J. Ollie Edmunds Scholars

Edmunds Scholar, Adrian Vargas

Tradition Preparatory High School
Port St. Lucie, FL
Intended Major:
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Minor: Theatre 
 

High School Involvement:

  • Representative Student Government - Senior/Junior 2024-2023
  • President of Students for Change  - Senior/Junior/Sophomore 2024  - 2022
  • Participated as the Lead for the school musical ‘Grease’ - Spring Semester/Senior 2024 
  • Participated as the Lead for the school musical ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ - Spring Semester/Senior 2024
  • Participated as Lead for the school musical ‘Tick Tick…Boom’ - Fall Semester/ Senior 2024 
  • John Hopkins University Summer High School Program “Advanced Medical Program” partnered through Envision - Summer Junior Year 2023
  • Attended the National Academy of Future Physicians in Boston Massachusetts, - Summer Junior year 2023
  • Participated as Lead for the school musical ‘In the Heights’ - Spring Semester/Junior 2023
  • High School Baseball Team -  Pitcher/ Outfielder - Spring Semester/ Junior and  Sophomore Years 2023 - 2022
  • High School Ambassador - Assisted in High School guided tours, Welcome Greeter for events, and collaborated with teachers and admin to create curriculum-based folders. Junior and Sophomore 2023 - 2022
  • Vice President of Student Government - Sophomore year 2022
  • Participated in Glee and Choir - Sophomore year 2022
  • Participated as Lead for the school musical ‘Footloose’ - Spring Semester/Sophomore 2022
  • Cleveland Clinic “Shadowing Student Program” - Completion of 20 hours - Junior Year 2023
  • Summer Research Internship Florida International University (FIU) Center for Translation Science - Summer 2022 

Community Involvement: 

  • Organized and Implemented buddy walks throughout the year during the holidays at the Assisted Living Home called the Brednity. Senior, Junior, and Sophomore years. 2024 -2022
  • Participated in the theater crew design team that created and constricted theater background sets and a 150-box seating area. Senior, Junior, and Sophomore years. 2024- 2022
  • Helped organize school social dances in Senior, Junior, and Sophomore years. 2024-2022 
  • In charge of  Snack Cart Fundraiser Junior and Sophomore year. 2023-2022
  • Coordinated and organized the distribution of gifts at a local church called Christ Fellowship to children of incarcerated parents. Sophomore Year. 2022 

Awards and Honors: 

  • National Honor Society - (10-12th Grade)
  • National Honor Society for High School Scholars - (9-12th Grade)
  • Academic A & B Honor Roll - (10-12th Grade)
  • National Academy of Future of Physician Certificate -  (11th Grade) 
  • Certificate of Achievement from Envision by WorldStrides - (11th Grade)
  • Certificate in Immersion in Medicine Program 40 hours- (11th Grade)
  • Certificate in Basic Life Saving (BLS) Techniques Course -  (11th Grade)
  • Certificate in Control Bleeding Course - (11th Grade)
  • Academic Student Pirate of the Year - (10th Grade)

Edmunds Scholar, Natalie McCoy

Circle Christian School
Winter Park, Florida

Intended Major: English 
Minors: Philosophy and Music

High School Involvement:

  •  Lead Performer and Vocal Section Leader for Circle Theatre Company
  • Vocalist and Worship Leader for schoolwide student-led worship events
  • Track and Field Varsity Letterman; competed in long jump, 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4x100-meter relay 
  • Student Editor for schoolwide newsletter, yearbook, and teacher presentations
  • Set and Prop Designer for Circle Theatre Company
  • Guest Student Educator and Backstage Assistant for Circle Theatre Kids

Community Involvement:

Professional Development and Work Experience:

  • Co-Founder and Managing Member of CJNR Productions, LLC
  • Songwriter, Lyricist, Vocalist, Instrumentalist, and Producer for CJNR Productions, LLC’s recording artist, “Colin James and Natalie Reese” 
  • Contracted Content Provider for Google, LLC
  • Recording Artist for Chuck Swindoll’s “Insight for Living Radio Broadcast: Paws & Tales” children's ministry series
  • Recording Artist for Sockeye Media, LLC’s “Mother Goose Club” children's educational series

Volunteer Experience:

  • Student Devotional Writer for Orange Students reThink Group Inc.’s middle and high school curriculum featured on the “Bible App”
  • Author, Poet, Devotional Writer, Photographer, and Illustrator for “The GM,” a quarterly publication
  • Visiting Musical Artist at Alliance Community Retirement Home
  • Vocalist and Worship Leader at City Awakening Church
  • Vocalist and Worship Leader for the youth group at Journey Church

Awards and Honors:

  • Three-year High School Graduate and Honors Diploma Recipient
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement – College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program
  • Outstanding Lead Performer Award, Honourable Mention, as Linda Mason in “Holiday Inn” – Dr. Phillips Centre Applause Awards
  • Outstanding Lead Performer Award, as Virginia in “Yes, Virginia” – Circle Theatre Company
  • Mighty in Spirit Athletic Award – Circle Christian School Track & Field

Edmunds Scholar, Sara Ward

Lyman High School
Longwood, Florida
Major: Communication and Media Studies
Minors: Journalism, Human Resources Management

Campus Involvement:

  • Honors Program
  • The Reporter | Executive Editor
  • Alpha Chi Omega | Secretary/CRSB at Large
  • Omicron Delta Kappa 
  • Alpha Alpha Alpha First Generation Honor Society
  • FOCUS Leader

Community Involvement:

  • Domestic Abuse Council
  • Starbucks Partner

Awards and Honors:

  • Student Press Law Center Inaugural Student Press Freedom Award
  • News For You By You: The West Volusia Beacon Inaugural Journalism Competition | 3rd Place College Division
  • Hatter Network Writer of the Year 2023-2024

Edmunds Scholar, Temiloluwa Adediji

Edgewood High School
Edgewood, Maryland
Major: Political Science

Campus Involvement:

  • Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law Fraternity)
  • Black Student Union 
  • Opening and Closing Attorney - Mock Trial
  • Online Student Ambassador 
  • Honors Program 

Community Involvement:

  • Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida 

Summer 2024 Plans:

  • Legal Internship at Kuehne Davis Law, P.A.
    Registered Behavioral Technician Certification  

Edmunds Scholar, Wyatt Hammerle

DeLand High School
Lake Helen, FL
Major: History (Pre-Law)
Minor: International Studies

Campus Involvement:

  • President of Club Aikido
  • Model United Nations
  • Will be Vice President of the new Super Smash Bros Club (SSUB Club)
  • Assisted with the Students v Staff softball game with the Club Sports department

Community Involvement:

  • Raises alpacas; runs his own alpaca fiber production operation

Summer 2024 Plans:

  • Will study abroad in a course about the English historical landscape

Edmunds Scholar, Sarah Tunnell

Darlington School
Rome, GA
Intended Major: Biology

Campus Involvement:

  • Zeta Tau Alpha - Vice President I: Director of Programming
  • Club Volleyball - Director of Operations 
  • Honors Program 
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity 
  • Rho Lambda National Sorority Leadership Society 
  • Order of Omega Leadership Honors Society - Treasurer 
  • Stetson University Athletics Department Tutor 
  • FOCUS Orientation Leader

Edmunds Scholar, Bella Grace Parker

Newnan High School
Newnan, Georgia
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Minors: Health Sciences, Community Engagement

University Honors Program

Campus Involvement:

  • Bonner Program
  • Honor System Council
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, Co-President
  • Student Peer Instructor (SPI), Biology
  • NSF S-STEM Scholar Peer Mentor
  • Tri Beta Biology Honor Society
  • Tri Delta Sorority

Community Involvement:

  • Lacey Family/Spring Hill Boys and Girls Club
  • River2SeaLoop 

Summer 2024 Plans:

  • Accepted to Emory University's SURE program where I will be conducting immunology research on antibiotic resistance in gram negative bacteria

Edmunds Scholar, Sugeeth Sathish

James Madison Memorial High School
Madison, WI
Major: Economics, Finance, Accounting
Minor: Applied Statistics
University Honors Program

Campus Involvement:

  • Chief Investment Officer of the Roland George Investment Program
  • Environmental Fellow
  • Finance Tutor

Summer 2024 Plans:

  • Investment Banking Summer Analyst at Goldman Sachs