Discus Award Winner
Dominick "Rylan" Romano
11th Grade, FL
I have been recognized by multiple organizations throughout the state and country. Florida houses some of the most intense academic competition in the south and I have been the front runner for summa cum laude in my school with a 4.7 weighted GPA. For four years now I have had the honor of accepting the PRISM Scholarship being the top science student among my cohort. My ACT score (29) placed me in the 96th percentile in the state and 93rd percentile in the nation. I have passed every AP test I have attempted including AP Human Geography and AP World History. I am enrolled in AP US History, AP English Composition, and two courses at my local college. I was also selected as a First-Team All-American Pop Warner Scholar which places me among the top one percent of the country academically.
I was selected as the Eustis High School ambassador for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY). Along with that honor I have attended and set up a charity golf tournament for the battle against leukemia. For the 2012 season I coached a flag-football team of at-risk children ranging from ages four to seven. I religiously attend the Teen Court program for Lake County as an attorney defending and prosecuting first time youthful offenders where I have been featured in the Orlando Sentinel for my accomplishments. Hand in hand with the Teen Court program, I am also the treasurer of the Lake County Law and Government Explorer Post where I have been in contact with some of the most influential political leaders in the county and the State of Florida.
For eight years of my life I had dedicated numerous hours of my free time to the Umatilla Pop Warner Football Program where I competed at every level as a quarterback and linebacker. On my eighth year, I was advised that I should not play contact sports for the rest of my life due to a small fracture on my fourth Lumbar vertebrate. After months of mourning, my peers convinced me to join the school swim team where I made the varsity team as a freshman and excelled to become part of the Conference Team (3 years), the District Team (3 years), and the Regional Team (1 year) where I competed against some of the most gifted athletes in the state as well as the country. I am also on the varsity tennis team for my school.