Others honored for their efforts
Two other students were named Young Heroes by the School Board.
A freshman at Countryside High School in Clearwater, Alyssa, 15, already has a 4.8 grade point average — which means an A, even in an honors class, would bring her down a few tenths of a point. A young woman of many talents, Alyssa is a member of her school's robotics club, math club and chorus. Though challenged by physical disabilities, she has already taken on college-level work through advanced placement classes. She was recognized for her outstanding academic performance despite unique challenges and the inspiration she gives others.
Urging acts as simple as sitting with a lone student at a lunch table and broader calls to simply be nicer to fellow students, Carwise Middle School eighth-grader Stefanie Caros stepped up to help solve a problem plaguing schools across the country: bullying. Called a "champion of goodness" by school officials for her work at her Palm Harbor school, Stefanie, 14, was honored as one of the county's young heroes for her efforts. "If no one starts the change now, it will not stop in the future," she said after receiving her award.