May 22 Celebration Also Recognizes John Young History Makers Past and Future
The Historical Society of Central Florida presented its highest honor, the John Young History Maker Award, to Dr. E. Ann McGee, president of Seminole State College.
“Dr. McGee has led Seminole State for 22 transformative years, guiding its transition from a community college to a dynamic state institution,” said Michael Perkins, the Historical Society’s executive director. “She has made an invaluable contribution to Central Florida.”
The John Young History Maker Award is given each year to a Central Floridian whose lifetime of achievement has made a historic impact on the community. It bears the name of its first recipient, Captain John Young, the distinguished astronaut who hailed from Orlando.
The presentation to President McGee is the centerpiece of the 12th Annual John Young History Maker Celebration, which this year took place at the Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando.
At the celebration, the Historical Society also honored the late Albert Nelson, longtime director of human relations for the City of Orlando, with its John Young History Maker Past Award and announcde the recipient of its John Young History Maker Future Award—the Scott Harris Memorial Scholarship, presented to an outstanding Central Florida public high school senior.
The John Young History Maker Celebration is the Historical Society’s major annual fundraising event and supports the Orange County Regional History Center’s exhibitions and educational programs.
“The celebration truly makes a difference in the History Center’s ability to tell the story of Central Florida past and bring that story to the Central Floridians of today and tomorrow,” said Perkins. “We’re especially grateful for the support of our sponsors: our Gold Level Sponsor, Orlando Health; Silver Level Sponsors, SunTrust and Disney; and our Presenting Media Sponsor, Spectrum News 13. We couldn’t do this without their help, and that of the Historical Society’s Board.”
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