SCF winter graduation ceremony set for Dec. 16
BRADENTON -- The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota winter 2013 commencement will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
Out of 906 graduating students 255 are expected to participate in the ceremony.
Graduation speaker will be SCF alumna Linda Larsen, an international award-winning speaker, author and former professional actress. Larsen graduated in 1982 from SCF, then Manatee Community College, and later earned a bachelor's degree in social work, master's in fine arts in professional actor training, and the Certified Speaking Professional designation, which is the highest certification in the speaking industry.
Larsen of Sarasota is the author of two books, six video programs and two audio programs, including the best-selling "12 Secrets to High Self-Esteem." Tickets are required and are available through graduating students. Maps and directions are online at scf.edu/maps.
SCF actor Cali receives 'superior' district rating
BRADENTON -- State College of Florida Collegiate School student A.J. Cali qualified for the Florida Thespians State Festival at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center March 26-28 after excelling in the District 6 Thespian Competition.
Cali, president of the SCFCS International Thespian Troupe 7937, received a superior rating at for his solo musical performance of "Extraordinary" from the Broadway musical "Pippin."
Other SCFCS students won an excellent rRating for their performances. In the large musical group category, Jocelyn Riley was the lead singer in a performance of "Good Morning Baltimore" from "Hairspray" accompanied by Aly Gonzolez, Hailey Newgard, Jenna Durst, Esmeralda Sanchez, Gracey Wilson, Baylee Mallette and Fedjine Constant.
SCFCS students also took excellent ratings in the following categories: Jenna Durst, "Part of Your World" from the "Little Mermaid," and Autumn DeBlock, "Can You Find it In Your Heart?" from "Footloose," solo musical; Megan Bossert, "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," monologue; and Jacob Owens and Cali, "Confrontation Between Reverend Moore and Ren McCormack" from "Footloose," duet acting.
Information: 941-752-5494 or visit scf.edu/SCFCS.
-- Herald staff reports