Outstanding Graduate Award, Winner Winter 2012
Finalists Winter 2012
Kelsey Carper, a Venice resident, is a graduate of SCF’s Dual Enrollment Program and Venice High School. While at SCF, she served as vice president of communications for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, participating in the PTK regional meeting and local beach cleanups. She also tutored students and volunteered at Summit at Venice, an assisted living facility. After graduation, Ms. Carper plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University. She also is interested in studying Asian cultures in preparation to teach English in Korea. She later plans to earn a doctorate in psychology.
Kortny Hayden, a Port Charlotte resident, served as the president of the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She organized food and toiletry drives for a Charlotte County homeless shelter, a supplies drive for the Animal Welfare League and beach cleanups. She is the 2013 coordinator for the annual Give Kids a Smile Program and has volunteered for Relay for Life and at a therapeutic horse ranch for disabled children. Ms. Hayden was the recipient of the Mazie E. Ulmer Endowed Scholarship through The SCF Foundation Inc. in Fall 2012. She has been accepted into the University of South Florida Tampa Honors College where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. She later plans to earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida and hopes to work with the National Health Service Corps to provide dental care to underserved communities.
Caleb Jordan, a Sarasota resident, served as an officer for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the SCF student club, Swampscribes, and was a tutor in the SCF writing/reading lab. Mr. Jordan was an editor of Elektraphrog, an online literary and arts magazine produced by SCF students. He also participated in local beach cleanups, worked on a mission project in Brazil and volunteered for his church outreach ministry that provides food and clothing for those in need. After graduation, Mr. Jordan plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Florida and later earn an advanced degree. He is interested in teaching literature or in journalism, writing about foreign affairs or music.
Andrew Sink, a Sarasota resident, was one of only eight students enrolled in Florida College System associate engineering technology degree programs to be selected to study alternative and renewable energy and participate in project-based learning in San Sebastian, Spain. The study-abroad program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Florida Advanced Technological Education Center through a partnership with Spain’s education consortium, Tknika. He received the Outstanding Student in Engineering Technology Award in Spring 2012. He volunteered at the GWIZ Science Museum and had a visiting artist exhibit at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art while maintaining a job in research and development at a local manufacturing company. After graduation, Mr. Sink is continuing at SCF in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Technology Management Program with plans to pursue a master’s degree in environmental sustainability from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
Fernando Valbuena, a Bradenton resident and Colombian native, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. While at SCF, he realized his lifelong dream of studying music and plans to raise funds to provide children in Colombia with instruments and music lessons. Mr. Valbuena was the winner of the 2012 Florida College System Activities Association Winter Music Symposium Piano Competition. He was a recipient of the Steinway Society Scholarship and William G. Selby and Marie Selby Scholarship through The SCF Foundation Inc. He also won the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Outstanding High School Student Scholarship, Florida Medallion Scholarship and SCF Piano/Keyboard Scholarship. He will pursue a Bachelor of Science in Organic Chemistry from the University of Central Florida and later plans to earn a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with an emphasis in genetics and research.