From left: Kimberly Hemler, Christian Reitnauer, and Eric Roberts after the All-Florida Academic Team awards ceremony.

From left: Kimberly Hemler, Christian Reitnauer, and Erica Roberts after the All-Florida Academic Team awards ceremony.

AVON PARK, Fla.–April 22, 2016–The Florida College System (FCS) has named five South Florida State College students to the 2016 All-Florida Academic Team.

Each year, the Florida College System names an All-Florida Academic Team to honor the most outstanding students for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community.

The five students were recognized at an awards ceremony on April 21 in Tampa. The SFSC students earning the recognition were Mathew Estima, Roxanne Guerndt, Celina Nuevo, Christian Reitnauer, and Erica Roberts. They joined 122 of their peers from 26 colleges of state’s 28-member FCS in being named to the academic team.

“I am proud of these students for their academic achievements that led to being named to the All-Florida Academic Team,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “Florida colleges are known throughout the nation for their educational excellence, and I am pleased they have prepared these students for success now and in the future.”

The students attended a luncheon where they were presented with a medallion recognizing their achievements. SFSC President Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, and Kimberly Hemler, the college’s Honors Program advisor, were on hand to watch the students receive their awards.

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, an international academic honor society.

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.

Recently, Gov. Rick Scott proclaimed April as Florida College System Month. The 2016 All-Florida Academic Team is sponsored by the Florida Lottery.

“We are proud of the outstanding achievement of our Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa members and glad to see them honored in this way,” said Hemler, whose main role at SFSC is adviser to students at the Advising and Counseling Center on the Highlands Campus.

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 or Hemler at 863-784-7331.