State College of Florida Collegiate School Graduates 98

(Bradenton, Fla., May 6, 2016) — State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) graduated 98 students Friday, May 6 at the State College of Florida’s Neel Performing Arts Center. This marked the third year the school has held commencement ceremonies, in which students receive their high school diplomas in the morning and receive their Associate in Arts degrees from SCF the same evening.

More than half of the graduates are honor society members, inducted in the National Honor Society and/or the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for two-year colleges. Five students have been nominated for the Bradenton Herald’s Golden Herald Awards. All together the SCFCS graduates have accumulated 12,000 hours of community service.

The Collegiate School Student Achievement award winner is Ella Melzer. The award is given to a graduate who has demonstrated consistent growth and professionalism inside and outside the classroom. While earning her degree, the dual-enrolled student helped establish the Key Club, a volunteer organization associated with the Kiwanis Club, at SCF Collegiate School. She relaxes by performing with the SCF Orchestra and the Pops Orchestra.

The Collegiate School Appreciation Award winner is Melissa Guet. The award is given to a graduate who has been a role model at the Collegiate School. Guet, who has a 4.0 grade point average, has handled daily responsibilities as an Accelerated College Student, is punctual, courteous and humble, said Dr. Donald Bowman, SCF vice president of educational and student services, in announcing her award. She has more than 400 hours of community service and has served as Vice President of the National Honor Society and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She will attend USF Sarasota-Manatee in the fall.

The Collegiate School Outstanding Graduate Award winner is Sofia Sirocchi. She was named to the All-Florida Academic Team based on her academic achievement, leadership and community service. 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 medical school. She has served as a volunteer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Rehabilitation Center. As part of her Phi Theta Kappa project, she developed a series of workshops designed to help first-year college students succeed.

SCFCS graduates have been accepted into dozens of colleges, including Auburn University, Boston University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida Polytechnic University, Florida Southern College, Florida State University, Full Sail University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hofstra University, New College of Florida, Northern Illinois University, Ohio State University, Olin College of Engineering, University of Alabama, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of North Florida, and University of South Florida.

Graduates also have been accepted into Florida Gulf Coast University and USF Sarasota-Manatee, where they have been offered a tuition-free education.

For more information, call Matt Bowman at 941-752-5469 or email

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