CBF was proud to sponsor their 13th Annual Scholastic Breakfast for Coral Shores High School! The breakfast recognizes the top 20 graduating students and their parents. Although the weather was dreary, the mood inside the banquet facility at the Marriott Key Largo Bay Beach Resort was upbeat.
Principal David Murphy gave a warm welcome and introductions. He impressed the audience with some information on the group of students: five of the students held a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout their high school tenure and most of the group would be entering college as sophomores due to the numerous Advanced Placement Courses they had taken while at Coral Shores. His introduction was followed by Monroe County Schools Superintendent Jesus Jara, who greeted the crowd and thanked both the parents and the school faculty for helping the students achieve such success.
After enjoying breakfast, Robert L. Epling, President and CEO of Community Bank, was introduced as the guest speaker. Mr. Epling reminded the students they were the scholars of today and the leaders of tomorrow. He paraphrased former Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall, stating “none of us got here by pulling up our own bootstraps; someone bent over and helped us pull up our boots.” He told the audience the story of his first year at college and how his mother helped him get through being home-sick. He said that having his mom there to pull up his bootstraps and perseverance were what made his life successful. He then asked the students to take a moment to thank their parents and continue to persevere through the challenges ahead in life.
Ms. Chris Harris, the College Advisor, then introduced each student and recognized them for their impressive accomplishments throughout high school. As each student came forward, they shook hands with the Principal, the Superintendent and Mr. Epling. They were also given a motivational book; The Best Way Out is Always Through- The Power of Perseverance and the announcement was made they would all be featured in full page ads in the local newspapers.