SEATTLE—Deirdre Manning, a 2010 graduate of Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Fla., is one of four highly accomplished high school graduates to receive a Robert G. Porter Scholarship Sunday at the American Federation of Teachers national convention.
Each year, the AFT presents an $8,000 scholarship to each of four outstanding high school seniors who are the children of AFT members. Recipients must show outstanding service to their community and plan to pursue a career in labor, education, health or government service.
In addition to excelling academically, Manning has been extremely active outside the classroom. As a freshman, she helped found the Young Democrats, which joined with the College Democrats at the University of Central Florida to work on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Manning was a member of the school’s Show Choir and was in the cast or crew for four musicals produced at her high school. She also volunteered with the CARE Foundation, which helps abandoned wild and domesticated animals, and helped recruit more than 65 new volunteers for the organization.
The Robert G. Porter Scholars Program is named in honor of the late AFT secretary-treasurer, who served for more than 30 years. Porter was known for his commitment to improving the quality of public education and public service.
Deirdre Manning will be attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando in the fall, where she plans to study environmental science and musical theater.
Her father, John P. Manning, is a member of the United Faculty of Florida at the University of South Florida.
The AFT is holding its biennial convention July 7-11 in Seattle. Coming together under the theme “Building Futures Together,” more than 3,000 delegates will vote on major union policies that address the need to save and strengthen public education, build common cause with communities, and improve the institutions in which our members work.