It’s been an honor to meet this very impressive group of talented students at our Future Leaders Academy Rising Sophomores and Juniors. They come from Sarasota High School, Pine View, Sarasota Military Academy – High School, Manatee High School, Bayshore High School, and Palmetto High School. Their interests varied from engineering to science, nursing, medicine, and music. They all shared very impressive testimonials at the closing ceremony about how much the #FutureLeadersAcademy has meant to them and about what’s next. They received their certificates from Hector Tejeda, Jon Thaxton of Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Kelly Kirschner, and Luz Corcuera.
We thank University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee for hosting us, and all our partners for their support: Manatee Community Foundation,Gulf Coast Community Foundation, United Way of South Sarasota County, United Way of Manatee County, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Wells Fargo, Gecko’s Grill & Pub, Bank of America, and IBERIABANK.
We cannot forget our incredible mentors who have inspired and helped our scholars: Carolina Saavedra, Joe Carfora, Evelyn Tejeda, and Diane Ryu. For the last two weeks, Evelyn Tejeda picked the lunches every day for students, and she’ll continue doing it for our next group of Rising Seniors. Mrs. Juana Smith, another of our wonderful volunteers, prepared dinner twice for our Rising Sophomores and Juniors when we had had long day of students sessions and parents workshops.
Now, some of our Rising Sophomores and Juniors are attending the ACT preparation for the next two weeks along with our Rising Seniors group.
We are so proud of all of you. We cannot wait to see what you do next.