Kathryn Abely will be going to Davidson College, where she’ll be studying biology before studying to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. Abely said she’s always wanted to do something involving children.
Sara Bartlett will be going to Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where she’ll study social entrepreneurship. Bartlett spent eight days last summer in the village of Pacaya in Guatemala, teaching a sewing class.
Everett Christian is headed to the University of Florida to study either mechanical or civil engineering. He dreams of creating parts for cars but also has an interest in building environmentally friendly homes or transportation.
Julia Finfrock plans to attend Vanderbilt’s engineering school and possibly work at her family’s engineering firm.
“I’ve always loved problem-solving and I loved building things when I was little,” Finfrock said.
Ansley Fleming will be going to Clemson University, where she’ll be studying accounting. She’s always had a passion for math, and when she’s not solving equations you can find Fleming at the softball field.
Lawson Hefler is headed to the University of Florida, where he’s considering studying civil or industrial engineering. Hefler said he doesn’t have a dream job but instead wants to keep his options open.
Hana Herndon will be running cross country and track next year at Georgia Tech after a decorated four years at Winter Park High School, where she helped capture multiple state championships. She plans to study civil engineering.
Ryan Kainz hopes to get into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis but is also considering either Richmond, Wake Forest, Florida or Florida State. He hopes to study economics or political science before studying law.
Courtney Larson will be going to Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She’s looking to pursue research in biomedical engineering but possibly another interest: creative writing.
Rebecca Michel plans to attend the University of Florida. She’s undecided on her major but wants to pursue possibly engineering or the medical field.
“It would be really cool to be an engineer at Disney,” Michel said.
Taylor Pearson said she hasn’t decided where she’s going yet for college, but she’s between University of Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgetown and University of Virginia. She dreams of being a business owner or politician.
Nicole Sarna is still deciding between Georgia Tech and the University of Florida, but she looks to study biomedical engineering.
“My mom is an engineer, so I’ve always had the idea of being an engineer in my mind," she said.
Julia Story will be studying accounting at University of Florida next year. Story hopes to use that degree to one day become a CEO and become her own boss.
“If you have a background in [accounting], you can do anything."
Judin Thomas plans to attend the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He has an interest in investment banking.
“I like the idea of this whole system that’s created basically out of nothing,” Thomas said.
Stuart Thomas will be attend the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, to study mathematics. Math is everywhere, Thomas said, because every field of science runs on math. He hopes to teach math at Rollins College.
Iolanda Weidgenant will be attending Johns Hopkins University in the fall to study biology. Growing up in Brazil, Weidgenant remembers petting dogs wandering in the streets, sparking a passion and sympathy for animals.
Tim Freed is the Managing Editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. He previously spent six years covering the Winter Park/Maitland area and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....