September 2014, Volume 18, Number 3

Making Their Mark

MDC students with education awards
MDC's Wolfson Campus chapter of the Florida Future Educators of America Professional (FFEA Pro) took home several top trophies, including the Chapter Spirit Award.

At the Head of the Class

MDC’s Wolfson Campus chapter of the Florida Future Educators of America Professional (FFEA Pro) capped off an eventful state conference when two MDC students took home first place in writing competitions, the chapter won the Chapter Spirit award and the chapter president, John Alvarez, was elected state president of FFEA.

Krishel Panton, an MDC School of Education senior, won the speech category with a composition entitled “Giving Back.”

“It was more than a speech,” said Alvarez. “Krishel delivered it in a unique, spoken-word style, which was very poetic and beautiful. Everyone in the room could feel the emotion coming through her words.”

Sophomore Andreany Arce also took first place for an essay with a moving tribute to a teacher who had inspired her.

The Chapter Spirit competition is judged based on a combination of chapter activities and a representative spirit performance by chapter members during the conference.

“For me, Chapter Spirit is one of the most important competitions at the conference,” said Alvarez. “Our members are very passionate about their work, and they are involved in many community service activities that support educational opportunities for lower-income kids and those with disabilities.”

MDC Professor Rebecca Sánchez, who is the chapter advisor, said, “People don’t appreciate the depth of what it means to go into teaching and to be a teacher. We work hard to be agents of change. We want to see children grow up to be fulfilled and successful members of society.”

Summing up the strengths of the MDC group, Alvarez said, “I am very proud of everyone in our chapter. They are great future educators and are a reflection of the type of students at MDC’s outstanding School of Education. They don’t play here; they’re serious. But they also have big hearts. They will all be great teachers in the very near future.”

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