Ciara Ordner, NHS, Named District’s Sunshine State Scholar

Ciara Ordner, a junior at Niceville High School, has been named the Sunshine State Scholar for Okaloosa County for 2013. 

The Sunshine State Scholars program recognizes Florida's top 11th grade students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Each district high school is invited to select one junior, distinguished in both mathematics and science. The goal of the program is to increase the number of students with outstanding mathematics and science credentials who choose to stay in Florida for their postsecondary education. The program also introduces the students to the vast array of STEM career opportunities available in their home state. 

Ordner was nominated by the Science and Mathematics departments at Niceville High School. 

“Ciara is an outstanding young lady,” said Regina Gaskin, Niceville High School Science Instructor. “She is co-captain of the Academic Team, a member of the NaGISA program and vice president of Key Club. Ciara is an excellent representative for STEM, as well as a leader at NHS.”  

Ordner, her parents, and a science or mathematics teacher of her choice, will be invited to attend the 2013 Sunshine State Scholars program, hosted by the Florida Education Foundation, in Orlando, Florida in February 2013. Here students will be recognized for their academic achievements, have the opportunity to talk to STEM industry leaders about potential careers and internships, and will meet with recruiters from Florida’s colleges and universities to learn about programs of study and available scholarships.

Photo above, left to right:  Marcus Chambers, NHS Principal; Shawnea Tallman, OCSD Science Specialist; Ciara Ordner; and Debbie Davis, OCSD Math Specialist.

Ciara Ordner shares her District Sunshine State Scholar certificate
with NHS Science Teacher Regina Gaskin and classmates.