Outstanding Graduate Award Winners, Spring 2014
Baccalaureate Level: Announced at Graduation, May 2, 2014
Finalists Spring 2014
Outstanding Associate Graduate Award Finalists
Olga Klippert Blue, an Englewood resident and German native, is a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar and 2014 All-Florida Academic First Team member. She was president of the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of the PTK International Honor Society, vice president of the SCF Venice Student Government Association and president of the SCF Venice Interclub Council. Ms. Klippert Blue helped organize PTK leadership conferences, a toy drive, animal shelter food drives and beach clean-ups, and volunteered for the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. She also served on the SCF Student Activities Budget Review Committee and worked as a peer advising assistant. After graduating with an Associate in Arts degree, she plans to continue in SCF’s Dental Hygiene Program at SCF Bradenton, earn a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with the goal of becoming a dentist.
Andrew Pluta, a Sarasota resident, was a member of the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society and the Biotechnology Alliance for Suncoast Biology Educators at SCF. He participated in beach clean-ups and volunteered as a camp counselor assistant for Colonial Oaks Park Summer Camp in Sarasota. He was the recipient of the SCF Opportunity Award Scholarship, the Sheridan E. Brown Memorial Foundation Scholarship from Sarasota Chorus of the Keys and the Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction Award from the College Board. After graduating with an Associate in Arts degree, Mr. Pluta plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in environmental and civil engineering at the University of Florida or Florida State University with the goal of becoming an environmental engineer.
Donald Rimel III, a Lakewood Ranch resident, is a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar and 2014 All-Florida Academic First Team member. He was vice president of scholarship for the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society, president of the Student Government Association at SCF Bradenton and the SCF Model United Nations Club. Mr. Rimel was a two-time winner of the Outstanding Delegate Award and the 2014 Security Council Top Position Paper Award at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference. He was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Student in Political Science Award and served on SCF’s Student Activities Budget Review and Quality Enhancement Plan committees. Mr. Rimel was treasurer of SCF’s Phi Beta Lambda Business Club and a member of the SCF Brain Bowl team and History Club. He is an Eagle Scout and member of the Manatee Young Professionals. After graduating with an Associate in Arts degree, he plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at the University of Florida and later earn a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.
Priscilla Sosa, a Sarasota resident, was president and vice president of fellowship for the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society at SCF Bradenton, president of the Biotechnology Alliance for Suncoast Biology Educators at SCF and vice president of the American Chemical Society at SCF. She observes several general dentists in Sarasota and volunteers for Senior Friendship Center of Sarasota’s dental clinic, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Unidos Now, Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences, Bayside Community Church, SCF Collegiate School, Keep Manatee Beautiful, and the YMCA Hispanic Achievers Program and Mentor Program. After graduating with an Associate in Arts degree, Ms. Sosa plans to major in biology and minor in psychology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and later attend dental school with the goal of becoming a dentist.
Tat Sing Yeung, a North Port resident, was vice president of public relations for the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of the PTK International Honor Society. He served as secretary and treasurer for the SCF Phi Beta Lambda Business Club at SCF Venice and earned top awards at the PBL District IV 2013 and 2014 leadership conferences. He also won first place in the photography category in the SCF Financial Literacy Competition. Mr. Yeung was a teen volunteer at the North Port Public Library, a mathematics tutor in the SCF Academic Resource Center and an English as a Second Language adult tutor for the Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County. After graduating with an Associate in Arts degree, he plans to study pre-medical science at the University of South Florida and later attend medical school with the goal of becoming an anesthesiologist.
Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award Finalists
Tim Hyden, a Bradenton resident and U.S. Air Force veteran, has been a Florida firefighter for 22 years. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels Shoeboxes for Seniors, served as a drinking and driving awareness coordinator for Prom Promise and coordinated Lakewood Ranch 9/11 Remembrance ceremonies. At SCF, he was a member of the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society and Studio 84 Productions. In 2012, he received the 13th Congressional District Career Service Award and was selected as the 2007 East Manatee Fire Rescue Officer of the Year. Mr. Hyden, a nationally recognized author and speaker on public safety issues, serves on educational boards at SCF and Manatee Technical Institute and is a member of fire service associations. After graduating with a B.A.S. in Public Safety Administration, Mr. Hyden plans to continue working as the training and safety officer for the East Manatee Fire Rescue District and pursue a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University.
Andrea Lucy, a Sarasota resident, is a single mother and veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves. She was a member of the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society and Veterans Collegiate Association at SCF Bradenton. She participated in Stand Down for homeless veterans, raised funds for the United Nations Children's Fund, and volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Early Childhood Center at Church of Palms. Ms. Lucy co-authored an independent research study that was accepted to the 22nd Congress of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology Conference in Reims, France, in July. She also was honored with the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. After graduating with a B.A.S. in Technology Management, she will pursue a Master of Education with a concentration in online teaching and learning.
Estraica Reed, a Sarasota resident, is a single mother who worked full-time as a corrections deputy while pursuing an A.S. in Nursing degree and B.S. in Nursing degree from SCF. Ms. Reed also works as a part-time registered nurse and serves as a mentor to students who are pursuing degrees in the medical field, inspiring them to persevere through life’s trials. After graduation, she plans to land a full-time job working as a hospital intensive care nurse while earning a Master of Medical Science degree. Her goal is to become a physician’s assistant specializing in cardiovascular surgery to use her acquired skills to assist with procedures throughout the region.