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3/11/19: Seth Owen's Story; Women Veterans Recognition; The Players

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Seth Owen

A Florida teen is paying it forward and giving back in big ways. Seth Owen’s story was widely shared when his biology teacher raised $140,000 for his college education on GoFundMe and he was later presented with a $25,000 check on Ellen DeGeneres' TV talk show.

After his parents forced to him move out for being gay, Owen's has launched his own organization to assist others in similar situations.

The organization Unbroken Horizons Scholarship Foundation will be awarding three scholarships this summer to those who are pursuing post-secondary education and challenged with unique life issues.

Women Veterans Recognition Week

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Local veterans April Caldwell and Karen Barnes-Rivera join guest host Charles Griggs in Studio 5.

Women's Veterans Recognition Week is a week-long observance that celebrates the achievements of female veterans along with raising awareness to the challenges they face.

Local Veterans April Caldwell, a money coach, and Karen Barnes-Rivera, a marketing consultant joined us for a closer look at UNF’s Women’s Expo on Saturday.

New York Times and #1 Internationally Best-Selling Author

New York Times best-selling author Steve Berry - who is based here on the First Coast - just released his 14th Cotton Malone book, The Malta Exchange.

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Guest host Charles Griggs poses with author Steve Berry in Studio 5 Monday.

He joined us in Studio 5 to discuss it in more detail.

The Voice.

Jacksonville singer Matthew Johnson appears again Monday night on the NBC’s The Voice for the battle rounds.

Charles Griggs, sitting in for Melissa Ross, talked with Johnson about his turn in the national spotlight.

Cole Pepper

Cole Pepper discussed The Players move to March along with the other sports news on the First Coast.

Samantha Kindler can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org, 904-358-6317 or on Twitter at @kindlersamantha.