Wakulla High School upcoming senior Faith Carolyne Joiner was honored as Wakulla School District’s 2018 Sunshine State Scholar at a conference in Orlando on May 17 and 18.
The conference, presented by Lockheed Martin, celebrated the accomplishments of Florida’s elite students and provided a unique venue for the state’s colleges, universities and employers to recruit their talents.
Every year, the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation request each Florida school district to recommend one high achieving eleventh grade science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) student to join this prestigious group of peers.
Joiner was chosen because of her outstanding academic record and her interest in math and science.
She started taking high school courses while in middle school and now has a perfect 4.0 unweighted grade point average and a weighted grade point average of 4.47.
Joiner just completed Advanced Placement Calculus 1 and Advanced Placement Biology, plus has taken the Health Science 1 and Health Science 2 courses in the WHS Medical Academy.
Excelling in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment math, science, social studies, English and other courses, she will graduate in 2019 already having earned many college credits.
The purpose of the Sunshine State Scholars event is to show these top performing STEM students what Florida has to offer them in terms of in-state STEM college programs and STEM careers. At the two-day event, over 50 Florida colleges and universities set up booths to show what they have to offer and to recruit these talented students.
Representatives from businesses also attended the event to give the Sunshine State Scholars insights into what career opportunities await those who pursue STEM fields in Florida.
“As one of our own who attended Crawfordville Elementary, Wakulla Middle School, and now Wakulla High School, we are so proud of all that Faith has accomplished and look forward to following her continuing success in a STEM field,” said Superintendent Bobby Pearce.