Despite his status as a full-time student at Valencia State College, senior Trent Sellers has made it a priority to maintain a connection with his high school friends.

This is a greater task than one would realize, considering he must balance his social life while keeping a 4.0 GPA, his rank as top valedictorian in the class, staying active as a leader in his Boy Scout troop and keeping his faith in God. Sellers keeps a well-rounded resume in all he does — Boy Scouts, Key Club and academics — and he manages to excel in whatever he applies himself.

“I was faced with a new, incredible opportunity, but I knew I would be sacrificing a portion of my life with my friends at Boone,” Sellers said. “That was a hard decision to make.”

He kept active on campus through his involvement in Key Club. Sellers is currently the club treasurer and was class representative for Key Club during his junior year.

Aside from school, Sellers is involved in scouting. He is the senior patrol leader for his troop and has just recently become an Eagle Scout, an honor only 5 in 100 Scouts receive.

“It’s a huge honor. It’s a lot of work, and you can understand why a lot of kids don’t reach it by seeing how big the project is,” Sellers said. “You can see why people respect it so much.”

To become an Eagle Scout, Sellers had to complete a community service project. He renovated the Vietnam Memorial between the 100 and 200 buildings, the Challenger Memorial and the William R. Boone Memorial, much of which had previously been neglected and covered by plant overgrowth.

“The important part of the project was to bring focus back to this area because it had been kind of neglected,” Sellers said.

The memorial, now titled the Forever Brave Garden, is now clearly visible and looks brand new. He re-mulched the ground, fixed the monument, added benches and planted new flowers.

Sellers plans to attend the University of Central Florida and major in Computer Engineering. Following his first semester, he plans to leave for a two year religious mission through his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, then return to complete his education.

Click here to see pictures from the Sellers’ Eagle Scout project.

By Renee Burke

I currently work as a Media Promotions Manager for OCPS. I taught at William R. Boone HS in Orlando for 22 years, and was JEA's 2015 H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year, the 2012 OCPS Teacher of the Year, 2011 FSPA Journalism Teacher of the Year, and a 2011 Gold Key recipient from CSPA. I advised the Legend yearbook and Hi-Lights newspaper for 20 and 21 years, respectively. Both publications earned CSPA Crown awards and NSPA Pacemakers.

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