J. Ollie Edmunds Scholars
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
- Prude ntial 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, Jamie 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 most destitute children in Gulu, Uganda.
Active on Campus
He is currently in the process of creating a competitive mock trial team here at Stetson University, but his involvement on campus does not stop there, as he is a member of the Student Honor Council and of the Sigma Nu fraternity, where he has already assumed the roles of philanthropy chairman and social media chairman.
Furthermore, Humphrey is currently joining with other students to create a Global Micro-Finance Brigade on campus.
While some students are content to succeed with individual honors, Jaime Fields works to benefit others as well, and assist 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 has:
- risen to the top of her class
- became editor of her high school newspaper
- achieved a number two national ranking as a freestyle kite boarder
A natural leader who feels that her greatest strength is to push herself, fellow classmates and those who surround her to achieve their best, Fields has pushed the boundaries of her abilities as well as those of her teammates, classmates and friends.
Fields' impact has been felt by the various clubs, teams, and organizations in which she has participated. These include:
- the National Honor Society
- Spanish National Honor Society
- National Art Honor Society
- editor of the Trojan Times
- Key Club
- D.A.R.E. Role Model
- Science Explorers
- varsity soccer
- varsity volleyball
Since beginning at Stetson University, Fields has been active as:
- a member of Honor System Council
- a leader of F.O.C.U.S. orientation
- a member of the new women's club soccer team
- a tutor at the writing center
- an officer of the Pre-Med club, AMSA
She also recently participated in a Global Medical Brigade to provide medical care for a community in rural Panama, and completed a summer research project on Maya medicine in Mexico.
Building the Future
2011-2012 | Michaela Kearney
An intensely involved student athlete, Michaela Kearney graduated from Centennial High School in Champaign, Illinois with the highest scholastic honors of her class.
Also an athlete, she played on the varsity girls' tennis team, and was involved in the Champaign Ballet Academy.
Kearney has appeared in three Stetson University theater productions, has served on the executive board of her sorority and is the vice president of the Panhellenic Council.
She has been inducted into:
- the German honor society
- Delta Phi Alpha
- Omicron Delta Kappa
- Order of Omega
National, Global Community Involvement
Last spring break, she went to Panama with Global Medical Brigades to help rural areas receive medical care. Over the summer, she participated in the Stetson University pre-med internship in DeLand, and then interned in Portland, Oregon.
She also volunteered at a local hospital and taught tennis at the Congressional Summer Assembly.
Building the Future
Kearney is majoring in integrative health science, and plans on going to medical school.