Business networking took a back seat to officially recognizing scholarship winners at the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s most recent After 5 monthly get-together.

On hand were five of the eight recipients, whose bios and achievements produced nods and murmurs of approval from the 75 or so people who crowded into CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade.

Five of the students are from Lely High School, and three from the Marco Island Academy.

Adalid Lora (Marco Island Academy) heads for Florida Gulf Coast University to major in biology with the aim of eventually becoming a pediatrician. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Leadership, Key Club and active in the New Life Community Church.

Hunter Angersbach (Lely) will attend Florida Southern College to major and advertising and public relations. His career goal is becoming a creative director of advertising. His myriad interests include varsity swimming and lacrosse, being a school Top 10 senior, Key Club member, webmaster, AICE biology award winner and laureate completion, CEO Academy at FGCU.

Kathryn Schiller (Lely) is off to Florida State University to major in political science/pre-law. She wants to become a criminal defense attorney. Her contributions include varsity cross-country, cheerleading, soccer and track captain, National Honor Society, road runners club, Project Unify and being a Camp Able counselor.

Blake DeHooghe (Marco Island Academy) has chosen Florida Southern College, where she will study for a major in business administration. Her other activities include being cheerleading captain, a member of the golf team, National Honor Society, volunteer at the Relay for Life, the Interact Club and also Meals of Hope.

Michael Scola (Lely) is going to Florida State University to major in finance and economics with the goal of entering investment banking. A licensed pilot, Scola scooped his school’s Spanish award, and ran cross-country, sailed and played golf.

Elizabeth Clark (Lely) heads for FAU to study marine biology, and wants to do marine research as well as become a dive master/teacher. She is a JV cheerleader, has won academic awards, is in the color guard, is a dance line captain and also a member of the marching band.

Lauren Camposano (Lely) will attend the University of Central Florida to major in business and marketing with the aim of becoming a buyer in the fashion industry. She is a four-year member of the marching band and symphonic band, member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Flute section leader, first chair oboe in symphonic band, four-year academic excellence award, newspaper editor, STEM ambassador at Hodges University Diversity Festival.

Duneshka Cruz (Marco Island Academy) will attend Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College to major in forensic science and pre-med with becoming a forensic pathologist in mind. She is an honor roll student, National Honor Society member, varsity golf player, athlete (shot put and discus) Palmer Trinity Singers member, Interact Club and Palmer Trinity Best Buddies member/volunteer. At MIA, she founded her own non-profit Foundation Project Fairy Dust & Magic Wands, was president of the student leadership team, president of the Interact Club, and president of the youth leadership committee of The Make-A-Wish Foundation SWFL.

The chamber, through Leadership Marco alumni, funds the annual scholarships by fundraising.

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