Picture of Connor Cleveland, FWBHS, 2017 Okaloosa County Sunshine State Scholar

Connor Cleveland, FWBHS, Named 2017 Okaloosa County Sunshine State Scholar

Connor Cleveland, an eleventh grade student at Fort Walton Beach High School, has been named the 2017 Sunshine State Scholar for Okaloosa County and Camille Miles, an eleventh grade student at Niceville High School, has been named the Sunshine State Scholar Alternate for Okaloosa County.

The Sunshine State Scholars program recognizes Florida's top 11th grade students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Each school district throughout Florida selects its top 11th grade student in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based on established criteria. These Scholars, along with their parents and teachers, convene to receive recognition for their achievements. They also have opportunities to meet with representatives from Florida’s colleges and universities, learn about STEM-related programs of study and internships, and experience why Florida is the best place to learn and pursue an exciting career.

Connor has competed at regional, state and international science fairs.  He attended the ISWEEEP - International Sustainable World - Energy, Engineering, and Environmental Project competition in Houston, Texas in 2015 where he placed fourth, as well as, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) competition in Phoenix, Arizona in 2016 and will be attending the upcoming Intel ISEF in Los Angeles, California this May.  His research has covered prevention of mosquito borne illnesses and the leaching of heavy metal carcinogens from crumb rubber.

Connor is the President of the junior class at Fort Walton Beach High School (FWBHS) and has represented the school as the Homecoming Court Attendant during his freshman, sophomore and junior year.  He is also a three-sport varsity athlete in football, wrestling, and competitive cheerleading.

At FWBHS, Connor is taking classes in the Biomedical Sciences program, as well as, AP Calculus, AP Psychology, and AP Chemistry.  He will complete the four-year biomedical program, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics, and Engineering courses as a senior.  After graduation, he plans to study pharmacy at the University of Florida or Auburn University.

Sunshine State Scholars, their parents, and a science or mathematics teacher of their choice, will be invited to attend the 2017 Sunshine State Scholars program, presented by Lockheed Martin and hosted by the Florida Education Foundation, in Orlando, Florida on May 19-20, 2017.  Here students will be recognized for their academic achievements and have the opportunity to speak with representatives from Florida’s colleges and universities to discuss career and postsecondary opportunities available to them in Florida.

Camille Miles, Niceville High School, Named Alternate Okaloosa County Sunshine State Scholar

Picture of Camille Miles, NHS, Sunshine State Scholar Altermate

Camille Miles, from Niceville High School, was selected as the Okaloosa Alternate Sunshine State Scholar for excelling in STEM related activities. In addition to taking AP math, computer programming, and science classes, Camille has participated in all levels of science fair from regional to state to even international. Last year she placed fourth in her category at Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona with her project titled, "Black Silicon Inflatable Hybrid Solar Power".  Camille was selected again this year to attend Intel's International Science Fair that will be held in Los Angeles, California in May. She plans to attend a Florida university to pursue a career in engineering to one day become an Imagineer for Disney. 

For more information about the program, visit Sunshine State Scholars.