Pictured: Donna Kirtland, SLCC Treasurer and Ray Goodgame Award recipient Kaitlyn Figueroa

The Ray Goodgame Scholarship honors exceptional students in the South Lake area who serve as champions for the community. Today, Kaitlyn Figueroa was awarded the Ray Goodgame $1,000 scholarship at the South Lake Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Friday, May 17.

Kaitlyn, an East Ridge High School student, holds a remarkable academic record, boasting a GPA of 4.5. She has earned the highest honors, including Summa Cum Laude and the President’s Outstanding Academic Excellence Award, setting a stellar example of scholastic dedication. 

She has played a pivotal role in organizing school events and initiatives in the Student Government and serving as Class Secretary. As editor-in-chief of the school’s yearbook, she demonstrates her adeptness in managing and leading a team to create a cherished commemoration that truly embodies the essence of school spirit. 

Her leadership extends into her community service endeavors as well. Inducted as the Vice President of the National Honor Society, she has led numerous service projects, from cleanups to organizing a dance marathon that rallied her peers and contributed significantly to the community spirit. 

Furthermore, she has held an officer position in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, through which she has worked tirelessly to share the gospel of Jesus Christ on campus. 

Kaitlyn has also dedicated her time to nurturing younger minds at the Littlest Knights Preschool, assisting with lesson-planned activities that enrich and engage preschool-aged students. 

She has demonstrated her spirit and leadership in athletics as a member of the junior varsity and varsity cheerleading teams and the varsity dance team. She has performed in both spring and fall recitals, proving her dedication and teamwork. 

One of her most notable leadership roles was at the UF Shands Children’s Hospital Dance Marathon event, where she led her peers in raising over $34,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network, showcasing her ability to inspire and mobilize for a noble cause.

While managing these responsibilities, she also worked at The Rustic Bubble, further balancing her academic and extracurricular commitments with professional responsibilities.

Looking ahead, she aspires to study child psychology and hopes to open her practice to serve children and families in need, continuing her commitment to positively impacting the world.

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