MCC Holds College Reach-Out Program Awards Ceremony

(Bradenton, Fla., May 17, 2006) - Graduating seniors from area high schools and other students in Manatee Community College's (MCC) College Reach-Out Program (CROP) were honored in May at the Eighth 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 255 middle and high school students in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Eighty-eight percent of 55 high school seniors who participated in CROP last year went on to college. More than half of those students chose to attend MCC. Kristen Anderson is the MCC program's director.

Graduating MCC CROP seniors who attended the ceremony are Liliana Coronada, Terrance Marshall, Clifford McDonald, Rayda Rojas (Booker High School); Tiarra Muller, Aggie Payton, Alexandra Woodside (Manatee High School); Edgar Arellano, Jose Alvaro Gomez  (Palmetto High School); Ashley Ball, Crystal Clyburn, Shinice Davis, Daren Dexter, Michelle Jackson, Brittany Meeks, Shacoia Randall (Riverview High School); and Monique Baldwin, Glendy Lopez, Rose Presendieu, Norrell Puckerin (Southeast High School).

 "Students-of-the-Year" are Kadeem Scott (Bayshore High School); Adrian Celestino (Palmetto High School); Ashley Saldana (Sugg Middle School); Liliana Coronada and Rayda Rojas (Booker High School); Coral Lopez (Manatee High School); Timothy Murray (Riverview High School); Norrell Puckerin (Southeast High School); and Shemish Clark (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 Jerry Joseph and University of South Florida student Yesenia Mejia 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 MCC Summer Bridge Program designed to help students make a successful transition from high school to college.





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