2013-14 Apollo Award finalists
Five outstanding St. Petersburg College students have been selected as finalists for the annual Apollo Award, the highest honor an associate degree graduate can achieve.
The Apollo Award is presented annually by the SPC Alumni Association. Winners are chosen for their outstanding leadership abilities, scholastic standing, community service, honors and awards. It has been presented each year since 1966.
This year’s finalists are:
Oldrin Bataku, Seminole Campus, graduates today with an Associate in Arts degree. He was a member of Honors College and a student editor of the Honors College scholarly journal, META; a math and science tutor in the Learning Commons; and a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Innovative Engineering Club. He has a 4.0 GPA.
He was a founding member of Rotaract where he was involved with a number of community service events such as a silent auction to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and trash pickups along Pinellas beaches and roadways.
He received Outstanding Student awards in chemistry, calculus and Interdisciplinary Studies. Mathematics instructor James Klinedinst said Oldrin is “one of the hardest workers I have ever seen . . . he strives to pursue topics well beyond the scope of the course.”
His goal is to attend a research university and become heavily involved in undergraduate science and mathematics research.
“St. Petersburg College has engrained in me its deep scholastic values and taught me to develop as a student, a friend, an employee and a contributing member of society.”
Alia Davis, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, graduates today with an Associate in Arts degree. She was a member of Honors College and as a St. Petersburg Collegiate High School student, was a member of its Ethics Bowl team. She also was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Junior Achievement and was captain of the Seminole High School volleyball team. She has a 3.98 GPA.
She was a Suncoast Hospice teen volunteer and received an award for 67 hours of service to this organization.
In 2013, she was named the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Junior of the Year and received the Dr. Vilma Fernandez-Zalupski Academic Excellence Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Communication instructor Lori Madden said, “Students gravitate toward Alia because they know her to be a serious yet kind and approachable person.”
Her goal is to attend Colgate University to study neuroscience and eventually become an M.D.
“St. Petersburg College has not only set a sturdy foundation for learning, but supplied me with tools to expand my knowledge and understanding.”
Caitlin Hardwick, Clearwater Campus, graduates today with an Associate in Arts degree. She was a member of Honors College, the Florida Engineering Society, International Club, Junior Achievement, Student Government, and was interim president of Phi Theta Kappa. She has a 3.98 GPA.
She has been a volunteer math tutor in the Clearwater Learning Support Center and through Junior Achievement, volunteered as a tutor in a local elementary school. She also has volunteered with the Salvation Army and the UPARC Foundation.
She received the Edna Allwurden Andrews Memorial Math Award in 2013 and was named a member of the All-Florida Academic Team in 2014. Political Science instructor Heather Roberson said, “Caitlin’s independent research, experiential scholarship and enthusiastic participation exhibit the traits of a focused learner. She is a model student.”
Her goal is to receive a master’s degree or doctorate in mathematics and continue to participate in community service.
“At SPC, I have discovered a pathway to fulfilling my dreams.”
Jasmine Salinas-Corona, graduates today with an Associate in Arts degree. She was a member of Student Government, Spanish Club, Student Music Club and Phi Theta Kappa where she was a part of the Honors and Action Committee. She has a 3.89 GPA.
She was a teen volunteer with Suncoast Hospice with more than 100 hours of service and has participated in roadside cleanups with Phi Theta Kappa. She volunteered as a math tutor in the Learning Commons on the Seminole Campus and has participated in Seminole Campus Welcome Back events for returning students.
In 2008, 2011, and 2012 she received the Dr. Vilma Fernandez-Zalupski Academic Excellence Award. She won first place in her campus’ Tag Competition in 2013. Lisa Borzewski, academic chairman of Mathematics on the Seminole Campus, said, “Jasmine has a willing spirit, caring demeanor and enthusiasm for learning and service – all strong indications there are great things in her future.”
Her goal is to earn a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Florida.
“SPC has taught me that no matter where someone comes from, no matter the age, no matter the background, no matter the purpose, it is never too late to learn.”
Sorany Son, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, graduates today with an Associate in Arts degree. She was a member of Honors College, Phi Theta Kappa, Innovative Engineering Club, Junior Achievement and was president of St. Petersburg Collegiate High School’s National Honor Society. She has a 4.0 GPA.
She volunteered as a tutor in chemistry, college algebra and composition/language arts. For the past two years, she has been a volunteer at the Children of the World Preschool, holding mini workshops and reading to the children. She also volunteered as an SPC Student Ambassador.
In 2012-13 she received the William Ketchum Memorial Award for Mathematics and was a presenter at the Honors College annual research conference. Communication instructor William Range said, “I can recall very few students who stand out the way Ms. Son does. Her complete devotion to acquiring a sublime education is unmistakable.”
Her goal is to become a physician and make modern medical facilities more accessible to people throughout the world.
“SPC has helped me develop leadership skills, such as communication, research, service and proper etiquette needed for life after college.”
Alumni Achievement Award finalists
Four outstanding St. Petersburg College students have been selected as finalists for the annual Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor a bachelor’s graduate can achieve.
The Alumni Achievement Award is presented annually by the SPC Alumni Association. Winners are chosen for their outstanding leadership abilities, scholastic standing, community service, honors and awards.
This year’s finalists are:
Lauren Frantzis, Tarpon Springs Campus, today receives a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with ESOL and Reading endorsements. She has a 3.97 GPA.
She was a member of Golden Key International Honor Society and the American Sign Language Club, where she donated 39 hours of volunteer work.
She was a Pinellas County Schools volunteer with 130 hours of volunteer service and also has volunteered with Toys for Tots, Tampa Bay Coastal Cleanup and several projects on her campus.
She was the winner of several scholarships including the Cecil B. Keene Memorial Scholarship, the Domidion Education Grant and the Florida Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship. Elementary Education Professor Cher Gauweiler said, “Lauren exudes creativity, a positive spirit and collegiality . . . Her peers say she is a future teacher to emulate.”
Her goal is to have her own classroom where she can help empower students toward fulfilling their educational dreams.
“The skills, knowledge and experiences I have gained at SPC have made me the teacher I am today.”
Eunmi Ko, Clearwater Campus, received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education in December. She had a 3.6 GPA.
She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Golden Key International Honor Society and the International Club where she assisted other international students with registration, student issues and composing their My Learning Plans.
At the Tampa Korean Reformed Presbyterian Church and Dunedin Highland Middle School, she volunteered as a math tutor.
She was the winner of several scholarships including the Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship, the Anna Lawson Endowed Scholarship in Education and the Sel Rel Inc. Scholarship for first generation immigrants. In 2013, she was chosen for the All Florida Academic Team. International Student Representative Angela Cole said “Eunmi is an exemplary student, polite and courteous. She has a positive attitude in all she does.”
Her goal is to enter graduate school and teach high school mathematics.
“I have learned that if I work hard with confidence, others will step forward to help me reach my goals. I want to help students achieve their goals just as others have helped me.”
Diana Moulton, Clearwater Campus, today receives a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education. She has a 3.98 GPA.
She was president of Kappa Delta Pi, a founding member of the Math Club and a club representative to Student Government.
She was a member of the All Children’s Hospital Guild and volunteered at local schools as a member of student advisory councils and fundraising committees.
She was the recipient of several St. Petersburg College Foundation scholarships and received the Outstanding Achievement in Calculus award. She also received the Outstanding Achievement in Field Biology of Florida award and the Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Science award. Mathematics Education Professor Andrea Kelly said “Diana is an exemplary student with consistently high grades and a deep commitment to the teaching profession. “
Her goal is to pursue a doctorate in Mathematics and one day teach in SPC’s College of Education.
“St. Petersburg College has prepared me to juggle the commitments of work with those of service and family. I enjoy giving to my community and seeing the positive effect I can have on others.”
Melanie Poirier, Caruth Health Education Center, today receives a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She has a 3.8 GPA.
She was a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Pinellas County Dental Hygiene Association.
She participated in Give Kids a Smile, an event that provided free dental care to children in need, and the Back to School Care Fair at the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Public Health Center. She also made weekly visits to local elementary schools to provide oral health education to children. She was active in volunteer activities at her church.
In 2012, she received the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award given to a student with high academic and clinical standards. She received scholarships from the SPC Foundation, the West Coast Dental Association and the Pinellas County Dental Hygiene Association. Dental Hygiene Instructor Sandra Marcil said “Melanie’s personal traits and skills make her an outstanding dental hygienist and an asset to any dental team.”
Her goal is an MBA in Health Care Management.
“SPC has given me the knowledge to be a well-informed and diverse professional who will provide excellent, quality care to every patient.”