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Outstanding Graduate Award - Winter 2017

Outstanding Graduate Award Finalists

Lesly Hernandez

Lesly M. Hernandez, who graduates with her Associate in Arts degree with a 3.42 grade point average, was determined to succeed academically. Her instructors describe her as a joyful leader who is passionate about her goals. She wants to make a difference in the world by helping those less fortunate. She has volunteered at the Suncoast Blood Bank, the Braden River Public Library and at a local church where she helps teach English. She served as president of the French Club and vice president of the Astronomy Club in 2015-16 and served as secretary for Impact, a community service club. She also worked as a student ambassador for SCF’s Admissions office. Hernandez has mapped out her education and her future. She plans to transfer to USF Tampa and participate in a one-year study-abroad program in France to improve her French. She already is fluent in English and Spanish and wants to become fluent in French as well, so she can eventually work with the United Nations or UNICEF.


Holton Irwin

Holton R. Irwin, who graduates with his Associate in Arts degree with a 3.82 grade point average, had his mind set on being the first in his family to graduate from college when he came to SCF. He had a couple of hurdles to overcome, such as starting the math curriculum required for his degree at the prerequisite level. He didn’t let anything deter him. He worked diligently and used every resource SCF has to offer to help make him a successful student, including the Academic Resource Center and taking time with his SCF professors. His success allowed him to become a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Irwin credits his professors and the Academic Resource Center for helping him succeed. Irwin works full-time in customer service at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and volunteers as a basketball coach and youth mentor for the YMCA, where he was described as a leader. He plans to transfer to USF Sarasota-Manatee in the spring to earn his bachelor’s degree in business marketing and is working to obtain his Florida real estate license.


Yolanda Woody

Yolanda D. Woody, who graduates with her Associate in Arts degree with a 3.41 grade point average, plans to pursue a career in human rights law to fight against social injustice. As a senior in high school, she interned with the Sarasota County Public Defender’s office. That experience and her community service inspired her to want to help people in need. She plans to transfer to USF Sarasota-Manatee to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science and attend law school afterward. She volunteers for the American Red Cross disaster team and is known as a calm and professional leader who never has trouble making her deadlines. In classes, she takes on extra assignments and projects. She has volunteered for All Faiths Food Bank, the Techno Teens Program in the Sarasota County libraries and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. She also serves as secretary/treasurer for SCF’s Student Government Association.




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