Brevard County High School Seniors on the Road to Success

As the class of 2011 prepares to enter the college world we would like to take a moment to celebrate some of the local remarkable seniors. This year, the students told us about their favorite memories and what their plans are as they prepare for the next step in their journey. Their many accomplishments include athletic triumphs, aid trips to Africa, hundreds of hours of community service and extraordinary musical pursuits while still being able to achieve stellar academic feats.

We asked guidance counselors and our Facebook fans to nominate outstanding seniors to SpaceCoast Living for consideration, here are a few of them

To all the members of the Class of 2011- graduation is not the end, it is just the beginning, and we wish you the best of luck!

Kevin Hogue

Astronaut High School

Kevin Hogue plans to study sports medicine when he attends Florida State University after graduating from Astronaut High School. “This is my dream job because I love sports and everything about them.” As captain of the varsity football team, he believes his biggest accomplishment is being a successful scholar and athlete. “The combination of mental and physical abilities took a lot of hard work and determination.”

Katelyn Boyd

Titusville High School

Katelyn is committed to her academic pursuits as well as sports and demonstrated leadership abilities through five club and activities on campus. She has also participated in twenty community service projects through school and her church accumulating over 300 hours. She was also selected as the senior homecoming queen. Katelyn plans to study psychology, Christian counseling or church ministry after graduating.

Timothy Bedard

Satellite High School

Timothy plans to attend Penn State after graduation and study music performance. He then plans to attend law school.  His biggest accomplishment he believes is earning the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. He plays the principal French horn in the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, served as the student body president and is a member of the tennis team.

Olivia Berry

Merritt Island High School

As a devoted soccer player at the high school and club level, Olivia still maintained a balance between her athletic pursuits and her schoolwork. She lettered in AP chemistry, earned a spot on the academic honor roll and was a member of the 4A Girls’ soccer state champions in 2009-10. Olivia says her parents have been the most influence on her. “Both my mom and my dad have supported me 100 percent in everything that I’ve done.”

Jordan Billinger

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

After graduating Jordan plans to pursue a career in either medicine or engineering. Besides being recognized as an outstanding leader at his school he also excels athletically, earning varsity letters in both basketball and track. His greatest memory is his varsity’s basketball team first district championship game. He has been accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Aurora Filipski

Melbourne High School

Aurora’s dream is to one day become a news anchorwoman on a major television network. “I have a passion for public speaking and love the rush of being in front of the camera!” She has performed in various theatrical productions, including the lead in “Hairspray!” is a member of the TV productions crew and served as student body president.

Kaylee McCallan

Viera High School

Kaylee’s notes her scholarship to Gardner Webb University in Boiling Spring, NC as her biggest accomplishment. “It is a huge reward for all my hard work in the pool and at school,” Kaylee says. As a senior she was a double event champ at Space Coast Conference, triple event champ at districts and top 8 finalist at state in both backstroke and butterfly.

Logan McLaughlin

Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School

Logan has received both the George C. Marshall award for leadership and the General Douglas McArthur award for academics. He served as the Army JROTC Leadership team captain that placed 5th internationally in Washington D.C. He is the Battalion Commander of his JROTC unit. He plans to study chemical engineering and one day make “breakthroughs in the area of cybernetics.”

Jasmine Jordan

Eau Gallie High School

While Jasmine Jordan’s list of extracurricular activities vary from SADD (Students Against Destructive Decision-Making) to National Honor Society, Jasmine still finds time to be successful at her coursework at Eau GAllie High School. Her favorite high school memory is visiting New York City with her drama class. “We were able to see Broadway shows and go to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.”

Nick Gavin

Florida Air Academy

Deborah Dwight who nominated Nick said that “Nick perfectly embodies the spirit and goals of our school: academic achievement, leadership, citizenship and athletics.” His accomplishments include valedictorian, senior class president, year book editor for three years, wing commander highest possible rank for students, 2010 district champion in swim, captain of the surf team and academic team, AP scholar with distinction, among many others.

Carolyn Shuford

Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School

After graduation Carolyn Shuford hopes to study computer science and would love to intern at Google. As a member of choir since seventh grade she feels her biggest accomplishment has been being selected for the Florida All-State Women’s Choir. “I view this success as an indication of how far I’ve come in both confidence and musical ability since my start in the program.”

Daniel Urban

West Shore High School

Daniel’s achievements include balancing a busy schedule of eleven college courses, playing competitive soccer and other multiple extracurricular activities while still maintaining a 3.92 unweighted GPA.  He is also a member of the varsity soccer team at West Shore and the team had its best regular season record in the county, “I owe it to my team and my coach for making me stronger and more determined.”

Kaila Skanes

Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School

As a member of the high school marching band for four years, Kaila’s best memories have been at Friday night football games with the band. “I loved the excitement I felt from marching on the field as part of the drumline to being on the podium conducting the band.” She plans to study the French language and “travel the world to communicate with people of a different culture and nationality than I have.”

Andrew Harn

Bayside High School

Andrew will graduate with his associate’s of arts degree from BCC, an Advanced Placement diploma, and top honors in the school’s engineering academy. He hopes to study computer science and become a software engineer. His biggest accomplishment has been placing in the top four in the States Mathcounts competition and qualifying for the national competition in Dallas.

Adam Albright

Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School

As a member of the first graduating Space, Technology, Engineering, Aerospace and Manufacturing (STEAM) academy class, Adam Albright believes his nomination from Suzanne Kosmas for the United States Air Force Academy as his biggest accomplishment so far.  He has also volunteered many hours to tutoring students in his school who are struggling with mathematics and maintained a 3.7 GPA.

Jason McKibben

Eau Gallie High School

Jason McKibben believes his greatest accomplishment is earning the most AICE Cambridge AP credits in Florida’s history, 15. He plans to study international studies and then attend law school and become an attorney, judge, diplomat or congressman. He is the class president and the recipient of the Florida Association of Gifted Scobee scholarship. He volunteers in many aspects including Relay for Life and tutoring.

Terry Woxberg Jr.

Cocoa High School

Terry Woxberg Jr. is valedictorian of the class of 2011. He is a varsity athlete including baseball, football and wrestling. He plans to attend the United States Naval Academy and major in mechanical engineering. After graduation he plans to attend flight school and become a naval aviator. “The challenge and thrill the occupation carries appeals to me. Most importantly, I like to know that I am serving my country and protecting the liberties I love.”

Allison Cobb

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy

Ali is another well-rounded student who excels in a mixture of academics, athletics, and community service. She earned letters in cross country, track and soccer for several years. Her best memory is winning the state cross country title in 2009.  “We were not expected to win, but we pulled it off and surprised everyone.” She was also selected to attend several leadership trainings including the J. Kyle Braid Leadership program.

Lauren Woodbridge

Satellite High School

Lauren is a senior at Satellite as well as a freshman early admission student at the University of South Florida where she studies computer science in the college of engineering. She plans to pursue the five year degree track and graduate with a master in 2015. She is already an officer of the USF student academic organization LogikLabs and a volunteer for the USF engineering expo.

Bernie Clevens

Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School

For two weeks Bernie Clevens served as a volunteer in Singida, Tanzania with Outreach Africa. His work included serving at the local feeding center and at the hospital. Bernie counts his time there to be the most rewarding experience of his life, “I am still shocked at the hardships that the people of Singida face. Their patience, compassion and pain tolerance is incredible.”

Trevor Tezel

Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School

Trevor’s biggest accomplishment so far has been revitalizing the Cocoa Beach SGA through reformed elections, reintroduction of the Inter-Club Council and expansion of student membership/roles on the school advisory council. Trevor credits his dad as his biggest influence, “he taught me the importance of hard work, critical thinking and how to handle all of life’s obstacles through his instruction and example.”

Erin Russell

Melbourne Central Catholic High School

Erin’s best high school memory was being named the 2010 Homecoming queen. “There was so much anticipation standing on the field with eight other classmates while waiting to hear the winner. After my name was announced, you couldn’t slap the smile off my face for weeks!”  Erin hasn’t decided what she plans to study but has narrowed it down to communications, athletic training or environmental sciences.

James Johnson

Palm Bay High School

As the commander for the Marine Corp. JROTC at his school, he works with 68 first year cadets developing his natural leadership skills. He is a member of the Boy Scouts and has achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout. He also tutors and volunteers with Club Esteem. James will continue his education at Florida A&M University where he plans to study business administration and criminal justice.