Featured Alumnus


Caleb Vogt

We would like to recognize that Caleb Vogt, running track & cross country for the Georgia Bulldogs, has maintained a 3.67gpa and will graduate with a degree in Finance in 12/2010. We wish Caleb much success in his senior year at Georgia.

Omari C. Wise

Omari was one of the first Gliders and was an active member for 8 years, competing primarily in long-distance events. Omari won several state championships in USATF and AAU in both track and cross country. He won an 8th place medal in the 3000 meter run at the 1993 USATF Track National Championships in Baton Rouge, LA, and contributed to a third place team medal in the AAU National Cross Country Championships in 1990 in Birmingham, AL.  Omari was a National Achievement Scholar who also competed in the long-distance events for Lake Brantley High School.


After completing a series of corporate internships, Omari graduated from FAMU at the top of his accounting class in 2001. He then worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche in Miami; after earning his CPA license in 2005, he took a job as an internal auditor at Ryder, where he was the top American scorer on the November 2005 Certified Internal Auditor exam. At Ryder, Omari subsequently was promoted to Audit Manager in 2006 and Senior Audit Manager in 2007.  He currently is enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.  Omari has volunteered the last 10 years at the Gliders Classic track meet.


Dara M. Wise

Dara was an active member with the Gliders for 8 years competing in long-distance, hurdles & the multi-events. In youth group competition, she won several state championships and medaled in the AAU 1999 National track championships and won several other national medals in track. In age group cross country she led her team to first place for the Gliders first Gold medal team championships at the 1990 AAU XC Championships in Birmingham, AL.

In high school, Dara led her Lake Brantley team to finish first in Florida’s high school state cross country meet in 1998 and second in 1999. She was also a member on Lake Brantley’s 4x800m state meet championships. After receiving a track scholarship to FAMU, Dara led her team to the MEAC cross country conference Championship in 2002, and 2003 the team finished second and Dara qualified for the NCAA XC Championships in Tennessee where she finished 88th. Dara has volunteered almost every year to help run the Glider’s Classic track meet.


Dara graduated from FAMU in 2004 summa cum laude with an MBA and worked for Pfizer as a sales representative in Jacksonville and Orlando and currently works as a diabetes sales specialist with Johnson & Johnson in Tallahassee. She is now married and expecting her first child.


Dafina A. Wise

Dafina was an active member with the Gliders for 8 years competing in the long-distance events. In youth group competition, she won several state championships in track. She also finished 9th in the AAU 1991 National Cross Country Championships where she led her team to the Gliders first Gold medal at the 1990 AAU XC Championships in Birmingham, AL. In high school, Dafina was a member of the Lake Brantley team which finish first in Florida’s high school state cross country meet in 1998 and second in 1999. Dafina has volunteered many years to help run the Glider’s Classic track meet.


Dafina graduated from UF in 2004 and currently is in medical school in Detroit at Wayne State University where she has won several awards for her dedication and performance. She volunteers her time extensively in the community helping youth and the less fortunate. She is engaged to be married to a fellow medical student.



Ade J. Wise

Ade was an active member of the Gliders for 10 years competing primarily in the distance events. He also competed as a youth in AAU national basketball competition and national chess tournaments. In youth group track competition Ade won many state championship, medaled several times at the USATF, AAU and Hershey National Track Championships. In 1992 at 10 years old he set a national 5k road record. In age group cross country, he and his twin brother led their team to one USATF and three AAU National Cross Country titles. In high school, Ade was a merit scholar started on the basketball team and reached the track state finals two times, finishing 3rd in the 800m and with his brother led Lake Brantley High School to a medal in the 4x800m relay at state.


Ade ran track for Duke for 2 years before graduating in 2006 with an electrical engineering degree. He currently works for Lockheed as a satellite test engineer in Philadelphia, PA. He plans to enroll in a MBA program next year.


Kamal C. Wise

Kamal was an active member of the Gliders for 10 years competing primarily in the distance events. He also competed as a youth in AAU national basketball competition and national chess tournaments. In youth group track competition, Kamal won several state championships, medaled several times at the USATF and AAU National Track Championships. In age group cross country, he and his twin brother led their team to one USATF and three AAU National Cross Country titles. In high school, he was the starting point guard on the basketball team; and with his brother led Lake Brantley High School to a medal and school record in the 4x800m relay at the Florida High School State Championships


Kamal graduated from FAMU in 2008 with an MBA and currently works for Johnson & Johnson as a medical marketing manager in the San Francisco bay area.



Neamen R. Wise

Neamen has been active member of the Gliders for 10 years competing primarily in the field and multi-events. He also competed as a youth in cross county, AAU basketball and Pop Warner football. In youth group track competition Neamen won many state championships, medaled several times at the USATF and AAU National Track Championships. In 2005 Neamen won a national USATF championship title in the pentathlon. The following year he won bronze medal in the decathlon at the USATF Championships in Walnut, CA. Last year he won the Silver medal in the decathlon at the AAU National Track Championships in Detroit. He also competed in the decathlon at the USA Jr. National Track Championships (19 & under) in Columbus, Ohio finishing 11th.


In high school, Neamen has played basketball and was on the Lake Brantley football team that went to the state championships while earning a varsity letter every year in track at Lake Brantley. He has reached the state track championships as a sophomore in the 300m hurdles and the following year as a junior he made the state finals in both the 100m and 300m hurdles.


First Glider to Graduate from Law School


Steve Christian of Altamonte Springs is the first Glider to graduate from law school! Steve earned his law degree from Florida’s A & M’s law school. He plans to take the bar exam this fall and will pursue a law career in the non-corporate arena concentrating in family law, property law and public benefits. Steve graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2005 with a degree in legal studies.


Steve ran both the short and long hurdles for the Gliders and for Lyman High School. He has been the recipient of several Glider college scholarships and has volunteered consistently at our annual Glider track meet. Steve is a very thoughtful individual, always supporting others. For years while in school he scraped money together to fund an annual award each track season which was given to the “hardest-working’ Glider which was usually an athlete that didn’t win national medals, but competed hard and showed up at every practice. Steve also has two other brothers currently attending FAMU who also ran with the Gliders.


We salute Steve as he ventures out into the professional world and wish him much luck. He typifies the Glider spirit of hard work, supporting others and community involvement.


Ryan Truchelut Heads To Graduate College of Meteorology

After a 10-year career with the Gliders, highlights of which include membership on national runners-up cross country teams in 1995, and a 3rd place individual national finish in the 2000m Steeplechase in 2001, Ryan Truchelut was recruited by the track program at Princeton University, where he enrolled in 2004. While injuries limited him to only two seasons of varsity competition, his time at Princeton was well-spent taking advantage of academic and research opportunities in meteorology, a field which has fascinated him as far back as anyone can recall. Completing a rigorous slate of coursework heavily weighted towards the natural sciences and mathematics, as well as two original research papers on topics in tropical cyclone formation, Truchelut was honored for his efforts with the Peter Stroh Prize for Best Thesis on an Environmental Topic, the Arthur Buddington Departmental Award, and the Max Mayfield Scholarship in Weather Forecasting, among others. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Geosciences in June 2008, with a cumulative GPA of 3.73, in the top 20% of the class. Currently, Truchelut is enrolled in the Graduate College of Meteorology at Florida State University, enjoying a fellowship from the American Meteorological Society and preparing for a career in operational forecasting.


Steier Receives Fulbright Scholarship
Posted By Bill Ward at Jun 26, 2008 at 03:46 PM
Updated Jun 26, 2008 at 04:50 PMFormer Berkeley Prep and Stanford University distance running star Rolf Steier has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship to Norway in Education, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced.Steier, an eight-time state champion and a three-time state runner-up at Berkeley and an All-American at 1,500 meters while at Stanford, is one of over 1,450 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2008-2009 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its inception in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, more than 100,000 Americans have taught, studied or conducted research overseas. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Steier expects to travel to Norway later this summer, where he will continue to train and compete in track with an Oslo-based club. He had hoped to qualify for this week’s U.S. Olympic track trials in the 1,500 but was hampered by an injury.

List of Alumni

Ken Bowen Dr. Phillips 1994 USC
Matthew Knutsen Dr. Phillips 1995 University of Cinncinatti
Bynia Reed Dr. Phillips 1995 Princeton
Myleia Reed Dr. Phillips 1997 Harvard
Tiffany Cook Dr. Phillips 1997 Florida International
Chisa Perry Dr. Phillips 1997 Lincoln
Brad Lang Lake Brantley 1997 Winthrop University
Omari Wise Lake Brantley 1997 Florida A & M
Josh Galle J Leonard 1997 University of Florida
Jennifer Brown Evans 1997 Florida A & M
Robin McClain Jones 1998 Florida A & M
Roxanne Eadie Haines City 1998 University of Florida
Dara Wise Lake Brantley 1999 Florida A & M
Dafina Wise Lake Brantley 2000 University of Florida
Carlos Hinojosa Colonial 2000 University of Florida
James Welsh Osceola 2000 Virginia Tech
Jeff Curley Trinity Prep 2000 Davidson
Leticia Eadie Cypress Creek 2000 Middle Tennessee
Crystal McKinney Winter Springs 2001 Florida A & M
Steve Christian Lyman 2001 UCF
Valarie Martinez University 2001 UCF
Eric Montijo Winter Park 2001 Univ. of North Carolina
Jamar Smith Dr. Phillips 2001 West Point Academy
Sophia Pereira Bishop Moore 2001 Rollins College
Mallory Dunn Seabreeze 2001 University of Florida
Jeremy Hall Tampa Gaither 2001 University of Colorado
Asha Young Winter Springs 2001 Bethune Cookman
Kiesha Weeks Lake Brantley 2002 Southern University
Heather Cain Lake Howell 2002 Univ of Florida
Kenny Jesensky Dr. Phillips 2002 Coastal Carolina/FSU
Rolf Steier Berkley Prep 2002 Stanford
Ade Wise Lake Brantley 2002 Duke
Kamal Wise Lake Brantley 2002 Florida A&M
Gerald Christian Lyman 2003 Florida A&M
Danny Sihabouth Lake Brantley 2003 Florida State
Shady Khormanian Lake Brantley 2003 Univ South Florida
Alan Abrams Apopka 2003 Ole Miss
Bryan Christian Lyman 2004 Florida A&M
Ryan Deak McClay 2004 Colorado
Robert Isaac Lake Howell 2004 The Citadel
Richard Periera Bishop Moore 2004 Univ of Florida
Michael Rodriguez Trinity Prep 2004 FSU
Ryan Truchelut Trinity Prep 2004 Princeton
Steve Verlander Lake Brantley 2004 SCC
Andrew Biladeau Tampa Jesuit 2005 Univ of Virginia
Drew Byrnes Bishop Moore 2005 Univ of Florida
Andrew Chuplis Lake Highland Prep 2005 Univ of Miami
Steve Curley Trinity Prep 2005 Villanova
Justin Davis Raines 2005 Florida A&M
Chris Dellbridge Lake Brantley 2005 UCF
Drew Horner Edgewater 2005 Troy State
Tim McCleod Trinity Prep 2005 Indiana
John Roberts Trinity Prep 2005 Swanee
Shaun Roberts Lyman 2005 SCC
Brian Sharkey Gulliver Prep 2005 Princeton


         Caleb Vogt


Caleb Vogt is a sophomore Exercise Science major from Winter Park, Florida.  He is a member of the UGA Cross Country and Track and Field teams.  Caleb has a 3.59 GPA and has been named to the Dean’s List.  He was a member of the Southeastern Conference Freshman Athlete Academic Honor Roll and UGA’s Student Athlete of the Month for October 2006. Caleb is very involved in Team United, a Christian organization involving Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Georgia Athletes Outreach and Athletes in Action.  He was instrumental in organizing the Track and Field Bible study ministry




2007: Indoor – Took 13th at the Southeastern Conference Championships in the 5000-meter run…registered a season-best 5000 time of 14:36.59 to take eighth at the Tyson Invitational…finished fourth in the 3000 with a season-best time of 8:33.63 at the Diet Pepsi Invitational. 
2006: Cross Country – Ran in five races for the Bulldogs during his freshman campaign…clocked a season-best time of 25:52.87 to take 46th at the SEC Championships.
High School: Led his team to three cross country FHSAAA championships…Won FHSAA state titles in the 3200 meters at Winter Park…Registered personal-best times of 9:17 in the 3200 and 4:18 in the 1600…Posted a 3.96 GPA in high school…Majoring in Exercise Science.
Personal: Born Sept. 27, 1987.


Gliders in the news – May 2001


Steve Christian, a senior at Lyman High School was chosen to receive a $20,000 scholarship from UCF and the Orlando Magic

Omari Wise graduated from Florida A & M and was number #1 in his business administration class with a 3.95 average

Rolf Steier, a junior at Berkeley Prep was selected to represent the USA at the World Youth Games in Hungary this July in the 1500m and 3000m

Ryan Truchelut, a freshman at Trinity Prep, was awarded first place in the NASA Student Involvement

Programs 2000-2001 competition


Crystal McKinney, a senior at Winter Springs, was awarded a full athletic track scholarship to attend Florida A & M University

Ade Wise, a junior at Lake Brantley High School, was selected as a National Merit Finalist and was awarded a scholarship to attend the LEAD Summer Business Institute at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California/Los Angeles this July.

Kamille & Kristina Bratton, sophomores at the University of Florida, are currently ranked 4th & 5th in the nation(NCAA) in the 800m


Brittany McCan of Bear Lake Elementary received a congratulatory letter on her running achievements from the Florida House of Representatives


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