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Phi Theta Kappa’s 2020 Virginia Community College Honorees: a Cut Above

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By Jodi T. Burgess, Marketing & Advancement Coordinator, Alumni Relations, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

Jodi Burgess

Phi Theta Kappa is the leading honor society for two-year colleges. Students are eligible for membership when they have achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher after having completed the first 12 credit hours toward their degree. The program is designed to recognize high achieving students, their leadership abilities, and service to others.

How do I know about Phi Theta Kappa? I was very fortunate to be a member of the Alpha Eta Omicron chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at DSLCC. I was also an All-Virginia Academic Team member – having had the benefit of being nurtured and supported by our DSLCC advisors.

And now, having come full circle, I have the privilege of being a DSLCC PTK advisor – supporting, mentoring, challenging, and encouraging the next group of exceptional individuals.

The All-Virginia Academic Team members are students that have not only excelled academically, but also have supported their fellow students, as well as organizations, churches, schools, and the like within their community. They have a heart of excellence and service. They understand the value of a job well done and the sense of fulfillment that only comes from giving your best effort. They do not wait for others to dictate their futures but move forward with determination and humility.

Many of these students attend college full-time while working, or raising a family, or caring for a family member, and volunteering on campus and in their community. Some have overcome unthinkable obstacles like homelessness. Others are still teenagers responsible for raising and supporting their siblings. Some have even had to reinvent or re-establish themselves in society.

All-Virginia Academic Team members are then also considered for the Coca Cola Community College Academic Team and the All-USA Academic Team. These very prestigious designations offer scholarships to best of the best made possible by sponsorships from Coca Cola, the Follet Higher Education Group, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

The 2020 Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginia Academic Team is just as inspiring! I commend them, those that have come before them, and all those that follow.

Congratulations to these exceptional individuals!

PTK partners with a number of corporate sponsors to recognize, and – in some cases – provide scholarships to high achieving students.

2020 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team. Fifty students nationwide will be named Gold Scholars, each receiving a $1,500 scholarship; fifty students will be named Silver Scholars, each receiving a $1,250 scholarship; and fifty students will be named Bronze Scholars, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship. A state may have multiple Gold, Silver, or Bronze Scholars. All scholars will also receive special medallions. In addition, the Coca-Cola Foundation, along with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa will recognize a top scoring transfer student, New Century Transfer Scholar, and the top scoring workforce student, New Century Workforce Scholar, from each state. The New Century Transfer Scholar will receive a $2,250 award and the New Century Workforce Scholar will receive a $1,250 award.

VCCS Honorees: Silver Scholars

Stacy Becenti, Northern Virginia Community College
Kaitlyn Bushing, Central Virginia Community College
Judith Obregon, Northern Virginia Community College

New Century Transfer Scholar and All-USA Scholar

Olivia Brichter, Tidewater Community College
New Century Workforce Scholar
Sabrina Heffernan, Tidewater Community College

2020 Phi Theta Kappa Top Ten All-Virginia Academic Team

The Top Ten All-Virginia Academic Team consists of those members of the All-Virginia Academic Team achieving the highest ratings in the international program sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Kaitlyn Bushing, Central Virginia Community College
Chenelle Williams, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Stacy Becenti, Judith Obregon, Luis Quiroga, Stefanie Socher, Northern Virginia Community College
Jacob Laxton, Steven Lunsford, Piedmont Virginia Community College
Olivia Brichter, Tidewater Community College
Trinity Cruz, Wytheville Community College
2020 Phi Theta Kappa All-Virginia Academic Team
Blue Ridge Community College, Whitney Blackwell, Samuel Campbell
Central Virginia Community College, Kaitlyn Bushing, Sarah Scheerer
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Megan Lewis
Danville Community College, Dorian Elliott, Ann Toon
Eastern Shore Community College, Shaw Matthews
Germanna Community College, Tia Moore, Rebekah Withrow
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Mayd Alsalman, Tamika Coleman, Esther Thomas, Chenelle Williams
John Tyler Community College, Virginia Anderson, Alexis Atkinson, Christopher Smith
Lord Fairfax Community College, Amanda Lewis, Morgan McKinney, Mikayla Nader, Sophia Oporto
Mountain Empire Community College, Lyndsey Johnson, Brandi Osborne, Amelia Strouth
New River Community College, Ramiro Banuelos-Haro, Keaton Hanks, Jessica Martin, Michaela Martin
Northern Virginia Community College, Stacy Becenti, Emily Graciela Giron, Hailey Ciera Lanford, Caitlin Lawrence, Asa Nugent, Judith Obregon, Luis Quiroga, Ricardo Romo, Stefanie Socher, Samantha Wong
Patrick Henry Community College, Hannah Beasley, Seraina Dailey
Paul D. Camp Community College, John Roberson
Piedmont Virginia Community College, Jacob Laxton, Steven Lunsford
Rappahannock Community College, DeAira Harvey, Elaine Walters
Southside Virginia Community College, Kristin Duty, Brittany Tomlinson
Southwest Virginia Community College, Alexis Bales, Hannah Ramey
Thomas Nelson Community College, Heather Andersen, Debra Godette, Oskar O’Neal, Milagros Portocarrero, Shirley Wigdorski
Tidewater Community College, Nicole Anne Agustin, Olivia Brichter, Deborah Gilbert, David Hair, Sabrina Heffernan, Beryl Sprague, Tiffany Warren, Kallah Yatrofsky
Virginia Highlands Community College, Caitlin Manuel
Virginia Western Community College, Isybelle Christley, Muhammad Harba
Wytheville Community College, Trinity Cruz, Anthony Pollachioli, Sidnee Snavely

2020 Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Team
The 2020 All-USA Academic Team is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa. Twenty students from across the country were selected and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. All-USA recognition is commonly recognized as the most prestigious honor for associate degree seeking students.

Olivia Brichter, Tidewater Community College


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