Violet Ochrietor of Matanzas High School has been selected as Flagler Schools’ Sunshine State Scholar for 2024, while Flagler Palm Coast’s Angelina Manjarres has been selected as the district’s Sunshine State Scholar alternate.
Every year the district selects two high school juniors who excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and plan to pursue a STEM career. The Sunshine State Scholar event will be May 2-3 in Orlando. The commissioner of education, the senior chancellor and representatives from Florida's colleges and universities will be there to discuss higher education opportunities in Florida. There will be workshops for students and parents related to college applications and funding informational sessions.
Ochrietor is completing her AICE diploma this year. She has a 5.13 weighted GPA, placing her in the top 10% of the junior class. She has taken several STEM courses as well as introduction to Homeland Security and National Security courses while being dual-enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. After high school, Ochrietor wants to study behavioral neuroscience and minor in criminology with the goal of becoming a psychological profiler for the FBI.
Manjarres is a student in the IB program and the Allied Health medical program and is certifying to be an EKG technician. She has a 4.0 GPA and a 5.1 weighted GPA . Manjarres has a passion to pursue a career in the medical field.