Andrew Parker graduated from Miami Palmetto High School in 2010. He was a dedicated student preparing for his spring semester enrollment at the University of Florida. From a young age Andrew was very serious about his studies and shared that enthusiasm with his classmates, often helping others prepare for exams and write papers. A scholarship was established in Andrew’s name to help Palmetto graduates offset the cost of attending The University of Florida. To date, $35,000 has been donated to worthy graduates.
As early as age 2 Jackson Powell was drawn to the water. His love for the beach as a toddler soon developed into a passion for most any water sport. Jackson would spend hours wakeboarding and spearfishing, always looking for the next challenge. He truly gained as much satisfaction helping others succeed as he did from his own accomplishments. He often spent the better part of the day teaching family and friends until they shot their first fish or could wakeboard around the bay. Thousands of dollars in donation have been made in Jackson’s name to ocean conservation.
Jonathan Parker, also a Miami Palmetto alumnus, was set to graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University in December 2018, an honor he was awarded posthumously. While working on his degree in business at FGCU Jonathan’s humanitarian qualities began to surface. He often volunteered his time both locally and abroad. Jonathan was able to combine his love for travel with his desire to help others. He traveled to Nicaragua and Thailand, helping build community centers, teaching children to speak English and communities to utilize the resources they have for maximum sustainability. Plaques honoring Jonathan’s volunteer work have been placed at community centers and women’s centers in Nepal and Thailand.