MCC Holds College Reach-Out Program Awards Ceremony

(Bradenton, Fla., May 24, 2005) - Graduating seniors from area high schools and other students in Manatee Community College's (MCC) College Reach-Out Program (CROP) were honored May 10 at the Seventh Annual CROP Awards Ceremony held at MCC Bradenton. Dr. Sarah H. Pappas, president, gave welcoming remarks and students were presented with certificates, gift bags, scholarships and special achievement awards.

CROP is a statewide program funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Education and designed to increase the number of students who successfully complete postsecondary education. School-based site coordinators assist targeted students by providing motivational and educational activities to keep them on a college-bound track.  The MCC program is serving 254 middle and high school students in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Ninety percent of last year's 29 high school seniors who participated went on to college. Fifty-nine percent, or 17 of those 29 students, chose MCC. Kristen Anderson is the MCC program's director.

Graduating MCC CROP seniors who attended the ceremony are Amanda Brown, Lymus Dixon III, Marcus Mackey (Booker High School); Jerome Ingram Jr., Whittney Moore, Donte Parker (Manatee High School); Clara Gonzalez, Edgar Jaimes (Palmetto High School); Candise Evans, Tara Hinson, Michael Shepherd, Anthony Sinkfield, Jacqueline Thermitus, Derek Williams, Anthony Wright (Riverview High School); and Willis Cenatis, Jamaari Johnson, Malcolm Matthews, James Presendieu, Kimberly Washington (Southeast High School).

 "Students-of-the-Year" are Jessica Bacon (Bayshore High School); Edgar Jaimes (Palmetto High School); Kenyatta Carter (Sugg Middle School); Marcus Mackey         

(Booker High School); Whittney Moore (Manatee High School); Candise Evans (Riverview High School); Jamaari Johnson (Southeast High School); and Gilberto Parada (Booker Middle School).  

Two former CROP students spoke to students about the importance of taking advantage of experiences offered through the CROP program. MCC student Calvin

White and University of South Florida student Erica Livingston emphasized the value of taking advantage of the opportunities offered through the program such as: college tours, the summer residential program, MCC CROP scholarships and the Summer Bridge Program.


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