OUR CHRISTMAS AUCTION REALLY DOES MATTER        

In 2009, the Desoto County Historical Society Board agreed to provide a scholarship to a DeSoto County High School Senior beginning with the 2010 graduating class.  In order to accomplish this feat on behalf of our organization, we decided to use funds derived from our annual Christmas Auction which is held immediately after the luncheon at our December meeting.  We could only muster $500 to award to our first recipient, however, since   then, we have given $1000 each year, thanks to our membership’s excellent response to the annual auction.  

From time to time, we wonder where these young  people are and what they have accomplished since they graduated.  Each of  them or a family member has been  contacted and their accomplishments are as follows beginning with the year they graduated from DeSoto County High School:


2010-    Katie Colding       Graduated USF with a degree in Public Health, currently works with mentally handicapped adults in the Tampa area; starting Masters Program in 2017 at St. University.                               

2011-    Jahna Leonard       Majoring in English at Florida Gulf Coast University. 

2012-    Shelbie Bennett       Attending University of Florida majoring in Anthropology.

2013-     Haylie Farley            Beginning in January, 2017 she plans to attend South Florida State College and after receiving her AA degree will pursue her studies to be a Pediatrician.                              

2014-     Trey Jennings    Received his AA in the Spring of 2016 from Florida Southwestern State College(FSW),  formerly Edison State College.  He was given a full time staff position as an Admission Assistant  and is now working on his Bachelors in Supervision & Management at FSW.  His goal is to be COO of a major non-profit organization.

2015-     Jamie Westberry     Sophomore at Southeastern University, Lakeland, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Theology.  Her goal is to be a Children’s Christian Counselor.    

2016-     Grant Potter       Freshman at South Florida State College.  After attaining his AA degree, he plans to transfer to the University of Florida and pursue  a degree in Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine.

​2017 -  Briana Harris  Hopes to attend the University of Florida and study finance.