The Citrus Hills Women’s Club (CHWC) recently awarded 14 seniors with $1,000 scholarships. This year’s winners were chosen on the basis of their exceptional scholarship, leadership and community service, as well as some compelling personal stories.
CHWC is a social and charitable organization established for the purpose of making friends, sharing social events, providing charitable donations, scholarships and service to the community. CHWC has awarded nearly $285,000 in scholarships to the community since 1991.
The recipients are:
Wrylee White, of Citrus High School (CHS): White is president of the Key Club, vice president of the Interact Club and treasurer of the National Honor Society (NHS). White was chosen to serve on the CHS Character Education Advisory Council and the Principal’s Advisory Council. She has worked with organizations such as the Sheriff’s Department Citizens’ Academy and the Community Resource Center. White will attend the University of Florida to study chemistry and plans to pursue a career in pharmacy or anesthesiology.
Emma Baumer, of CHS: Baumer is a graduate of the Academy of Computer Sciences, a member of the Math Honor Society and the winner of a competitive essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. She has been the stage manager at the Citrus County Art Center and one of the stars with the CHS drama department. Baumer completed nearly 500 hours of community service during high school. She will attend the University of Central Florida to study engineering or computer science.
Ciara Ramm, of CHS: As one of five students in this year’s graduating class to complete the prestigious AP Capstone diploma program, Ramm is also graduating as an AP scholar with distinction. Additionally, she has served as president of Interact Club for two years, secretary of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council and the NHS and treasurer of Student Government in 10th and 12th-grades. She will attend the University of Florida to study political science and plans to become a lawyer.
Vickie Lantzy, of Lecanto High School (LHS): Lantzy served as co-president of NHS for two years, president of Youth in Government and class vice president and secretary. She is also a three-sport varsity letter winner in girl’s weightlifting, cross country and track. Lantzy plans to attend the University of Florida to study business finance and political science.
Molly Covino of CHS: In addition to working after school, Covino is a varsity volleyball player and a member of Link, NHS, Key Club and yearbook. Her community service interests are varied, including work with animals, churches, veterans and children. Covino will attend Florida Gulf Coast University and plans to become a forensic scientist.
Reanna Hafeken, of LHS: Hafeken will be the first person in her family to attend college and her dream is to become a surgeon. She is an International Baccalaureate (IB) participates in volleyball and weightlifting, is manager of the basketball and flag football teams, a member of NHS and president of the Interact Club. Hafeken was the founder of “Bags of Hope,” a donation drive which benefitted the local abuse shelter. Hafeken will attend the University of Jacksonville and plans to study biology and psychology.
Celine D’Anna, of LHS: D’Anna will graduate from the IB program, was named an AP Scholar, voted Athlete of the Year and served as Student Government vice president and captain of the LHS track team. Along with two classmates, D’Anna organized Beat the Traffick in 2020, a 5K run with 200 participants that raised more than $7,000 to donate to Free Network, an organization that fights against human trafficking. She plans to attend the University of North Florida to study exercise science.
September Boyer, of LHS: Boyer will graduate from the IB program in the top 5% of her class. She works after school and on weekends, is a passionate thespian, a member of the Thespian Honor Society Troupe and has served the Dramatic Arts Department in many important roles. Boyer plans to attend Flagler College to study psychology and Spanish.
Aiden Topping, of CHS: Topping is a varsity football player who would routinely be seen leaving the field at half-time to join the band performance in his position as drum major. He has also found success in the drama department as an actor, costume designer and director. Topping also balanced demanding roles such as Student Government president with the challenges of his AP and honors courses. He plans to attend the University of South Florida to study political science.
Samantha Prinner, of LHS: Prinner has recorded more than 350 hours of community service while in high school. In 2020, along with two classmates, Samantha organized Beat the Traffick, a 5K run with 200 participants that raised more than $7,000 to donate to Free Network. During COVID-19, she adapted to social distancing restrictions by organizing a virtual 5K in which people were able to participate from the safety of their homes. Both an IB student and an athlete, Prinner has served on the IB Council as senior class secretary, cross country captain for three years and track and field captain for two years. She plans to study criminology at Florida State University.
Joryanlis Santana Torres, of CHS: Torres arrived at CHS from Puerto Rico at the beginning of her senior year, having survived the devastation of the hurricanes, earthquakes and pandemic that hit the island during her teenage years. She entered the halls of CHS in August, passed all exams required by the state of Florida for graduation and had a successful academic year. Torres joined Key Club, Interact, and Citrus Crazies and was a member of varsity track, basketball and weightlifting teams. She put in countless hours as a volunteer, most notably at the animal shelter. Torres will attend the College of Central Florida and plans to major in equine studies.
Kennedi Blevins, of CHS: Blevins is a dual enrollment student who will graduate with 52 college credits. Named on the President’s Honor Roll at CF as a high school senior, she also had time to start her own business, Push Your Limits Personal Training. Ranking sixth in her class, Blevins is also a dedicated athlete and state champion in weightlifting for two years in a row, the first female to do so in CHS history. She will continue her education at the University of Central Florida and plans to study health sciences and biology.
Jessica Jones, of CHS: Jones is a dual enrollment student and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and Model United Nations at CF, who will graduate with 40 college credits. She excelled in the CHS Morning Show for three years, earning the Florida State Champion in Broadcast Journalism award in 2020 and first place On-Air Broadcast in the Florida Scholastic Press Association competition. Jones is also an accomplished dancer and choreographer who participated with the Florida State University Young Dancers Intensives and is an active Florida Dance Masters participant. She served as president of NHS and contributed to the well-being of her school and community as a member of a variety of organizations. She will attend the University of South Florida to study medical biology and chemistry.
Rachel Vitt, of CHS: Vitt will graduate 10th in her class, is an honors and dual enrollment student with more 40 college credits earned before graduation. She has received five Florida Athletic Coaches Association Academic All-State awards, is a varsity volleyball player and served as captain of the varsity basketball team her junior and senior years. Vitt has also been a member of Interact, Link, and NHS, as well as earning more than 200 community service hours with organizations such as Straight Up Sports and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Posse. She has expressed an interest in pursuing a career in either design or elementary education.