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CAFCI awards scholarships to college-bound students

Recently the Royal Palm Beach-based nonprofit Caribbean-Americans For Community Involvement had a ceremony in which they presented 22 awards to local students bound for college. This year's theme was The Future is Yours.

The 21 graduating seniors who received awards were selected from several high schools in the Palm Beach County. They received awards based on academic performance and community involvement.

This year CAFCI awarded 17 of the students with $1,000 each for high academic performance and community service through its student assistance program.

Theses 17 students are: AmberMarie Peynado graduated from Royal Palm Beach Community High School and plans to attend Palm Beach State College; Arshley Thelot graduated from Atlantic High School and plans to attend Florida State University; Brandon Boyd graduated from Park Vista Community High School and plans to attend Florida State University; Christian Petitfrere graduated from Glades Central High School and plans to attend Florida International University; Daniel Prud'Homme graduated from Wellington High School and plans to attend Florida Atlantic University; Gina Louis graduated from Palm Beach Lakes High School and plans to attend University of Florida; Janae Moodie graduated from Seminole High School and plans to attend University of Florida; Jhanelle Bisasor graduated from Suncoast High School and plans to attend Harvard University; Juliana Morrera graduated from Seminole Ridge High School and plans to attend University of Florida; Kalie Jean graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School and plans to attend University of Florida; Kenneil Nugent graduated from Glades Central High School and plans to attend Florida Atlantic University; Lindjee Noziere graduated from Atlantic High School and plans to attend Florida Atlantic University; Marken Vilson graduated from Glades Central High School and plans to attend Florida Atlantic University; Olivia Davy graduated from Wellington High School and plans to attend University of Central Florida; Paul Joaseus graduated from Suncoast High School and plans to attend Florida International University; Reberca David graduated from Glades Central High School and plans to attend Florida International University; Tory Waver graduated from Palm Beach Lakes High School and plans to attend University of Florida.

CAFCI also presented two Junior Citizen Awards for $500 each to two students for their outstanding community service, much of which were given to CAFCI. These two students: Brandon Boyd graduated from Park Visa High School and plans to attend Florida State University and Marcus Wilson graduated from Seminole Ridge High School and plans to attend Palm Beach State College.

Three Eagle Scouts each earned the Vivian A. Ferrin Memorial Scholarship Awards for excellence, through the Vivian A. Ferrin Memorial Scholarship Fund. They each received $1,000.

The fund was established 10 years ago as a tribute to founding member Vivian Ferrin to continue the legacy of CAFCI's obligation to reach out, encourage and assist our youth in reaching their goals.

The three Eagle Scouts awarded Vivian A. Ferrin Memorial Scholarships are: Casey Whalen graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School and plans to attend Palm Beach State College; Hunter Johnson graduated from Seminole Ridge High School and plans to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University; and Ross Pantone graduated from Suncoast High School and plans to attend University of Florida.

CAFCI is celebrating its 25 year serving the community through volunteerism, cultural diversity awareness, health awareness, community outreach, youth development and educational assistance. For 22 of the 25 years, CAFCI recognized students' achievement in Palm Beach County schools and colleges. To date, CAFCI has recognized 142 students and has given 103 monetary awards totaling $52,490.

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