business.

15. Peter Holt, Westminster Academy Salutatorian of his class, Peter Holt earned a 4.97 GPA and was a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist. A member of the Latin Honor Society, Holt placed at the State Latin Forum Competition. Serving on multiple mission trips, Holt completed 267 service hours. He played varsity football for four years, serving as team captain. Active in student government, Holt was student council president his sophomore and junior years and received the Christian Leadership Award. He plans to attend Princeton University.

16. Sally Stunkel, Saint Andrew’s School A committed student, Sally Stunkel is on the Headmaster’s List and received the Algebra II Award. She contributed in cross-country, soccer, and tennis. Involved in youth group and outreach at her church, Stunkel volunteered at the Gulfstream School to help set up a Kindergarten classroom. Working in retail at JCrew and Premier Beauty, she founded the Fashion Philanthropy Club along with 3 other girls, which donated jeans. She helped with the School PALS program and cheered with the 12th Man Football and Cheer Camp. She also writes an inspirational blog at sweetlysally.com. Stunkel plans to study elementary education at Samford University.

17. Sarah Curran, Hollywood Christian School Valedictorian of the Class of 2014, Saray Curran eared the Academic Presidential Award. She was captain of the Cheerleading Squad for three years and received the Scholars Athlete of the Year and the Spirit Award. Vice president of her class, Curran was also huddle leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletics and worship t

eam leader for two years. She plans to study elementary education, provide leadership in Youth Ministry and assist in leading worship at Hollywood Community Church.

18. Sarah Reed, Boca Raton Christian School Earning the Outstanding Student Award in Honors Algebra I, Algebra II, Band and American Literature, Sarah Reed also received excellent and superior ratings at the ACSI Creative Writing Festival, third place in the Fleet Reservation Association Americanism Essay Contest and the Spidell Excellence in Math Scholarship. She performed in musical theatre productions and was man

ager of the varsity boys basketball team. Involved in missions, Reed most recently ministered to children in Costa Rica. She received the Distinguished Christian High School Student Award in fine arts from ACSI and attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. Reed also led the Ignite Worship Team. She plans to study music education with a minor in musical theatre at Southeastern University in the Honors Program.

19. Sarah Vanderwagen, The King’s Academy Recipient of the Yale Book Award and multiple Academic Excellence awards in various subjects, Sarah Vanderwagen has been a member of the 5-time State Championship Competitive Cheerleading Team. As Service Prefect, the top leadership group of The King’s Academy, Vanderwagen is representing TKA as a Pathfinder nominee for community service. Sarah serves in the emergency room at Jupiter Medical Center. Secretary of the Future Business Leaders of America, she is a member of Student Council and is the Service Life Prefect. She plans to major in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.


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