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.
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
|2016||Jorge R. Guevara||Classes of 2005, 2006, 2009|
|2015||Dr. Jennifer Hargrave||Class of 1998|
|2014||Roger C. Austin||Class of 1986|
|2013||Dr. Dean Dohrman||Class of 1987|
|2012||Tom Gerke||Class of 1976|
|2011||James Trujillo, Jr.||Class of 2004|
|2010||Saundra Overton||Classes of 1984, 1989|
|2009||Debbie Noland||Class of 1972|
|2008||Nellie K. Owen, DVM||Class of 1991|
|2007||Marlin G. Hammond||Class of 1972|
|2006||David C. Furnell||Class of 1981|
|2005||Peggy Richardson||Class of 1977|
|2004||Susan Horton||Classes of 1979, 1980, 1994|
|2003||Elaine Paxton||Class of 1971|
|2002||Dennis Shull||Class of 1980|
|2001||Eric Yazell||Class of 1987|
|2000||Brad Schnackenberg||Class of 1989|
|1999||Brad Dittmer||Class of 1979|
|1998||James Rennison||Class of 1974|
|1997||Jane Luper||Class of 1975|
|1996||Patricia Gillman||Class of 1988|
|1995||Evelyn Jorgenson||Class of 1972|
|1994||Tony Claxton||Class of 1980|
|1993||Barry Guier||Class of 1977|
|1992||Leonard Dixon||Class of 1977|
|1991||Ruth Elmore||Class of 1982|
|1990||Cam Jennings||Class of 1974|
|1989||Thomas Deuschle||Class of 1978|
|1988||Josephine Dey||Class of 1979|
|1987||Debbie Biermann||Class of 1973|