Chamber, West Orange Foundation honor students with education awards

Danniel J. Petro Awards and the S.O.A.R. Awards were presented at a special ceremony.

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Hundreds of students, parents and community leaders attended the West Orange Chamber of Commerce Education Awards to honor students for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Orlando Health, Bright Future Electric and Trophies Unlimited sponsored the event.

Two high school seniors were awarded the Danniel J. Petro Scholarship: Isabella Alves, of Olympia High School, and Stephanie Da Silva, of Windermere High School.

The Danniel J. Petro Scholarship Awards, at $2,500 each, are provided through the West Orange Foundation Inc. and administrated by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. The scholarship fund was established to make it possible for eligible students from local high schools in Orange County (public or private) to further their education at Valencia College, Orange Technical College or the University of Central Florida.

The West Orange Foundation is able to fund the scholarships through the contributions of the Petro Family Foundation.

Nearly 50 students received S.O.A.R. (Students of Achievement and Renown) awards. Students were nominated by their teachers for their academic achievements combined with good citizenship and commitment to personal growth. Students received a medallion compliments of Trophies Unlimited and gift cards to Twistee Treat and Chick-fil-A. 

J.T. McWalters, chairman of the West Orange Chamber board of directors, said, “The most valuable investment we can make in today’s students is education.”



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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