Take Stock in Children Graduation Ceremony

KEY WEST, FL, May 27, 2016 – The Monroe County Education Foundation will recognize the accomplishments and celebrate the graduation of 42 Take Stock in Children scholars on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. in the Marathon High School auditorium.

This year the commencement speaker will be retired Master Chief Navy SEAL Rick Kaiser who is currently the executive director of the National Navy SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Other speakers and dignitaries include Steve Pribramsky, President of MCEF, Monroe County Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter, and three Take Stock in Children 2016 scholars: Oscar Flores, Eddie Hannah, and Leda Morales-Jerez.

“We’ll be honoring the accomplishments of these dedicated and hard-working students,” Porter said and added, “We look forward to recognizing these 42 talented Monroe County students who will now begin the next phase of their educational journey.”

Pribramksy emphasized, “These scholarships would not be possible without the generosity of our donors who provide an unbelievable opportunity for our economically eligible and academically motivated students to realize their dream of a college education.”

Although the stated mission of Take Stock in Children is to provide students with the financial resources to attend college, the Monroe County Education Foundation board continues to focus on providing students with all tools and skills necessary to complete a degree, diploma, or certificate.

Program Coordinator Chuck Licis highlighted the importance of Take Stock’s college and career readiness efforts. “Nearly all of this year’s graduating class is college-ready, meaning they will immediately be enrolling in college-level math, science, and English classes.” Licis added, “We are very proud of our amazing scholars; two-thirds of our graduates attending university this fall, and one of our graduates will be attending Stanford University.”

The Monroe County Education Foundation, established in 1996, is a Florida not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and improving the educational experiences of students within Monroe County. In addition to the MCEF flagship program, Take Stock in Children, the foundation provides leadership development opportunities and international travel experiences for qualified Monroe County students. Over 250 students from Monroe County have received scholarships since the program was founded.  For more information about MCEF or to donate, please visit http://www.monroecountyedfound.org or contact Chuck Licis, program director for TSIC Monroe County at Chuck.Licis@KeysSchools.com

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