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2004 All-Florida Academic Team Honored

Winners Circle includes 124 students from Florida's public community colleges, two students from Florida College, and one student from Keiser College

Community Colleges and Workforce Education Chancellor David Armstrong and Chief of Staff John Winn recognized 124 students from Florida's two-year colleges for their academic excellence at a recent reception at the Florida State University Center for Professional Development. Lt. Governor Jennings also met with the group to congratulate them following their gallery recognition, via resolution, in the Florida House of Representatives.

Students on the team were nominated by their college for the USA Today/Phi Theta Kappa sponsored All-USA Academic Team. By the virtue of their standing in that national competition, the All-Florida Academic Team was chosen.

This year's “New Century Scholar,” the highest scoring student in the All-USA Academic Team competition from Florida, was Laura Arce of Broward Community College. The graduate of the Atlantic Technical Center in Coconut Creek will graduate from Broward Community College this spring and plans to continue her studies in economics. The “New Century Scholar” will receive a $2,000 stipend funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

This is the tenth year that the Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Education has identified an All-Florida Academic Team as a means of recognizing the outstanding students attending Florida's two-year colleges.

In nominating students, colleges considered participation in honors organizations; awards and honors received for academic and technical accomplishments; academic enrichment achieved through academic study and internships; and, sharing of academic attainments, knowledge, skills and cultural enrichment.

In addition to Florida Community Colleges and Workforce Education, other sponsors of the event were the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, AIG VALIC, and the Florida Association of Community Colleges.

Team members will receive Phi Theta Kappa medallions and certificates. Members of the team may also receive university scholarships.