Students Represent SFCC on All-Florida Academic Team
South Florida Community College Honors students Christopher Jennings and Pablo Mingrino were chosen to represent SFCC as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) 2011 All-Florida Academic Team. “Students named to the academic team represent the best in state,” said Dr. Charlotte Pressler, SFCC Honors Program coordinator and philosophy instructor. “PTK advisors nominate students based on their academic merit and community service work.” They will each receive scholarships for being named to the team.
Jennings was nominated for the team because of his success in SFCC’s Honors Program and his service-learning record. He volunteers at Archbold Biological Station, the Highlands County biofuels extension office, and the SFCC Museum of Art and Culture (MOFAC). Jennings was also chosen by PTK to receive the Guistwhite Scholarship. The $5000 scholarship award is based on a student’s scholastic achievement and participation in Phi Theta Kappa. He plans to attend the University of Florida where he will major in geomatics engineering.
Mingrino’s academic record and participation in numerous college-related and community service activities with SFCC’s Student Government Association, PTK, Relay for Life, and the Oaks of Avon earned him a nomination. “A lot of students apply for this, so it’s a great honor they chose me,” Mingrino said. “It tells me I have succeeded in everything I have been working toward.” He plans to attend college in New York where he will major in accounting.
This year, 108 students from Florida’s 28 public community colleges were appointed to the All-Florida Academic Team based on their outstanding academic performance and community service. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges.
The SFCC Honors Program is designed for those students who want to take on the full intellectual challenge of a college education. Students in the program gain intellectual development and cultural enrichment; are taught by qualified and experienced faculty; are eligible for scholarships; and receive recognition at SFCC’s graduation ceremony. For more information on the SFCC Honors Program, call Dr. Pressler at 863-784-7247.