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Orlando Family Stars August 2017

Spotlighting exceptional students, student athletes, educators and all-around boons to Greater Orlando

Star Student: Brooke Worthington

Winter Park High School valedictorian Brooke Worthington graduated with a 4.97 GPA and was the recipient of multiple scholarships this year. Worthington was also a member of four honor societies, completed more than 300 hours of community service, and was the founder and editor of Park Prints, a magazine that she built from the ground up for her high school.

Star Student: Siyona Mishra

Seminole Science Charter School eighth-grader Siyona Mishra won this year’s Orlando Sentinel Spelling Bee and competed at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., on May 31. One of 40 finalists for the competition, Mishra was eliminated in the fifth round on the word “Corriedale.”

Star Student: Jaclyn Grimm

Lake Highland Preparatory School Senior Jaclyn Grimm was awarded Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for the Southeast region. All seven of her submissions received accolades, with two winning Gold Keys and advancing to nationals. Scholastic is one of the longest running competitive programs and reviews several hundreds of thousands of submissions annually.

Star Student: Nia Jones

Orlando Science High School junior Nia Jones was the president of the Key Club and 2016-2017’s winner of the Kiwanis Student of the Year award. The Kiwanis Club is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through specialized services. Jones worked tirelessly to serve her community and was one of only 20 individuals to receive this award.

Star Student: Victoria Mei Ashton

Local young talent Victoria Mei Ashton has been selected to visit London for the second time this summer as part of the U.K.’s premier theater program, Westend Stage. She will attend a showing of Wicked, train at the Guildhall School of Music and Dance, and perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre in West End.

Star Students: St. James Cathedral Students

St. James Cathedral’s students hosted the fundraising program Boosterthon for their Giveback Day and helped prepare more than 5,000 meals for needy families in the greater Orlando area. Meals were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and will be instrumental in helping our local community.

Each month, Stars features exceptional students, student athletes, educators and all-around boons to the Greater Orlando area. Know a Star? Submit your nominees to

This article originally appeared in Orlando Family Magazine’s August 2017 issue.

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