LANSING – The annual Phi Theta Kappa Awards Luncheon, honoring the 2015 All-Michigan Academic Team, was held on Tuesday, March 24 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. Students were selected based on academic achievement, community service involvement, and leadership accomplishment. The State Academic Teams are a division of the Academic All-American Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students, an international program sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, USA TODAY and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Congratulations to Jerri DeMenter and Samuel Murray; they are Bay College's representatives on the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Michigan Academic Team. They were recognized at the luncheon and will also be recognized at the Bay College Awards Dinner on April 28 and at Commencement on Saturday, May 9.
Jerri DeMenter is an Accounting and Business major at Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, MI where she has been able to maintain a 4.00 grade point average. She plans to continue on and get her Bachelor’s degree in both Business and Accounting at Lake Superior State University. Jerri is the primary care giver for her disabled husband who was hurt while saving lives in Iraq. She is a peer mentor and math tutor at Bay’s TRiO center and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She is also a member of the Business Professionals of America and recently placed third in the “Prepared Speech” event at the BPA State Leadership Conference collegiate competition conducted at Davenport University in Grand Rapids. Jerri will compete at the BPA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA in May in the same event at the national level.
Samuel Murray earned a certificate in practical nursing, graduating with honors, and is pursuing an associate in applied science in nursing at Bay de Noc Community College and has maintained a 3.69 grade point average. He plans to continue working as an LPN at a local nursing home until becoming a Registered Nurse. After becoming an RN he would like to work in a hospital intensive care unit. His long term goal is to become a med-flight nurse. Samuel is member of Phi Theta Kappa, an anatomy and physiology tutor and a study group facilitator for his medical surgical nursing class.
The Michigan luncheon is held every year in conjunction with the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA). Besides the All-Michigan Academic Team members, luncheon attendees included community college presidents, administrators and trustees, state legislators, and Phi Theta Kappa advisors.
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, MS, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,250 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and throughout the world. More than two million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 100,000 students inducted annually.