Over 200 All Children's Hospital Teen Volunteers and Medical Explorers, representing most high schools in Pinellas County, were recognized for their volunteer efforts at a dinner in their honor on Wednesday, May 6. These students have served a grand total of 18,500 hours in a variety of hospital departments and programs.
(Photo) Lyndsey Johannesen, (left) holds an Olympic Gold Medal with Nicole Haislett-Bacher
Nicole Haislett-Bacher, winner of three gold medals for swimming in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain was the guest speaker at the dinner. She gave an inspirational talk and spoke about her road to success. She also brought a few of her gold medals to share with the teens.
Special recognition went to 70 teens that are graduating from high school. Many have volunteered at ACH or been a part of our Medical Explorer Program since their freshman year. Next year, they will attend a variety of colleges, including: University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Vanderbilt University, Woffard College, New College of Florida, Rice University, Rhodes College and St. Leo College.
Scholarships and special awards presented included:
Frances Shoemaker Scholarship ($1,000 award in memory of the first volunteer director at ACH)
Robert and Winifred Tufaner Scholarship Award ($1,000 award in memory of Robert & Winfred Tufaner- ACH and community volunteers)
Stefan Czerkas Award - (Outstanding Medical Explorer Leadership Award - named in memory of Stefan Czerkas, a former teen volunteer and Medical Explorer)