Two Florida Keys Community College students, Breanna Soucy and Kylie Zimmerman, were named to the 2018 All-Florida Academic Team, which is comprised of the highest performing students in the Florida College System’s 28 institutions.  The 132 team members were nominated by their local colleges’ chapters of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), an international honor society among two-year colleges, for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community.  Soucy and Zimmerman were formally recognized at an awards banquet in Tampa on April 6.  Each will also receive a $500 scholarship from FKCC’s Rho Epsilon chapter of PTK.

Soucy graduated from FKCC in December with an Associate in Science in Marine Environmental Technology, an Associate in Arts, and a Certificate in Tropical Ornamental Mariculture.  While at FKCC, she served as the Vice-President of Phi Theta Kappa, the Treasurer of the Aquaculture Club, and was a member of the Environmental Club. After a successful internship at American Mariculture Inc. in Pine Island, Soucy was hired full-time by the business as an aquaculture technician.  She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science at Florida Gulf Coast University with goals of earning a master’s degree in aquaculture and one day running her own aquaculture hatchery.

Zimmerman is graduating from FKCC next month with an Associate in Science in Marine Environmental Technology and a Certificate in Professional Research Diving.  She is also earning a Certificate in Tropical Ornamental Mariculture.  She is active in the Aquaculture Club, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Scuba Club.  She was also a Student Ambassador for two semesters.  Zimmerman has applied to New College of Florida with plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. Her long term goals include working as an aquarist for the Florida Aquarium and opening her own aquaculture research facility.