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PRESS RELEASE

March 30, 2005

Vivian Myrtetus
(850) 245-0413

Florida Department of Education Honors the 2005 Community College All-Florida Academic Team

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner John L. Winn and Florida Community Colleges and Workforce Education Chancellor J. David Armstrong, Jr., announced today the 2005 All-Florida Academic Team. The 108 students were nominated for their academic excellence by their public and private community colleges. They all have been nominated to the national USA Today/Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team.

"I want to congratulate this distinguished group of students on being named to the 2005 All-Florida Academic Team," said Education Commissioner John L. Winn. "Each one of them has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and leadership that will truly pay dividends for the rest of their lives. Their achievements serve as a testament to the strength of Florida's Community Colleges."

The All-Florida Academic Team will attend a series of events March 30-31st in Tallahassee, including a visit to the Legislature and a special reception and ceremony to highlight their achievements.

"These students represent some of the best and brightest students in Florida," said Chancellor Armstrong. "Their individual stories about their academic aspirations and achievements affirm their commitment to improving their knowledge and life opportunities through education."

In nominating students, community colleges considered participation in honors programs; membership in and awards received from academic or technical honors organizations; awards and honors received for academic, technical, and leadership accomplishments; academic enrichment achieved through academic study, internships, and cultural experiences; and sharing of academic attainments, knowledge, and skills through community service.

Team members will receive Phi Theta Kappa medallions and certificates at an event honoring them on March 30th. The reception will be held at Tallahassee Community College at 6:00 pm.

A complete list of the 2005 Team (PDF, 17KB) is attached.

The Florida Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Education, AIG VALIC, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and Tallahassee Community College will host this year's event.