ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Suncoasters, organizers of the annual Festival of States, named Whitney Wilkerson Sungoddess 2010 in ceremonies at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort on Saturday.
Wilkerson, the daughter of Dewitt and Pat Wilkerson, is an education major at the University of Florida. She receives a $5,000 scholarship.
Angela Reese, daughter of Ed and Sandy Reese and a University of Florida nursing major, is the runner-up. She receives a $1,000 scholarship.
The young women were chosen from among 10 named to this year's Sungoddess Court in January from a group of 26 finalists. All are ages 19 to 21 and were selected based on academic achievement, community involvement and personality.
Wilkerson is a St. Petersburg debutante and belongs to UF's Campus Crusaders and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is a student teacher at Littlewood Elementary School, a Rock Solid cheerleading volunteer and coach and volunteers with K-Life, St. Vincent DePaul Homeless Missions and the Christmas Toy Shop.
She hopes to do postgraduate work in education.
Reese is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, the National Honor Society Typical Initiate and Epsilon Delta honor society. She raises money for Making Strides For Breast Cancer and hopes to volunteer with Children Beyond our Borders in Cartagena, Colombia, later this year. She hopes to earn a master's degree in nursing.
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Additional members of the court receive individual $500 scholarships. They are:
Donna Alexandra Cannova, daughter of Michael and Gail Cannova, a business administration major at UF.
Sarah Jeanne Faulkner, daughter of Ray and Cathy Faulkner, an advertising major at UF.
Amanda Griffin, daughter of Michael and Beth Griffin, a fashion merchandising major at Florida State University.
Jordan Rothwell, daughter of Jeff and Lauren Rothwell, a journalism major at UF.
Kelly Marie Russo, daughter of Frank and Colleen Russo, an English and political science major at Wake Forest University.
Kristina Terrana, daughter of Joseph and Kristine Terrana, a psychology major at the University of South Florida.
Jordan Weber, daughter of James and Stephanie Weber, a journalism major at USF.
Stephanie Wehrmann, daughter of Stephen and Susan Wehrmann, a journalism major at Santa Fe College.