Outstanding Graduate Award - Winter 2016
Outstanding Graduate Award Finalists
Randy Allen Gilmore, a U.S. Navy veteran, will receive his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SCF. He earned a 3.5 grade point average at SCF and has been accepted to Indiana State University where he will pursue his master’s degree in its Family Nurse Practitioner program. Gilmore, who is a member of the SCF Nursing Honor Society, was enrolled in the RN to BSN program while working as an RN at a 249-bed psychiatric hospital, where he’s also on the governing board as chief nursing officer. He also served as a firefighter while taking classes at SCF. Gilmore is described as a natural leader with a commitment to scholarship and a spirit of inquiry. He has been on the Dean’s List and the President’s List at SCF for academic achievement. Gilmore, who has worked as a trauma and surgical nurse, has been a member of the American Nurses Association for more than 10 years. He is an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life events.
Rhianna Lee Hesselrode, who graduates from SCF with an AA degree, has a heart for wildlife and conservation.
Hesselrode, who has earned a 3.15 grade point average, intends to pursue a Bachelor’s
degree in biology with a minor in anthropology at the University of South Florida.
From there she plans to apply to the University of Florida’s graduate program in Wildlife
Ecology and Conservation. Hesselrode began her studies at SCF as a quiet and shy student
but said she has blossomed thanks to faculty who encouraged her to speak up. She particularly
credits her Art History and Speech professors for bringing her out of her shell. Hesselrode
has worked at the SCF library for the past two semesters where she is known for a
positive attitude, problem solving abilities and strong work ethic. In the classroom
she is known for her ability to engage other students in the academic process. She
has volunteered with the Teen Advisory board and is involved in the Museum club at
Wedencise Lubin will receive her Associate in Arts degree from SCF with a 3.01 grade point average and plans to stay at SCF to get her Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration. While earning her degree, she has been working at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine as an administrative assistant. A single mother who works full time, Lubin made the dean’s list. She has volunteered with the American Red Cross and is an active pro-life speaker, motivational speaker and sexual assault activist. Wedencise is the first in her family to graduate from college.
Morgan Rene Young, who is often seen riding her longboard to school, finished her A.S. degree in graphic design from SCF this past summer. She’s working on earning an A.A. degree and a certificate in interactive media production, with her sights set on a master’s degree. While at SCF, Young has earned a 3.58 grade point average and excelled in two internships, at Fuse Media & Marketing and at Frank Gomez Designs. She is known for superior work on her projects and as a leader on projects with her fellow students. Young has done freelance work for designers and companies throughout the Southeast, and now works full time as a graphic designer for a tumbler manufacturer based in Bradenton. She was selected for the 2015 Graphic Design Technology scholarship from SCF and won the Gallery Directors Award in the SCF Art Show in Spring 2015.