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March 14, 2017

Seniors Graduation Day Alumni Advice Class of 2017

For the Class of 2017, graduation is looming, senioritis is at an all-time high, and college decisions are still being made. For the seniors at Lake Mary Prep, new opportunities to learn from the success stories of  fellow Griffins are being provided and students embarking on their next journey.

"Selecting the right college and preparing for that experience is difficult," Senior Class Lead Advisor Nikki Buyna explains. "To help with those choices, we ask LMP Alumni to spend the day with our current seniors and discuss their own journeys, roadblocks, and goals. Ultimately, they offer the best one-on-one advice to prepare our LMP seniors for what lies ahead."

Buyna, a teacher and administrator at Lake Mary Prep for the past 12 years, was excited to lead this particular class through their academic career, culminating in graduation. Buyna has organized a variety of events for this group, including class bonding trips, college visit, career & college counseling opportunities, a Career Day for job shadowing, a Junior retreat to meet with college admissions officers, and finally, the senior retreat for a day of mentoring from LMP alumni.

Buyna invited alumni from multiple graduating classes:

Michelle Bryce, a freshman at George Washington University, a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority and GW Women in Business.


Briana Bloss, a Sophomore at University of Florida, a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the Chief of Staff for The Big Event, the Assistant Vice Chair of Operations for Student Government Productions, and the Assistant Director of Personnel for Florida Blue Key.

Josh Yagur, a FSU Graduate with Accounting and Finance degrees and accolades including: President of Chi Phi Fraternity, Interfraternity Council Vice President of scholarship and Vice President of Finance, Vice Chair of Finance Committee and Vice Chair of Financial Code Committee, a member of Student Senate at FSU, a part of the College of Business Student Leadership council, Co-Founder and Vice President of the NASBA Ethics Club. Josh is currently a student at NYU Stern studying for his Masters in Accounting, while participating as a Class Cohort Leader. In the fall, he will be a Quantitative Analyst in International Tax at Ernst & Young in NYC.

James Novello, a junior at Florida State University, Research Assistant, Political Consultant, and  a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. James is the co-founder of The Burning Tree Magazine.

Atakan Keskin, a Senior at Oxford University/ University of Tampa, a member of The Oxford Union, Oxford Economics Society, Oxford IR Society, Oxford Turkish Society, The Adam Smith Society of UT, and Oxford Cambridge Club.

Maria Rodriguez, a Junior at the University of Kentucky and Human Health Science Major. Pre-PA. She is a UK 101 Instructor, member of Delta Gamma Sorority, member of the Christian Student Fellowship, Vice President of Student Ambassadors for the College of Health Sciences, Committee member for CHS medical Grand Rounds, in the Pre-PA club, Research Assistant in the Sports Medicine Research Institute focused on musculoskeletal injuries/prevention.


The senior class members spent a wonderful day in  small group conversations with the prestigious LMP alumni, with discussions ranging from being a freshman and picking a major while learning to balance and have better time management skills to making the most of the college experience, exploring new opportunities, and networking.  It was clear to all who attended-- LMP fosters well-rounded and ambitious students who wish to change the world for the better.  

To learn more about how your child can become a stellar student at LMP, please contact admissions for more information. Email: or call 407-805-0095 or visit


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