APRIL 2021

SJR State students named to 2021 All-Florida Academic Team

Elizabeth Tarter
Elizabeth Tarter
Jazlyn Rider
Jazlyn Rider
Lillian Maxwell
Lillian Maxwell

St. Johns River State College (SJR State) students Lillian Maxwell, Jazlyn Rider and Elizabeth Tarter have been named to the Florida College System’s 2021 All-Florida Academic Team for their academic achievement, leadership and community service. Each student is scheduled to complete the Associate in Arts degree in May and were nominated by SJR State faculty for the All-USA Academic Team competition sponsored by USA Today and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society.

“I am so grateful to be honored with this award,” said Maxwell, a homeschooled dual enrollment student who plans on transferring to the University of Florida this summer to double major in microbiology and conservation/wildlife ecology. “Being honored with this award helps me to show other dual enrollment students that they can make great strides in their college careers early.”

Maxwell added that it has been rewarding to work with PTK and Kim Van Vliet, Palatka campus PTK advisor and biology professor. “While I am here, I plan to continue my work with PTK in community service. I cannot thank the SJR State faculty and staff enough for all their encouragement and helpfulness during my time here,” Maxwell said.

After Clay High School dual enrollment student Jazlyn Rider graduates in May with her A.A. degree, she has her sights set on graduating from SJR State once again in 2023 with her Associate of Science in Nursing degree. “This fall, I will be taking my last three prerequisites before I can apply for nursing school. After nursing school, I would like to get a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Midwifery,” said Rider.

Elizabeth Tarter, who attended St. Johns Virtual School prior to enrolling at SJR State, will travel across the country to Arizona State University to pursue a history degree with specializations in World War II and Holocaust studies. Tarter plans on earning both her bachelor’s and masters degrees at ASU and then will pursue a career in teaching. “I am truly honored to be receiving such an award. I have always worked hard and been diligent in my schooling, and I feel as though this award recognizes all of my hard work,” said Tarter.

A total of 137 students within the Florida College System were recognized this year. In a letter to SJR State, FCS Chancellor Kathryn Hebda said, “The academic accomplishments of these students reflect our colleges’ expertise in providing both high-quality educational programs and meaningful leadership opportunities for students. I share your pride in our students’ exemplary performance and commitment to excellence.”

To join PTK, members must have completed 12 credit hours at a two-year institution and hold a 3.5 grade point average. The organization also promotes scholarships. To learn more, visit



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