MOA Senior Aneesa Dial Announced as Finalist in Florida’s Leader 4 Life Fellowship Program

In a surprise announcement, Aneesa Dial of Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s Marine and Oceanographic Academy (MOA), learned that she is one of 14 finalists for the Leaders 4 Life (L4L) Fellowship Program offered through the Take Stock in Children program at Indian River State College (IRSC). This is a prestigious statewide fellowship which is designed to provide highly motivated Take Stock in Children scholars who have demonstrated strong leadership skills, moral character, and academic success with the financial resources, services, and support needed to ensure student success throughout college. Six students will become “fellows” as winners of the L4L Fellowship. Fellows will be announced in January 2016.

Superintendent E. Wayne Gent and other members of St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) joined Take Stock in Children program administrators along with other IRSC dignitaries including Dr. Edwin R. Massey for the announcement celebration at the Fort Pierce Westwood MOA campus. As a finalist for the L4L Fellowship, Aneesa received a certificate for a laptop and a certificate honoring her as a finalist. The high school senior is currently ranked 16 out of 311 students in her graduating class. She excels in her MOA and Dual Enrollment classes and participates in numerous school-based activities including National Honor Society, Environmental Club, and Aquarium Club among others. In the community, Aneesa is also active in supporting children’s ministries and Students Working Against Tobacco. She plans to continue her studies at the university level in marine biology.

Superintendent Gent stated that he is confident in her ability to continue to shine as a leader among her peers. “Aneesa represents the quality of students we have in St. Lucie Public Schools who will continue their learning and leadership to positively impact our community. I look forward to hearing about her many successes-to-come over the years,” he added.

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Left to Right: John Lynch, Dr. Edwin R. Massey, James Sloan, Deborah Hawley, Aneesa Dial, Dominick Clayton, E. Wayne Gent, Joseph Lezeau, Leslie Taylor

Author: Lydia Martin

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