Duke Tip Award Winners

pictured are this years awardees:

Esteban, Ava, Frankie, Sophia, Keira, Mrs. Trent

Students receive money for college thru two different opportunities.

  • The Charlotte Rafferty Scholarship, awarded to high school seniors who graduated from Edison Park.
  • The Dr. Ben Carson Scholarship, awarded to a current 4th or 5th grade student.

Charlotte Rafferty Scholarship

The Charlotte Rafferty Scholarship Recipients for 2015-16 school year are: Jacob Budreau, Nina Griffith, Kaelyn Howerton, Alexander Maile, Hunter Paige, Alexis Slobodzian, Sarah VanBuskirk, Megan Winfree and Maddie Wise

About Jacob Budreau

Jacob is a senior at Cypress Lake Center for the Arts. He is currently a member of the national honor society, and the national thespian society. He is actively involved in the theatre and vocal departments at Cypress Lake. Recently he and the A Capella group, TAG, traveled to New York City where they competed and ranked fourth in the nation. Jacob plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University where he will major in Marine Science.

About Nina Griffith

Nina is currently a senior at Classical Christian Academy. Nina is a gifted musician playing both the violin and guitar, and is the worship leader in her youth group. She has volunteered at the Sydney and Berne Davis Art Center as the President of the Junior Board of Directors. She has traveled to Robbinsville, North Carolina for the past 2 years where she helped in the community. This past spring break, Nina volunteered in Montego Bay, Jamaica with her youth group and lived in the Robin’s Nest Children’s Home orphanage to help and love on the children there! Nina will attend the University of Alabama with a major in telecommunications and film! 

About Kaelyn Howerton

Kaelyn is currently a senior at North Fort Myers High School. She has taken AICE, AP and Dual Enrollment classes throughout her years at North. She is currently a varsity cheerleader, has participated in classes for Digital Design, and has been a member of the Dance Department for the last 4 years.  She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club, and Dance Club. Kaelyn has volunteered many hours to her community as well as participated in mission trips with her church youth group.  Kaelyn will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall.

About Alex Maile

Alex is a senior at Fort Myers High School. He has volunteered with outreach events in neighborhoods, labored at mission trips, and helped with vacation bible school as well as being a youth counselor for a summer biology camp. He has performed in several children’s plays in town as well. Alex has earned his Eagle Scout award while revitalizing a butterfly garden as Littleton Elementary. He will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall where he will major in marketing and minor in digital design.

About Hunter Paige

Hunter is a senior at Fort Myers High School where he will receive his International Baccalaureate high school diploma. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Science Club and Science National Honor Society, Math Club and Math Honor Society, the Health Occupation Students of America, and has been an Eagle Scout recipient.  He has volunteered on several mission trips in Atlanta and Savannah. Hunter will attend the University of Central Florida in the fall where he will major in biology and psychology.

About Alexis Slobodzian

Alexis is a senior at Fort Myers High School where she will receive her International Baccalaureate diploma. She is the president of the Save What’s Left Club, a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, and Rho Kappa. Alexis has volunteered for over 300 hours with the Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, YMCA, and Youth Works. Alexis will attend Florida Gulf Coast University where she will pursue a degree in environmental engineering.

About Sarah VanBuskirk

Sarah attends North Fort Myers High School. She is actively involved in many school activities including National Honor Society, the dance program for 4 years and has been a cheerleader for 2 years. Sarah plays a part in her community by serving as the Red Cross Club president and volunteering with the American Cancer Society. She plans to attend college at the University of South Florida where she will major in nursing.

About Megan Winfree

Megan is currently in the top 10% of her graduating class at North Fort Myers High School and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is also involved in the Future Educators of America, Vice President of the Red Cross Club, and the North Fort Myers cheerleading squad where she was the recipient of the Awesome Attitude award! Megan will be receiving her AICE Diploma with Merit this fall and plans to attend college at the University of Florida.

About Maddie Wise

Maddie is a senior at Fort Myers High School, is a varsity cheerleader and the senior class President. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National History Honor Society, Key Club, Young Life of Lee County, and the Student Government Association. Maddie has volunteered at the Alliance of the Arts as a summer camp counselor and has been a Big Sister to two freshman cheerleaders.  Maddie will attend the University of Florida and dreams of becoming a high school teacher!

Ben Carson Scholarship

Our Ben Carson Scholarship Recipient for 2015-16 is Ashley Buckley.

Announcing The Ben Carson Foundation Scholarship

Dr. and Mrs. John Sheppard endowed Edison Park with a donation of $30,000 for college scholarships. Each year the scholarship recipient will be sent a letter reporting how much their scholarship has grown. Recipients can re-apply up to 5 more times throughout middle and high school.

Each year a committee of teachers and the principal will select 3 scholars from 4th or 5th grade who demonstrate academic excellence and a strong commitment to their community. The 3 scholars send an application with an essay to the Carson Foundation in Maryland. One student is selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to be invested to their college fund.

The winner will be honored at a banquet with winners from other schools. Recipients will receive a gold medal, money held in a scholarship fund and their name added to trophy to be kept at Edison Park. To be a Carson Scholar is an amazing honor.

Ashley is a recipient of the Star Student Award, and received recognition for having perfect attendance and earning honor roll status. At school, Ashley is captain of the Safety Patrol Team and is a dedicated library assistant. She loves to relax by baking, cooking, playing the violin and singing. Ashley enjoys reading fiction and nonfiction books, which spurs her imagination while dreaming of new adventures. Ashley was the only student selected to represent her school for the 2016 Florida Music Educators Association All-State Orff Ensemble.