TALLAHASSEE– The Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation recognized 10 of the Panhandle area’s highest-achieving eleventh grade STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students at the Sunshine State Scholars conference May 17-18. The two-day conference, presented by Lockheed Martin, celebrated the accomplishments of Florida’s elite students and provided a unique venue for the state’s colleges, universities and employers to recruit their talents.

“I am delighted to honor these Sunshine State Scholars for their outstanding academic accomplishments and congratulate them on being selected to represent their school districts,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “During the two-day conference, they had an opportunity to explore the many higher education and career opportunities available right here in Florida. I sincerely hope they elect to pursue their postsecondary dreams in the best state in the nation to get a good education.”

The honorees included Bailey Lake from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.

For a list of scholars and more information about the event, visit Sunshine State Scholars.