BRADENTON, FL-The first State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) commencement ceremony was held Thursday, May 1, at SCF Bradenton in Neel Performing Arts Center.
Fifty-seven graduates earned a high school diploma from SCFCS and are eligible to receive an associate degree from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF).
SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld was the commencement speaker at SCFCS graduation. Probstfeld said, “Your experience at SCF has taught you to think and to continue to learn. In the future, you will be solving problems that we don’t yet know about and using technology that has not even been invented. Our hope for the future is your ability to think and to always keep learning.”
Three SCFCS students were recognized with awards, including Jourdan McKinnis, Jacob Sanchez and Andreas Niederer.
McKinnis, a Palmetto resident, was named the SCF Collegiate School Outstanding Graduate for showing superior leadership, academic achievement and community service. McKinnis, a Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team member, served as recording secretary for the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society at SCF Bradenton and president of the SCF Circle K Club. She also was a mathematics tutor at the academic resource center, participated in Relay for Life and volunteered as a tennis coach for elementary students at clinics at Terra Ceia Bay Country Club and Tidewater Preserve. After graduating with both an SCFCS high school diploma and an Associate in Arts degree from SCF in May 2014, she plans to attend the University of Central Florida and later earn a medical degree with the goal of becoming a surgeon.
Sanchez, a Bradenton resident, was the recipient of the Student Appreciation Award for being a dependable role model and constant professional with a willingness to serve others, and Andreas Niederer, a Lakewood Ranch resident, was the recipient of the Student Achievement Award for demonstrating consistent growth inside and outside of the classroom while at SCFCS.
Student speakers were Hannah Cantolino and Olivia Roemer. Other program participants included Julie Jakway, SCF vice president of business and administrative services; Gary Russell, SCF vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Donald Bowman, SCF vice president of student affairs; Kelly Monod, SCFCS head of school; Karen Peck, SCFCS academic administrator; Angela Almeyda, SCFCS school counselor; Matt Bowman, SCFCS junior and senior advisor/instructor; and Rev. Jeffery W. Peck.
SCFCS students Aly Gonzalez and Hailey Newgard sang the national anthem, and Cynthia Reynolds, SCF faculty member and the former SCFCS academic administrator, served as the macebearer in the ceremony.
SCF Collegiate School graduates are Jeffrey Antonino, Stephen Baker, John Baldwin, Alex Bernhard, Alyssa Bosch, Felicia Cannata, Hannah Cantolino, Miranda Carney, Zoe Celender, Summer Cherello, Shirlay Choute, Christina Cochran, Olivia Cohn-White, Cameron Cole, Arianna Dececco, Savannah Evers, Alexander Fyffe, Alexis Gregor, Walid Hmissa, Nicholas Holst, Claudia Hynds, Holly Jenkins, Lisa Jiron, Emma Jones, Sterline Joseph, Allison Joyner, Madeline Kaklis, Jason-Sai Kalathia, Kaitlyn Lade, Matthew Legac, Morgan Lynch, Dario Martinez, Jourdan McKinnis, Samantha Michel, Sydney Mitchell, Ryan Murphy, Andreas Niederer, Keeton Olson, Sophia Price, Nathan Robinson, Olivia Roemer, Tomas Rojas, Alexander Roman, Brittany Roosa, Jacob Sanchez, Jesse Schein, Luke Shackelford, Jacob Sprague, Tana Sulzener, Courtney Waer, Zachary Watson, Ashley Weems, Cheyenne Weems, Tamara Wertheim, Faith Williams, Nicole Williams and Natalie Wrightson.
SCFCS is an innovative, tuition-free public charter school with grades 6-12 at SCF Bradenton. It gives students an opportunity to earn simultaneously a high school diploma from SCFCS and an associate degree from SCF. A partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) provides a scholarship program for SCFCS graduates who have been accepted to FGCU to have the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree.