Challenge Day at Winter Park Consortium Secondary Schools

This month, about 400 students and more than 50 staff members and parents joined together for Challenge Day at Winter Park High School, Glenridge Middle School and Maitland Middle School.  Challenge Day was designed to foster acceptance and appreciation of one another with the idea of sharing the concept with others.  Students, staff, and parents joined together to share thoughts and to begin developing a sense of unity.

Winter Park High School’s School Advisory Council (SAC) led the efforts to bring Challenge Day to the Winter Park Consortium schools (WPC).  The SACs coordination combined with the many individuals and businesses who donated funds and resources, made Challenge Day in the WPC schools a success.

The acceptance and appreciation developed during Challenge Day  won’t end now that the Challenge Day is complete.  The WPHS SAC has created Be the Change, with the goal of creating a lasting secondary school community and culture that values diversity, supports differences and builds positive relationships. Through Be the Change, programs will be created to give WPC secondary students tools to communicate, adapt and thrive in an ever more complicated world.

Winter Park – Be the Change

  • Provide sustainable programs, such as Challenge Day, based on our student’s needs
  • Show positive student results from programs: increased self-esteem; increased academic achievement; increased connection to and within our community; reduced discipline referrals; and quite literally, lives forever affirmatively changed and even saved.
  • Sign up to Be the Change on Facebook: @winterparkbethechange
  • Support these WPHS efforts in continuing to build a caring, informed, tolerant community by being part of the Change at Winter Park – Be The Change.
  • An in-kind or service donation can be pledged via e-mail to or You will be honored as a Winter Park High School Community Partner and be invited to “Be the Change” project events for special recognition.

Stay tuned for Challenge Day and Be the Change updates!

WPHS Senior Receives Tori Sheahan Kindness and Compassion Award and Scholarship

The first Tori Sheahan Kindness and Compassion Award and Scholarship was presented to Emily Sahina, a senior at Winter Park High School during the Winter Park High School Senior Awards.

Tori  Sheahan worked as a nurse practitioner providing healthcare for the underserved in Central Florida for 15 years. For 12 of those years she worked closely with the Winter Park Health Foundation as a nurse practitioner at Glenridge Middle School. During that time she also helped supervise, mentor and support the school nurses in the Winter Park consortium of schools.

Tori was a champion for the health of local youth. She always made sure her patients got the care, medicine, education and social services they needed. Children and their families benefited from her medical knowledge as well as from her kindness and compassion.

Emily Sahina was selected as the first recipient of the Tori Sheahan Kindness and Compassion Award and Scholarship because of her extremely caring and compassionate nature.  Emily has positively impacted the WPHS campus through the 207 hours of volunteer service hours she has completed in the community through various organizations and clubs at WPHS.   People who know her well describe her as dependable and kind hearted. Her consideration of others is matched equally in her dedication to her academics. Her future plans include attending Valencia and majoring in either health science, psychology, or art. She is a first generation college student who loves working with children and giving back to her community.

Congratulations, Emily!

The Tori Sheahan Award and Scholarship is funded through the memorial fund set up in her name by the Winter Park Health Foundation.