Take Stock in Children Appreciation

Twenty-three graduating high school seniors and their mentors were honored by Take Stock in Children on June 2.

Take Stock in Children’s 23 graduating high school seniors and their mentors were honored at the annual Mentor Appreciation and Senior Recognition Night on June 2 at the Hotel Jacaranda in Avon Park.

The TSIC graduates in attendance were:

  • Avon Park High School – Lacey Coleman and Rachel Gaidos
  • Sebring High School – Nathaniel Acosta, Kayla Bowen, Matthew Brown, Krystal Dombroski, and Sean Harrison
  • Lake Placid High School – Brittany Fraginals, Alexis Merlo, Devany Moore, and Alex Velazquez
  • DeSoto High School – Manolo Mejia, Amber Reid, and Alondra Morales
  • Hardee High School – Pagou Vue, Abigail Vargas, Angelica Montanez, and Julian Galvez

The graduates had an average weighed grade-point average of 4.33, and 10 were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class. Altogether, they completed 300 dual enrollment college credits. 

TSIC is a statewide program that provides college scholarships to at-risk middle students who agree to remain drug-free, stay out of trouble with the law, and maintain satisfactory grades throughout high school. Students are matched with mentors who meet with them regularly and help them prepare for college. The South Florida State College Foundation is the lead agency for TSIC in DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands County. Since 2000, 363 students have graduated from the local TSIC program.

For more information about TSIC, visit the SFSC Foundation on the web at  or call 453-3133.