Sunshine State Scholar

   The Sunshine State Scholars Recognition Program for high school students was initiated in 1997 to recognize excellence in mathematics and science. It has evolved into a program designed to recognize Florida’s top high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students and recruit them to pursue their postsecondary education in Florida. This year’s St. Johns County recipient is Monica Resto of Creekside High School. She is the daughter of M. Janet Robles and Javier Resto.
Monica would like to pursue a career in Environmental Engineering.  Her interests were sparked by her geography teacher who was passionate about environmental responsibility.  She has begun a project with her father converting a broken-down Ford Escort into an electric car and has designed a system to power the car.  Monica has been able to apply what she is learning in her physics and calculus classes to this project.  Her goal is to finish the car this year.  
Monica will represent St. Johns County at the annual Sunshine State Scholars event later this month. The scholars event, which will take place February 17-18 in Orlando, recognizes the best and brightest STEM students. These scholars, as well as their parents and teachers, will meet with representatives from Florida’s colleges, universities and STEM industry leaders, and will learn about STEM research initiatives, degree programs and internships.
As St. Johns County’s Sunshine State Scholar, Monica was the recipient of the annual Elaine Crutchfield Math and Science Scholarship for $100. Elaine Crutchfield worked for the school district for 29 years, serving as both a math and science teacher before being named the district curriculum coordinator.
In recognition of Ms. Crutchfield’s 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 Crutchfield Math and Science Scholarship would be presented annually to the district’s Sunshine State Math and Science Scholar.
Mitchell Zhang from Bartram Trail High School was selected as the alternate and received a $75 scholarship. The other school nominees received $50 scholarships. They are Maxine Weiss from Pedro Menendez High School, Anthony Janocko from Nease High School, Megan Connors from Ponte Vedra High School and Phoebe Fleming from St. Augustine High School.
All of this year’s nominees have a weighted GPA greater than 4.3 and are in the top two percent of their graduating class.