St. Lucie Public Schools is proud to announce our 2014-2015 US Presidential Scholar, Ms. Shelby Durden. Shelby is a senior at Fort Pierce Westwood High School.
Each year, we recognize a senior that has displayed leadership and character, been involved in community service and reached high levels of academic achievement while overcoming obstacles.
As a young child of 18 months, Shelby was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She has been through periods of remission and also painful periods requiring hospital homebound services. Early on, Shelby decided that she would not let this stop her. She found selfless ways to connect with and help others with their own struggles.
Shelby has dedicated over 200 hours to the local Arthritis Foundation, Harbor Branch and the Oxbow Center. She has taken mission trips, fed the hungry and homeless, and repaired homes with the Boys & Girls Club. She is involved in many campus activities and now volunteers at IRSC as well as with the Sheriff’s Explorers.
As a sophomore, Shelby started taking Dual Enrollment classes. She was invited by IRSC to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and selected for their honors college. She will be graduating with her Associates Degree in Biology on May 2nd. She plans on pursuing an eventual PhD in Neurobiology.
With all of these academic and extracurricular efforts, Shelby has maintained a weighted GPA of 5.45 ! Consequently, she is Valedictorian of Ft. Pierce Westwood High School.
Shelby credits the ongoing support of her family for helping her to develop a positive outlook on life.
Wherever the road takes her, this humble and respectful young woman will touch others with her warm attitude and love of life.