The Keys Weekly is pleased to honor the following senior graduates of Coral Shores High School. They represent the full gamut of students — not just the standout athletes and scholars — but the other types of students who make this such a talented and memorable class. The students were chosen by the faculty at CSHS; the Weekly also offers its congratulations to the Class of 2018.
Having grown up in Islamorada, Wolfe’s had the typical Keys kids experience – school on weekdays and fishing on the weekends. Some of his favorite memories, however, happened at ‘Canes home football games with his friends. “I’ll miss all my friends and family, but I’ll miss my teacher Mr. Catlett the most. He’s been a pretty big influence on me.”
Heilbron was picked by his class as the most likely to become a millionaire. Throughout his four years Heilbron was greatly involved in the school’s Key Club, and recently attended the district convention. “Seeing how everyone has grown over the past four years is saddening, but also very nice to see the impact I’ve had on them and they’ve had on me.” He is planning on studying chemical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.
It was a big year for Coral Shores high school’s theater group, especially budding vocalist Caitlin Yong. Her post-grad plans are to transfer to Tallahassee Community College, finish her associate’s degree, and later pursue a career in TV or film at Florida State University. She’s wasted no time. Yong completed her first year of college before graduating high school.
Most of Liberty’s favorite memories were with the school’s theater group, and include one particularly hilarious “hot mic” moment during a dress rehearsal. She plans to attend Sante Fe Community College and major in theater production and costuming. Her dream role is Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” the first production she saw live.
Capitos is planning on attending Sante Fe Community College in the fall and later transferring to a four-year school to pursue a teaching degree. Her ultimate goal is to join the Peace Corps and travel to third-world countries to help educate children. “The next generation of students needs good teachers.”
Voted most likely to be a millionaire by her peers, Lane’s future is bright as a diamond. She’s attending the University of Florida in the fall to study English before pursuing a law degree. Lane says she’ll miss the small-town feel of Islamorada, but says she’s ready to explore during an upcoming road trip she’s planning.
Hawkins has plans to attend Florida State University. Though he hasn’t chosen a definitive career route, he’s interested in pursuing a job in the medical field. Hawkins says he’s going to miss his parents and his friends from Coral Shores, but is looking forward to the independence of being a young adult.
As drum major and lead trumpet, Dougherty found a home in the school’s marching and concert band. Dougherty will attend Santa Fe Community College and is excited to be part of a larger arts program so he can expand his artistic horizons. Dougherty says he’ll miss his best friend Sarah Kelley the most.
Absten’s favorite memory from CSHS is the class winning most spirited at a pep rally as freshman (hilariously chanting “drop out seniors”). It might have been a catalyst for uniting the entire class throughout their four years, he said. When asked whom he’d miss the most, he joked, “The friends that went to UF – because we aren’t friends any more. Go ’Noles!”
A seasonal honor roll recipient, Ornelas finished her high school career with a GPA over 4.0. Outside of the class room Ornelas was co-captain of the cross country team and involved with Interact club and Key Club. “Through his hard work, my father has given me the opportunity to get a college education in order to advance my life in ways he couldn’t,” said Ornelas of her family’s sacrifice.
Abel is graduating as president of the National Honor Society and Honor Society Band. Her plans are to attend the University of South Florida and major in biomedical science. After completing her pre-med track, Abel’s goal is to become a cosmetic dermatologist.
O’Neil was a standout in cross-country and track in his time at CSHS, and voted most valuable player for both sports. This fall he is attending Valencia College in Orlando to begin pursuing a nursing degree. O’Neil hasn’t wasted any time starting on his future and has already started working in hospital settings. He was also active in community service efforts through Interact Club.
Peacock is attending Florida State University to pursue a degree in civil engineering and architecture. She’s already dabbled in her prospective field, and participated in a program at the University of Florida last summer. “I learned so much about the field of architecture and got a real taste of what college would be like.”