Outstanding Graduate Award Winners, Winter 2013
Baccalaureate Level: Jason Patry
Finalists Winter 2013
Outstanding Associate Graduate Award Finalists
Bethany Garriott, a Sarasota resident, has been active in the community by taking mission trips and volunteering for Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Abundant Life Church nursery. After graduation, Ms. Garriott will attend the University of Florida to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science and later pursue a law degree at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Her goal is to become an adoption attorney.
Christina Hladky, a Venice resident, was inspired by SCF professors to succeed and pursue her passion for teaching that she discovered as a YMCA camp counselor. She was a Sunday School teacher for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and a volunteer for the Association of Military Recruiters and Counselors. After graduation, Ms. Hladky plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at the University of South Florida. Her goal is to work for the U.S. Department of Defense teaching children on overseas military bases.
Patrick Odell, a Sarasota resident, overcame drug and alcohol addiction to achieve his dream of a college education. Mr. Odell serves as a recovery helpline volunteer chair, a group leader at 360 Church, and a mentor, recovery meeting chair, driver and case manager for the Salvation Army. At SCF, he was a member of Nu Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He received the Genevieve and Grainger Husted Scholarship through the SCF Foundation Inc. and the Selby Achievement Scholarship. Mr. Odell is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of South Florida and plans to earn a master’s degree in mental health care.
Sean Palmieri, a Sarasota resident, developed leadership skills while serving as the SCF Bradenton Student Government Association president, SCF student ambassador and peer advisor. He also was an active member of the Film Club and Nu Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. After graduation, he plans to major in public relations and minor in business at the University of Florida and later pursue a master’s degree in public relations or advertising with the goal of becoming a publicist in the entertainment industry.
Philann Prendergast, a Port Charlotte resident and Jamaican native, served as an SCF student ambassador, active member of Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. She also has visited children’s homes, including Dare to Care and Jamaica Christian Boys Home, as a Key Club International member. Ms. Prendergast was a recipient of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Scholarship. After graduation, she plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in information technology from the University of South Florida and is considering pursuing a master’s degree in business administration or higher education.
Carl Prinner, a North Port resident, served as president of the SCF Venice Student Government Association and a member of the Student Activities Budget Review committee and Curriculum and Development Review committee. Mr. Prinner has supported student veterans as an SCF veterans services assistant and Veterans Exchange Club vice president by hosting events and organizing a 9/11 ceremony. After graduation, he plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and return to SCF to help students reach their educational goals.
Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award Finalists
Andrew Blix, a Sarasota resident, rediscovered his passion for healthcare while pursuing a B.S. in Nursing at SCF. His capstone manuscript, “Personalized Medicine, Genomics, and Pharmacogenomics: A Primer for Nurses,” was accepted by the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. He is a member of Sarasota County Nurse Practitioners and American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Mr. Blix is a registered nurse at Complex Care Hospital at Ridgelake and a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program student at Florida State University where he is researching influenza vaccination policies for health care personnel. He plans to become a family nurse practitioner.
Angela Ford, a Bradenton resident, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Manatee Players, United Way, Easter Seals and Florida Blood Services. She interned with Manatee County Emergency Management, assisting with updating the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. She is a member of the Nu Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and received the 2012 Best Collaborative Project in German. After graduating with a B.A.S. in Public Safety Administration, Ms. Ford will remain employed in the public sector with plans for a career with Manatee County Public Safety.
Shirley Parrado, a Bradenton resident, has helped Latino men and women overcome addiction and abuse for more than 20 years. She served as an SCF student ambassador, became a member of the Nu Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and American Association of University Women, and received SCF Foundation Inc. scholarships. After graduating with a B.A.S. in Public Safety Administration, Ms. Parrado plans to pursue a master’s degree in management and leadership at Webster University and continue volunteering in the community.
Jason Patry, a Venice resident, assisted with the STEMSmart Summit, received the 2012 Excellence in Energy Technology Management (ETM) Award, served on the ETM advisory board, worked as a lab assistant, and promoted the program to local officials, middle and high school students, and community organizations. He was a tutor in the Academic Resource Center, member of Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and volunteer and fundraiser for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society. After graduating with a B.A.S. in Energy Technology Management, he plans to pursue a career in the alternative energy field.