Outstanding Student: Deana McDuffie

Deana McDuffie. // Photo: Nicole Hamel

Dual enrollment student at Lake-Sumter State College and Tavares High School

  • Age: 18
  • Parents: David and Louise McDuffie.
  • Plans to stay at Lake-Sumter State College to get associate’s degree, along with EMT studies at Lake Technical College, followed by DirectConnect admission to University of Central Florida to major in nursing. 
  • Deanna will graduate high school this month with a 4.7 GPA

One word that describes me:
Adventurous. I love to travel and see new things. 

Career goal:
To be a flight nurse. 

When I volunteered last year at AdventHealth Waterman:
I worked in the emergency room and the sixth-floor orthopedics. I kept saying, “This is going to be me one day.”

How I juggle school, activities, homework:
By the grace of God.

My favorite possessions:
Pictures that capture the moment.

Favorite food:

More things about me:
I have high-level energy at 10 o’clock at night. I love music—any genre, any artist, and I love movies, even Disney animated ones. 

My favorite sport:
Beach volleyball. I’ve been playing volleyball since sixth grade.

My best friend:
My mom. She always says, “Don’t be afraid of change.” 

Dad’s best advice:
“Pay now or pay later. Do the work that needs to be done now, or later it’s going to bite you in the butt.” 

Favorite family hangout:
Copacabana Cuban Café in downtown Mount Dora.

Pet peeve:

Guilty pleasure:

My dream place to live:
North or South Carolina. I love the scenery and seeing the different seasons. 

Favorite flower:

Ten years from now:
I want to be a good nurse, helping people, and possibly have a husband. But I really want to be career-focused the first part of my adult life. 

Why I’m drawn to the medical field:
My mom is a nurse, and a lot of people in my family are in the medical field. I’ve aspired to go into nursing since kindergarten.