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MID FLORIDA CHAPTER 2008 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
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Scholarship winner Michael Myregarrd
Michael Myregaard 

 Love without Boundaries

Golf is Michael’s life! He would like to pursue a career in golf course resort management in the future. He credits his mom for being his main role model for success. Despite her MS, she has worked in the field of dentistry while raising her two children. He says he is thankful for having a mom like that and says he has become a strong person because of his experiences living with a mom with MS. He says he lives every day to the fullest and loves without boundaries.

 

 

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Anna Marie Crum
Anna Marie Crum

 Faith & Hope Build Character

Anna Marie is an acclaimed student (Who’s Who among HS Students) who has overcome great odds in her young life. She was diagnosed with MS at 16 and became legally blind for a time. She managed to maintain her straight ‘A’ status and continue as a vocal musician. She became fluent in basic Braille and is now writing a book in Braille for children with visual impairments. She quotes Helen Keller: “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened… and success achieved.”  This future English teacher knows well of what she speaks.

To read more about Anna Marie Crum, please see her feature article in the Summer, 2008 MS Connection Magazine.

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2008 Scholarship winner Rhianna Donnelly
Rhianna Donnelly

 Living Well with MS

Rhianna has grown up with two strong role models, both of whom have MS. She learned much about the disease by attending her mom’s support group, “Living Well with MS.” Her family has become closer as they strive to support their loved ones. She will work with animals by becoming a vet or a zoologist in the future.

 

 

 

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2008 scholarship winner Adriana Espinosa
Adriana Espinosa

 Part of the Solution

Adriana is the main caregiver to her mom. She has learned patience, understanding and is more responsible for a teenager her age. She has also discovered her calling the study of biomedical engineering. This personal goal is a direct result of living with a mom with MS. She says her quest to work in this field makes her part of the solution, not part of the continuing problem of living with chronic disease.

 

 

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2008 scholarship winner Kristine Gonzalez

Kristine Gonzalez

 Bust Your Brain

With both parents disabled, Kristine will need financial assistance to pursue her goal of studying communications and public relations. She is close to her mom and has observed, first-hand, how fragile life is. She says her mom encourages her to “bust my brain now, so I don’t have to do it later. She plans to follow this advice through her college career.

 

 

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2008 scholarship winner kelsey harshman

Kelsey Harshman

 Leader of the Band

This talented music student literally wants to teach music and become leader of the school band. She is thankful for her blessings learned from living with a mom with MS. She says she now treasures life more and tries not take things for granted.

 

 

 

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2008 scholarship winner devon holder
Devon Holder

 A Delicate Balance

This brilliant student will be able to name her own ticket to success. Devon has chosen the law as her future career, perhaps in the judge’s chambers. She describes the balance she has sought while juggling academics, extra-curricular activities and community service. At the same time, she strives to help her mom as much as possible. She has found that delicate balance as evident by her current class standing.

 

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2008 scholarship winner Aleksandra Jaquith

Aleksandra Jaquith

 International Flair

Before the advent of her dad’s MS, the family lived in Saudi Arabia and traveled to many exotic countries on vacation. Aleksandra misses her life there and wants to study international business in order to return to the international lifestyle she loves. She is grateful to have a loving family, one that continues to be supportive of her dad who has better health care in the U.S.

 

 

 

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2008 scholarship winner Shelby Kirkman
Shelby Kirkman

Saving the Whale

This future marine biologist wants to be in a position to rescue endangered mammals. She is also a devoted daughter who is saddened that her mom can no longer do the things she loves. Shelby says that the hardest part of living with MS is “you can’t do what you want when and how you want to.” She also says life goes on for her and her family.

 

 

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2008 scholarship winner Samatha Lilly
Samantha Lilly

 
Helping Through Rehab

When Samantha was first diagnosed she entered a rehabilitation facility where she made life-long friends and found her true calling. She would like to become an occupational therapist because “I can connect with people” because of her own experiences. Her skills will be welcome in this important profession.

 

 
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2008 scholarship winner Kyle Sullivan
Kyle Sullivan

 
Can't Judge a Book by its Cover

Kyle says he has matured and become a more responsible person since he has had to help more at home. He also says he has learned not to judge people since one never knows what they are going through. He will study business in college in the fall.

 

 

 

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2008 scholarship winner Krystal Tucker
Krystal Tucker

 
Thinking Out Loud

Krystal credits her mom for spearheading her interest in reading. They used to stay up late reading to one another aloud. Krystal is grateful to her mom for many other blessings. She has organized two Walk MS teams to honor her the “Dizzies” and the “Stilettos.” She will study business and accounting this fall.

 

 


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2008 scholarship winner Robert Winston
Robert Winston

 
Triumph of the Human Spirit

This well-rounded, talented young man credits his dad for showing him how to live life more fully. After losing his job and struggling with many MS symptoms, his dad re-mastered his tennis game and even beat his son in a few matches. Robert says that experience has taught him that nothing is impossible in life. He will study both international business and law in the future and will surely master both disciplines.

 


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