SCF Collegiate School Students Celebrate Achievements at Graduation

(Bradenton, Fla., May 8, 2015) —State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) students celebrated their achievements at a commencement ceremony Friday, May 8, in the Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton.

Fifty graduates earned a high school diploma from SCFCS and were eligible to receive an associate degree from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF).

SCF Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Dr. Mike Mears, who was the commencement speaker at graduation, gave an engaging, light-hearted charge to the graduates and commended them for their hard work.

“I am amazed at your ability to accomplish four years of coursework in just two years. You’ve grown academically, and you’ve also provided leadership and contributed ideas that have made the SCF Collegiate School and SCF an even better place for future students to get their education,” Mears said.

Kelly Monod, SCF Collegiate School head of school, said, “As a graduating class, you have not only excelled academically, but you have shared your success with the community. I am proud to announce that together, you have completed more than 9,000 hours of volunteer service."

The SCFCS class of 2015 also has been offered and will qualify for educational scholarships of more than $1.2 million dollars.

Three SCFCS students were recognized with awards, including Nelly Wilson, SCFCS Outstanding Graduate Award; John Vigil, SCFCS Graduate Achievement Award; and Carlyle Styer, SCFCS Graduate Appreciation Award.

Wilson, a Bradenton resident, is co-owner of Critter Sitters and a website and production design consultant for an e-commerce start-up business, She served as president of the Nu Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and treasurer of the History Club. As president of the Student Leadership Team, she chaired the school’s first prom, organized fundraisers and served as a student representative on the School Advisory Council. Wilson also participated in the Hanban Chinese Bridge Summer Camp, earning the Outstanding Student Award. She was captain of the Lakewood Ranch High School Women’s Golf Team and won Coach’s Award. She won numerous Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps awards, received the St. Andrew Scottish Society Scholarship, and raised funds for the Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to children of military service people killed in active duty. After graduating with her high school diploma from SCFCS and an Associate in Arts degree from SCF on the same day, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in finance and later a master’s degree with the goal of creating solutions to global problems.

Vigil, a Bradenton resident, came to the SCF Collegiate School in the eighth grade and is the youngest graduate in his class. He is a member of the PTK Honor Society, the American Chemical Society and the Gay Straight Alliance Club at SCF. Vigil was a summer intern at Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, a nonprofit organization that establishes community-academic partnerships for the health of the underserved. He shadowed doctors during patient visits and meetings with pharmaceutical representatives. Vigil also volunteered at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and is fluent in Spanish and Italian. Vigil plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in microbiology at the University of Florida and later attend medical school at Cornell University or Johns Hopkins University with the goal of becoming a doctor.

Styer, a Bradenton resident, was a member of the Model United Nations team, the first SCF team to win the Outstanding Delegation Award at the Southern Regional Model UN Conference and earn the highest team average on position papers in the conference’s 25-year history. He is a three-time winner of the Outstanding Delegate Award at the Model UN conference. Styer contributed his knowledge of American history and pop culture to the Fire Team, SCF’s first Brain Bowl Team to win state and national championships and defeat prestigious universities. He also is a member of the PTK Honor Society, and has spent the past four years volunteering on Teen Court in the area. He has been accepted to New College where he plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and later attend law school. His goal is to become an attorney and eventually, the president of the United States.

SCFCS student speakers were Christopher Medrano-Berumen and Ashley Bryant. Other program participants included SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld; Gary Russell, SCF vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Donald Bowman, SCF vice president of student affairs; Angela Almeyda, SCFCS school counselor; Matt Bowman, SCFCS junior and senior advisor/instructor; and Rev. Jeffery W. Peck. SCFCS student Kaitlin Folsom sang the national anthem.

SCF Collegiate School graduates are Kelley Ainsworth, Ezekiel Thomas Bonds, Asia Kathleen Borman, Brittany Lee Borman, Sabrina Bernal Bowen, Ashley Sarah Bryant, Jackson S. Denton, Dominic DiMaio, Valerie Dean Douglas, Jesse Durst, Caroline Scott Elbertson, Alina K. Evans, Hailey Elizabeth Golden, Kelsey Blu Hallbeck, Alexandra Ellen Hathaway, Mary Catherine Heller, Daniel Wolf Hennessy, Deborah Rachel Houston, William E. Walter Hunter, Hale Augustus Inocente, Abbey Lynn Jones, Austin Hunter Jones, Daniel Paul Krug, Helmson Boaz Louisdor, Kailiana Madison McDonald, Christopher Medrano-Berumen, Serena Lynn Migliore, Joshua Michael Olivio, Kayla Joy Page, Charlotte Ashton Price, Barry Puett, Courtney Amber Rapp, Aliyah Nicole Riley, Sierra Dawn Schuetz, Abigail Spanos, Kara Bernal Stevens, Courtney Stoltzfus, Carlyle Eugene Styer, Lydia Jane Super, Emma Caroline Terry, Kyle Adam Thompson, Harrison Paul VanDerNoord, John Paul Vigil, Emily Katherine Waikem, Nathan Joseph Wellman, Daisy Jane Wheaton, Jacob Henry Whitenight, Ian Matthew Wilkes, Nelly Victoria Wilson and Colin Wong.

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.

Grad Award Winners
Nelly Wilson, Outstanding Graduate Award; Carlyle Styer, Graduate Appreciation Award;
John Vigil, Graduate Achievement Award; and Kelly Monod, SCF Collegiate School head of school

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