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The Annual LaWanda K. Smith Scholarship Recipients

The LaWanda K. Smith Scholarship Fund announced the recipients of the 2017 awards to three deserving Astronaut High School students. This scholarship was established as a memorial to LaWanda Karena Smith, who was a 1990 graduate of Astronaut High School.  Ms. Smith was a graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU).  She was employed as a project manager with the National Security Association (NSA) and was pursuing a master’s degree at Loyola University before returning to Florida, where she was employed with North Brevard County Parks and Recreation.  Until her death, she maintained her sincere interest in the academic, social progress and the achievement of the youth and adults with whom she worked. Ms. Conchita Warren, a 1982 Astronaut High School graduate presented the scholarship awards.Each of these three recipients will receive an award of $1,000.

Ms. Kiara Cadore, is the daughter of Tequila Ashley.  Kiara describes herself as hardworking, goal- oriented, a scholar and an athlete.  As a high school freshman, she was accepted into the Health Academy and HOSA-Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America. HOSA is a national career and technical student organization. She aspires to broaden her skills to become a physical therapist.  Ms. Cadore plans to further her professional training at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce.

Terrell Watkins is the son of Althea Watkins.  He is a highly motivated individual who is determined to stay focused as he works to achieve his goals.  Mr. Watkins, an honor student and an athlete, managed to successfully participate in school and community activities.  Terrell was senior class president, an active member of the Student Government Association (SGA) and he was a proud member of the National Honor Society.  Mr. Watkins is confident that he will be successful as he pursues a Mechanical Engineering degree at Florida State University.  In addition, he intends to complete a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida.

Jordan Williams, son of Harvey and Angela Williams, expressed his desire to become a successful attorney. He has accepted the challenge to make his dream become a reality and to make his parents proud.  He is determined to be an inspiration to other young men, by remaining steadfast and prepared.  Mr. Williams plans to further his education at FAMU.

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