Vernon High School Junior Payton Poppell has earned the prestigious Sunshine State Scholar Award for Washington County. Selection was based upon test scores, GPA, advanced coursework, and successful participation in co-curricular and extracurricular science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.

Poppell was recognized by the Washington County School Board in Monday's meeting, and will be recognized again, alongside Sunshine State Scholars from around the state in May at a two-day Sunshine State Scholars Program in Orlando.

The 2017 Sunshine State Scholars program is hosted by the Florida Education Foundation.