SCFCS Graduates Honored as Scholars and for Community Service

(Bradenton, Fla., May 5, 2017) — State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) graduated 74 students Friday, May 5 at State College of Florida’s Neel Performing Arts Center. This is the first year students who started in the sixth grade were eligible to graduate from high school. It also marked the fourth year the school has held commencement ceremonies, in which students receive their high school diplomas in the morning and their Associate in Arts degrees from SCF in the evening.

 In commemoration of the first class of graduates who have been together since the sixth grade Dr. Carol Probstfeld, SCF president, presented each of the students with a challenge coin, “a distinguished momento with a long history in the U.S. Military,” Dr. Probstfeld told the students. “A challenge coin is an indicator of unit or team membership.” In bestowing them to the SCFCS graduates who entered the school as sixth graders, she reminded them the coins “represent membership in a unique and distinguished group.”

 More than half of the graduates are honor society members, inducted in the National Honor Society and/or the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for two-year colleges. Four students were nominated for the Bradenton Herald’s Golden Herald Awards. The SCFCS graduates have accumulated 11,000 hours of combined community service, and have received a combined 125 scholarship offers.

 For the first time, there are two Collegiate School Student Achievement Award winners. They are Julia Cardinale and Kaitlin Folsom. The award is given to graduates who have demonstrated consistent growth and professionalism inside and outside the classroom.

 Cardinale is a passionate, personable and goal-driven leader who has successfully created opportunities for her fellow classmates. She helped form the school’s first Future Business Leaders of America club. In addition to earning a President’s List designation every semester, she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the National Honor Society, and was president of Phi Beta Lambda Business Club. She will attend Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business.

 Folsom is an award-winning vocal artist who also excels in science, technology, engineering and math. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a vice president in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Last summer, she was one of just 40 students nationwide selected as a finalist for the American Songbook Academy. Her award-winning Americanism speech has captivated audiences across Florida and earned her multiple recognitions and scholarships through the Florida Business Exchange Club. She was a Golden Herald Award winner in the category of Speech & Drama and was named a finalist for the SCF Outstanding Graduate Award.

 The Collegiate School Appreciation Award winner is Nina Jones. The award is given to a graduate who has been a role model at the Collegiate School. Jones’ actions speak louder than her words, said Gary Russell, SCF’s vice president for academic affairs, in announcing her award. “She is not just any student volunteer, she is the student volunteer who never needed any incentive to do what she does,” Russell said. Jones has hundreds of hours of community service through the National Honor Society and in her role as president of the Collegiate School’s Key Club.  

 The Collegiate School Outstanding Graduate Award winner is Felicia May for her superior leadership, academic achievement and community service. She served as a vice president in the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and vice president of the Collegiate School’s National Honor Society, and as a member of Phi Beta Lambda Business Club she won four first-place awards earlier this year at the district leadership conference. In addition to accumulating hundreds of hours of volunteer service through Manatee Memorial Hospital and several other community-based organizations, May has exemplified leadership at SCFCS through her selfless acts of philanthropy. She will attend the University of Florida in the fall.

 SCFCS graduates have been accepted into dozens of colleges, including Berry College, Calvin College, Florida International University, Florida Southern College, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hofstra University, Johnson & Wales University, Lee University, Liberty University, Louisiana State University, Manhattan College, New College of Florida, Nova Southeastern University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Penn State University, Point Park University, Purdue University, Southeastern University, Stetson University, Taylor University, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Louisville, University of South Florida and University of Tampa.

Graduates also have been accepted into Florida Gulf Coast University and USF Sarasota-Manatee, where they have been offered a tuition-free education.

 For more information, call SCFCS advisor Matt Bowman at 941-752-5469 or email


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