Two SPC students have been selected for the 2012 Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic First Team and six have been named to the second team. Each year, outstanding students in the Florida College System are recognized for their academic achievements, leadership and service to the community. Students will be recognized at a luncheon at Valencia College’s West Campus Special Events Center on Thursday, April 5. Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges.
Alistair Glover, 24, is a chemistry student in the St. Petersburg Honors College at the Clearwater Campus. Glover serves as President of the Student Government Association at the Clearwater Campus. He is a former president (April 2011-January 2012) of the Tau Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and remains an active member.
After graduation in May, he hopes to enroll at Harvard University but otherwise is considering the University of Chicago or Dartmouth University, where he plans to dual-major in chemistry and economics.
“I probably won’t stop there; I plan on going to the doctoral level,” said Glover, who will be the first in his immediate family to graduate from college. “Whether a Ph.D., MD. or a J.D., I’ll get a doctorate.”
Taylor Howe, 18, is working on her associate’s degree at the Tarpon Springs Campus and will graduate in May. Former president of the campus’ Student Government Association, she has stepped down but remains an active member while completing 19 credit hours and working two part-time jobs this semester. She also is part of the collegewide Model United Nations and is an active member of the Alpha Zeta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
“I’m going to the University of Florida and am going to finish my bachelor’s degree in nursing in the next two years and then enter the doctoral program in nursing,” Howe said. She will be the first in her family to go beyond an associate’s degree.
“I take much pride in it; I was raised where getting a college education is a way to go,” she said. “It feels good to be moving at such a fast rate toward my future”
Bryan Atkinson, 17, is a liberal arts student at the Seminole Campus. He will graduate in May.
Amber Corlis, 28, is a digital media arts student at the Seminole Campus. She will graduate in May.
John Fernandez, 28, is a liberal arts student (focusing in international business) at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. He will graduate in May.
Maria Kelly, 46, is a liberal arts student at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. She will graduate in December.
Gabriel Martinez, 22, is an electrical engineering student at the University of Florida. He graduated in December 2011.
Helena Zubkow, 23, is a technology management student at the Tarpon Springs. She will graduate in December.
Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges.