Alex Hopkins, FWBHS, Named Okaloosa County Sunshine State Scholar

Alex Hopkins, Fort Walton Beach High School, has been named Okaloosa County’s Sunshine State Scholar.  Austin Music, Choctawhatchee High School was named runner-up.

Organized in 1997, the Sunshine State Scholars program allows school districts throughout Florida to select their top 11th grade student in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based on established criteria.  The Scholars will convene in Orlando on February 19th to receive recognition for their achievements. 

“These Scholars, along with their parents and teachers, will discover special programs of study and internship opportunities, hear inspiring words from Florida’s STEM industry leaders, and encounter some of the latest innovations and discoveries in STEM-related research,” said Pam Stewart, State of Florida Commissioner of Education.  “More importantly, they will gain first-hand knowledge of why Florida is the best place to learn and purse a fulfilling career.”

The Sunshine State Scholars program is a collaboration among the Florida Education Foundation, the Florida Department of Education, the Division of Florida Colleges, and the State University System of Florida.

To read Alex’s Essay, please click here.

To learn more about the Sunshine State Scholars program, visit their website at

Alex Hopkins, Fort Walton Beach HS

Austin Music, Choctawhatchee HS