Outstanding Graduate Award - Winter 2015
Outstanding Graduate Award Finalists
Colton Amaral is a Sarasota resident and retired U.S. Army sergeant who works as an emergency care
center technician for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. At SCF, Colton served
as the outreach coordinator between the SCF Collegiate School and the American Chemical
Society and volunteered as a student note-taker with the SCF Disability Resource Center.
He also is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. A certified paramedic, Colton served in the
army as an infantry medic and was a team and squad leader. He is earning his Associate
in Arts degree from SCF and plans to transfer to the University of Florida in pursuit
of dual Bachelor of Science degrees in biochemistry and dietetics with a minor in
public health. He wants to work in community policy supported either by an advanced
degree in osteopathy or dietetics with a goal of pursuing a career in emergency medicine
or community policy/public health.
Desiree Chubb, a Bradenton resident, is the quality assurance manager at 3 Daughters Brewing Company
in St. Petersburg. It was the science that attracted Desiree to the position, which
she landed after completing an internship at the company as part of her SCF experience.
Desiree is graduating with an Associate in Science degree in biotechnology, and previously
earned an Associate in Arts degree at SCF (then Manatee Community College) in 2001.
She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and is active in Making Strides for Breast Cancer,
Mothers Helping Mothers, Girl Scouts of America and Hands Across the Sand, which is
devoted to the promotion of clean energy. The mother of four daughters, including
triplets, Desiree is proud to serve as a role model to her girls. She plans to continue
her work at 3 Daughters while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology or the natural
Emily Arthur, a Manatee County resident, has been passionate about education since a young age.
This is why she plans to launch a career as a high school history teacher, where she
looks to infuse the arts, history and community activities into her curriculum. She
hopes this will afford her students a hands-on experience inside and outside of school.
Emily has been involved in many classrooms, but most recently assisted in a 7th-grade
civics class at Manatee School for the Arts, her former high school. During her time
at SCF, Emily has worked as a student ambassador in the Admissions Office, where she
offered guidance and support to new students. Emily achieved a 4.0 grade point average
each semester while earning her Associate in Arts degree at SCF. She will begin her
next journey in January, at the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, where
she will continue to pursue her undergraduate degree in history and education.
Regina Rodriguez Tirado, a student from Queretaro, Mexico, is using SCF as a springboard to achieve her goal of working as a human rights advocate in her native country or for the United Nations. Regina already is exacting positive change in her hometown through charitable efforts that include collecting jackets and blankets for the less fortunate and providing school supplies for children who can’t afford them. Fluent in English and Spanish, she hopes to soon add French to that list. She is graduating with an Associate in Arts degree and will transfer to the University of South Florida to pursue a degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science, concentrating on political science and international relations. While at SCF, Regina was named to the dean’s list and was an active participant in the Paralegal Club and the Wellness Club.