Stefan Stratimirovic, an outstanding eighth grader at Woodland Hills Junior Senior High School was recently named a 2017 Carson Scholar. This honor provides Stefan with a $1000 scholarship toward his post-secondary education, a medal and a certificate commemorating this distinguished recognition. Stefan’s accomplishment will also be noted with a trophy that will find its home in a space of recognition in Woodland Hills’ many trophy cases.
Stefan is one of only 8000 scholars from across the nation who received this honor in 2017. Stefan was chosen not only for his academic success but also for the contributions he has made to his community. Stefan and other local Carson Scholars were honored at a banquet at Heinz Field on Saturday, April 8, 2017 where they met the distinguished Dr. Ben Carson in person and were able to commemorate the occasion with photographs.
Stefan was made aware of the scholarship opportunity through a friend at Taylor Allderdice High School who was previously honored with the same scholarship. In addition to stellar academic success, Stefan volunteers with Heritage Community in Braddock to help kids overcome their fear of water and teach them how to swim. Stefan competes in swimming and is a member of the Woodland Hills Aquatics Team. Stefan is the son of Vladimir and Sladjana Stratimirovic and has an older brother Luka. A Collie named Lola, a Gecko named Crosby, and a Cockatiel named Nola are company to Stefan as he completes his homework and studies for tests at home.
Stefan is thankful for the teachers and his guidance counselor who wrote recommendations for this scholarship, including Ms. Weaver, Ms. Walter, Mr. Coles and Ms. Everhart. Other teachers that he feels have been very influential in his life thus far are Ms. Boswell, Ms. Holland, and Ms. Weisser. His future plans include attending the University of Pittsburgh for undergrad and Yale for medical school where he would like to become a Cardiac Surgeon.