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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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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 the 2017 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 includes 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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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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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, possibly as soon as 2018. 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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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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Mariana R.

Student at Lake Worth Community Middle School

Mariana has been involved in 5 videos representing the Biomedical Sciences Academy including a video made for the Association of Doctors in Palm Beach County Medical society. She has participated in many Open Houses, Health Fairs, and Recruiting Events representing the Medical sciences academy and has also represented it in media outlets such as the Palm Beach Post.  She is the Vice President for the National Juniors Honor society and was voted Student of the Year 2016. She's a volunteer at St. Thomas More Church and has hundreds of hours in community service. She has received her CPR certification, earned the CIW industry Certification in Information Technology, and received a Gold Presidential stamp for excellent FCAT scores. She wants to be a Pediatrician plans to go to Duke University.

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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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Nicole Cortina

Recent Graduate of Florida Atlantic University High School
and Florida Atlantic University

Nicole Cortina, 17, recently graduated with a high school diploma and a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. “Some people graduate with a couple of years of college credits. But not many people can say they graduated with a bachelor’s degree. I wanted to be different.” She took her high school and college classes through FAU High, where students can normally earn two to three years worth of college credit from FAU. She was one of 10 who sped through the program fast enough to earn a bachelor’s before high school graduation. Cortina’s plan is to pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice, go to law school, and then eventually work for the FBI.

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Edwin Ross II

Recent Graduate of Santaluces high school
and Palm Beach State College

Edwin Ross II is the valedictorian at Santaluces High in Lantana, where he was also senior class president and captain of the basketball and track teams. He just completed his associate degree from Palm Beach State College, taking mostly online classes that he squeezed in between other activities. He said he initially just wanted to cut his college costs by earning free credits in high school. But then he realized he was earning credit fast enough to earn his associate degree.

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David Parshenkov

Recent Graduate of Florida Atlantic University

David Parshenkov, a 23 year old graduate of Florida Atlantic University, developed a mobile application that utilizes dynamic augmented reality. This new technology pulls graphics out of your phone or computer display and integrates them into real world environments. Earlier this year, Parshenkov won both the FAU Business Plan Competition and the Tech Runway Launch Competition, grabbing $35,000 in prize money for a picture-and-video messaging platform called Faceplay. He and his co-developers wanted to make sharing videos between friends on their phones more like in-person interaction, with the viewers front-facing camera recording their facial expressions and reactions to what they’re watching. They were about 98 percent done with that application when they decided to pivot their efforts toward what is now the Magic Touch platform. While working to complete that application, they’re also talking with Microsoft about an artificial intelligence computer vision learning application, as well as with Detroit People Mover about contract work on other projects.

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Jan Bednar

Founder of BedaBox
Graduate of Florida Atlantic University

Jan Bednar won the 2014 FAU Business Plan competition, the 2014 Florida Venture Forum Collegiate competition and was a finalist in the 2015 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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Lilly F.

Student at Jupiter High School

Lill was a Semi-finalist in the Presidential Scholars program organized by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the highest award possible for a graduating senior.  She also acquired the Lamp of Knowledge award for students who maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher during Freshman through Senior years.  She was awarded the Order of the Arrow award for students active in sports while maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA during Freshman and Sophomore years. She placed First Overall in Home Health Aide at the HOSA/Future Healthcare Professionals State Competition. She wants to be a Traveling Nurse Practitioner and plans to attend the University of Florida for her bachelors in Nursing, then her Masters as a Nurse Practitioner. She loves to travel and loves medicine so she hopes to achieve both goals by saving lives and traveling to different states and countries as a Traveling Nurse Practitioner. She's currently the Office Manager of a chiropractic office and enjoys watching patients become rejuvenated by chiropractic care. 

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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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Tarang Patel

Student at Palm Beach Central High School

Tarang Patel is the 2017 valedictorian of Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, FL and has traveled the globe. From riding elephants in Jim Corbett National Park in India to traveling the Champs d’Elysee in France to Switzerland (his favorite trip, so far), Patel has been able to fuse those experiences into an understanding and outlook that has helped him garner a 3.9 GPA and 5.26 HPA.

A fan of nature photos and videos, Patel has used his expeditions to put together a memorable portfolio featuring nature shots, as well as scenes and people he has encountered during his travels. Locally, he has used his Canon camera to produce public service announcements and documentaries for different organizations with which he has worked.

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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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Luis B.

Student at Atlantic Community High School

As a senior at Atlantic Community High School, Luis has attained the rank of Major in the Criminal Justice Academy, an International Baccalaureate Diploma, Honor Roll, AP Scholar Award, and French National Honor Society.  He's also a FFA National Founding Member. He aspires to be a police officer and plans on becomming a CSO with Delray Beach and then eventually become a Police Officer with Delray Beach.

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Sabah Ali

Recent Graduate of Florida Atlantic University High School
and Florida Atlantic University

Sabah Ali received a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University, and a high school diploma from FAU High simultaneously. Ali said he plans to work first and then pursue a doctorate in the study of how the nervous system plays a role in animal behavior. “I’m very focused on my career, and that’s why this program was suited for me.”

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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 is 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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Max Rabil

Recent Graduate of Florida Atlantic University High School
and Florida Atlantic University

Max Rabil, 18, of Boca Raton, graduated with a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University before his high school graduation. He plans to continue his fast-paced education at FAU by completing a master’s degree in biomedical sciences in one year, half the normal time. He’s already been accepted into FAU’s medical school for the fall of 2018. Many FAU High School students finish their college degree by the summer, but Rabil said he wanted to earn it before his high school graduation, which was a week after his college graduation. 

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Jorian Rivera

Student at John I. Leonard

Rivera landed at the top of his class at John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres by earning a 3.94 GPA. He took four Advanced Placement classes and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses as well as dual enrollment courses. Rivera is enrolled in the medical academy at John I. Leonard High School and is a member of Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA), which is for students interested in a career in the medical field. He's also the captain of John I. Leonard’s undefeated boys varsity volleyball team and president of the National Honor Society.

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Kathryn Stenberg

Student at Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Kathryn Stenberg, a graduating senior at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts, has been named a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar. One of just 161 scholars selected from across the United States, Kathryn was selected for her involvement in arts programs. Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of eminent citizens appointed by the President, selected the scholars out of a pool of more than 5,000 qualified applicants.  As an award winner, Kathryn will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the Presidential Scholar Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

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Yash Daftary, Alexander Baikovitz and Brandon Dinner

Students at American Heritage School

The winning team members behind RentAll not only submitted a strong plan, but they have a road map to take their concept to market. 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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Students Work and Learn on Site at the Final Four

Lynn University

For the 11th consecutive year, 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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