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Meet Ben Zanca, Gardiner scholar
By GEOFF FOX Doctors didn’t expect Ben Zanca to live very long. Even before his birth, fluid was drained from[...]
Step Up scholarship helps boost Ariely’s grades and confidence
By GEOFF FOX Linery Burgos’ voice cracked with emotion as she spoke about the academic progress of her oldest daughter,[...]
Student Spotlight: Kamelia Martin was a girl without hope
BY GEOFF FOX Nine years ago, Kamelia Martin was born perfectly healthy in Bulgaria. Yet, her adoptive mother, Christen Martin,[...]
Student Spotlight: Step Up graduate Savannah Lang contemplates the future
BY GEOFF FOX Savannah Lang has time to weigh her options. The 2015 graduate of Merritt Island Christian School (MICS)[...]
Students Spotlight: Alani Charles on a mission to help others
By GEOFF FOX Ten years after graduating from The Rock School, a K-12 Christian school in Gainesville, Alani Charles is[...]
Student Spotlight: Graduate Travis Blanks
By GEOFF FOX The joy in Travis Blanks’ voice was obvious. He had recently returned from scenic Cabo San Lucas,[...]
Student Spotlight: Lacey Nowling, Faith Christian Academy, Jay, Fla.
By JEFF BARLIS As early as sixth grade, Lacey Nowling knew her love for children was calling her to become[...]
Student Spotlight: Darius Cook of Orlando
By GEOFF FOX Darius Cook wants to someday become an entrepreneur. He isn’t sure yet what type of business he[...]
Jordan Massie transitions from hurt to healer, thanks to school choice
By RON MATUS Two years ago, Jordan Massie was lost and hurt. Rocked by turbulence at home, she was skipping[...]
Student Spotlight: Deondre Pride, Victory Christian Academy in Lakeland
BY JEFF BARLIS When Deondre Pride transferred to Victory Christian Academy as a junior in high school, it took him[...]
Student Spotlight: Kira Murillo, Meadowbrook Academy, Ocala
By SHERRI ACKERMAN As a first-grader, Kira Murillo developed stomach pains every Sunday night. That’s how much she hated going[...]
Student Spotlight: Katie Cutford
 By SHERRI ACKERMAN   When Katie Cutford attended her neighborhood district school in Lake City, classmates sometimes made fun of[...]
Student Spotlight: The Garnes children (Malkia, Rukiya, Osakwe, Anaya, Ngozi, Naima and Aakil Garnes)
By SHERRI ACKERMAN   When her three eldest children were ready to start their formal education, Deidre Christopher-Garnes sent them to[...]
Student Spotlight: The Cherry Family
  By SHERRI ACKERMAN When Demetrius Cherry’s commissions plummeted at his cell phone sales job two years ago, his family[...]
Student spotlight: Hayden Hernandez and Cambria Rogers
By SHERRI ACKERMAN It didn’t take long for Jenna Rogers to realize her son’s neighborhood school wasn’t working for him.[...]
Student spotlight: Ryan Tetoff, graduate of Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, Fla.
By Sherri Ackerman June Welcome looked forward to sending her son, Ryan Tetoff, to his neighborhood school. By first grade,[...]
Student Spotlight: Denisha Merriweather, Step Up graduate; USF graduate student
By Sherri Ackerman The daughter of a teenaged mom and high school dropout, Denisha Merriweather thought she was destined for[...]
Student Spotlight: Savannah Lang, Merritt Island Christian School graduate
By Estefania “Nia” Nunez-Brady Rhonda Ford wanted more of a say in her only child’s education. But the divorced mom[...]
Layla and Jeremiah Cirino
By Lisa A. Davis Meet Layla and Jeremiah Cirino of Kissimmee. They began their academic life attending their neighborhood school,[...]
Derek Schroeder
After a decade of their son using a Step Up For Students scholarship, Lisa and Michael Schroeder wanted another student[...]

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