TCC announces 2019 All-Florida Academic Team Winners

March 11, 2019

Tallahassee, Fla. (March 11, 2019) – Tallahassee Community College is recognizing eight students who have been named to the 2019 All-Florida Academic Team. Students are selected based on academic achievement, leadership on campus and service to the community.

 L-R Imani Oteghile, Alexis Martin, M. Dylan Ceballos, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Ruriani (Lindsey Bassford, Alida Desic and Hunter Kilbourn not pictured)
L-R Imani Oteghile, Alexis Martin, M. Dylan Ceballos, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Ruriani (Lindsey Bassford, Alida Desic and Hunter Kilbourn not pictured)

The honorees are Lindsey Bassford, M. Dylan Ceballos, Alida Desic, Hunter Kilbourn, Alexis Martin, Imani Oteghile, Joshua Reynolds and Thomas A. Ruriani.  

There are only 158 students from the 28 institutions in the Florida College System (FCS) being named to the All-Florida Academic Team. The FCS serves more than 800,000 students in the state

The FCS and the Florida region of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society of two-year colleges, will host an awards ceremony for students. They will be presented with a medallion at a dinner ceremony scheduled for April 4 in Kissimmee, Fla.

Alida Desic and Lindsey Bassford(L-R) Alida Desic and Lindsey Bassford

Oteghile is from Lindale, Texas and attended Belton High School. She will graduate in May and plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene at St. Petersburg College. 

Martin, a Tallahassee native, attended Lawton-Chiles High School. Martin graduates this spring and plans to attend a 4-year university, then medical school.

Ceballos is also from Tallahassee. He is a Leon High School alumnus. He will graduate TCC in June and attend a 4-year university, then law school.

Reynolds is from Tallahassee and attended Florida Virtual School. He graduated from TCC in fall 2018. Reynolds plans to complete his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and later attend medical school to become a surgeon.

Ruriani is from Long Island, NY. He graduates in May and plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminology at FSU. Then, become an U.S. Secret Service Agent.

Bassford, from Lakeland attended Kathleen High School. She graduates this spring and plans to work at a dental clinic while obtaining her bachelor’s degree online.

Desic, from Estero graduates from TCC in May. She plans to attend FSU and earn a bachelor’s degree in public relations while working as a dental hygienist.

Kilbourn, from Sopchoppy was homeschooled and graduates TCC in the spring. He plans on continuing his military service.

For more information, contact Joseph Hurd, Adviser for TCC’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at (850) 201-9936 or hurdj@tcc.fl.edu.