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Thursday, April 02, 2009

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Community College Month Kicks Off with Recognition of Florida’s Outstanding College System Students

~ Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team honored for superior scholastic achievement ~

TALLAHASSEE – In recognition of Community College Month, Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith, Community Colleges Chancellor Willis N. Holcombe and college presidents today honored the 2009 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Florida Academic Team. This year’s team consists of 92 outstanding students representing Florida’s 28 state, community and junior colleges, one independent college and one independent university.

“Florida’s community colleges provide more than just an outstanding education for their students; they are institutions of personal development that foster the kind of progressive thinking our communities need,” said Commissioner Smith. “Members of the All-Florida Academic Team are shining examples of this type of development and their contributions to society will have lasting effects for generations to come.”

The students were recognized during an awards ceremony held at Florida State University followed by a tour of the Capitol and special acknowledgment by the Florida Legislature and other state leaders. As part of the awards ceremony, team members were presented with PTK medallions and certificates.

“The Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team represents the pinnacle of student success in our community colleges and I am proud to honor this year’s members,” said Chancellor Holcombe. “These individuals possess academic prowess, leadership abilities and a community focus that will undoubtedly carry them forward to great personal and professional success.”

The All-Florida Academic Team is composed of students who were nominated by their respective colleges to the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and PTK, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges. Students named to the All-Florida Academic Team are chosen based on their exceptional academic achievement, leadership and community service.

In nominating students for the All-Florida Academic Team, colleges considered:

  • Participation in honors programs
  • Membership in and awards received from academic or honors organizations
  • Awards and honors received for academic and leadership accomplishments
  • Academic enrichment achieved through study, internships and cultural experiences
  • Sharing of academic attainments, knowledge and skills through community service

For a complete list of the 2009 Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team, visit To learn more about the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, visit