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CFO Alex Sink Congratulates A.L.Ex.- Academy of Leadership and Excellence Class of 2009

7/10/2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2009
CONTACT: Kyra Jennings or Kevin Cate (850) 413-2842
 
CFO ALEX SINK CONGRATULATES A.L.Ex.- ACADEMY OF LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE CLASS OF 2009
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TALLAHASSEE- Florida CFO Alex Sink this week congratulated the 2009 intern class participating in her Academy of Leadership and Excellence Program (A.L.Ex.) within the Department of Financial Services.
 
“I commend the A.L.Ex. class of 2009 for their academic achievement and their commitment to public service,” said CFO Alex Sink, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. “As a state, we need to do everything we can to encourage and mentor our young people, providing a pathway for public service and a lifetime of success.”
 
The Academy of Leadership and Excellence program provides real-world work experience, professional development, and career opportunities in public service for Florida’s best and brightest university students. Students receive substantive and challenging work assignments from their assigned mentor and have their work evaluated on a professional level. Students also work with their mentors to develop strong networking skills.
 
“The A.L.Ex. Program has given me the opportunity to experience real life scenarios of the workforce,” said FAMU student Whittney Mitchell. “Only two months into the program, I have been able to obtain and complete tasks that were both challenging and informative as well as improve my workplace communication skills.”
 
The 2009 class of A.L.Ex. students consists of 15 students from FSU and FAMU within many divisions of the Department of Financial Services. The positions are paid and each student works at least 20 hours per week. The program is open to FSU and FAMU junior, senior and graduate students who must maintain a 3.0 GPA. 
 
FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
 
Rodney Adair, Jr., Chicago, Illinois
Whitney M. Young Magnet H.S. in Chicago, Illinois
Undergraduate Degree: B.S in Business Administration; Concentration in Marketing
Graduate Major: Accounting
 
Ebony L. Eggleston, Minnetonka, Minnesota
Wayzata Senior High in Plymouth, Minnesota
Undergraduate Degree: B.S in Bio-Chemistry
Graduate Major: Masters of Applied Social Science/ Public Administration
 
La Shaveria "Shava" Keeton, Perry, Florida
Taylor County High School in Perry, Florida
MBA: Concentration in Marketing
 
Ricardo Lewis, Tallahassee, Florida
Shanks High School, Quincy, Florida
Undergraduate Degree: B.S in Print Journalism
Graduate Major: Masters of Applied Social Science/ Political Science
 
Whittney Mitchell, Atlanta, Georgia
Henry Grady High Scbool, Atlanta, Georgia
Undergraduate Degree: B.S in Broadcast Journalism
Graduate Major: Masters of Applied Social Science/ Public Administration
 
LaToya Sheals, Lakeland, Florida
Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Florida
Undergraduate Degree: B.S in Criminal Justice
Graduate Major: Masters of Applied Social Science/ Public Administration
 
Britney Smith, Selma, Alabama
Selma High School, Selma Alabama
MBA: Concentration in Marketing
 
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
 
Alexander Conrad, Dallas, Texas
Grafton Memorial Senior High School
Undergraduate Major: Accounting and Finance
 
Savannah M. Brooks, Fayetteville, Georgia
Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic High School in Fairburn, Georgia
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Accounting and Finance
 
Sam B. Gibbons, Tampa, Florida
H. B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida
Undergraduate Major: Economics and Political Science
 
Brent Hileman, Oldsmar, Florida
Palm Harbor High School in Palm Harbor, Florida
Undergraduate Major: Finance and Risk Management/Insurance
 
Trent Kilpatrick, Boynton Beach, Florida
St. Andrew's High School in Boca Raton, Florida
Undergraduate Degree: B.S in Finance & Applied Economics Mathematics
 
Hellen Osorio, Sarasota, Florida
Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida
Undergraduate Major: Finance and Economics
 
Michael J. Rodriguez, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida
Graduate Degree: Master's Public Administration
Specialization in Financial Management and Budgeting
 
Michael M. Rivas, Miami, Florida
Miami Sunset Senior High School in Miami, Florida
Undergraduate Degree: B.S in Risk Management/Insurance