Scholarship Winners!

Meet our deserving winners, read their bios and leave a few words of encouragement.

= multi-year scholarships awarded!

  • • HALL OF FAME 2018-Tedlin Lach •

    Robin Nable Wagman Against All Odds Scholarship Foundation, INC.

    Hall of Fame

    2018

    Tedlin Lach

    University of North Florida

    Tennis, George Jenkins High School

    2014 Scholarship Winner

     

    Tedlin, who was adopted at an early age, lost her father at age five to a fateful disease. Growing up in a single-parent home and being a minority, she had a very difficult time in her early school years. Through all of this personal adversity, Tedlin maintained an extremely positive attitude. She had a very high GPA in high school and was Co-Captain of the tennis team for two years. She was awarded a student-athlete scholarship to the University of North Florida and graduated with Cum Laude honors May 2018 to become the AAO Scholarship Foundation’s fifth Hall Of Fame winner. Congratulations Tedlin!

    These past four years have been fantastic for her. She started as Membership Coordinator for the Women in Business Society during her Sophomore year, voted Vice President her Junior year, and served her Senior year as President. She also was a member of the Delta Gamma social women’s fraternity and inducted as member of the Greek honor society “Order of Omega”. She has accepted a job offer with FISGlobal in Jacksonville FL beginning in late June 2018.

    AAO Scholarship Foundation HALL OF FAME inductee and all future inductees (2016 and moving forward) will have had to qualify for induction into the HOF by renewing the AAO Scholarship 3 consecutive years after winning the award the first year out of a Polk County high school. Note: Minimum requirements to renew the AAO Scholarship is a  3.0 GPA and 12 credit hours each semester enrolled with continued moral and honorable leadership on campus and within the community.

  • • HALL OF FAME 2018-Rebecca Wilson •

    Robin Nable Wagman Against All Odds Scholarship Foundation, INC.

    Hall of Fame

    2018

    Rebecca Wilson

    Rollins College ‘18

    Haines City International Baccalaureate School-East

    Volleyball

     

    Rebecca's mother was diagnosed with cancer while she was in middle school. This was very traumatic for her and the family, since her father lost his job about the same time. Her mother is now a seven-year survivor and her father has been back working full-time for 3 years . After playing volleyball for Coach Robin Wagman as a freshman at Haines City High School, she had to play for three different high school varsity coaches after Coach Wagman lost her five-year battle with cancer on February 27, 2011. Rebecca fought through these personal adversities, graduated fourth in her IB School-East class and received a student-athlete scholarship from Rollins College for the Fall 2014. Rebecca graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors and was the Class of 2018 Valedictorian.

     

    She also became the forth AAO Scholarship Foundation HOF winner. Keeping things in perspective has never been a problem for her. “My family’s struggles have been a constant motivator for me, on and off the court,” says Wilson, an economics major and libero on the volleyball team. “I know how important this is for my future. It was a motivator for me to be successful in school.”

    On Mother’s Day, Wilson followed in the footsteps of her sister, Jessica Wilson ’15—also a volleyball player who majored in economics—by graduating as valedictorian. Their mom, cancer-free for six years, joked that she doesn’t know how lightning struck twice.

    A native of nearby Winter Haven, Wilson chose Rollins because she wanted her “favorite people” (parents Robert and Julie) to be able to attend her games.

    She also wanted a college that struck the right balance between academics and athletics—and it didn’t hurt that, for one year, she’d get to play on the same team as Jessica.

    While at Rollins, Wilson served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, racked up several defensive accolades on the court, and held a marketing internship at the Orlando City Soccer Club. After taking a break this summer to travel domestically and abroad, she’s aiming to begin a marketing career in the financial services industry.

    AAO Scholarship Foundation HALL OF FAME inductee and all future inductees (2016 and moving forward) will have had to qualify for induction into the HOF by renewing the AAO Scholarship 3 consecutive years after winning the award the first year out of a Polk County high school. Note: Minimum requirements to renew the AAO Scholarship is a  3.0 GPA and 12 credit hours each semester enrolled with continued moral and honorable leadership on campus and within the community.

  • • HALL OF FAME 2017-Destynee Arnold •

    Robin Nable Wagman Against All Odds Scholarship Foundation, INC.

    Hall of Fame

    2017

    Destynee K. Arnold

    Southeastern University

     

    Destynee Arnold was a admirable student-athlete AAO Scholarship winner in June of 2012 after graduating from Winter Haven High School. She had a brilliant GPA over the 4 years of high school while trying to overcome a season ending knee injury during the basketball playoffs. Through it all, she succeeded in a masterful way to continue to lead the Winter Haven High School women’s team to a remarkable year of play. Upon becoming an AAO Hall of Fame Winner, Destynee graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL in April 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She qualified for the Dean’s List at SEU by graduating with a 3.5 GPA, while balancing academics along with participating on the Varsity basketball team. She is currently enrolled in the doctorate program at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy as she pursues her dream of becoming a pharmacist. At USF, she is a member of the Kappa Epsilon Professional Pharmacy Fraternity as well as the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group, where she currently serves as the Treasurer. While in pharmacy school, Destynee is also an employee for Publix as a Pharmacy Intern.

    AAO Scholarship Foundation HALL OF FAME inductee and all future inductees (2016 and moving forward) will have had to qualify for induction into the HOF by renewing the AAO Scholarship 3 consecutive years after winning the award the first year out of a Polk County high school. Note: Minimum requirements to renew the AAO Scholarship is a  3.0 GPA and 12 credit hours each semester enrolled with continued moral and honorable leadership on campus and within the community.

  • • HALL OF FAME 2016-Brianna Whitman •

    Robin Nable Wagman Against All Odds Scholarship Foundation, INC.

    Hall of Fame

    2016

    Brianna Whitman

    Florida State University

     

    2012 Scholarship Winner

    George Jenkins High School

    Synchronized Swimming

    Florida State University

     

    Brianna Whitman was a most commendable student-athlete AAO Scholarship winners in June of 2012 after graduating from George Jenkins High School-Lakeland. She created a very extraordinary GPA all 4 years and was inducted into the NHS. She sustained an almost season ending muscle tear injury that interrupted her competitive synchronized swimming schedule her senior season. After an extensive and difficult recuperation, she persevered and returned to competition to lead the team to many district medals.

    AAO Scholarship Foundation HALL OF FAME inductee and all future inductees (2016 and moving forward) will have had to qualify for induction into the HOF by renewing the AAO Scholarship 3 consecutive years after winning the award the first year out of a Polk County high school. Note: Minimum requirements to renew the AAO Scholarship is a  3.0 GPA and 12 credit hours each semester enrolled with continued moral and honorable leadership on campus and within the community.

  • • HALL OF FAME 2015-Lauren Wagman •

    Robin Nable Wagman Against All Odds Scholarship Foundation, INC.

    Hall of Fame

    2015

    Lauren L. Wagman 2015

    University of Florida - 2015

     

    AAO Scholarship Multi-Year Winner

    (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

    International Baccalaureate School,

    Haines City, Florida

     

    Lauren Wagman was the second extremely admirable student-athlete AAO Scholarship winner in June of 2011 after graduating from International Baccalaureate Haines City East. She maintained a very high GPA of 3.68 all 4 years of IB School and started and starred on both the WSB and WVB teams for 4 and 2 years respectively and winning all-county recognition in both sports. All the while, she courageously supported her mother-teacher-coach in her 5-year battle to overcome cancer. She was also by her side every step of the way during her multiple chemotherapy and radiation treatments over those years. Lauren pledged Kappa Delta Sorority at the University of Florida her freshman year and graduated with a 3.23 GPA in 4 years in June 2015. The second semester of her Junior year, she studied abroad at the Florida State University campus in Florence, Italy. She and her classmates added many short travel trips to

    Rome, Pisa, Sicily, Vienna, Barcelona and Dublin. After graduation, Lauren, substitute taught middle school in the Polk County School System for a year. She then joined Publix Super Markets, Inc. as a Regional Properity Manager of Real Estate and now lives in Dade City, FL with her husband, Bronson Quinn. The happy couple were married in Boca Grande, FL on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Jason Santos

Haines City High School

XC Training

Attending FSU

 

Jason fully applied his ability to overcome 2 very physically devastating leg(s) injuries (IT Band Syndrome). These hardships occurred in his freshman and senior years during XC training. By focusing his energies while rehabilitating on his academic life he reached true success in the HCHS International Baccalaureate (IB) program by being eighth in his graduating class and attending FSU in the fall 2017.

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