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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Jennifer Fennell
(850) 245-0413

2007 All-Florida Academic Team Announced

TALLAHASSEE – Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg and Community Colleges Executive Vice Chancellor Judith Bilsky today announced the members of the 2007 All-Florida Academic Team in Tallahassee. The 110 students who comprise the All-Florida Academic Team represent 28 of Florida's public community colleges, one independent two-year college, and one independent university.

"My congratulations to everyone honored today. We are proud that these exceptional students have chosen to begin their college experience within the Florida Community College System.  Each plays an important role in creating a brighter tomorrow for our state," said Commissioner Blomberg.

Students on the All-Florida Academic Team are nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.  College presidents or their designees are invited to submit nominations based on outstanding grade point averages; participation in honors programs; awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement; and service to the college and the community.

"The All-Florida Academic Team program confirms what we already know about our students who are attending one of the 28 community colleges across our state- they are brilliant, talented, goal-oriented students," said Executive Vice Chancellor Bilsky.

In addition to the announcement of the 2007 All-Florida Academic Team, the 2007 New Century Scholar – awarded to Florida’s top two-year college student – was named. This year’s recipient is Barry Bohnsack from Valencia Community College. Bohnsack is majoring in mathematics and works part-time at NASA.  He plans to transfer to the University of Central Florida and, one day, train America’s future astronauts.

The Florida Division of Community Colleges, AIG VALIC, Phi Theta Kappa Florida Region, and The Foundation for Florida’s Community Colleges sponsored this year's recognition event.

The 2007 All-Florida Academic Team:

First Team
Carlos AcevedoMiami Dade College
Frederick AlcoberValencia Community College
Barry Bohnsack*Valencia Community College
Tina BouseSt. Johns River Community College
Danielle BurkettLake City Community College
Rebecca CarmodySt. Johns River Community College
Melanie CarterBrevard Community College
Sarah CartwrightChipola College
Libby CouchLake-Sumter Community College
Audrey CouprieSanta Fe Community College
Praapty DebsarkarPalm Beach Community College
Ivonne JudgeMiami Dade College
Vadim KalashnikovDaytona Beach Community College
Petr KoutPalm Beach Community College
Karen MallinsonSt. Johns River Community College
Rocio MaloBroward Community College
Emily MoorhouseBroward Community College
Danielle NemethLake-Sumter Community College
Andrea PanayiotouIndian River Community College
Kaitlin ReifSt. Petersburg College
Amy RouinfarLake-Sumter Community College
Elona RrapoSt. Petersburg College
Baron StephensBroward Community College
Christopher SwansonHillsborough Community College
Teadora ThosathEdison College
Jennifer Van ValkenburgBrevard Community College
Thomas WalkerChipola College
James Ware, IIIHillsborough Community College
Andrea WhiteTallahassee Community College
Nina WillsPalm Beach Community College
*2007 New Century Scholar
 
Second Team
Kerry AndersonValencia Community College
Jason AngellFlorida Community College at Jacksonville
Suzan BekirogluPasco-Hernando Community College
Dana BrileyKeiser University
Jessica BrockwayIndian River Community College
Christopher BrownHillsborough Community College
Michelle BrubakerManatee Community College
Penny BryanManatee Community College
Hannah BuchananPensacola Junior College
Tarin BurgerCentral Florida Community College
Dustin BurkhartPensacola Junior College
Lafane CampbellSanta Fe Community College
Paul CarvalhoMiami Dade College
Gillermo Castilla-RosellMiami Dade College
Thomas ColestockSouth Florida Community College
Sarah DiRuggieroSt. Petersburg College
Daniella DorcelusBroward Community College
Maria EcharrenIndian River Community College
Christopher EllanTallahassee Community College
Misty FilippelliPalm Beach Community College
Brenda FranklinFlorida Community College at Jacksonville
Monica FriedmanMiami Dade College
Sarah GarciaMiami Dade College
Kara HarmonPasco-Hernando Community College
Ivan HernandezOkaloosa-Walton College
Amanda HoogkampIndian River Community College
Erica HorneCentral Florida Community College
Tanya JacksonBroward Community College
Michael Jackson, Jr.Polk Community College
Amy JeffriesFlorida Keys Community College
Alysia JulianSt. Petersburg College
Karina KedzierskaDaytona Beach Community College
Abbey KenyonFlorida College
Kevin KimballBrevard Community College
Jayanthi KoovackalPolk Community College
Kimberly KuizonManatee Community College
Scott KunkleValencia Community College
Richard LaffoonFlorida Community College at Jacksonville
Monica LangeIndian River Community College
Debbye LechniakFlorida Community College at Jacksonville
Amber ManeraIndian River Community College
Justin MartinSouth Florida Community College
Meredith MaxwellHillsborough Community College
Cassandra MeadowsIndian River Community College
Petya MihaylovaPalm Beach Community College
Michelle MillsBroward Community College
Justine NaylonHillsborough Community College
Amanda NelsonValencia Community College
Lori O’BrienEdison College
Rose OcdenIndian River Community College
Rebecca OlgaardOkaloosa-Walton College
Jorge OrjuelaMiami Dade College
Johanna OrostigaMiami Dade College
Amber OsbornePasco-Hernando Community College
Naomi PierrePalm Beach Community College
Cindy PohnerEdison College
Sara RichardsonOkaloosa-Walton College
Jessica RigdonGulf Coast Community College
Akela RobinsonNorth Florida Community College
Isa RosadoSeminole Community College
Vianka SantanaSeminole Community College
Heather SchutteIndian River Community College
Jennifer ShearerHillsborough Community College
Jillian SheffieldNorth Florida Community College
Joshua SimmonsPensacola Junior College
Sonja SmithPasco-Hernando Community College
Lindsey StevensonBrevard Community College
Sherridon SweeneyFlorida College
Rebecca TibbsHillsborough Community College
Jessica UrquhartGulf Coast Community College
Leah ValdesMiami Dade College
Christina VlietMiami Dade College
Michelle WestgateSt. Petersburg College
Cheryl WhalenBrevard Community College
Jean WilliamceauEdison College
Christina WilliamsBrevard Community College
Matthew WordenPensacola Junior College
Lyndsi WubbenaPasco-Hernando Community College
Sandra ZackeroffBrevard Community College
Samira ZaveriIndian River Community College