Brandon is shown here with his Mother and Board Member Jerry Custin.Brandon Yates our  East Lake High School Super Star has applied for enrollment at St. Petersburg College working toward a degree in Computer Science.  He earned the Advanced Placement Scholar Award at ELHS in 2014.  He graduated with a 4.3 GPA completing 9 Honors Courses and achieving recognition on the Honor Roll six times and Deans List three times in his high school career.


Our winner was also an active member of the Mu Theta Alpha  Mathematics Honor Society and Chemistry clubs and also served as a volunteer math tutor for other students. 


High School has been quite a journey for he and his mother and involved several homes and moves.  But he has used this to his advantage saying that this enabled him “to meet a plethora of genuine and down-to-Earth people that made me desire to be a friendly and charming person.”  Our awardee also observed that once they’re housing situation become more stable that, “My grades began to rise and I formed a desire to do well in school and I also started a work ethic of never giving up and trying my hardest to achieve the impossible. Because of this work ethic, I am able to attend college and have better job opportunities in my future career decisions.”


We can think of few better qualities to prepare for the future than a vision matched with a strong work ethic, a down-to-earth friendly personality and the desire to learn and succeed.  We are honored to be of some small assistance on your  path Brandon.  Keep that never quit attitude!  

Brandon is shown here with his Mother Melanie and Board Member Jerry Custin.