GRADUATION SPOTLIGHT: Laurel Hill student 'a born leader,' principal says

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 02:32 AM.

LAUREL HILL — Chloe Collinsworth is University of West Florida bound.

The 17-year-old, who is finishing dual enrollment with Northwest Florida State College, has an unweighed grade point average of 4.3, and earned a Florida Bright Futures and a Nautilus scholarship to UWF.

"Tuition is covered; now my responsibility is room/board and books," Collinsworth said.  

She plans to earn a degree in biology and eventually pursue a career as a cardiologist or a cardiothoracic surgeon.

But she knows that her big dreams require her to leave her small town.

"There is going to be a lot of things I am going to miss," she said of the school she's attended since sixth grade. "I will definitely miss the close-knit environment ... everybody knows who you are."

Outside the classroom, Collinsworth helps her mother, Christi, with Relay for Life events. Last October, they helped organize a "Barbells for Boobs" fundraiser that provided mammograms for needy residents.

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