Heather Baker, 4th grade
daughter of Shawn & Roger Baker
On Nov. 21, Heather wasn't feeling well and stayed home from school. Since her mom and dad work, Heather's grandma volunteered to stay home with her. At about 3:30 in the afternoon, Heather's grandmother became very ill. She could barely breath and was vomiting blood. Recognizing that her grandma was in dire need of medical attention, Heather immediately called her mom who in turn called 911. Heather stayed by her grandma's side as the EMTs arrived. Heather's grandma was transported to the ICU at Gulf Coast Hospital where the EMTs, as well as the doctors, praised Heather for her quick actions in an emergency situation. Good job, Heather.
Arianna Torres, 12th grade
Island Coast High
daughter of Yair & Elise Torres
Island Coast held a food drive for families at that school who may not get a decent meal this past Thanksgiving. Ariana heard about the drive and went to Tim Loughren, the senior advisor at Island Coast, and offered to donate an entire meal for a family in need as well as to deliver it. She then went home and told her family about the situation and was able to convince them to assist her in donating entire meals with all the trimmings to five families. She delivered them to her school mates and their families on the afternoon before Thanks-giving so they, too, could celebrate the holiday in the traditional way. Ariana certainly embraces the philosophy of giving.
12th grade, Island Coast High
daughter of Mario Cabezas
Island Coast High
daughter of Mario Garcia & Regla Llanas
Prior to Thanksgiving, Cristina and Kassandra went out into the community and solicited donations from Winn-Dixie and Publix in order to feed some of the Island Coast High community who would not ordinarily be enjoying a Thanksgiving meal. They put together the meals and on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving they personally delivered six complete Thanks-giving dinners with all the trimmings to deserving families in the Island Coast student community. They also helped coordinate the successful delivery of six more full meals to deserving families in the Sun Coast community. These young ladies went above and beyond in donating their time, money, in order to help others. Their senior advisor, Mr. Loughren, states, "They certainly embody all of the good attributes that people think may be missing from our young people. I am honored to have them at my school and to know that as seniors they are aiding us in being in a little better shape in the world."