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Two SCF Students Receive $1,250 Coca-Cola Scholarships

(Bradenton, Fla., April 9, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) students Christine Gambino and Madeline Heath received $1,250 scholarships and special medallions for being named 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholars by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

They were selected among 50 college students nationwide to be recognized as a Silver Scholar. Only two students from each college can be nominated for the award, and recipients are selected by a panel of judges who consider academic rigor, grade-point average, academic and leadership awards and engagement in college and community service projects.

In addition, Gambino, Heath and Lidia O'Shields were named to the 2013 All-Florida Academic Team, which recognizes outstanding students for their academic achievement, leadership and service to their community. They were among only 30 students to be selected to the First Team based on their ranking with other students. The All-Florida Academic Team is composed of students who were nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society.

Gambino, Heath and O'Shields were recognized with special medallions at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 9, at Daytona State College.

Gambino, a Bradenton resident, is a member of the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK Honor Society at SCF Bradenton and a winner of the 2010-2011 Outstanding Chemistry Student Award at SCF. She also is the president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Club, which is involved in natural science outreach to middle school students, and she serves as a peer tutor in mathematics and chemistry at the SCF academic resource center. Gambino, a Bradenton resident, is actively involved at Bradenton Seventh-day Adventist Church, teaching Sabbath school, planning and leading vacation Bible school, and leading the Bradenton Pathfinder Club. After graduating from SCF with an Associate in Arts degree in May 2013, Gambino plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in chemical/biomedical engineering.

Heath, a Sarasota resident, is secretary of the Nu Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa PTK Honor Society at SCF Bradenton. She assisted in organizing the Honors in Action project and attended the 2012 Regional Honors Conference. She has participated in SCF Symphony Orchestra and was involved with Delta Psi Omega, an honorary theatre fraternity, by building sets and performing with SCF's Studio 84 Productions. She has also been active in the community, participating in road-side cleanups and Trick-or-Treat for the United Nations Children's Fund. After graduating from SCF with an Associate in Arts degree in May 2013, Heath will study education and theatre at Florida Gulf Coast University.

O'Shields, a Boca Grande resident and Russian native, enrolled at SCF to pursue her dream of studying foreign languages. While attending SCF, she was the president of the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of the PTK International Honor Society at SCF Venice, the PTK representative to the Student Activity Budget Review Committee, a member of the History/Political Science Club, and an officer for Phi Beta Lambda Business Club. She also served as a peer tutor in mathematics at the SCF Venice academic resource center. She will graduate from SCF with an Associate in Arts degree in May 2013. O'Shields received a $6,500 scholarship to study Chinese in the summer language program at Middlebury College in Vermont. This fall, she will major in Russian studies and French and minor in mathematics and Chinese at the University of Florida with the goal of pursuing a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Kristen Zaborski, instructor, business and technology, and Michael Rogers, assistant professor, social and behavioral sciences, are co-advisors of the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of the PTK International Honor Society at SCF Venice. Janet Samuels, assistant professor, mathematics, and Rebecca Williams, instructor, mathematics, are co-advisors for the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society at SCF Bradenton.

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SCF students Lidia O’Shields, SCF President Carol F. Probstfeld,
Madeline Heath and Christine Gambino.

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