MCC Honors Students Recognized

(Bradenton, Fla., April 27, 2007) - Members of the Manatee Community College (MCC) Spring 2007 graduating class and other students who excelled scholastically or through service to their college and community were recognized in Honors Convocation ceremonies held Friday, April 27, at MCC Bradenton and MCC Venice. Collegewide, award-winners received $20,857 in scholarships or cash awards. Highlights of the awards ceremonies included readings of essays by MCC students who won honorable mentions in the college's 50th Anniversary Essay Contest.

Carolyn Webber read her award-winning essay at the MCC Bradenton ceremony. Divorced and the mother of four, she was nervous when she came back to school in 2004 but quickly found friends and faculty who supported her goals. She received an associate in arts degree in 2006 and is currently enrolled in the Dental Hygiene Program. The Sarasota resident expects to earn her second MCC degree in May 2008.

At MCC Venice, award-winner Carmen Miranda credited MCC with helping her put her life back together with convenient, affordable classes that made education obtainable for the mother of one. She is vice president of the MCC Venice Swamp Scribes, a creative writing club, and competed in the MCC Idol talent contest held as part of the anniversary community celebrations.

Four students received Beverly Beall and R. Kemp Riechmann Foundation scholarships, each of which is renewable for a second year. MCC Bradenton recipients are Joshua Nwankwo ($4,000 award for the first year), Eric Gavin ($3,000) and Marlene Jurgensen ($2,000). An MCC Venice recipient is Grensy Quintero ($3,000). She is a member of an MCC Venice Math Olympics team that won first place in the college division in statewide competition. Other team members recognized at the awards ceremony included Giovanni Alemanno, Andrew Conn, Joy D'Andrea and Veronica Deza. It was the fourth year in a row that an MCC Venice team won that division award.

MCC Bradenton students who won MCC Image awards in recognition of their ability to overcome barriers to their success in college are D.J. Anneaud, Justin Brown, Michelle Brubaker, Micah Hagans, Casey Hall and Leo Lopez. Brubaker also was named an All-Florida Academic Scholar for Phi Theta Kappa. MCC Venice Image award winners are Ashley Ewing, Rory Hartos and Jeffry Schuler.

Other MCC Bradenton Awards:            

Kimberly Kuizon also was named an All-Florida Academic Scholar. Winners of $400 Wayne Gulbrandsen Academic Scholarship for Single Parents awards included Jeremy Chapman, Bernadette Charles, Ken DeLacy, Carsha Evans, Donna Hunter, Kathleen Michalsen, Bridgette Pryor and Jacquelyn Shephard. Amy Dow and Christine McInnes each won $250 Pat Kuebler Scholarship awards. A $375 Annual Art Student Exhibition Best in Show award went to Megan Capo. Thomas Kirchman received a $300 Department of Mathematics Memorial Award and plaque. 

Other Venice Awards:

Dr. Louis Okonkwo, an MCC business professor and the president of the Rotary Club of North Port, presented the club's $500 Ed Kalb Memorial Scholarship to Aracely Gonzalez. Darlene Kelly won a $400 Wayne Gulbrandsen Academic Scholarship for Single Parents award.            

Charlene Monagas won a $300 Peter and Mary Lou Vogt award for excellence in studio art that also entitles her to exhibit her work in the MCC Venice Fine Art Gallery.  

Penny Bryan was named to Phi Theta Kappa's All-USA/All-Florida Academic team. Faye Sundin was named the Outstanding Future Educator and won a $200 cash award, plaque and certificate.

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