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Jacob Mitchell
Jacob Mitchell
Alexander Checca
Alexander Checca
Katie Colin
Katie Colin
Maureen Davis
Maureen Davis

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.

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Alistair Glover

Alistair Glover

For the second year in a row, an SPC student has won Florida’s 2012 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar. Alistair Glover, 24, a chemistry student in the Honors College, will receive a $2,000 stipend with the award.

Last year, Spenser Reed, another Honors College student at the Clearwater Campus, was named the New Century Scholar for Florida. In 2010, Tara Brown-Ogilvie was named a Coca-Cola Silver Scholar and Samantha Mitchell was named a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar.

“I’m both excited and honored to be receiving an award of this magnitude,” Glover said. “I think this will open up a lot more doors when it comes time to transfer.”

Glover is president of the Student Government Association at the Clearwater Campus and will graduate in May. He hopes to enroll at Harvard University but is also considering the University of Chicago or Dartmouth University, and plans to dual-major in chemistry and economics.

Taylor Howe, an 18-year-old student at the Tarpon Springs Campus, was named a 2012 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

Taylor Howe

Taylor Howe

To be selected for the scholarships, both students had to make it on the Phi Theta Kappa All-Florida Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges. Members of PTK must demonstrate honor and service to others and maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.

The New Century Scholars program honors the top scoring Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team nominee from each of the 50 states in the U.S.

The Coca-Cola New Century Scholars program is sponsored annually by the American Association of Community Colleges, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa.

This year’s All-Florida Academic Team Awards ceremony will be at Valencia College’s West Campus: Special Events Center in Orlando on Thursday, April 5 at noon-1:30 p.m. Winners and two guests each may attend the awards ceremony free.

“I am honored that I am able to pick up the torch and demonstrate to the rest of the Florida state academic community that SPC is still a strong institution,” Glover said. “I’m happy to be bringing those ideas forward.”

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The Madrigalians, the college’s “music ambassadors,” will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, March 11 at 8:30 p.m. The ensemble will perform a concert in collaboration with the New York City Chamber Orchestra and two other ensembles.

They were invited by Manhattan Concert Productions, said Vernon Taranto, Director of Choral Activities at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. “They said that they would love it if we would be a part of this particular performance.”

The Madrigalians, a select choral performance ensemble comprised primarily of music majors, has performed nationally and internationally. In 2008, they performed in SPC’s Musical Ambassadors Russia Tour in which the group traveled to Russia to perform for audiences in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Orenburg. This will be the Madrigalians’ first performance at Carnegie Hall.

“We invite all different choral ensembles from across the country to submit recordings to see if they’re at the caliber that we’re looking for to perform,” said Barbara Van Pelt, Director of Administration at Manhattan Concert Productions. “Each group will bring their own singers and will combine together with a guest conductor.”

Their performance is part of the production company’s Masterworks Series that will take place March 8-12. Fifteen choral ensembles will rehearse and perform, and three of those groups will perform in each concert.

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