Orlando, Fla, April 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Orlando Magic and CenturyLink teamed up for the second consecutive season to recognize students who have excelled in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through the STEM All-Stars program. Five winners were chosen throughout the Magic season and were honored on-court at a Magic game and presented with a personalized Magic jersey.

“The Orlando Magic are proud to team with CenturyLink on the STEM All-Stars program,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “The Magic and CenturyLink are committed to our youth and encouraging our young people to be the best they can be. As one of the four focus areas of the Magic, this program aligns perfectly with our belief that with education anything is possible.”  

“As a global company that offers innovative technology solutions, CenturyLink believes deeply in the power of STEM to move the world forward,” said Erik Genrich, senior director, southeast region, for CenturyLink. “We are honored to partner with the Orlando Magic on this important program and offer our sincere congratulations to this year’s STEM All-Stars.”   

Students were evaluated on specific criteria which includes overall grade point average (GPA), GPA in STEM classes and attendance/involvement in STEM-related activities. This year’s STEM All-Stars: Keira

Moran, sixth grade, Windy Ridge K-8 School
Juan Serrano, 12th grade, Wekiva High School
Jae Crawford, 12th grade, Boone High School
Alexandria Arlotta, eighth grade, Liberty Middle School
Brianna Brown, 11th grade, Jones High School

PHOTO CAPTIONS (all photos taken by Gary Bassing, Orlando Magic):

Local students were honored before Magic games during the 2017-18 season as the Magic/Century Link STEM All-Stars.  

Photo 1: Eighth-grader from Liberty Middle School, Alexandria Arlotta
Photo 2: Eleventh-grader from Jones High School, Brianna Brown
Photo 3: Twelfth-grader from Boone High School, Jae Crawford
Photo 4: Twelfth-grader from Wekiva High School, Juan Serrano
Photo 5: Sixth-grader from Windy Ridge K-8 School, Keira Moran

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world's best networking company by solving customers' increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers' trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.


Orlando's NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic's mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. The Magic have seen great success in a relatively short history, winning five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010) with seven 50-plus win seasons and capturing the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 100,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 7,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) which serves at-risk youth, has distributed more than $23 million to local nonprofit community organizations over the last 28 years. The Magic’s other entities include the team’s newly acquired NBA G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, which begins play in the 2017-18 season in nearby Lakeland, Fla.; the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, which serves as the affiliate to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Marlies of the AHL; and Magic Gaming will compete in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K League in 2018. Ticket highlights for the Magic's 2017-18 season in the award-winning Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal's 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 9,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.


Joel Glass
Orlando Magic