Lake Wales trial attorney Angela Pulido, a partner with the law firm of Lilly, O’Toole and Brown (LOB), created the Perseverance of Academic Achievement Awards last year to recognize those students who, despite having faced significant hardships and obstacles, continued throughout the year to work hard to either improve their academics or to maintain their high level of achievement.
“Much has been said about perseverance and the role it plays in success,” says Pulido. “But perhaps my favorite saying is the quote from Henry Ward Beecher, which I chose to include on the award certificates: ‘The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.’ The students chosen for these awards have a strong will.”
Pulido notes that the students, one male and one female from each of the participating schools are chosen by faculty and administration. This year’s award winners are:
Patricia Blair, McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy; Stanley Rivera, McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy; Kaitlyn King, Edward Bok Academy; Jaquez Johnson, Edward Bok Academy; Abbey Thompson, Lake Wales High School; Mason Branscom, Lake Wales High School.
In addition to receiving a framed award certificate, Pulido treated the students and a faculty member of each school to Detroit Tiger’s spring training baseball games on different days.
Article from The Lake Wales News