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HEAT Announce 2013 Scholarship Recipients

MIAMI – The Miami HEAT announced May 15 the four recipients of its 2013 HEAT Scholarships: The Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship, the Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship and two HEAT Scholarships. In its 17th year, the HEAT Scholarships offer $10,000 in funds to high school seniors attending school in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach counties. The scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, are awarded based on excellent academic performance, outstanding community service, and an unmet financial need. The following individuals are recipients of the 2013 HEAT Scholarships and will be honored during halftime of the May 15 match up against the Chicago Bulls.

Elizabeth Pantaleon is the recipient of the Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship. As a senior at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School, she maintains a 5.1 GPA. She is on the varsity volleyball team, where she earned team MVP honors, and varsity softball team in high school. She volunteered 800 hours of volunteer services with local organizations such as her high school Key Club, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Best Buddies, and Special Olympics. Pantaleon will be attending University of Florida, majoring in International Relations.

Lina Soto is the recipient of the Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship. Soto attends Cypress Bay High School and maintains a 5.2 GPA. She volunteered her time with Westside Regional Medical Center ICU Department, Young at Art Children’s Museum, and Habitat for Humanity of Broward where she assisted with fundraising as the Community Service/Event Coordinator. She is involved in several high school activities, including Science Club and The National Honors Society. She serves as her school Ambassador for Health Science Occupations of America and manages their social media to keep members informed of upcoming events. Soto will be attending Boston University majoring in Molecular Biology.

Frank Laucerica is a recipient of one of two awarded HEAT Scholarships. Laucerica is a senior at Coral Reef Senior High School and maintains a 5.1 GPA. Throughout high school, he has been involved in many extracurricular activities, such as National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honors Society, and Thespians Honor Society. He devoted 1,936 total community service hours during his high school tenure by coordinating benefit concerts, organizing holiday caroling at nursing homes and hospitals, while also donating his time to non-profit organizations such as Shake-A-Leg Miami and Where Every Child Is A Star, Inc. Laucerica will be attending Northwestern University, majoring in Vocal Performance and Music Education.

Caitlyn Johnston is a recipient of the second of two HEAT Scholarships. Johnston attends Matlock Preparatory Academy and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Johnston is the founding President of her high school’s Key Club. She also volunteered her time with organizations such as National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Tobacco Free Florida, and Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Jupiter, Florida. In August 2012, she presented the importance of tobacco-free parks and playgrounds to the Jupiter Town Council and has been successful in securing resolutions urging local tobacco retailers to refrain from selling flavored tobacco products due to their impact on youth tobacco initiation. Johnston will be attending Bowdoin College.