Outstanding Young Owls

The Outstanding Young Owls (OYO) awards program was created in 2014 to recognize exceptional alumni under age 40 for their personal and professional accomplishment.

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Anthony R. Melei, BA ‘18

He teaches ninth-grade geography at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Lauren Rower, B.A.E. ‘18

Teacher of 9th and 10th grade English at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


Charlene N. Bobb-Smith, M.E.D. ’12

She manages a global team of learning professionals and employee engagement enthusiasts in designing, delivering and consulting on employee learning, professional development and career programs for Worldwide Services Organization at Citrix in Fort Lauderdale.


Matt O’Brien, B.A.E. ’08

He is an area supervisor for the Toronto Blue Jays, a former baseball player for the Detroit Tigers, New York Penn League All-Star, Midwest League Champion, and Florida State League All-Star.


Gabriel Somarriba, P.T., D.P.T., L.M.T., B.M.O., B.S.E. ‘03

He is an assistant professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Science in Miami, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami, and also serves as director and academic coordinator of clinical education for the Doctorate in Physical Therapy program at the University of St. Augustine.


Alona Dipaolo, B.A. ‘01

She is the principal at Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida, and has served as a specialized varying exceptionalities teacher, exceptional student education support facilitator and program trainer for the Broward County School District.