Chyanne Hill, a junior at West Port High School, is Marion County’s 2014 Sunshine State Scholar. The honor goes to one high school student each year representing the highest district-wide achievement in science and mathematics.
Hill is the 16-year-old daughter of Tommy and Charlene Hill of Ocala. She will be honored February 13-14, 2014, at a Florida Department of Education banquet in Orlando.
Hill earned the honor by excelling academically above all other high school students and is considered the top science and mathematics student in Marion County. She completed the application process based on a written essay, academic achievement in science and mathematics, participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) competitions, advanced coursework, standardized test scores, and community service.
Marion County’s alternate Sunshine State Scholar is Michael Castillo, a junior at Forest High. Other nominees include Joryan Hernandez (Belleview High), Taylor Kouba (Dunnellon High), and Dominic Ungson (Lake Weir High).
The Sunshine State Scholars Recognition Program started in 1997 and spotlights high school students by district, region, and state who excel in mathematics and science.