J. Ollie Edmunds Scholars
2016-2017 | Slavina (Sally) Ancheva
Washington-Lee High School
International Baccalaureate Diploma Awarded
Major: International Business
Slavina Ancheva chose to lead through empowering others; whether it was through the most rigorous academic curriculum offered within her high school, on the volleyball court or in one of the organizations she volunteered her time in, Sally empowered her peers to achieve one common goal of success. As co-founder of Maria’s World Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sally spends a month each summer volunteering and bringing supplies and books from the U.S. to Bulgaria helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She held the position of President for her junior and senior years within Best Buddies, an international non-profit organization that promotes friendship and job opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Within her presidency, she led the Washington-Lee High School chapter of Best Buddies to become the “Most Outstanding High School Chapter in the World” in 2015 and was the largest club at Washington-Lee.
Sally attended the West Point Leadership Conference at George Mason University as one of four students selected from Washington Lee High School. She also received the Virginia High School League Academic Excellence Award for maintaining above a GPA of 4.0 while playing a varsity sport in 2014 and 2015. She received the Le Grant Concours Certificat de Reussite for National French Exam Levels 1 through 3 and the Le Grant Concours Certificat d’honneur for the Level 4 National French Examination. Some additional leadership positions she has held while in high school include a member of student council since 10th grade, a Bulgarian Embassy Youth Cultural Representative, Lead Mentor for incoming freshman, and a tutor at school to assist students who needed additional support in class. In addition to everything that Sally was involved in, she also found time to work part time at BUZZ Bakery as a barista.
2015-2016 | Matthew Sweeney
At Maclay High School in Tallahassee, Florida, Matthew served as a leader in the following positions:
- Student Council President
- Honor Council
- Key Club Vice-President
- Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President
- Captain of varsity football
- Captain of varsity soccer
- Captain of varsity tennis
- Interclub Council
- Youth Leadership Tallahassee Class 10
At Stetson, Matthew has wasted no time becoming involved on campus and off. On campus, he spends his time participating in the following activities:
- Stetson Football Team
- Honor System Council
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Catholic Campus Ministries
- Habitat for Humanity
Growing up as the middle of five children, he has always loved working with the children in his community. At Stetson, he has reached out to the Deland community by volunteering at:
- MeStrong 5k
- Starke Elementary
- Boys and Girls Club
- Blue Lake Elementary
- Chisholm Center
Awards and Honors:
In high school, he was honored at the state, regional, district, and school levels and received the following awards:
- Valedictorian of the Maclay Class of 2015
- FHSAA All-State Academic Team
- Best and Brightest Leadership Category Runner-Up
- Amos P. Godby Student-Athlete Award
- Maclay Academic Scholar (Highest Upper School GPA)
- Boyd Award for Outstanding Sophomore at Maclay
- Cum Laude Society
- National Honor Society
- FHSAA 3A All-State First Team Football
- FHSAA All-State Soccer Team
Building the Future:
As of right now, he plans on majoring in mathematics and finance. He plans to attend graduate school and then pursue a career as an actuary.
2014-2015 | Leia Schwartz
Leia Schwartz is passionate about helping others in her community — as evidenced by her more than 5,000 hours of community service.
She's held leadership roles with:
- the American Lung Association
- the American Cancer Society
- Miami Children's Hospital
- First Tee Golf Foundation,
- Camp Boggy Creek
- the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council
- and more
A talented singer and songwriter, her songs have won local, state, and international competitions. She was selected to the elite Florida All-State Reading Choir all four years of high school and is the winner of the TV show Musical Genius.
Her experiences with the connection between music and health inspired her to found Healing Harmonies — a community outreach program dedicated to "healing through the arts" and "changing lives one note at a time."
Awards and Honors
Leia has been honored with many of the nation's top awards, including:
- Coca-Cola Scholar
- National AP Scholar
- First Tee Scholar
- Burger King Scholar
- Prudential Spirit of Community
- the President's Volunteer Service Award
- National Federation of High School Associations Heart of the Arts award
Leia was also named All-Dade Scholar Athlete, and was inducted into the Miami-Dade Youth Hall of Fame.
Building on the Past, Looking Toward the Future
Leia made a great impact at Coral Reef High School where she was active in student government, inducted into five honor societies, served as vice president of the chorus as well as captain of the varsity golf, swim, bowling and geography teams.
She graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA — having taken all honors and AP classes. Leia's teachers described her as "enterprising, dedicated, expressive, witty, and assertive — all the attributes needed to be a dynamic force on the college campus."
She will be pursuing a double major in music and communications and media studies at Stetson University.
2013-2014 | Kyle Edgar
Born to a military father and a Canadian mother, this dual-national lived outside of the United States for a third of his life. His unique perspective on the world has inclined him to enjoy life to its fullest — participating in:
- varsity sports
- Future Business Leaders of America
- National Honor Society
- school yearbook
- Junior Class Vice President for his school's student government
Edgar recently played an instrumental role as a state leader in the State Leadership Conference for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe Future Business Leaders of America.
During the event, one of the coordinators stated that whenever he saw Edgar,
"He had a smile on his face and was actively working on some task. This was indicative of his willingness to serve in any capacity. In my opinion, he is an excellent candidate, of high moral character, with an outstanding view of the world."
Athlete and Scholar
Currently, Edgar competes on the varsity football team and is studying in the Discovery Program.
2012-2013 | Daniel Humphrey, Jaime Fields
A true leader among his peers and community, Daniel Humphrey embraces the challenge and hard work behind the many leadership roles he holds both in his high school and community.
Graduating valedictorian from Reading High School (outside of Cincinnati, Ohio), Humphrey was elected as class president in each of his four years of high school and was also the president of Key Club and STAR Soccer Club.
Moreover, Humphrey was team captain of his varsity soccer team and varsity mock trial team that ranked in the top 32 in the state out of more than 400 teams.
He also played an active role in:
- the National Honor Society
- Big Brother Big Sister
- Concert Choir
- school newspaper
Humphrey started a chapter of Unified for UNIFAT at his high school — a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the destitute children in Gulu, Uganda.
Active on Campus
Humphrey has successfully started a competitive mock trial team here at Stetson University. Under Humphrey's leadership, the team has competed around the nation taking over 10 trophies home in three years. The team most recently qualified and competed at the Opening Round Championship Series of the American Mock Trial Association and beat Florida State University at that tournament. However, Humphrey's involvement on campus does not stop there, as he is a member of the Student Honor Council and of the Sigma Nu fraternity. Mr. Humphrey has held numerous positions in his fraternity, including an appointment to his National Board of Directors.
Finally, Humphrey has been an advocate for his peers through the Student Government Association, where he was elected Vice-President.
While some students are content to succeed with individual honors, Jaime Fields works to benefit others as well, by assisting in the overall success of other students. Leadership is a natural characteristic for her, whether it is in the classroom, with her peers, or in the heat of competition.
Fields' impact has been felt by the various clubs, teams, and organizations in which she has participated. She is involved on campus as:
- President of American Chemical Society student chapter
- A member of the Honor System Council
- A member of the Women's club soccer team
- A tutor at the writing center
- A Stetson Peer Instructor of Organic Chemistry
- A F.O.C.U.S. orientation leader
- A national member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honors Society
She also participated in a Global Medical Brigade to provide medical care for a community in rural Panama, completed a summer research project on Maya medicine in Mexico, participated in a healthcare oriented study abroad program in Santiago, Chile, and spent a semester abroad at Oxford University studying physical chemistry and biostatistics.
Fields remains active as a competitive freestyle kiteboarder, competing throughout the nation since 2008. Recently, she has been competing in collegiate kiteboarding competitions throughout the state of Florida.