Dr. Sonji Nicholas, Michele MacBeth, and members of the All-Florida Academic Team

From left, Dr. Sonji Nicholas, Summer Xiong, Margaret Dunn, Kelsey Pena, and Michelle MacBeth. Not pictured: Abigail Wiggins.

AVON PARK, Fla. – April 14, 2017 – The Florida College System (FCS) has named four South Florida State College students to the 2017 All-Florida Academic Team.

Each year, the FCS names an All-Florida Academic Team to honor students enrolled in Florida’s public state and community colleges for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community.

The four SFSC students were recognized at an awards ceremony April 7 in Tallahassee. The SFSC students earning the recognition were Margaret Dunn, Kelsey Pena, Abigail Wiggins, and Summer Xiong. They joined 127 of their peers from the 28-member FCS in being named to the academic team.

“This is the 23rd year that the Florida College System has selected an All-Florida Academic Team,” said Madeline Pumariega, the FCS chancellor, in a message to the students. “Our state relies on students like you who earn high-quality degrees and contribute to the skilled workforce fueling Florida’s economic growth.”

Students named to the All-Florida Academic Team were drawn from SFSC’s Honors Program and the college’s Tau Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an international academic honor society.

The students attended a luncheon where they were presented with a medallion recognizing their achievements. Dr. Sonji Nicholas, sociology instructor, and Michelle MacBeth, Spanish instructor, accompanied the students to Tallahassee. Both instructors serve as advisors to SFSC’s PTK chapter. SFSC president Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel was on hand to watch the students receive their awards.

In nominating students for the All-Florida Academic Team, colleges consider participation in academic honors programs, membership in and awards from collegiate societies, and academic enrichment gained from internships and special projects.

The All-Florida Team is honored each April. Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed April as Florida College System Month.

For more information about SFSC’s Honors Program, contact Dr. Charlotte Pressler, director, SFSC Honors Program, and professor, English and humanities, at 863-784-7247. For more information about PTK at SFSC, call Dr. Nicholas at 863-784-7286.