COMPACT Goes to Washington!

June 2013

Nineteen high achieving students representing five Orange County high schools traveled to Washington, DC June 8th through June 12th for five educational and culturally enriching days. The group visited sites and gained new experiences with friends new and old.

The group visited monuments and historical sites, including the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument,the Arlington Cemetery and the Frederick Douglas House. Students also visited the Smithsonian Museums. They also enjoyed a dance performance at Dance Place, visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and enjoyed a special brunch at the Bolling Air Force Base.

The highlight of the trip was a visit with Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Justice Thomas met with the group in his inner chambers. After his inspiring talk he took time to answer questions.

Students posed at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Monument.

Freedom High School students at the Supreme Court.

The group in front of the White House

Timber Creek High School students, twins Tayler and Timmon Herzberg presented Supreme Court Justice  Clarence Thomas with a birthday present and card.

Jones High School students at Bolling Air Force Base

Oak Ridge High School students with Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas.

Students from Timber Creek, Acceleration Academy and Oak Ridge at the Bolling Air Force Base Officer’s Club.

Looking Forward to Another Great Year!

The 2012 COMPACT Washington, DC Trip winners pose with chaperones and COMPACT staff on the steps of the Supreme Court.

 A Message from COMPACT’s Executive Director, A. George Fuller

We’ve come a long way – 23 years! Twenty-three years of service to our students and to our community! Created in 1989 by former Orlando Mayor Bill Frederick, Orlando Orange County COMPACT began with 15 students and 15 mentors at Jones High School. Since inception about 11,000 students have been nurtured by COMPACT, including almost 600 for this school year,

This site offers a glimpse of our outstanding achievers – students like Linnet De Zayas of Acceleration Academy, our Bill Frederick High School Student of the Year winner and Samantha Lundy of Jones High School, our Lee Norris Rayam Scholarship recipient; and mentors like Sandra Trotter of Vista Lakes Elementary School, our Mentor of the Year. All the students, mentors and teachers/coordinators are shining examples of our COMPACT story.

We offer special thanks to all who have helped us help our young people: parents, mentors, teachers, administrators, and business and community partners; for this year and for all of our 23 years. Yes, we have come a long way!

Welcome to the new COMPACT website!

Starla Milhoan, Mentor of the Year for 2010-2011 holding her award and pictured with, left to right: Erin Braun, COMPACT Board Chair and Volunteer of the Year for 2010-2011; McKinley Aime, one of Mrs. Milhoan’s several mentees at Orlo Vista Elementary School; and George Fuller, Executive Director.

We are excited to launch our new and improved website. Please take a look around!