Media Releases: March 21, 2003
Ashley Haliko of Bartram Trail High School (BTHS) has been selected as the
St. Johns County student nominee for the Governor’s High School All-Stars
Program. This program was created four years ago to honor high school juniors
throughout Florida for academic excellence, leadership involvement and community
Four outstanding juniors, one from each high school, were nominated by their
schools. Other nominees were Lauren Hill of Pedro Menendez High School, Jessica
Hope Lewis of Nease High School and Leah Thorpe of St. Augustine High School.
As the district winner, Ashley will attend a luncheon on April 4 hosted by
Governor Bush at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee. While there,
she will receive a signed photo with the Governor, a certificate of recognition
and a commemorative booklet.
Ashley is the founding Vice-President of the BTHS Interact Club and an active
member of the St. Johns County Youth Leadership Program. As an Advanced College
Preparatory student, she has a 4.55 grade point average and is ranked seventh
in her graduating class. She also serves as a media center intern and student
tutor and was a school delegate to the National Youth Leadership Law Forum
held in Washington, D.C. last fall.
In addition to her academic and leadership accomplishments, Ashley believes
in giving back to her community. She participates in Habitat for Humanity,
Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), Sub-juniors Community Service Organization
and Camp Smile “ESOL.” She is also active in her church, volunteers
with the homeless and senior citizens, writes poetry and plays the piano.
William Blythe, BTHS Advanced Placement United States History teacher, said, “Ashley
is one of the most likable, mature students that I have ever met, and her intelligence,
wit, humanity and integrity mark her as one of the future leaders of this country.”
Ashley is the daughter of Gary and Terrie Haliko.