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February 2008
Chancellor Will Holcombe Jr.
Edition: No. 2008-1  
2008 PTK All-Florida Academic Team Announced

I am pleased to announce that the 2008 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team has been named. This year's team includes 104 students representing Florida's 28 public community colleges, one independent college, and one independent university.

This distinction is bestowed upon these students in recognition of their academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community. They will be honored at a luncheon and awards ceremony in Tallahassee, Florida, on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. Additionally, they will be recognized by the Florida Legislature and other state leaders at the Capitol. Invitations and details of those events will be mailed directly to the college presidents and to students named to the 2008 All-Florida Academic Team.

The All-Florida Academic Team is composed of all those students who were nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and PTK International Honor Society. We will be notified in early March if any of our Florida students are named to the 2008 All-USA Academic Team.


The 2008 All-Florida Academic Team

Brevard Community College

April Ballard
Von Regan Davis
Gretchen Demary
Emily Mitchell
Jenifer Pariagh
Jennifer Smith

Broward Community College

Angelica Aguirre
Christina Frascona
Patricio Gonzalez
Ziyad Kadir
Paola Mariselli
Kendall Ramsijewan

Central Florida Community College

Rebecca Dotsonr
Matthew MacKenzie
Jean Morrow

Chipola College

Shannon Hatcher
Tommy Thompson

Daytona Beach Community College

Melissa Wich

Edison College

Karla Dias
Mariamo Oyebanjo
Tyler Sheehan

Florida College

Benjamin Bingham

Florida Community College at Jacksonville

Brandon Cerge
Brett Harvey
Amy McDonald
Wesley Wolfenbarger

Florida Keys Community College

Justin King

Gulf Coast Community College

Jamie Kaiser
Lisa Markham

Hillsborough Community College

Elizabeth Barrero
Maura Velasco

Indian River Community College

Gail Amalfitano
Makeda-Ione Brome
Devon Green
Michael Haddan
Lauren Hart
Elizabeth Hebert
Tiffany Mathis
Katherine Profeta
Rebekah Thompson
Amy Threlkeld

Keiser University

Stacy Orr
Angela Ratzlaff

Lake City Community College

Jason Flynn
Gabriela Romero

Lake-Sumter Community College

Walter Guy
Amber Hall
Elias Valerio

Manatee Community College

Sean Abene
Michael Glidden
Olga Lykhvar
Milica Radmanovic

Miami Dade College

Barbara Cymring
Samantha Gonzalez
Stephanie Jimenez
Michael Johnson
Felipe Matos
Anamary Pedrosa
Rosanna Salcedo-Saltos
Maria Sevilla
Odalys Solares
Ivan Vargas

North Florida Community College

Teresa Ginther
Erin Smith

Okaloosa-Walton College

Kelsey Alderfer
Geami Britt
Brice Latham

Palm Beach Community College

Emilie Chiasson
Teresa Hans
Candace Payne
Collier Rice

Pasco-Hernando Community College

Holly Bliss
Jean Christy
Christina Hanlon
Sarah Mauldin

Pensacola Junior College

Georgia Beliech
Kristi Kilpatrick

Polk Community College

Evan Gill
Chelo van Leeuwaarde
Stefanie Wesch
Chasya Wiseman

Santa Fe Community College

Stephanie Dunne

Seminole Community College

Marissa Egipciaco
Sarah Holland
Jennifer Wolff

South Florida Community College

Joseph Jimenez
Chelsea Thorpe

St. Johns River Community College

Daniel Heckman
Jennifer Meyers
Jodi Verkleir

St. Petersburg College

Margaret Beck
Michele Belisle
Nathan Crock
Alyssa Money
Joy Scholing
Justin Vincent-Tompkins
Stephen Watson

Tallahassee Community College

Shakari Gilbert
Kevin Patel

Valencia Community College

Allyson Cipollone
Elissa Feldman
James Hernandez
Ryan Lamarca
Sara Lubus-Centeno


PTK All-Florida Academic Team Recognition Event Details

The PTK All-Florida Academic Team activities will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at the Florida State University's University Center Club Ballroom beginning at 9:00 a.m. The program will include a morning information session, college/university admissions fair, and a luncheon and awards ceremony. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in the "Capitol Experience" at 2:30 p.m., which includes recognition during a legislative proceeding and tour of the Capitol. Additional details are forthcoming and will be posted at


Division and PTK Contacts

Andrew Myers
External Affairs Coordinator
Division of Community Colleges

Kasongo Butler
Assistant Chancellor
Division of Community Colleges
Susan Lewis
Florida Community College at Jacksonville
(904) 381-3643
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