Sixty-eight veterans, representing the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy and five SPC campuses, attended the April 20 event.
Veterans enjoyed the event and said they were looking forward to the Second Annual Student Veterans Celebration to be held in April 2014.
Organizers attributed the event’s success to the combination of activities and the celebration’s atmosphere. Activities focused on skills veterans had acquired during their service and the event’s atmosphere and environment that fostered good fellowship among attendees.
“This was one of the most successful outreach events with St. Petersburg College that I have attended and look forward to participating in next year,” said Africa Simone Miller, a Readjustment Counseling Therapist with the St. Petersburg Veteran Center.
Event competition and activities
Competition was fierce among the branches of service but camaraderie was even stronger. The St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Student Veterans Association hosted a free raffle and gave away more than thirty prizes. Veterans also enjoyed a barbeque in the Allstate Mess Hall (Florida Room).
Veterans competed against one another in a pistol competition at the Allstate firearms range. The Marines overwhelmingly dominated the pistol competition with the following ranking:
- Jake V. Gauthier (Marines) 257
- Curtis Fivecoat (Army) 221
- Brian C. Fernandez (Marines) 211
- Joseph R. Rasor (Marines) 197
- Brian V. Talafer (Marines) 195
The Army made a strong comeback, winning both the wall climbing event and the tug-of-war event.
Those interested in participating in the planning committee for the 2014 Student Veterans Celebration should contact Dr. Carol Rasor-Cordero.