Shelbie Martin, an eighth grader at Baker County Middle School, won the 2012 Governor’s Recognition Scholarship Essay contest sponsored by Florida PrePaid College Foundation.
Students in three Florida counties were asked to submit essays about one Florida governor.
Ms. Martin is the daughter of Jeni and Shawn Martin of Glen St. Mary. As the winner, she receives a full scholarship to any state college in Florida.
Only 13 years old, Ms. Martin doesn’t yet know where she will attend school but says, “It’ll be somewhere close to home.”
Ms. Martin was working as an assistant in the school’s media center December 16 when she received a surprise visit from BCMS principal Sherry Barrett and school district Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson.