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Outstanding Graduate Award - Winter 2018

Outstanding Graduate Award Finalists

Yuliya Crosley

Yuliya Crosley, who graduates with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with a 3.96 grade point average, has been working as a nurse in the oncology department at Manatee Memorial Hospital. A widow, she is raising her daughter alone while working and taking classes. She is a member of the Zu Theta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and the SCF Nursing Honor Society. She began her nursing career in the Ukraine more than 20 years ago and is a Daisy Award nominee for skillful and compassionate care, and a recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award from Manatee Memorial. She plans to pursue her Doctor of Nurse Practice degree and would like to become a family nurse practitioner. She credits SCF and the relationships she has made in the nursing program with her success in school and at work, including helping her get work promotions. She is described as genuine, kind, compassionate, dedicated, positive and goal-oriented.



Miguel D. Garcia

Miguel D. Garcia, who graduates with his Bachelor of Applied Science in public safety administration with a 3.82 grade point average, plans to teach college. He has developed a passion for learning at SCF. While working as a professional firefighter and paramedic and going to school, Garcia took on an assignment as an adjunct instructor at Suncoast Technical College. He teaches adults and high school students in the EMT and paramedics program. He also has taught continuing education classes for health care providers. While balancing work, school and teaching, Garcia rose through the ranks at the Sarasota County Fire Department, obtaining the rank of lieutenant. He is actively involved in community service through the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund and the International Association of Firefighters, where he serves as a human relations committee member. As a nontraditional student, he considers himself to be among the traditional students of tomorrow – someone who has some life experience and then goes back to school while working and raising a family. His advice to students is to continue pursuing your educational goals, “even if it takes you 10 years or more to finish. With perseverance, you will succeed.”


Bashar Roumia

Bashar Roumia, who graduates with his Associate in Arts degree with a 4.0 grade point average, plans to attend medical school. He won the organic chemistry award at honors convocation in the spring. He plans to transfer to the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in the spring to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. An immigrant from Syria, his long-term plans are to study ophthalmology and to do research on vision issues. He is fluent in Arabic and English. His professors describe him as having a “hunger for science,” and an ability to rise to challenges. He was described as an exceptional student and an exceptional ambassador for SCF. He volunteers with Florida Cancer Specialists and works for Arcadia Medical Associates.



Cara RuhnkeCara Ruhnke, who graduates with her Associate in Arts degree with a 4.0 grade point average, plans to transfer to the University of South Florida to complete a degree in biology and to then pursue a master’s degree in conservation biology. A single mom, she works as a tree climber/cutter for a local golf course where she also helps to manage invasive species. She also works as a student writing tutor at the Academic Resource Center (ARC). She served as president of Sigma Kappa Delta, the English Honor Society, where she initiated a book drive and created book drive receptacles She was lauded for her drive, maturity and intellectual curiosity.  

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