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North students among scholarship recipients

Scholars each earn $1,500 from Cape Mayors Scholarship Fund

May 3, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

North Fort Myers High School was well represented at the Cape Coral Mayors Scholarship Fund's annual awards banquet at the Palmetto Pins Country Club last Thursday.

North had five of the 25 recipients, with only Cape Coral High School (10) earning more.

Kelsi Bevington, Gina Froehlich, Victoria Kowalczyk, Vince Marcucci and Helena Robertson, all Cape residents, each received $1,500 toward the cost of attending college.

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Kelsi Bevington, Victoria Kowalczyk, Gina Froehlich, Vince Marcucci and Helena Robertson, each received $1,500 toward the cost of attending college.


The five students averaged a 5.51 GPA making them some of the most gifted students in school.

Bevington will attend the University of Florida, where she will major in nursing and pre-med. At North, she was in cheer and softball, was a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, and was a graduate of Cape Coral Junior Leadership for the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce.

"I want to get into nursing and go back to Golisano's and work with the children there. I want to do trauma and oncology," Bevington said.

Froehlicha also will enter pre-med at UF. She was in National Honor Society and on the bowling and math teams. She also did volunteer work as a member of the Power Squadron.

Kowalczyk, who starred on the soccer team, will also attend UF and major in biomedical engineering. At North, she was a member of the National Honor Society, and the Interact, Medical and International clubs.

"I'm humbled to be alongside such amazing students. This is going to help me so much in the future," Kowalczyk said. "I didn't expect to win, even the picture I sent in wasn't too good. I was amazed to be given this award."

Marcucci, who has been nothing short of a video production wunderkind at North, will take his talents to the University of Central Florida where he will major in cinema studies.

Robertson recently decided to attend Vanderbilt University and major in neuroscience. A gifted musician, she also played three sports (soccer, cross country and track) and was a Key and Book club member.

Robertson was the lone recipient who did not attend, as she had a previous engagement with the orchestra. Her mother, Barbara, accepted the honor in her place.

"I'm very honored and appreciative of this honor. I'm so glad she's going to Vanderbilt and can't wait for her to fly," Robertson said. "She's pursuing science but will still have music in her life."

The Cape Coral Mayors Scholarships are among the most prestigious a student can receive. They are based purely on merit (such as GPA and community service) and not by need, and those who win this scholarship usually win other ones.

"I thought it was a big deal. I was surprised I got it because I thought there were kids with higher qualifications. It was a great honor to represent Cape Coral," Bevington said.

"It's an amazing privilege to see all the students who won alongside me. I'm honored to be the same caliber as them," Froehlich said. "This speaks high of the academics at North and shows how much work we put in."



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