OKEECHOBEE — On Wednesday, May 6, thirty-seven Okeechobee High School seniors were surprised with a visit from the Indian River State College (IRSC) “Prize Patrol.” A team comprising college, IRSC Foundation and Okeechobee High School officials recognized these special students outside their homes for their outstanding academic accomplishments.
“Each year, we recognize the achievements of students who, through participation in the dual enrollment program, have earned their associate degrees at IRSC at the same time they earn their high school diplomas, as well as those students who are recipients of scholarships awarded through the IRSC Foundation,” said IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus Provost Russ Brown. “Typically, this event occurs at the high school each spring, but this year we went door-to-door to show our students how proud we are of their successes, and to encourage their continuation of post-secondary education.”
This year, 18 Okeechobee High School students graduated with associate degrees from Indian River State College. Twenty-five students were presented with scholarships collectively valued at more than $192,000. Scholarship recipients were also greeted with cookie cakes, generously donated by Publix.
The “Prize Patrol” was coordinated in conjunction with Okeechobee High School. Principal Lauren Myers and Assistant Principal Vicki Goggans participated in the day’s events, and the “patrol” was escorted by deputies from the Okeechobee Sheriff’s Office.
Each fall and spring, about 300 Okeechobee High School students are dually enrolled in college-level courses at the IRSC Dixon Hendry Campus. Okeechobee County dual enrollment associate in art degree recipients are: Ashley Snyder, Aubrey Pierce, Cera Elliot, Dallan McGowan, Derrick Chen, Edmundo Cruz, Emily Land, Esrat Jahan, Hailey Korpi, Itzel Guereca, Julie Garcia-Arias, Kendall Harrison, Lillian Henry, Makalyn Jones, Natalie Banuelos, Paisley Rhoden, Rebecka Mims and Stephanie Ortega.
About Indian River State College
Indian River State College is the 2019 recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The college’s five campuses provide unparalleled educational environments for those residing in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties. IRSC serves nearly 30,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, technical certificates and applied technology diplomas.