Four SCF Students Named to the All-Florida Academic Team

(Bradenton, Fla., May 2, 2017) — Four students from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) were named to the 2017 All-Florida Academic Team. Juliana Arias, Gina Panik, Matthew Press and Maria Quezada were among 127 Florida College System Students named to the All-Florida Academic team.

Arias was one of just 12 students to receive a national scholarship from Coca-Cola. She was awarded $1,500 when she was named to the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team as a Gold Scholar. The team competition is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Florida College System Foundation, Coca-Cola and Capital City Trust Company.

Arias plans to pursue a career in international relations and won an Outstanding Delegate Award as part of the Model UN team at SCF. She has served as vice president of the Student Government Association at SCF and president of the Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, where she pushed service projects that help SCF’s neediest students. She is serving as an intern for State Sen. Bill Galvano and has applied for a summer internship with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. She plans to attend the University of Florida in the fall.

Panik is working toward a degree in environmental engineering at the University of Florida. She was on the Math Olympics team at SCF and was a tutor at the Academic Resource Center (ARC). She joined Phi Theta Kappa in 2015.

Press is a member of the Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at SCF Bradenton. He has been a member of the Sarasota and Manatee County Audubon Societies since 2009.  He is one of the founding members of the Sarasota Audubon Bird Naturalist Program at The Celery Fields and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2015.  Press also has been featured in SRQ Magazine and The Observer as a bird naturalist and a promising ornithologist. Press plans to major in environmental science and sustainability.

Quezada has been accepted to Florida International University, where she plans to go into its pre-med program. She is InterClub Council president, a tutor at the ARC and has been an active community volunteer, bringing in donations for the All-Faiths Food Bank and the Children’s Home Foundation, as well as planting trees for Arbor Day. She joined two chapters of Phi Theta Kappa, in Bradenton and Venice. 

For more information about the All-Florida Academic Team, contact Judy Green at For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact Janet Samuels at 941-752-5565 or or Kristen Zaborski at 941-408-1483 or


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