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Seven students were recognized for their patriotic dedication after undergoing months of intense training for the U.S. Marines. ZACK WOLTANSKI/Keys Weekly

Hard work paid off for Coral Shores High School students on May 22, when students were awarded scholarships for their perseverance and academic prowess during Senior Night. 

The community raised more than $2.2 million in support of college and technical scholarships, with more than $430,000 in prepaid scholarships being awarded to 19 members of Take Stock in Children. Students were also recognized for their individual achievements in business, environmental work and community service. Several scholarships, awarded on the basis of character, were given in honor of former students including Pascal Weisberger and Joey Patterson, whose legacies of kindness and dedication to local causes have made permanent impacts on the community. 

Special recognition was given to seven students training for the U.S. Marines. The event concluded with an announcement of the school’s valedictorian and salutatorian, which were Jordan Lubis, with a 4.67 grade point average, and Nathan Duckworth, with a grade point average of 4.60, respectively.

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Former KLS students Valerie Randall and Artorious “AJ” Johnson received scholarships from KLS principal Darren Pais.
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Recipients of the Nick Sheahan scholarship are recognized for their achievements.
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The Take Stock in Children foundation seeks to mentor and support highly motivated students through their pursuance of higher education. This year, 19 students received support from Take Stock.
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The 2023 Miss Coral Shores, Leyla Ochoa (pictured center), and First Princess Lola Yong (pictured fourth from right) were recognized alongside fellow talented nominees. Miss Coral Shores is an annual competition that highlights the accomplishments of bright young female students.
Zack Woltanski
Zack Woltanski is a Coral Shores grad and aspiring novelist. After three years of high school and a gap year in Germany, he will be studying at Brown University, with a potential major in english or philosophy.