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March 28, 2003

Pam Bryant
Assistant Director of Communications
(850) 201-7130

Contact: Barbara Doran
(850) 488-1721, ext. 125

Department of Education honors 118 members of the 2003 community college All-Florida Academic Team

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne and Community College Chancellor J. David Armstrong Jr. recognized the members of the 2003 All-Florida Academic Team in a special program on Thursday at the Florida State University Turnbull Center for Professional Development. The group consisted of 118 students from community colleges in Florida and Florida College, a private institution.

"These students were honored for their academic achievements, leadership skills and community service," said Horne. "They come to community colleges to fulfill their dreams and they have succeeded in that quest. I am pleased to have met with them and wish them well as they continue their education."

A list of the team members can be viewed at

The colleges nominated them each for the national USA Today/Phi Theta Kappa-sponsored All-USA Academic Team. Chrissie Prichard, a civil engineering student from Chipola Junior College, is the Outstanding Student of the Florida Team and a New Century Scholar that includes a $2,000 national scholarship.

"We are proud of the outstanding students in our system," said Armstrong. "They consistently excel academically and bring great honor, not only to themselves, but to the community colleges they attend and the state of Florida."

In nominating students, colleges considered:

  • Participation in honors programs.
  • Membership in academic or technical honors organizations.
  • Awards and honors received for academic and technical accomplishments.
  • Academic enrichment achieved through study and internships.
  • Sharing of academic attainments, knowledge, skills and cultural enrichment.

Team members received Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society medallions and certificates at the honors program. The Florida Community College System, Phi Theta Kappa and AIG-VALIC hosted the event.