Four SCF Students Named to the 2016 All-Florida Academic Team

(Bradenton, Fla., April 21, 2016) — Four State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), students were honored Thursday as members of the 2016 All-Florida Academic Team. Katherine Brown, Jacob Johnston, Karla Reyes and Sofia Sirocchi were among 128 students in the state recognized for their achievements.

SCF President Dr. Carol Probstfeld attended the ceremony at the Embassy Suites in Tampa to cheer on the SCF students and recognize their dedication and hard work in being named to this elite team. Each student received a medallion for the honor.

The award recognizes outstanding students for their academic achievement, leadership and service to their communities. The team competition is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and USA Today, as well as the Florida College System Foundation, Coca-Cola, RBC and Capital City Trust Company.

Brown is the Chief Justice with the Student Government Association at SCF Venice and vice president of scholarship for the Venice chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She has a 3.5 grade point average and tutors in the Academic Resource Center at SCF Venice. She plans to transfer to the University of Florida to study biology and from there attend medical school.

Johnston graduates with his diploma from State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) and his Associate in Arts degree with a 3.9 grade point average. He is the fundraising officer for the Bradenton chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa and president of the Key Club at SCFCS. Johnston has been taking flight lessons at Sarasota International Airport and recently completed his first solo flight. He has been accepted into Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he plans to get his degree in Aeronautical Science.

Reyes, who has a 3.7 grade point average, will graduate with her Associate in Arts degree. She is the vice president of service for the Venice chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and worked on several fundraisers to send all of its officers to a national conference in Washington, D.C. Reyes also is the secretary-treasurer for the Student Government Association at SCF Venice. Reyes, who volunteered in the emergency room at Venice Regional Hospital, plans to become a doctor. She has been accepted into the University of Florida, where she plans to major in biology. She will take her first class this summer.

Sirocchi has a 3.9 grade point average from SCF. She graduates with her diploma from SCFCS and her Associates in Arts degree. While attending SCF, she has participated in Camp Cardiac and the Human Body Explored program learning clinical skills and evaluating medical case studies through Lake Erie College of Medicine. She also volunteered at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Center. As part of her Phi Theta Kappa project, she developed a series of workshops at SCF, “A Successful You,” detailing tools and services to help college students succeed. She plans to go to the University of Florida in the fall to earn her biomedical engineering degree, with a minor in music performance. Ultimately, she plans to go to graduate school and work in healthcare.

For more information about the All-Florida Academic Team, contact Judy Green at For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, contact Janet Samuels at 941-752-5565 or or Kristen Zaborski at 941-408-1483 or

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