The Foundation provided $850,000 in scholarships and other benefits to these outstanding young men and women, who have overcome significant emotional, mental, physical, and environmental barriers to achieve at the highest academic and extracurricular levels.
These sixteen seniors were recognized at the 20th annual Biletnikoff Award Banquet on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the University Center Club at Tallahassee’s Doak Campbell Stadium before a sold-out audience of 550 patrons. ESPN3 broadcasted live the banquet which also honored 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner Brandin Cooks of Oregon State University. Former college and pro coaching great Dick Vermeil, one of America’s outstanding speakers, delivered the keynote address. The banquet, hailed by many as “the best in college sports,” also witnessed the presentation of the Biletnikoff Award trophy, the most beautiful in college sports, to Brandin Cooks.
Foundation Chairman Ritchie Pickron commented, “These sixteen students will become important leaders in the Florida and America of the 21st century!”
Scholarship Committee Chairman Richard Bush remarked, “Foundation designations for scholarship awards are the most coveted in Florida, as the competition is fierce due to the large number of very high quality applicants and the fact that the requirements to be so designated are extraordinarily rigorous.
“In fact, the overall quality of applicants has never been higher and the distinction of those ranked among the top 100 in the applicant pool is the most outstanding in our 20 years’ history. The quality of the scholars and our trustees’ drive to serve others is a powerful incentive for our highly successful fundraising,” said Fundraising Chairman and Founding Trustee Walter Manley II.
The sixteen honored scholars are:
- Julia Filloon, Maclay-Tracey Biletnikoff Memorial Scholar
- Kamal Presley, Leon High School-Brooks Rogers Memorial Scholar
- “Wesley” Charles Moss, Wakulla High School-Foundation Trustees Scholar
- Jacari Harris, Lincoln High School
- Lindsey Shepard, Leon High School
- James Hand-DeMaria, SAIL
- Olivia Fletcher, Robert F. Munroe Day School
- Claudia Maldonado, Florida High
- Yu Liu, Godby High School
- Dana Alan Lutton II, Leon High School
- “Billy” William Brickner, Leon High School
- Dionte Boddie, Godby High School
- Kirk Douglas McGraw, Maclay
- Walter Kelleher, Robert F. Munroe Day School
- Emily Ostreich, Maclay
- Desuanda Ellis, East Gadsden High School