Palm Beach County High School Recipients
Grace Castelin, Class of 2021, University of Central FloridaGrace is a graduate of Suncoast High School where she was Secretary of the Black Student Union, as well as leading their Charity and the Mentorship Committees. For the past 5 years Grace has volunteered as a youth leader with the children’s ministry program of her church. Here she mentored under-served children, many of whom were facing adversity in their lives. Grace also led the children’s choir and organized dance teams and sporting events for the children. Grace will major in political science, and plans to pursue a career in public policy and government. She will attend the University of Central Florida. Grace wrote in her essay, “Due to the many issues and forms of injustice I continue to observe in our society, I desire to do what I can to play a part in bringing these issues to light and advocating for change for the people of today and the generations that are to come.”
William George, Class of 2021, Lock Haven UniversityWilliam is a graduate of Palm Beach Gardens High School, where he was a member of the Television & Film Production Magnet Program and was a Career and Technology Education Student of the Year. William was involved in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) from 6th grade through his senior year of high school. In 2019 he placed top 8 in the state in the FBLA public speaking competition. William is a trained dancer in hip-hop and jazz, as well as holding district and regional titles in wrestling. William’s favorite service project has been his 5-year participation in the Belle Glade Student Mission Trip, where he worked on beautification projects, sports camp and meal service for at-risk children. William will attend Lock Haven University where he will pursue a dual degree in Business and Communications.
Shahara Ransom, Class of 2020, Florida State UniversityShahara was in the top 5% of her class at Palm Beach Gardens High School with a 3.8 GPA, while being dual-enrolled at Palm Beach State College and working 20 hours per week. In addition, Shahara has completed over 500 hours of community service. She participated in a mission trip to the Bahamas to assist with repairing damages from natural disasters, was part of the volunteer program at the Solid Waste Authority and was a volunteer assistant pre-school and Sunday school teacher at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. Shahara also received first and second place positions in the Black Heritage Oratorical Contest for the last four years, second place in Coding and second place in Math League, representing the National Achievers Society of Palm Beach County. Shahara will attend Florida State University, where she will pursue a degree in Biomedical Science, with her ultimate goal of becoming a general surgeon.
Sulvamette Sylvain, Class of 2020, Florida A & M UniversitySulvamette maintained a 3.5 GPA at Glades Central High School while being dual-enrolled at Palm Beach State College and performing over 1,000 hours of service. Sulvamette has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club for many years, specifically in their Girls Give Back and their Youth Corp Volunteer Program. She recently achieved the highest honor in the Boys and Girls Club, as the recipient of their Youth of the Year award. In addition, Sulvamette is the founder of Haitian Educators, where she helps immigrants find resources and adapt to their new home. Sulvamette was President of Glades Central Student Government for four years, and participated in Women of Tomorrow, Glades Central Debate Club, the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. Sulvamette will attend Florida A & M University, where she will major in Nursing. Her long term goal is to become a lawyer and lobbyist, advocating for quality medical care for all.
Katleen Jolicoeur, Class of 2019, University of FloridaKatleen is a graduate of Palm Beach Gardens HS and was president of the Science National Honor Society. During high school, Katleen did an environmental fellowship at Florida Atlantic University. Her project focus was to create a food connection between local restaurants and homeless shelters. Katleen will attend the University of Florida and hopes to one day pursue a medical degree in psychiatry. She would like to increase access to mental health services in minority communities, and decrease the stigma associated with seeking these services.
Sierra Richardson, Class of 2019, Skidmore CollegeSierra is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program at Atlantic Community HS. Sierra has worked part-time and has participated in a wide variety of service activities with organizations such as Painted Hearts, Education Rocks and Sandoway Discovery Center. As a docent at Sandoway, Sierra taught visitors about Florida animals and conservation. Sierra will attend Skidmore College and plans to major in Biology. Her favorite subjects are Biology and Photography. Sierra hopes to be a photojournalist and raise awareness of issues such as climate change via her background in science and art.
Trevon Bailey, Class of 2018, University of Florida
Trevon is a graduate of William T. Dwyer’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program. He maintained excellent grades while holding down multiple part time jobs and volunteering. He has always had a passion for education, and one of the ways he has displayed this passion is by serving as a mentor to elementary school children with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Trevon’s supervisor at Big Brothers Big Sisters describes him as a leader who is looked up to by other mentors in the program. In addition, Trevon has also volunteered with the Homeless Coalition, an organization focused on improving the lives of the homeless in Palm Beach County, and at his school’s library.
Trevon will attend the University of Florida and major in Biology on a pre-med track. Trevon plans on becoming a pediatrician and he hopes to open his own practice in Palm Beach County to continue to aid children in our community. Trevon wishes to continue the mission of the foundation by starting a mentorship program at his college for underprivileged kids.
Liza Hartsock, Class of 2018, University of Central FloridaLiza graduated from the International Baccalaureate Program at Suncoast High School with outstanding grades. During high school, Liza has dedicated many hours helping ESOL students understand their classroom lessons and assignments. She has also volunteered her time teaching karate classes to younger students. Liza will be attending the University of Central Florida where she will pursue a degree in Chemistry. Liza hopes to become a cardiac surgeon and work at hospitals in different countries for several years.
Alexa Bolton, Class of 2018, University of Texas at San Antonio
Alexa graduated from William T. Dwyer High School where she excelled in all of her advanced placement courses.
Alexa has been very involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was awarded their Mission Award for her exceptional outreach and advocacy during their fundraising campaign. During this time, Alexa raised over $16,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Alexa will be attending the University of Texas at San Antonio where she will be playing for the women’s soccer team. Alexa’s experience while volunteering has shown her that she wants to choose a profession which emphasizes helping others.