St. Johns County School District 2012 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 Caroline Knight Snowden of Ponte Vedra High School. She is the daughter of Robert and Catherine Snowden.
Caroline plans to pursue a career in mathematics or Cellular Biology.  She has been a Regional, State and International Science Fair recipient and has received school awards for excellence in both math and science.  In 2010, she coauthored an article that was published in Audiology Today. Caroline is not only accomplished in the classroom, but in the community as well. She has participated in Habitat for Humanity and performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Recently, she was recognized for achieving a perfect score on both the SAT and ACT.
Caroline will represent St. Johns County at the annual Sunshine State Scholars event February 16-17 in Orlando, which recognizes the best and brightest STEM students. These scholars will meet with representatives from Florida’s colleges, universities and STEM industry leaders, and will learn about STEM research initiatives, degree programs and internships. Caroline will attend with her parents and Mr. Steve Lyons, a teacher at Ponte Vedra High School who she has chosen to accompany her for his influence in her academic career.
As St. Johns County’s Sunshine State Scholar, Caroline is the recipient of the annual Elaine Crutchfield Math and Science Scholarship of $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.
Sierra Nicole Riter from St. Augustine High School was selected as the alternate and received a $75 scholarship.
The other school nominees received $50 scholarships. They are Chad Saunders from Bartram Trail High School, Jordan McLeod Walker from Creekside High School, Cassie Ann Perrella from Nease High School, Emma Faith Cockram from Pedro Menendez High School, and Rachel Courson from St. Johns Virtual School.