Mathew Maggio, of South Sumter High School, has been selected as the 2019 Sunshine State Scholar for Sumter County Schools. Sponsored by the Florida Education Foundation, the Sunshine State Scholars program aims to retain intellectual talent in Florida. Each district in the state is asked to identify the top 11th- grade students in the areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). In June, Mathew will go to Orlando for a two-day convening of the top 100 high school STEM scholars in the state. He will become part of a think tank charged with tackling some of Florida’s most challenging STEM-related issues. Representatives from Florida’s colleges and universities will meet with the students and discuss higher-education opportunities as well. To be eligible, students must have a weighted GPA of 3.9 or higher, a minimum of 25 hours of community service, and a demonstrated interest in STEM-related studies.
Mathew has taken an extensive list of dual enrollment and Advanced Placement courses during his high school career. He also volunteers at the Sumter County Sheriff’s office and has been instrumental in assisting with preparing laptops to be distributed to all students at South Sumter High School for the One-to-One initiative. Mathew is a strong team player at district and state STEM competitions such as science fair, Envirothon, Math Field Day, Future Entrepreneurs, Math Olympics, and FIRST Tech Challenge robotics. Mathew was also recently named one of the top 25 Young Science research presenters at the Junior Science Engineering and Humanities Symposium at the University of Florida.