Sarasota High School 2020 STRIVE Recipients
Nicholas Saslow | Nick’s first surgery for a genetic disorder was when he was 4 years old. In the aftermaths of the ensuing 19 surgeries, he struggled to acclimate academically and behaviorally. Nick has had zero issues while in high school and has taken seven college-level courses and earned a 4.16 GPA. He has undergone much more trauma than most teenagers and yet has stayed away from a party scene to become a role model to his peers. Nick shows others how to deal with adversity, pain and isolation, and he enjoys showing hospitalized children that it helps to keep up with academics during the healing process.
Nick loved receiving handmade blankets when he was in pre-op for surgeries. He has started making blankets for other children in the hospital and has made 34 blankets so far. Nick is on track for graduation and the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE). He plans to pursue medical school and realize his dream job as an orthopedic surgeon.
Junior STRIVE Recipients: Jason Chapman, Anthony Jenkins, Natalia Jimenez-Molinelli, Gabriella Miller