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Outstanding Graduate Award - Spring 2017

Outstanding Graduate Award Finalists

Juliana M Arias

Juliana Arias has set high goals and has a plan to achieve them. She is ambitious and dedicated. Those attributes helped her achieve a spot on the All-Florida Academic Team in recognition of her outstanding leadership, service to the community and academic excellence. She graduates with her Associate in Arts degree with a 3.93 grade point average. She plans to pursue a career in International relations and has 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 also volunteered for the Frank G. Berlin YMCA. She was named a Y-Achiever in high school and came back to the program to volunteer, becoming a member of the Achievers Advisory Council. She speaks three languages – English, Spanish and French. She is known in the classroom for her analytical skills and her ability to quickly get to a point. 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 when she completes her internship.


Kaitlin Folsom

Kaitlin C. Folsom is a scientist and a singer, proving that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) allow lots of room for the arts as well. She graduates a year early with her Associate in Arts degree with a 4.0 grade point average and her diploma from State College of Florida Collegiate School. She is an award-winning vocalist who has a passion and curiosity for STEM. She plans to showcase her singing as well as her scientific abilities as she heads to college to study biochemistry while continuing to perform. She has more than 300 hours of community service, raising money for a variety of organizations and volunteering for her church music ministry and for the Del Couch Music Education Foundation. She also has performed at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in shows including “Evita,” “Miss Saigon,” “Les Miserables” and “Tarzan.” She is vice president of leadership of SCF’s Nu Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the winner of the Florida Exchange Clubs Americanism Speech contest.


Adam Holt

Adam R. Holt came into his own as a student at SCF. He discovered his passion for learning and excelling. He graduates with his Associate in Arts degree with a 3.7 grade point average and his high school diploma from Potter’s Wheel Academy in Sarasota. He has been accepted to the University of Florida, where he plans to study aeronautical engineering. He spent last summer interning with an engineering firm in Boston, learning how to use drafting programs such as AutoCAD and to create blueprints and design structures. He has received the ACT Duke Talent search award, superior ratings for violin and piano from the National Federation of Music Clubs, and he is a member of SCF’s Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He has been an active volunteer with Boston Cares, where he worked feeding the poor and providing books for prisoners. He also has served as an ambassador with the Boston Landmark Orchestra. His hobby is building and flying model airplanes and he has modeled 3D structures for a flight simulator program. One day he hopes to develop a drone that will have life-saving capabilities.


Damon McIntire

Damon L. McIntire decided to enroll at SCF after an accident nearly took his life. The accident left him in the hospital for a month and facing many surgeries, including a series of facial reconstruction procedures. He graduates with his Associate in Arts and has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and has been inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He plans to transfer to the University of South Florida, Tampa to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and plans to pursue a USF Master’s degree in nurse anesthesia. His experiences have taught him patience and perseverance. He has juggled many of his surgeries around his class schedule and returns to school and his studies as soon as he has recovered from surgery. His time in hospitals and around doctors and nurses has galvanized his decision to pursue a career in medicine to help others. A former firefighter, he works part-time at United Parcel Service to pay living expenses and his medical bills.  He also volunteers with the UPS Foundation, and has volunteered with the American Cancer Society and the Suncoast BBQ Bash. His mentors and professors describe him as inspiring.


Isaac Mingus

Isaac H. Mingus dropped out of high school after his fatherdied when he was 15 years old. He earned his GED and went to work to pay his living expenses. He says he had resigned himself “to a life of mediocrity,” but then he decided to enroll at SCF. He graduates with his Associate in Arts degree with a 4.0 grade point average. He is a member of SCF’s Nu Zeta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has earned numerous honors and leadership roles in the music department, including performing in the Presidential String Quartet and Presidential Jazz Quartet and winning the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Winter 2016 student artist competition. He also served as the principal cellist for the 2016 FCSAA Winter Symposium Orchestra, solo bassist for the 2017 FCSAA winter symposium jazz band, and a bassist for the 2017 College Band Directors National Association conference at the University of Missouri. He works several part-time jobs to pay his living expenses while attending school, but still made time to volunteer at the Senior Friendship Center. He plans to transfer to a university to study psychology and to eventually earn a doctorate in psychology so he can work as a clinical psychologist.  


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