fl-bradshaw-ice-bucket-challenge-081914–Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, along with State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Public Defender Carey Haughwout, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department as a large group of friends, employees and supporters cheered along on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014. Sheriff Bradshaw, who said “there were many volunteers”, chose his wife, Dorothy, for the honor of dumping the bucket of ice cold water over his head. The Sheriff, who was initially challenged by Jennifer Loyless of the Public Defender’s office, went on to challenge every Sheriff’s office employee to participate in a mass dousing. The event is designed to raise money and awareness for ALS. Photo by Scott Fisher

Boca’s Corbin Weir, An American Heritage Student, Wins $20K FPL Scholarship

[C.J. Weir and his family outside of their Boca Raton home. Courtesy: FPL].

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source FPL) — American Heritage School senior Corbin “C.J.” Weir has an extra $20,000 for college, courtesy of FPL. Weir was selected as the recipient of FPL’s annual robotics college scholarship. The surprise was unveiled as a caravan of vehicles decorated with streamers and balloons passed in front of his home Thursday, including an FPL bucket truck. The event culminated with a large $20,000 check presentation.

Weir’s team mentor and the robot Weir’s team designed made a surprise appearance in his driveway to congratulate him.

Weir has been involved with robotics since his freshman year of high school. In addition to participating on his robotics team, he has used his technical knowledge to teach at-risk children engineering basics through the Police Athletic League and founded a program to help senior citizens use smart phones and laptops. This fall, he will attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, majoring in electrical engineering. 

Weir is the fifth recipient of the annual FPL scholarship, which grants each winner $5,000 annually, totaling $20,000 over four years, to assist throughout their college career.

FPL has a longstanding commitment to ensuring students have access to effective robotics programs to drive engagement in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) curricula.

The scholarship is another addition to the company’s growing involvement in this educational sector. Across the state, FPL sponsors 100 robotics teams, at all grade levels, as well as several regional competition events. In many cases, STEM and robotics programs help break down barriers and provide more opportunities to traditionally underserved populations. FPL remains dedicated to supporting STEM programs throughout the communities it serves.


Paul Saperstein


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