Meet the 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Meet the Florida Prep Valedictorian for the Class of 2018, Stewart Zelnick.

A Florida Prep day student, Stewart has been a member of our community since 7th grade, and during that time he has held every office available to a student and excelled academically across all levels.   

Not content to receive straight A’s across all subject areas during all six years, Stewart also was featured on the President’s List the entire time, an honor awarded to only the top scholars within the school.

During his sophomore, junior and senior years, Stewart, following nominations by his peers, also served as Class President.

He is an active member of the Florida Prep AF/JROTC unit and there too has held many leadership positions, culminating in his appointment to Unit Commander during his senior year.

An exceptional golfer, Stewart has played on the Florida Prep Varsity Golf team since 8th grade, advancing to the Regional Finals in 3 of his 6 years at Florida Prep and winning the District Championship trophy in 2017.

He has been honored by the local community on more than one occasion, receiving the American Legion Military Excellence medal in 2016 and the Florida Today Top Scholar award in 2018, among others.

Stewart has been accepted to the Oxford College of Emory University (Atlanta GA), where his leadership skills will be well used.  The school boasts “Students excel here as leaders inside and outside the classroom.”  He will study Business and Law and continue his golfing career as part of the school’s team.


Meet the Salutatorian Joelle Burley

Were academic norms something we follow here at Florida Prep, Joelle Burley would not be in the Class of 2018 at all; in fact, she would be in the Class of 2019.  But because of her motivation and drive, she will graduate this year, and she will do so with some style as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2018.

Joelle is a local student who has attended Florida Prep as both a day and 5-day boarding student. She is a 6 year graduate of the school, having joined us in 7th grade.

A true student leader, she is the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Merit for Youth Leaders and in 2016 an invitee to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders.

Her academic record shines brightly; not only will she graduate from Florida Prep a year early, but she has maintained a place on the President’s List the entire time and is also a founding member of Florida Prep’s exclusive Founders Club.

Joelle balances out her academics with sports management.  She serves as the student manager of the Varsity Basketball team, and has a love of tennis and track, earning varsity letters in both sports during her senior year.  In her spare time she has interned at nearby Florida Tech in the athletics training department.

With her academic record and out of school activities, Joelle could have chosen from numerous schools across the USA, but her passion is sports and she is looking to a future career in Sports Medicine. Thus, when Florida Gulf Coast University came calling, with a degree program that matched all Joelle’s goals, she accepted their scholarship offer without hesitation.