Since 1987 SFCC has recognized an outstanding alumnus at spring commencement. Read about the latest award winner and nominate a graduate for the next year’s award.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Sedalia business owner Jorge R. Guevara has been named SFCC’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and gave the alumni welcome to prospective graduates at the 2016 commencement.

Guevara and his family founded GUESA USA Investments in 2011. The company has developed two multimillion-dollar projects in Sedalia and one in Florida, acquired multiple properties and employs more than 200 employees in two states.

GUESA USA is an athletic sponsor for SFCC, the University of Central Missouri (UCM) and many local school and sports programs. In 2014 the company awarded $1,500 renewable scholarships to two students to attend Sacred Heart School.

Guevara is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. In 1999 he formed his first company, a mobile DJ service for private parties. In 2002 he graduated from high school and came to Sedalia as a Rotary International exchange student. During 2002-2003 he attended Sacred Heart High School, where he played soccer and baseball. He also volunteered with the Sedalia Ambulance Service, the Sedalia Police Department, the city of Sedalia, and the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department.

Guevara received a Professional Certificate in Practical Nursing in 2005, an Associate of Arts degree in 2006 and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing in 2009 from SFCC. In 2010 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance and Accounting from UCM. He joined ProEnergy Services in Sedalia, where he worked in sales and recruiting.

Distinguished Alumni Recipients

2016Jorge R. GuevaraClasses of 2005, 2006, 2009
2015Dr. Jennifer HargraveClass of 1998
2014Roger C. AustinClass of 1986
2013Dr. Dean DohrmanClass of 1987
2012Tom GerkeClass of 1976
2011James Trujillo, Jr.Class of 2004
2010Saundra OvertonClasses of 1984, 1989
2009Debbie NolandClass of 1972
2008Nellie K. Owen, DVMClass of 1991
2007Marlin G. HammondClass of 1972
2006David C. FurnellClass of 1981
2005Peggy RichardsonClass of 1977
2004Susan HortonClasses of 1979, 1980, 1994
2003Elaine PaxtonClass of 1971
2002Dennis ShullClass of 1980
2001Eric YazellClass of 1987
2000Brad SchnackenbergClass of 1989
1999Brad DittmerClass of 1979
1998James RennisonClass of 1974
1997Jane LuperClass of 1975
1996Patricia GillmanClass of 1988
1995Evelyn JorgensonClass of 1972
1994Tony ClaxtonClass of 1980
1993Barry GuierClass of 1977
1992Leonard DixonClass of 1977
1991Ruth ElmoreClass of 1982
1990Cam JenningsClass of 1974
1989Thomas DeuschleClass of 1978
1988Josephine DeyClass of 1979
1987Debbie BiermannClass of 1973