AVON PARK - South Florida State College students were recently honored for academic excellence and community service during the college's annual Awards Day ceremony in the University Center.
Each year, faculty honor students who exhibit talent and qualities that go beyond academic standards.
Student Zach Osha received the Joseph E. Johnston/Bette L. McDearman Student Services Award for "exhibiting great ethics and character, exceptional academic achievement, outstanding involvement in professional, social and cultural activities and programs, and for his contribution to the campus and community."
Osha graduates in May with an Associate in Arts degree in elementary education and hopes to attend either the University of West Florida or Missouri Valley University to pursue a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He is the Student Government Association vice president, a member of Phi Theta Kappa and is a pitcher on the Panther baseball team.
"It was a pleasant surprise to receive this award, especially knowing all the hard work paid off," Osha said. "A lot of faculty and staff members at SFSC have taken their time to guide me in my academic and personal success and I'm beyond thankful."
"I think Zach was as easy as any choice could be for what he does in the classroom, on campus, on the field and in the church," said Andy Polk, SFSC student activities coordinator. "Zach is a student leader that has made invaluable contributions to SFSC. Even with his extremely busy schedule, he finds time to go above and beyond the call of duty."
Several other students were presented awards, then students presented the 2013-14 Outstanding Instructor Awards to Brian Deery, arts and sciences, full time; James Houseknecht, arts and sciences, adjunct; Adam Martin, applied sciences, full time; Suzanne L. Demers, applied sciences, adjunct; Kitty Maddox, adult education.