The Clewiston News

Student honored at Board of Education meeting

LABELLE — Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart recognized outstanding college students during the State Board of Education meeting at LaBelle High School on March 27. One of those students is Trent Brown, a junior at the Collegiate Academy at Clewiston High School.

“Trent Brown epitomizes the characteristics we seek to highlight with the Commissioner’s Leadership Award, and it was an honor to recognize him at the March State Board of Education meeting,” said Commissioner Stewart. “Despite facing many physical hardships, Trent has excelled academically and serves as a role model to his educators and fellow students. The perseverance he has shown is a great reminder that challenges do not have to limit us. Instead, they can help us discover and develop the gifts we have buried inside.”

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Collegiate Academy student Trent Brown was recognized as an outstanding college student during the State Board of Education meeting on March 27. Pictured are Trent Brown (center) and members of the State Board of Education.

Trent was born with a rare disease called recessive multiple epiphyseal dysplasia disorder that affects bone and joint development, especially of the long bones. As a result of this disorder, he travels predominantly by wheelchair. Despite the physical challenges he faces, he has focused on excelling academically and has been an honor roll student since kindergarten. In high school he has completed honors and AP classes. Through the Collegiate Academy, he takes college classes full time and is on track to earn his high school diploma and an associate in arts degree from Florida SouthWestern State College simultaneously. His current GPA is 4.0. He plans to continue his studies either in psychology or law after graduation.

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