May 08--At the start of Wednesday night, 615 Pathfinder Scholarship nominees entered the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts full of anxiety and anticipation.
"I'll feel like I've accomplished climbing Mount Everest if I win," said West Boca Raton'sZachary Winograd, who was a nominee in the Reach for Excellence category.
By the end of the night, 72 finalists in 18 categories had received a total of $207,000 in scholarships, from $4,000 for each winner down to $2,000 for the fourth-place finalists as part of the 31st annual Pathfinders High School Scholarship Awards for Palm Beach and Martin counties.
After a video tribute was played to honor the nominees, the winners were announced.
In their best suits and dresses, they walked on stage to accept their trophies. Tears and smiles filled the faces of the 18 winners as their names were called.
"I feel very grateful for all of it," said G-Star School of the Arts senior Kyle Douglas, who won the Pathfinders Scholarship in the drama category. "It's just something you don't really expect. It's nice to know people think of me as talented."
It's not the first honor Douglas has received, as he was named Critics Choice at Districts for performing a duet scene for Florida Individual Events and scored Superior at Districts for a monologue.
"I've always had a passion for acting," said Douglas, who will attend Southern Methodist University. "But in my sophomore year, I really considered it to be a part of me. I'm very excited. A lot of things have been happening for me."
When the ceremony was over, the feeling of anxiety and anticipation had gone away. Instead, the high school students left the Kravis Center with a feeling of accomplishment.
"It means a lot," Winograd said. "It actually shows me that they care that I got involved in high school rather than fall behind and do nothing."
List of winners
Martin County PRIDE
George Rittersbach; Jensen Beach High School; $500
Kirsten Geirger; Martin County High School; $500
Katie Hatton; South Fork High School; $500
Jake Steinberg; Martin County High School; $500
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Irvine Pecks-Agaya; Lake Worth Christian School; $3,000
Audubon Society of the Everglades
Tanner Waters; Palm Beach Central High School; $3,000
Briana Marie Cox Foundation Scholarship
Esmeralda Prieto; Pahokee High School; $3,000
Executive Women of the Palm Beaches
Heather Boike; Dwyer High School; $3,000
Amanda Nardi; Wellington High School; $3,000
Emily Koger; Jupiter High School; $3,000
Amber Lopez; Spanish River High School; $3,000
Bobby Rauch; Saint Andrew's School; $3,000
Raymond Truong; Atlantic High School; $3,000
South Florida Fair
Jessica Stone; Suncoast High School
SunFest of Palm Beach County
Kevin Gregory; Atlantic High School
Minority Scholarship Program in Journalism
Brianna Milord; Suncoast High; $4,000
Sons & Daughters Scholarship
Riley Burke; The Benjamin School; $2,000
Tyler Fogt; Suncoast High School; $2,000
Emily Larson; Boca Raton High School; $2,000
August Plamann; Atlantic High School; $2,000
Austin Tolley; Park Vista High School; $2,000
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