Four students in the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association have been elected officers for the state level and District 3 in the Florida College System Student Government Association (FCSSGA) for 2012-13. District 3 of FCSSGA includes SPC, College of Central Florida, Pasco Hernando Community College, Polk State College, Hillsborough Community College and State College of Florida, Sarasota-Bradenton.
“The Clearwater Campus Student Government Association was the only SPC campus to have nominees for the college,” said Stephanie Henningsen, Student Services Officer for Student Life & Leadership at the Clearwater Campus.
Jacob Mitchell, Vice President, Statewide
Mitchell, 19, is a former homeschooler who enrolled at SPC at age 17 and will graduate next year with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Mitchell, who has served as 2011-12 vice president in the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association, said he plans to stay active as a Senator and advisor to the SGA at Clearwater while serving in the state position.
“This is more or less a promotion, and I love it,” Mitchell said about the FCSSGA position. “My goal as VP is to assist the President in securing his initiatives and with that position comes a lot of responsibility.”
Mitchell, who serves as an Executive Officer in the Civil Air Patrol, said he’s used to taking command and seeing projects through completion. Although he could have graduated this spring, he elected to take his time with his education at SPC to grow and better prepare for a career in the U.S. Army. His degree in business administration will serve as his backup plan should the military career not pan out or he needs to return to civilian work.
“I want to garner as much leadership experience and learn to handle and cope with different levels of stress, be able to work with different personalities and people beforehand to be as prepared as possible for combat in the military,” said Mitchell, who intends to commission as an officer.
“I have a firm understanding that plans never go quite the way you want them to in a combat situation or an operation, so I want to be able to think quickly on my feet and be better prepared to address problems in conflict situations.”
Mitchell is the younger brother of Samantha Mitchell, the 2010 Apollo Award winner.
Alexander Checca, Assistant Coordinator, District 3
Checca, 19, is a post-secondary Math Education freshman at the Clearwater Campus. His involvement with the campus’ Student Government Association began as the president of Akiba Keiy club and the Akiba Kei SGA representative. He is applying for the position of Communications Director for SGA.
Katie Colin, Legislative Liaison, District 3
Colin, 17, serves as the Freshmen Representative for the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association. She is a dual-credit student through Dunedin High School and is majoring in nursing with a minor in American Sign Language.
Maureen Davis, Alternate Jurisprudence, District 3
Davis, 43, serves as Jurisprudence for the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association for one year and has been involved with the SGA for more than two years. She is a humanities major.
Clearwater Campus students Sarah Pemberton and Alistair Glover served as State President and State Secretary for FCSSGA in 2011-12. Andrew Malyj, a fellow Clearwater Campus student, also served as Elections Chair for the same year.