Brandon Pence of Nease High School has been selected
as St. Johns County’s Sunshine State Scholar for
Mathematics and Science. He is the son of Robert and
Julie Pence of
South Ponte Vedra Beach.
Brandon is ranked number one is the class of 2004 and
will be recognized as Nease’s valedictorian with
a GPA of 4.88. He has a combined SAT score of 1550 out
of a possible
1600 and has qualified as a 2004 National Merit Semifinalist.
This year’s honoree is involved in varsity tennis,
Beta Club, High Q and the National Honor Society. He
has been enrolled in the International Baccalaureate
for the past four years. Brandon plans to attend the
University of Florida and major in mechanical engineering.
The Sunshine State Scholars Recognition Program for high
school seniors was initiated in 1997 to recognize excellence
in mathematics and science. As St. Johns County’s
nominee, Brandon is the recipient of the annual Elaine
Crutchfield Math and Science Scholarship. Elaine Crutchfield
worked for the School District for 29 years, serving
as both a math and science teacher before being named
district curriculum coordinator.
In recognition of her contributions to math and science
education, the Curriculum Department created a special
scholarship fund with the St. Johns County Education
Foundation in her honor. It was decided that the Elaine
Math and Science Scholarship would be presented annually
to the district’s Sunshine State Math and Science
The other school honorees will also receive scholarships.
They are Devin Phillips of Bartram Trail High School, Devan
Fullerton of Pedro Menendez High School, and Michael Hudnall
St. Augustine High School.
In January 2004 Brandon will join the district scholars
in each region in taking a common mathematics/science assessment
to identify the six regional scholars. The regional scholars
then go on to compete for the state title.