Finalists Winter 2011
Outstanding Graduate Award Finalists- Fall 2011
Manuel Giraldo, an Englewood resident, discovered a new passion for learning at State College of Florida where he became active in organizations and clubs, serving as an officer for the Philosophy Club, Health and Wellness Club, Environmental Trekkers Club, Music Club and Swamp Scribes. He also was active in the community, participating in beach cleanups and volunteering at a local soup kitchen. After graduation, Giraldo plans to attend dental school and enlist in the Army Health Care Corps.
Regan Hooper, a Bradenton resident, was inspired by State College of Florida professors to pursue her dream of studying music and she thrived in the small family atmosphere at SCF. She represented SCF at the 2011 Florida Community College Activities Association Winter Music Symposium and performed in a concert to raise funds for Iraqi children who needed wheelchairs. After graduation, she will pursue a Bachelor of Music in Electronic Production and Design degree from Berklee College of Music to become a sound engineer and later open her own studio.
Jason Patry, a Venice resident, has overcome hardship, finding a fresh start at State College of Florida and showing his children the value of a college education. He served as a mathematics tutor in the Academic Resource Center and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, raising funds for the American Cancer and Lymphoma & Leukemia societies. After graduation, Patry plans to continue at SCF in the new Bachelor of Applied Science in Energy Technology Management Program.
Jason Pfeilsticker, a Bradenton resident, has served as the State College of Florida (Bradenton) Student Government Association vice president, president of the local chapter of the American Chemistry Society and tutor in the SCF Academic Resource Center. He is a
founding member of the Manatee County Independent Indoor Drumline, which won a regional competition in its first year of existence. Pfeilsticker plans to attend the University of Florida to study chemical engineering, continue his education at the graduate level and become a researcher and educator.
Brad Trotter, a Bradenton resident, has found a new direction at State College of Florida after serving six years in the U.S. Air Force. He was vice president for science activities for the Sigma XI chapter of Mu Alpha Theta and a member of the Veterans Collegiate Association and the Mathematics Olympics Team. After graduation, he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in mathematics at the University of South Florida, earn a master’s degree in information security, and work for the National Security Agency as a computer network operator.
Mary Ward, a Sarasota resident, gained confidence in her abilities as a paralegal student at State College of Florida. She has become a member of Lambda Epsilon Chi, a national academic honor society for paralegal students sponsored by the American Association for Paralegal Education. She also served as co-president of the Paralegal Club at SCF and as a member of the club’s scholarship committee. After graduation, she plans to continue at SCF in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Homeland Security Program and later pursue a law degree.