Humanitarian concern, honesty, integrity, positive decision making and heroism were recognized Thursday September 19 during the Lee County Sheriff's Office's Do The Right Thing awards ceremony.
It was held at Lee County Public Education in Fort Myers. Some 22 students were honored. Of those, the following were from the Lehigh Acres area.
Ashanti Elie of Lehigh is a sixth grade student at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts where Assistant Principal John Peters Jr. said on Sunday August 25 Ashanti displayed an act of heroism and courage that saved her cousin's life. While at a pool party, a family member noticed that her cousin was at the bottom of the pool motionless. Without hesitation Ashanti swam underwater and grabbed her cousin, brought him to the surface and to the edge of the pool. At that time adults, at the scene began to perform CPR until the paramedics arrived. It was later determined that Ashanti's cousin was underwater for approximately two to three minutes, before she rescued him. Staff at the hospital said it was a miracle he survived.
Vividyana "Vivi" Alonzo-Solorzano of Lehigh is a sixth grade student at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts where Assistant Principal John Peters Jr. said she assisted in an investigation at her school. When faced with a personal challenge she did the right thing by sharing everything she knew about the matter in question. Because of her honesty and integrity the next appropriate steps were able to be taken and all parties involved were satisfied with the outcome.
Elisa Sealy of Lehigh is a senior at East Lee County High School where Resource Officer Cpl. Melissa Smith said a student had dropped his wallet as he was running from an after school practice. Elisa saw what had happened, picked up the wallet and yelled to the boy who never turned around. Elisa spent two days trying to find the boy in the hallway at school before turning the wallet into the school resource officer. The wallet was returned to the owner with all his money and property inside.