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Six NFM High seniors win Mayor’s scholarship

May 2, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

The 36th annual Mayors Scholarship Fund awards banquet honored Cape Coral's best and brightest seniors last week.

Once again, North Fort Myers High School was well represented, with six students among the 25 recipients of the $1,500 scholarships awarded to help defray the cost of additional education. Only Cape Coral High School, with eight, had more.

Those North students were Caitlin Cantrell, Alyssa Childs, Jasmine Galeano, Heidi Hassett, Christiana Nelson and Nina Nguyen.

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From left, North Fort Myers High School principal Debbie Diggs, Caitlin Cantrell, Heidi Hassett, Jasmine Galeano, Nina Nguyen and Christiana Nelson during the Cape Coral Mayors Scholarship Fund awards banquet last week.


Cantrell, who played softball, volleyball and ran track, had a 5.37 GPA as an AICE student and National Honor Society member. She plans to attend the University of Florida and major in biology, pre-veterinary.

Alyssa Childs had a 5.17 GPA, with many of her skills in the theater and on stage. She plans to attend the University of Central Florida and major in Hospitality Management.

Jasmine Galeano, was one of three recipients of technical scholarships for those who will not attend a traditional four-year college. Galeano was an AICE Cambridge student who played in the band. She will attend Cape Coral Technical College and become a dental assistant.

Heidi Hassett has a 5.33 GPA and was also in the marching band, an AICE student and NHS member. She will attend the University of Central Florida, where she earned a Provost Award for Academic Achievement, and major in health sciences.

Christiana Nelson has a 5.12 GPA and is in the NHS and National Art Honor Society, Model United Nations and the debate club. She will attend NYU in the fall and major in photography and business.

"I could not be more thankful. Every penny counts when you go to NYU because it's so expensive," Nelson said, who has five other scholarships waiting for her worth about $7,000.

Nina Nguyen has a 5.40 GPA is in Interact, the NHS and is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. She will attend Florida Gulf Coast University, where she was named the President's Gold Scholar. She has not yet determined her major but wants to enter a field that will help the environment.

Nguyen said she found winning the scholarship very rewarding, the culmination of many years of hard work. It isn't her first. She has three or four others down the pike.

"It's a very big honor for me to get this scholarship. I was shocked that I won the award and I want to thank my teachers for mentioning the award to me and everyone in my life who made it possible," Nguyen said. "North brings the best students in from Cape Coral."

Since its inception in 1982, the Mayors Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to high school seniors, thanks to the generosity of the many sponsors who make the program a reality.



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