2017-05-18 / Top News

Oxbridge students earn local, national scholarships

Seven Oxbridge Academy students have been awarded scholarships in recognition of their academic, athletic and community service achievements.

Oxbridge Academy is a private college preparatory high school, serving grades 9-12.

Oxbridge senior Derek Pearson of Boynton Beach received the Brian Piccolo Award from the Highland Beach Chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the United States. The $500 award is presented annually to a local student of Italian heritage who excels in athletics, academics and community service. He will be attending the University of Florida in the fall.

Senior Terrell Seabrooks of West Palm Beach was awarded the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Scholarship Award. He is one of four students selected countywide for the honor, which includes a $2,500 college scholarship. Mr. Seabrooks was accepted to both Harvard and Princeton, and will attend Princeton.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission also awarded Oxbridge Academy $1,250 to use toward athletic facilities on campus.

Jupiter resident Lily Jurskis, a senior, received the Yeager Scholarship from Marshall University. It is the highest academic scholarship offered by the university, and among some of the most competitive scholarships in the nation.

Named after Brig. Gen. Charles Yeager, the scholarship provides full tuition, room and board, all books and fees, a free high-end computer, printer, summer study abroad at Oxford, and up to $10,000 toward a semester studying abroad. Ms. Jurskis was one of eight recipients this year from about 1,000 applicants, and will attend Marshall University.

As one of four students nationwide to receive the Presidential Scholarship for Arts from Wake Forest University, senior Erin Marlow of Palm Beach Gardens was awarded a scholarship of $16,000 for exceptional talent in the arts. Ms. Marlow also won four Scholastic art awards, including Gold and Silver Key awards for drawing and illustration. She will attend Wake Forest.

Oxbridge senior Jack McGinley of Tequesta and Oxbridge junior Maya Thompson of Palm Beach Gardens were honored at the recent Congressional Award’s Ceremony at Eissey Campus Theatre in Palm Beach Gardens. Congressman Brian Mast presented the Congressional Gold Medal award to Mr. McGinley and the Congressional Silver Medal award to Ms. Thompson.

The Congressional Award is the highest honor bestowed upon young Americans. This is Ms. Thompson’s second Congressional Medal, having won a Bronze medal in 2015.

Freshman Harrison Schram of Palm Beach is the winner for the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews annual Essay and Creative Arts Competition. He won first place in the high school division and was presented with a $300 cash prize. ¦

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