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Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell

Palm Beach State College's new Palm Beach Gardens
Provost enrolled at the school 30 years ago

When Palm Beach State College President Ava Parker tapped Tunjarnika Coleman-Ferrell to lead the school’s northernmost campus, it was as if she said “welcome home.”The Riviera Beach native first stepped foot on campus 30 years ago when she enrolled in summer classes at the Palm Beach Gardens college to get a head start on her university coursework. Parker appointed Coleman-Ferrell to her new post upon the retirement of interim provost Scott MacLachlan in October.

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Danielle Newport and Emma Meadows

Palm Beach Atlantic University Students

Students from the School of Communication and Media won five awards – including the top two prizes for scriptwriting — in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. Sophomore Danielle Newport and junior Emma Meadows claimed first and second place, respectively, for their scripts. They competed against students from Biola University, the University of Central Florida, University of Georgia and East Tennessee State University.

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Daniel Cane

CEO & Co-founder of Modernizing Medicine
Graduate of Lake Worth High School

Entrepreneur Daniel Cane is CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine, a specialty-specific information technology leader that now boasts nearly 11,000 specialty physicians, ambulatory surgery center and hospitals as clients. Since founding the company in 2010, Daniel has led his team to raise over $85 million in funding and to employ over 500 employees. Daniel's first success story was co-founding Blackboard Inc., where he raised over $100 million in venture capital and in 2004 helped take the company public on the NASDAQ (BBBB). In 2011, Blackboard was sold for $1.6 billion. Based on his history of building and scaling start-ups, Daniel has earned numerous accolades, including EY Entrepreneur of the Year®, Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Excalibur Awards Palm Beach Small Business Leader of the Year by the Sun Sentinel. He was also honored by Florida Governor Rick Scott with the Business Ambassador Award and named to the inaugural ‘South Florida Ultimate CEO’ list by the South Florida Business Journal.

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Rachel Zietz

Pine Crest School
Young Entrepreneurs Academy Program

Gladiator Lacrosse® was founded in 2012 by 13 year old entrepreneur and lacrosse player, Rachel Zietz. The idea for Gladiator Lacrosse came from Rachel’s disappointment with the quality, cost and lack of selection of current product offerings.  Like every player wishing to improve his or her game, Rachel’s coaches advised her to play “wall ball” and practice her shot as much as possible.  However, the quality of the products she purchased for use in the backyard would not hold up to the weather outdoors, or were too expensive. Participating in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Program (co-sponsored by Florida Atlantic University and Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce) gave Rachel the idea to start a business which would provide high-quality lacrosse equipment at an affordable price; thus Gladiator Lacrosse was born.

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Pierre Garçon

Wide Receiver for the San Francisco 49ers
Graduate of John I. Leonard High School

Pierre Garçon, who plays wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, graduated from John I. Leonard High School and was also a player on the school’s team. Four seniors at an honor roll assembly at John I. Leonard High School Thursday were surprised to learn that they had been chosen to receive $2,500 scholarships from the Pierre Garçon Foundation. The winners of the scholarships are Jada Allen, Jarnell Johnson, Christina Van Dyme, and Mohammed Al-Amary. This is the second year that Garçon has awarded scholarships to John I. Leonard seniors. He has also provided Thanksgiving meals to needy families at the school and provided bikes to children during a holiday bicycle giveaway held at the school.

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Pahokee Middle School Students

Middle School Robotics Team Earns NASA’s Attention

A team of 11,12 and 13-year-old students from Pahokee Middle School have garnered the attention of top physicists and NASA. As part of the research required for their Lego Robotics competitions, the Pahokee Middle School Robotics Team who call themselves the Subaroosbegan looking into ways to manage kidney stones in astronauts, an issue faced in zero gravity. They were quickly contacted by physicists at the University of Washington who were conducting similar research. However, the Subaroo’s work was light years ahead of their much older and highly educated counterparts across the country. The UW researchers told the students that the work they have conducted took the UW researchers 10 years to discover. Now that exploration could help astronauts working on the International Space Station. The Pahokee team was able to conduct their research and spark their imagination on the robotics stage thanks to a grant from the Education Foundation that set them on a path for the future. 

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Bill Bone

Founding Partner of Larmoyeux & Bone
Graduate of Atlantic High School

Bill Bone dedicates his law practice and much of his spare time to helping people in need and striving to “give something back” to his community. His work on behalf of injured clients earned him a well-deserved reputation as a tough negotiator and litigator; Bill has successfully represented hundreds of clients with serious personal injuries or loss of family members due to accident and negligence by others.

Bill Bone is a dedicated community leader who serves as Chairman, Do the Write Thing Challenge for the National Campaign to Stop Violence; Executive Committee member of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts; Trustee of the Legal Aid Society of PBC; Vice President, CycleFest, Inc.; and Founding President and Trustee of Florida Stage. Bill is recognized as an exemplary volunteer leader of numerous causes including The March of Dimes; American Heart Association; Palm Beach Police Foundation, The South Florida Science Museum, and many more. Bill is an alumnus of Atlantic High School, lives in Palm Beach, and enjoys his role as father of four children.

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Jacob Zipper, Winston Cheung, Devin Willis and Carson Lyttle

Palm Beach County High School Students

A group of high school students from Florida Atlantic University’s TechGarage program at FAU Tech Runway took first place in one of the eMerge Americas Hackathon, a 24-hour computer programming competition.  The team competed against 34 other teams, all representing technology companies from South Florida. The TechGarage team, which included Winston Cheung from Atlantic High School; Carson Lyttle from Boca Raton High School; Devin Willis from FAU High School and Jacob Zipper from Pine Crest School, was the only student team to participate in the event. The FAU TechGarage group’s winning technology was SmileMetrics, a system that allows businesses to measure overall customer satisfaction in the hospitality industry in real-time. 

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Students that Built a Satellite for NASA

Students at The Weiss School

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson visited Students at The Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens to deliver the news that NASA will launch a satellite the students made into space. Fifth through eighth grade students at the school for gifted students spent years designing, building and testing small satellites. WeissSat-1 will be launched as part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, which gives schools and nonprofits hands-on experience developing and building small satellites to do research or demonstrate new technology, according to Nelson’s office. This is only the second time NASA has chosen a satellite built by elementary and middle school students to go to space, according to Nelson’s office.

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Eduardo Padrón

Graduate of Florida Atlantic University

Eduardo Padrón, an alumnus of Florida Atlantic University College of Business, was one of 21 people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. Padrón, who graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from FAU in 1966, was joined by other honorees including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Michael Jordan and Bruce Springsteen. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, and the honorees are selected by the president for their contributions to the security or national interests of the country. Padrón was chosen because of his work over four decades to ensure that all students have access to high quality, affordable education.

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Jan Bednar

Founder of BedaBox
Graduate of Florida Atlantic University

Jan Bednar has won the FAU Business Plan competition, the Florida Venture Forum Collegiate competition and was a finalist in the eMerge Americas Business Plan competition. BedaBox was one of the first five companies to go through a prestigious accelerator program called "Tech Runway" at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. BedaBox uses a sophisticated software application to help people overseas buy anything in the U.S. From boots to a boat, international shoppers can pay with any form of currency. 

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Emily Hochheiser

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Emily Hochheiser, a student at Palm Beach Atlantic University, found a profitable way to combine her dreams of starting a business with her love of sun and surf. She wrote a plan for a company called Mahalo, a mobile rental and retail business for various beach-related products, from chairs and umbrellas to paddle boards and sports equipment. “I just wanted to figure out a way to put my passions into my job,” said Emily who was majoring in management and minoring in communication. Her idea now has the financial support to get it off the ground. As the first-place winner in the University’s fifth annual J.J.’s Entrepreneurs business plan competition, Hochheiser now has $10,000 in seed money to begin renting equipment to beachgoers from a vehicle similar to a food truck, a concept with potential to spread throughout Florida’s coast and beyond.

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Dr. Jacob Richards

Scientist for the Food and Drug Administration
Graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University

Jacob, a 2010 PBA grad, just turned 28 last month, but he’s already earned a host of awards as a biologist and now he’s a lead scientific reviewer for the Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland. Jacob Richards' honors include: Cancer Research Training Award, National Institutes of Health, 2014; Meritorious Research Award, American Physiological Society, 2014; PreDoctoral Excellence in Renal Research, American Physiological Society, 2014, 2012; HHMI Science for Life Graduate Student Award, University of Florida, 2014; Boyce Award, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Florida, 2014; Medical Guild 2013 Advancement to Candidacy Award, University of Florida, 2013; Young Investigator Award, American Physiological Society, 2012; Outstanding Graduate Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, Palm Beach Atlantic University, 2010; Frederick M. Supper Honors Program, Palm Beach Atlantic University, 2010.

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Students Work and Learn on Site at the Final Four

Lynn University

A select group of Lynn University students enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work and learn at the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four, one of the largest and most-popular sporting events in the world.

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Yash Daftary, Alexander Baikovitz and Brandon Dinner

Students at American Heritage School

RentAll, co-founded by Yash Daftary, Alexander Baikovitz and Brandon Dinner of American Heritage School, is a geo-localized, peer-to-peer mobile app and website that enables customers to rent items that they typically would not purchase because of the expense or limited use, like tents, kayaks or extra chairs for a party. RentAll took third place in the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge High School Track, which drew 104 entries. The success of on-demand peer-to-peer networks like Airbnb and Uber inspired their idea for RentAll, which also was a finalist in the statewide Future Business Leaders of America competition.

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Ryan Berube

Olympic Gold Medalist
Graduate of The Benjamin School

Ryan Berube ‘92 became a nationally ranked swimmer while attending The Benjamin School. He won state titles in the 200 yard individual medley and 500 yard freestyle. Berube’s swimming career led him to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, where he took home gold for the 4X200 meter freestyle relay. “The Olympics are an amazing thing to bring people together in a peaceful way that blends life together in a unique fashion,” Berube told the audience, as he passed around his Olympic medal. Berube praised Coach Cavanah for taking his career to the next level, and acknowledged his family for the many sacrifices they made in support of his swimming career.
 

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Ka Lynn Robinson

Lynn University Alumna

After graduating just one year ago with a major in fashion and retail, Ka Lynn Robinson \\\'18 now works in Office Depot’s merchandising department. During her time at Lynn University, Robinson was extremely involved on campus where she was the president of the Black Student Union and co-founder of Feminist Friday. Robinson also served as a peer leader, resident assistant, library student worker, public relations intern and student photographer in the marketing department.

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