Family, Food, and Fun! The Ocala Steam Academy Mentoring & Support Services Program held their Annual Graduation & Promotion Celebration on June 2, 2016. This special event is a celebration of the student’s success and program achievements over the past year. The theme this year was “WE DARE!” because our students dare to have the necessary courage to stand for what they believe in, they dare to take risks, they dare to face life and their fears courageously, they dare to dream!

The celebration kicked off with Mariachi Tradicional de Alum Rock performing for the students and their families. The highlight of the night was the Girish & Datta Shah Award for Academic Excellence Awards Ceremony, where students received gift cards for their academic performance. The Girish & Datta Shah Award for Academic Excellence is an incentive program that recognizes leadership and academic honors at each of the grade levels – sixth, seventh and eighth grades – and also provides specific prizes for high school students who have completed the Ocala Mentoring & Support Program and then gone on to sustain academic excellence in high school.

We would like to thank everyone who made this celebration possible:

Girish & Datta Shah
Catering For All Occasions – For donating the food for our event.
Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley – For allowing us to use their air-conditioned gym for the celebration.
Tropicale Foods, United Paleteria, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Chili’s Grill and Bar, FoodMaxx, SJ Best, Target, Costco, Josie Yanez, Olive Garden, Zanotto’s Family Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Mariachi Tradicional de Alum Rock.