2020’s Awardees

The 2020 annual award banquet was virtually, via zoom, organized on December 5th 2020. The awards were given to the following outstanding chemists from Central Florida:

Outstanding High School Teacher: Mrs. Carrie Lopez (Trinity Preparatory School)
Nominated by Dr. Romina Jannotti
Outstanding Undergraduate Student: Ms. Katie Wilson (Florida Institute of Technology)
Nominated by Dr. Christopher Chouinard
Outstanding Graduate Student: Ms. Lorianne Shultz (right, University of Central Florida)
Nominated by Dr. Titel Jurca
Outstanding Educator at a Research Institution: Dr. Karin Chumbimuni-Torres (right, University of Central Florida)
Nominated by Dr. Cherie Yestrebsky
Outstanding Chemist: Dr. Xiaohu Xia (University of Central Florida)
Nominated by Dr. Cherie Yestrebsky
Outstanding Chemical Professional: Dr. Tracy Gibson (right, Kennedy Space Center)
Nominated by Dr. Joel Olson
Outstanding Volunteer: Dr. Michel Johnson (Retired)
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  • Outstanding High School Teacher: Mrs. Carrie Lopez (Trinity Preparatory School)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student: Ms. Katie Wilson (Florida Institute of Technology)
  • Outstanding Graduate Student: Ms. Lorianne Shultz (University of Central Florida)
  • Outstanding Educator at a Research Institution: Dr. Karin Chumbimuni-Torres (University of Central Florida)
  • Outstanding Chemist: Dr. Xiaohu Xia (University of Central Florida)
  • Outstanding Chemical Professional: Dr. Tracy Gibson (Kennedy Space Center)
  • Outstanding Volunteer: Dr. Michel Johnson (Retired)

Full List of Awardees

Over the years, the Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society recognizes outstanding chemist from Central Florida.

YearAward RecipientOrganization
2020Outstanding High School TeacherMrs. Carrie LopezTrinity Preparatory School
2020Outstanding Undergraduate StudentMs. Katie WilsonFlorida Institute of Technology
2020Outstanding Graduate Student Ms. Lorianne ShultzUniversity of Central Florida
2020Outstanding Educator at a Research InstitutionDr. Karin Chumbimuni-TorresUniversity of Central Florida
2020Outstanding ChemistDr. Xiaohu XiaUniversity of Central Florida
2020Outstanding Chemical ProfessionalDr. Tracy GibsonKennedy Space Center
2020Outstanding VolunteerDr. Michel JohnsonRetired
2019Outstanding Two‐year College StudentMs. Emily GearhartSeminole State College
2019Outstanding Four‐year College StudentMs. Tam PhamStetson University
2019Outstanding Graduate StudentMr. Eric ZieglerFlorida Institute of Technology
2019Outstanding ChemistDr. Qun Treen HuoUniversity of Central Florida
2019Outstanding VolunteerMs. Audrey PrestonFlorida Institute of Technology
2019Volunteer RecognitionMr. George Kenney
2019Volunteer RecognitionDr. Angelina Georgieva
2018Outstanding High School StudentMs. Gabby IronsLake Nona High School
2018Outstanding High School TeacherMrs. Elvira TomlinLake Nona High School
2018Outstanding Two‐year College StudentMs. Zon ThwinValencia College
2018Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherDr. Laura SessionsValencia College
2018Outstanding Four‐year College StudentMr. Christopher RoldanUniversity of Central Florida
2018Outstanding Graduate StudentMr. Pierpaolo MorganteFlorida Institute of Technology
2018Outstanding ChemistDr. Andres CampigliaUniversity of Central Florida
2018Outstanding VolunteerDr. Steven KueblerUniversity of Central Florida
2017Outstanding High School StudentPhilip MonseesEdgewood Jr./Sr. High School
2017Outstanding Two‐year College StudentSun HongSeminole State College
2017Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherDr. Vasudha SharmaValencia College
2017Outstanding Four‐year College StudentFranklin ThornburghFlorida Institute of Technology
2017Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherDr. Joel OlsonFlorida Institute of Technology
2017Outstanding Graduate StudentTianyu ZhengUniversity of Central Florida
2017Outstanding ChemistDr. Yi LiaoFlorida Institute of Technology
2016Outstanding High School StudentAngelica CorianoCypress Creek High School
2016Outstanding High School TeacherRaymond RoweCypress Creek High School
2016Outstanding Two‐year College StudentShamaron GrierValencia College
2016Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherDr. Daeri TeneryValencia College
2016Outstanding Four‐year College StudentElizabeth StewartFlorida Institute of Technology
2016Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherDr. Jessica SmeltzFlorida Institute of Technology
2016Outstanding Graduate StudentTyler MaxwellUniversity of Central Florida
2015Outstanding High School StudentAnthony DasEdgewater High School
2015Outstanding High School TeacherNicholas TomcykoskiEdgewater High School
2015Outstanding Two‐year College StudentAlexandra AllardEastern Florida State College
2015Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherVan QuachSeminole State College
2015Outstanding Four‐year College StudentLauren GandyUniv. Central Florida
2015Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherKarin Chumbimuni-TorresUniv. Central Florida
2015Outstanding Graduate StudentShishir ChoureyFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2015Outstanding ChemistAndy KnightFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2014Outstanding High School StudentSrimayi TenaliWest Shore Jr/Sr HS
2014Outstanding High School StudentAadit VyasPaul J. Hagerty HS
2014Outstanding High School TeacherCaroline KentRockledge High School
2014Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherDeborah L. MeadSeminole State College
2014Outstanding Graduate StudentMahmoud SalehFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2013Outstanding High School StudentNicholas EtrickWest Shore Jr/Sr High School
2013Outstanding High School TeacherErica SaylorUniversity High School
2013Outstanding High School TeacherScott WaisanenOviedo High School
2013Outstanding Four‐year College StudentDiana CoxRollins College
2013Outstanding ChemistLei ZhaiUniv. Central Florida
2012Outstanding High School StudentDavid R. AndersonWest Shore Jr/Sr HS
2012Outstanding High School TeacherDr. Scott McCord Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr HS
2012Outstanding Two‐year College StudentLynley BachellerBrevard Comm. Col. – Palm Bay
2012Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherMs. Deborah McClintonBrevard Comm. Col. – Melbourne
2012Outstanding Four‐year College StudentChristian PoseaStetson University
2012Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherDr. Kurt WinkelmannFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2011Outstanding High School StudentMr. Clement LiCocoa Beach HS
2011Outstanding High School TeacherRomina Jannotti Hagerty HS
2011Outstanding Two‐year College StudentDanny AriasValencia State College
2011Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherEileen PerezValencia State College
2011Outstanding Four‐year College StudentChristy FitzpatrickStetson Univ.
2011Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherHarry PriceStetson Univ.
2011Gordon L. Nelson AwardJoshua RokachFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2011Outstanding Student Affiliate SectionUCF Student ChapterUniv. Central Florida
2010Outstanding High School StudentSteven WangSeminole HS
2010Outstanding High School StudentAnthony WeishampleHagerty HS
2010Outstanding High School StudentKelsey SaveryWest Shore HS
2010Outstanding High School TeacherSusan BrennanSeminole HS
2010Outstanding Four‐year College StudentJustin WrightRollons College
2010Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherTandy GrubbStetson Univ.
2010Outstanding Graduate StudentCarolina AndradeUniv. Central Florida
2009Outstanding High School StudentTimothy CopelandHagerty HS
2009Outstanding Two‐year College StudentEstefania SantamariaValencia Comm. Coll.
2009Outstanding Four‐year College StudentNaomi PerniconeStetson Univ.
2009Outstanding Graduate StudentCiceron Outstanding YanezUniv. Central Florida
2009Outstanding ChemistAndres D. Campiglia———–
2008Outstanding High School StudentAnna StrockWest Shore HS
2008Outstanding High School StudentGreg BraciackHagerty HS
2008Outstanding High School TeacherFaren AhrensEdgewood HS
2008Outstanding Two‐year College StudentRafael GonzalezDaytona State Coll.
2008Outstanding Four‐year College StudentKatherine Ferstadt———–
2008Outstanding Graduate StudentPranav PatelFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2007Outstanding High School StudentAdam KlettWest Shore HS
2007Outstanding High School TeacherLisa Scott Satellite HS
2007Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherGerald SwansonDaytona Beach Comm. Coll.
2007Outstanding Four‐year College StudentCarlos ToroUniv. Central Florida
2006Outstanding High School StudentRobert GottfriedHagerty HS
2006Outstanding High School TeacherDawn ArnettViera HS
2006Outstanding Four‐year College StudentJuliana LlanoUniv. Central Florida
2006Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherRamee IndralingamStetson Univ.
2006Outstanding Graduate StudentMussafer Tonguc OztekUniv. Central Florida
2006Outstanding ChemistVirender SharmaFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2005Outstanding High School StudentXiaoming JiaWest Shore HS
2005Outstanding High School TeacherDelilah Narvaez West Shore HS
2005Outstanding Two‐year College StudentSarah KellnerBrevard Comm. Coll.
2005Outstanding Two‐year College TeacherMartin McClintonBrevard Comm. Coll.
2005Outstanding Four‐year College StudentGail SchneiderUniv. Central Florida
2005Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherStephen KueblerUniv. Central Florida
2005Outstanding Graduate StudentNadine Noorhasan-SmithFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2005Outstanding ChemistRodger CappsBoeing Company
2004Outstanding High School StudentAndrew FirstWinter Springs HS
2004Outstanding High School StudentAlexander RoedererWest Shore HS
2004Outstanding High School TeacherThomas Sammet University HS
2004Outstanding Two‐year College StudentRyan MichaelBrevard Comm. Coll.
2004Outstanding Four‐year College StudentChristopher StefancikStetson Univ.
2004Outstanding Graduate StudentSheila JacoboFlorida Inst. of Techn.
2004Outstanding ChemistFlorencio  HernandezUniv. Central Florida
2004Gordon L. Nelson AwardBrooks MadsenUniv. Central Florida
2003Outstanding High School StudentKim HoangPalm Bay HS
2003Outstanding High School TeacherDavid PieskiFreedom HS
2003Outstanding Four‐year College StudentEdgar PerezUniv. Central Florida
2003Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherBrooks MadsenUniv. Central Florida
2003Outstanding Graduate StudentMirna FranjicUniv. Central Florida
2003Outstanding ChemistChristian ClausenUniv. Central Florida
2002Outstanding High School StudentGregory DiMicco
2002Outstanding High School TeacherLara Sharp
2002Outstanding Four‐year College StudentCarri Brodnax
2002Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherMichael Hampton
2002Outstanding Graduate StudentChristina Coon
2002Gordon L. Nelson AwardBarry Fookes
2002Chairman’s AwardRamee IndralingamStetson Univ.
2001Outstanding High School StudentErin Riley
2001Outstanding High School TeacherKaren Deo
2001Outstanding Four‐year College StudentSean Burrow
2001Outstanding Four‐year College TeacherGlenn CunninghamUniv. Central Florida
2001Outstanding Graduate StudentJanice Lomness
2001Outstanding ChemistCherie Geiger
2000Outstanding High School StudentMatthew Offerman