Rotary Boca Raton Sunset celebrated and provided eight scholarships for honored Florida Atlantic High School Rotary Scholars. Each month throughout the school year an FAU High School Rotary Scholar is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. This annual program culminates with the FAU HS Rotary Scholar Gala, which was held at Maggiano's Little Italy Boca Raton Monday May 13, 2019 6pm. 
 
Students honored were:
Ajay Desai
September Scholar of the Month
B.S. Biology, Florida Atlantic University
Expected May 2018
Accomplishments: Assisting research in Dr. Robishaw’s lab, FAU High Swim team, Math Academic Games, Science Olympiad Team, Commissioners Academic Challenge and Max Planck Brain Bee
Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Bethesda Hospital Emergency Room desk, tutors in Chemistry.
Sponsor: Ana Londono
 
Jessenia Hernandez
October Scholar of the Month
B.A. English and Communications, Florida Atlantic University
Expected May 2020
Accomplishments: Published author (Skin), Writing Fellow and Consultant for FAU University Center for Excellence in Writing, Pride Club president
Volunteers at Christ Fellowship, South Florida Science Center, FAU High orientation leader
Sponsors: Jerry and Beverley Leitherer
 
Paige Fries
November Scholar of the Month
B.A. English, Minor in Film Florida Atlantic University
Expected May 2
Accomplishments: Published two novels (Love Letters to a Ghost and FENCE – The Experiment), Scholastic Arts and Writing Gold Key Awards for Short Story and Poetry, Most Valuable Player for FAU HSD Girls Varsity Soccer, Student Athletic Leadership Team, National Honor Society
Volunteers as a FAU High as Student Orientation Leader
Sponsors: Steve Perman & Jerry Leitherer
 
Ayesha Khan
December Scholar of the Month
B.S. Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University
Expected May 2020
Accomplishments: University Honors Program, Tutors in Math and Writing, Interact club
Volunteers for Emgage, Project Downtown, Leon Charney Diplomacy & Mosque Youth Group
Sponsor: John Ross
 
Alex Eubanks
January Scholar of the Month
B.S in Business and Music, Florida Atlantic University
Expected December 2019
Accomplishments: National Merit Scholar, FAU President’s List, Entrepreneur/owner of Pinewoods Association Store
Volunteers at FAU Mentorship Project, FAU Program Board, Old School Square Pavilion
Sponsors: Susan Meister & Sam Khazem
 
Cydni Turner
February Scholar of the Month
B.S. in Software Engineering, Florida Atlantic University
Expected May 2019
Accomplishments: National Merit Semi-Finalist, US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Champion, FAU HS Varsity Soccer, Fem STEM
Volunteers at Lychee Franco American International School, Love Loaf Church Group & Broward College Library
Sponsor: Ravi Goolcharan
 
Erin Ravindran
March Scholar of the Month
B.S. in Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University
Expected May 2020
Accomplishments: FAUHS Student Government Association, FAU High Orientation Leader, National Honor Society, FAU High Near Peer Mentor, FIRST Tech Challenge, Marathon runner
Volunteers at St. Jude Catholic School, Florida Karate Academy & Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office annual toy drive.
Sponsor: Fred Licata on behalf of SunTrust Bank
 
Courtney Baer
April Scholar of the Month
B.S. Accounting/Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University
Expected May 2019
Accomplishments: Near Peer Mentorship, Student Government Association, Math Ambassador, Honor Society, National Merit Scholar. Volunteers at American Cancer Society, Boca Museum of Art, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Toy Drive, Accounting Tutor.
Sponsors: Phil Lustig & Gail Ambrose
 
 
FAU High School opened in fall of 2004 as an intensive dual-enrollment public school established by FAU’s Board of Trustees. Its challenging program offers students grades 9-12 the opportunity to complete high school while earning more than 90 university course credit hours. Many of the FAU HS Rotary Scholars earn enough credits in university degree programs to receive a baccalaureate degree in the same year that they graduate high school. 
 
Keynote speaker Principal Sherry Bees shared inspirational thoughts.
As principal/director of Henderson and FAU High, Bees has administrative responsibility to oversee facilities, finances, programs, recruitment, admissions, accreditation, as well as policy and procedure. She also works in collaboration with FAU’s College of Education and its other colleges and divisions of the university within the areas of teaching, research and service.
 
The A.D. Henderson University School is an elementary-middle university laboratory school on the FAU campus originally funded by a gift from the A.D. and Lucy Henderson Foundation in 1968. The school serves K-8 students that are representative of Florida’s public school population by race, family income, gender and academic performance. In 1991, the Florida Legislature established across four state universities four developmental research (lab) schools, each designated as an independent public school district, of which FAU was one. The school holds departmental status in FAU’s College of Education with the assistant dean serving as a member of the College Executive Committee. A.D. Henderson’s mission includes supporting teacher development, curricular innovation, and research and dissemination.
 
Principal Bees began her career in education 21 years ago at Hollywood Central Elementary School where she served as a second-grade teacher, and later as the curriculum coach and Title 1 coordinator. In May 2000, she was selected as the assistant principal of Maplewood Elementary School in Coral Springs, and later served as principal of the school for 10 years. In May 2010, Sherry was selected as a finalist for the “Principal of the Year” award for Broward County Schools. She also had the opportunity to lobby in Tallahassee in support of education with fellow members of the Florida Association of School Administrators. Bees earned both a master’s degree in educational leadership and an undergraduate degree in community psychology from Nova Southeastern University.