Mayra Hernandez receives the Joseph E. Johnston and Bette L. McDearman Student Services Award from Dr. Sidney Valentine, vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Services.

South Florida State College students were honored for academic excellence and community service during the college’s annual Awards Day ceremony in the SFSC University Center Auditorium on the Highlands Campus in Avon Park. Each year, faculty honor students who display talent and qualities that go beyond academic standards.

SFSC student Mayra Hernandez was honored with the Joseph E. Johnston and Bette L. McDearman Student Services Award for exceptional academic achievement and outstanding involvement in professional, social, and cultural activities and programs.

According to Dr. Sidney Valentine, vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Services, the faculty who nominated Hernandez for the award cited her exceptional student engagement, helpfulness to her peers, and dedication to the SFSC.

Students presented 2016-17 Outstanding Instructor Awards to Stacy Sharp, Arts and Sciences, full time; James Houseknecht, Arts and Sciences, part time; Susan Taecker, Applied Sciences and Technologies, full time; Beverly Grinis, Applied Sciences and Technologies, part time.

Students who received special honors for participation in the following academic programs are:

Melissa Barton, Anatomy and Physiology I 
Jace Augustus Masong, Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Savannah Walter, Anatomy and Physiology I and II
Kolby Lipe, Anatomy and Physiology II
Andrea Silva, Anatomy and Physiology II
Priscilla Bowes, Bachelor of Science Elementary Education
Jordon Kinsey, Bachelor of Science Elementary Education
Quentin Davis, Calculus II
Rachel Boyd, College Algebra and Trigonometry
Clayton Smith, Commercial Truck Driving Class
Saun Ratliff, Computer Network Security & Selected Topics in Computer Networking
Stephen Wynn, Computer Science
Abigail Zelvallos, Fine Arts
Lizbeth Macedo, Fundamentals of Speech Communications
Danny Sustaita, General Biology I
Genesis Castillo, General Biology II
Kristopher Coffey, HVAC
Desiree Andujar, Introducing Biology
Kalani Dubberly, Introducing Biology
Thomas Gilliard II, Introduction to Biology
Kristina McKinney, Introduction to Biology
Abigail Zevallos, Introduction to Biology
Savannah Walter, Introduction to Leadership
Samantha Iglesias, Introduction to Phycology
Naudia Tucker, Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Brandon Rosenbaum, Liberal Arts Math II
Jamicia Gilmore, Marriage and the Family and General Sociology
Mayra Hernandez, Microbiology
Matthew Daniel, Most Valuable Player – Brain Bowl – Academic Competition Team
Tevin Bullard, Selected Topics in Biology
Scarlett O ‘Berry, Selected Topics in Biology
Kelsey Pena, Selected Topics in Biology
Erika Weaver-Coleman, Speech Communications
Juan Gonzalez Jr, Strategic Planning and Human Resource Management

Honors Program

Melissa Garcia-Rodriguez, 2017 Florida Collegiate Honors Conference Presenter
Rodrigo Gracia Hernandez, 2017 Florida Collegiate Honors Conference Presenter
Michael Grey, 2017 Florida Collegiate Honors Conference Presenter
Kelsey Pena, 2017 Florida Collegiate Honors Conference Presenter
Krystal Santos, 2017 Florida Collegiate Honors Conference Presenter

Margaret Dunn, May 2017 Honors Program Graduate
Johnathan Hernandez, May 2017 Honors Program Graduate
Kelsey Pena, May 2017 Honors Program Graduate
Summer Xiong, May 2017 Honors Program Graduate

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

Margaret Dunn, PTK All Florida Academic Team Recognition
Kelsey Pena, PTK All Florida Academic Team Recognition
Abigail Wiggins, PTK All Florida Academic Team Recognition
Summer Xiong, PTK All Florida Academic Team Recognition

Margaret Dunn, PTK Enhanced Membership Recognition
Melissa Garcia-Rodriguez, PTK Enhanced Membership Recognition
Jonathan Mondragon, PTK Enhanced Membership Recognition
Kelsey Pena, PTK Enhanced Membership Recognition
Joshua Roe, PTK Enhanced Membership Recognition
Krystal Santos, PTK Enhanced Membership Recognition
Abigail Wiggins, PTK Enhanced Membership Recognition
Summer Xiong, PTK Enhanced Membership Recognition

Melissa Garcia-Rodriguez, PTK Outstanding Service Recognition
Krystal Santos, PTK Outstanding Service Recognition
Abigail Wiggins, PTK Outstanding Service Recognition