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AVON PARK, Fla.–April 14, 2015–Five South Florida State College (SFSC) students recently received special medallions and were recognized as the 2015 All-Florida Academic First and Second Teams at an awards ceremony on April 9 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee.
SFSC students Joy Derrick and Katelynne Leman were selected for the All-Florida Academic First Team and Emma Cardinal, Ruben De La Cruz, and Jessica Saenz were selected for the All-Florida Academic Second Team.
In addition, Katelynne Leman was recognized as a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar and Joy Derrick was recognized as a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. Leman received a $1,250 scholarship, and Derrick received $1,000 scholarship.
The All-Florida Academic Team recognizes outstanding students for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to their communities. Students are nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. In addition, PTK also distinguishes the top 30 students of each class by selecting them to the All-Florida First Team based on ratings in competition throughout the state.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually.
“I’m pleased to recognize this group of outstanding scholars for excelling in their studies while providing leadership and service to their schools and communities,” said Pam Stewart, commissioner of education. “Our colleges have done an excellent job preparing these students for success now and in the future. I’m confident these are among the next generation of leaders in the Sunshine State.”
Governor Rick Scott proclaimed April as “Florida College System Month” in honor of the great work being done at the state’s 28 colleges to prepare students for both professional and personal success.
“We are so proud of our three students who received a Coca-Cola scholarships this year,” said Kim Hemler, advisor and PTK advisor. “Only three silver Coca-Cola scholarships and six bronze Coca-Cola scholarships were awarded in Florida and two of the nine recipients were from South Florida State College. These scholarships are highly competitive and demonstrate the quality education our faculty provide for our students and the persistence of our students to succeed and continue their education to the university level.”
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges. PTK administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 37 states. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.