April 2013 Update

April 2013

$1 Million in Scholarships…
Four Florida students have just learned that their lives have been changed forever. Thanks to the generosity of the Leonore Annenberg College Scholarship Fund, these young people will receive four year, all expense paid tuition, book allowance, housing and living expenses to attend the school of their choice. The high school juniors were nominated for the $250,000 scholarships by the Council for Educational Change. An announcement was made on April 17th in New York City.

Payton Kaar is a student at Northeast High School in Broward County who has already demonstrated her abilities in science as a member of the MIT InvenTeam. She also presented her research at the University of Florida’s Science Symposium. In addition to various leadership and volunteer activities, Payton placed second in the 2012 Broward County Science Fair. Payton is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Secretary of the Junior Academy of Science, and Vice President of Key Club. Her goal is to attend Johns Hopkins University and specialize in neo-natal pediatrics.

Isabelle Morris attends H. B. Plant Senior High in Hillsborough County where she is a member of the Spanish and National Honor Societies, the coxswain of the rowing team, and a Concert Master in the orchestra. She volunteers her time and talents as a tutor at local elementary schools, and at a five week remedial reading camp. Her 5.2 grade point average has prepared her for her goal of attending either Emory or Rice Universities to study and conduct research in cognitive psychology.

Isabelle Tersio of Boca Raton Community High School in Palm Beach County is not only an outstanding student, but is active in activities such as the French, Math and National Honor Societies, the Science Olympiad Team, and is on the school’s basketball team. She also plays both the oboe and the saxophone, and volunteers at a child development center, a doctor’s office, and as a basketball coach for special needs students in addition to tutoring her peers. She hopes to attend Johns Hopkins University to become a pediatric surgeon, and one day to work with Doctors Without Borders.

Sean Vennett from Jefferson High School Center for International Studies in Hillsborough County is currently the Student Government Vice President, and during his senior year will be the President. In addition to a 5.1 grade point average, he also is a member of the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow, the Town and Country Youth Council, and Vice President of the Beta Honors Club. He volunteers at a center for the mentally challenged, and will earn his Eagle Scout rank at the completion of his project. He would like to attend Harvard University and ultimately conduct research to cure cancer.

Florida Schools Receive Grants…
The Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children has funded three school grants for $50,000 each for the 2013 - 2014 school year. Grant recipients include Bel-Aire Elementary in Miami-Dade, Charles R. Drew Elementary in Broward, and Lockhart Elementary Magnet School in Hillsborough.

At Bel-Aire, students will utilize a focus on science to improve achievement in science, math, reading, and writing. Charles Drew Elementary will upgrade its media center and literacy materials in support of math and science literacy. At Lockhart Elementary, students will be able to utilize E-readers at one of a number of Literacy Zones around the campus.

Grants are designed to enhance student achievement in these schools. Over the past five years, the Council for Educational Change has nominated nine additional schools to the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children for grants totaling over $700,000. Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director of the Council commented, “The Council for Educational Change is proud to have been the conduit connecting these outstanding scholars and worthy schools with these incredible opportunities. Because of the generosity of the Leonore Annenberg Scholarship and School Funds, lives will be changed.”

Dr. Gail Levin, Director of the Leonore Annenberg Scholarship and School Funds explains, “These awards, which provide timely financial support for individual students and schools, are really investments in human potential, helping to assure a new generation of leaders and engaged citizens." The Leonore Annenberg Scholarship and School Funds, is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. The Funds collaborate with nominating organizations nationwide and do not accept unsolicited requests.

Spotlight On: Ned Shandloff…
Ned Shandloff is the Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee.  He began his affiliation with the Council when he served as the business partner for Coral Gables Senior High School as a part of the Executive PASS program. This partnership was so successful, that the school is now a participant in the PASS program. Ned was instrumental in assisting the principal in organizing an Alumni Association to provide scholarships for students.

As the Senior Vice President External Affairs for BankAtlantic, he brought many of the largest and most profitable high deposit balance and loan customers to the bank, as well as kept current highly profitable customers. He also organized and currently leads three outstanding bank advisory boards in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. He is involved in lobbying that includes determining new legislative initiatives; identifying the best legislative sponsors, obtaining trade group support, and getting legislation passed in the most cost effective manner, as well as monitoring and acting upon proposed legislation.

In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar, he is also a State of Florida Real Estate Associate, and a retired State of Florida Certified Public Accountant.  He is also heavily involved in the top business and education organizations in Palm Beach County.


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Council for Educational Change Board....Florida's Educational Think Tank
Gene E. Marshall, Chair • Charles B. Blumenkamp, Chair-Elect • Dr. Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director
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